OP results are almost in – but where to from here?

OP results for year 12 students in Queensland will be released this weekend. For many students and their families, it can be an overwhelming time, and depending on the result, a time of either joy or disappointment.

Dr Anne Swinbourne, senior lecturer in Psychology at James Cook Universitysays that whatever the result, it’s important for students to remember that Year 12 results don’t define who you are or what your future is going to bring.

“If you don’t achieve the OP you hoped for, it’s OK to feel sad or disappointed, but don’t panic. Talk with people you trust and take advantage of the information services and support that’s out there. You can still pursue your dream career, you just might have to take a slightly different path to get there.”

Brianna Martin, a first-year veterinary science student at JCU, remembers receiving her OP result, and feeling confused about her next step.

“I had my sights set on the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at JCU, but I wasn’t offered a place,” she said.

“I had always loved animals and I got to thinking maybe I should actually study to become a vet instead.”

Ms Martin was accepted into the Bachelor of Veterinary Science and is glad she made the change.

“I am really enjoying the degree and I love that we are doing practical, hands-on work right from first year. I moved from Mackay to Townsville to attend uni, and it’s been a great first year,” she said.

Tia sitting on a chair in a primary school classroom

Tia Donald, a grade three teacher at Machans Beach State School, remembers receiving her OP result in year 12, and feeling disappointed and confused about her next step.

“I had my sights set on the Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree at JCU, but I wasn’t offered a place,” she said.

After the initial disappointment, Ms Donald came up with a new plan. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Business at JCU and worked as a dental assistant to get some more experience, and realised dentistry wasn’t right for her.

“I discovered my passion was for teaching, and ended up transferring into a Bachelor of Education, which I completed this year and I was employed immediately,” she said.

“Education is the right career for me. I love building relationships with the kids, and we have so much fun, so I’m glad I ended up studying education.”

Dr Swinbourne encourages students and their families to make use of the support services offered by James Cook University during the change of preference period.

Information events are being held in Cairns, Mackay and Townsville on the 17thDecember, and the university is also offering individual consultations via the phone.

Registrations are available at www.jcu.edu.au/cop

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