Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Planning Early for Life After School

In this video, Jack and Jan Kruger share their real-life experience of Life After School and provide examples of genuine connection.

Jack’s Work Journey

Planning for life after school can seem daunting, especially when you have a disability. The options may seem slim and limited. However, with vision, preparation and planning it’s possible for young people with a disability to thrive after school.

Most teenagers start exploring employment ideas and earning money when they are in high school. Jack’s family had the same expectation for Jack. They started taking action on their ideas for paid employment early.

  • Jack started mowing lawns with his cousin when he was 14
  • By the age of 16, Jack was working on weekends as a soccer referee
  • He started an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship in Year 11

It takes thoughtful planning and a lot of energy, but the rewards make all the effort worthwhile.