Help with transition to adult life

group planning togetherTransition is the process of change from one stage of development, growth or support to the next – it’s all about getting you ready for the life you want to live.

Transition – like all change – can be a challenging time so it’s a good idea to start planning early and think about your personal goals and any support you’d like to get in place to lead a fulfilling and independent life.

This process is different for everyone and not every stage needs to be ‘completed’ before another begins.  Transition stages can be linked to your age, ability, and service eligibility.

During transition you should receive support to move towards your future life goals. An Individual Career Plan or ICP should be organised by your school by the time you are 14 years old. ICPs cover employment and financial independence, community participation, home and living arrangements, independent mobility, peer relationships, sexuality and self-esteem.

An Individual Transition Plan is also usually developed by the team of people who will be supporting you in your last year at school.  This covers a lot of the same goals as in your ICP but also has more detail on what will happen when you leave school. The plan might follow a process called PATH (Planning Alternative Futures with Hope).


Darya Small is in her last year at high school. Watch her Question Time video to learn about her experience of high school and her plans for the future.


Tips for a successful transition
Here’s some ideas on what to focus on while thinking about your future life goals – and how to get ready for adult life.

Guide to useful transition information
Here’s a list of resources and organisations that can help with planning and supporting your transition.