School-leavers unsure about what path to take are seeking guidance through a new online tool.
The Department of Education's new site, LifeLauncher, has been designed to enable students to link their passions and potential career paths.
It asks a series of questions based on interests, abilities and school subjects before narrowing down and suggesting potential study and employment choices for life after school.
Spring Ridge's Lesley Stewart is the mum of twins Lily and Angus Nicholls, who are completing year 12 at Quirindi High School this year. She believes kids should "do something they care about, something they are excited to commit to".
"The HSC period can be quite stressful; I know my kids are definitely apprehensive about the next stage of their lives. However, they have a great support network from family, friends and teachers they can lean on and as a result, are excited to begin their career path," Ms Stewart said.
"I think a tool like LifeLauncher is beneficial for all students to explore.
"It's amazing to see the number of jobs suited to your own personality and subjects you've chosen at school. You can't possibly know all these options when you are just starting to think about what career choices are available."
She said Lily was set on being a paramedic, while Angus was thinking about a career in sports journalism.
"We've had many discussions to help our kids think through their options, whether that means university, TAFE or another option entirely," she said.
Also of Spring Ridge, Liz Brownhill is the mother of Archie, who is studying at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School this year.
"When I first left uni, I worked in a retail store because it was an easy option. I got promoted quickly, but realised I hated my job and was miserable," Ms Brownhill said.
"I quit not long after and since then, I've appreciated how important it is to pick a career based on your interests. I've really tried to help my kids to understand that."