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GENFUTURE HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE BELIEVE IN THEIR FUTURE (AND MAKE IT HAPPEN).

We are future-powered –

OUR MISSION IS TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND THE POSSIBILITIES THAT COME WITH SELF KNOWLEDGE.

Our aim is to widen the opportunities for young people, not put them in a wider box.

Young woman standing confidently with hands in the air

GENFUTURE BEGAN WITH A QUESTION: WHAT DO YOUNG PEOPLE NEED TO CREATE A FUTURE IN WHICH THEY THRIVE?

The future we create will include vastly different jobs and more change and movement than we’ve ever experienced before.

So where to start?

Knowing yourself. Knowing what’s possible.

GenFuture will guide you towards designing your future, harnessing your potential and playing to your unique strengths with self-awareness, knowledge and tools.

Though doubt about our careers will come and go, it’s ultimately in knowing ourselves that we’re able to create a fulfilling future.

This is the story of GenFuture and you. Together we are the our in Our Story. Because we’ve been where you are now, and we know what it’s like. Created and led by young and innovative minds and crafted by a team with over 15 years of career management experience, GenFuture is a program that blends fresh perspectives and tested ideas and tools to help young people capture the superpower that is knowing oneself.

Tell me more!

The GenFuture values

We exist to ensure young people always believe in their future.

We are dedicated to providing relatable and understandable tools for young people to gain knowledge about themselves — now and as they grow and evolve.

Self development

We care deeply about the state of young people and will not stop discovering new ways to ensure that they have a thriving future.

Enduring passion

Your future is no one else’s but your own, so we create an unbiased space for self and future exploration; a playful space where all ideas are embraced and built upon.

Unbiased exploration

Meet Charlotte Smail, GenFuture’s Founder

As a young person, I wanted a future I could be excited about. But I found it hard to imagine what that looked like. GenFuture was created as part of my personal journey to acknowledge and bridge the gap between wanting a fulfilling future and knowing how to get there.

I was studying a Master of Architecture and knew it wasn’t right for me, but I couldn’t quite articulate why. At the same time, I was working at a Human Resources company that had conversations every day with people about their “career fit”. I realised that architecture wasn’t the right “fit” because it didn’t align with my values or motivators. After developing the skills to evaluate my direction, I eventually shifted gears to studying counselling. I realised my passion for supporting others.

It was a combination of my experiences with feeling lost, working in career management and my new counselling skills that inspired me to pursue creating GenFuture. Through purposeful engagement and collaboration with other young voices, I envisioned GenFuture as one way to challenge the limiting narratives about the future of young people.

I want the future to be something every young person can get excited about, and I wanted GenFuture to play a role in that. Not everyone has access to a career coach to help them cut through the confusion and provide clarity amongst the career noise. I created GenFuture as an accessible, practical, unbiased support program for other young people to know themselves and gain confidence to lead their own career journeys.

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GenFuture Founder Charlotte Smail at university graduation
We are future forward –
43%

of high school students have no idea what they want to do after school* 🤷

43%

of high school students have no idea what they want to do after school* 🤷

43%

of high school students have no idea what they want to do after school* 🤷

43%

of high school students have no idea what they want to do after school* 🤷

20%

of uni students drop out in their first year* 🧑‍🎓

20%

of uni students drop out in their first year* 🧑‍🎓

20%

of uni students drop out in their first year* 🧑‍🎓

20%

of uni students drop out in their first year* 🧑‍🎓

>50%

of people enter undergraduate degrees on a basis other than ATAR** 📚

>50%

of people enter undergraduate degrees on a basis other than ATAR** 📚

>50%

of people enter undergraduate degrees on a basis other than ATAR** 📚

>50%

of people enter undergraduate degrees on a basis other than ATAR** 📚

* YouthSense, 2019
** Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, 2017