Young people are putting photos of themselves online during Schoolies Week that will ruin their opportunities to further their career now and in years to come.

Australian Teenage Expo co-founder and youth expert Sacha Kaluri says while social media is a fantastic way to communicate with friends, but young people needed be aware of what image they portray.

“Its now extremely common for businesses to Google and Facebook potential employees, to check out their online image.” Said Ms Kaluri.

“Young people need to constantly be thinking what image they are putting out there of themselves,” she said

“Young people tend to have lots of friends online and when they upload photos of themselves having a good time sometimes in Bali or Queensland, they forget who might see them.”

“Employers can be very conservative and often make judgements”.

Sonya Karras also co-founder of the Australian Teenage Expo said “We are living in a clip and upload world, so young people need to factor that in when they are partying.

“Its not just the photos they upload, its also the comments too,” said Ms Karras.

“Those fly away comments young people write, can really show the world who they are and what values they have,” she said

“It’s extremely easy to have a few drinks and want to show off the good time to your having and then only to regret it in the morning.”

Ms Kaluri has tips on how to manage your online profile during Schoolies Week.

  • Don’t upload any photos while under the influence. Give yourself a rule.
  • Hang out with friends that you trust, in fact make an agreement amongst the group with each other not to Facebook, Tweet or Instagram if you are drinking.
  • Be conscious of what you are not only putting yourself online but also your friends, being tagged in a photo you don’t want online is just as devastating.
  • Keep your opinion to yourself, young people sometimes feel like they have the right to voice how they feel all the time. Putting that opinion online can distraught their image.
  • Schoolies week is an important part of a student’s life. Have fun, make memories that you can remember forever, its okay to take photos but make sure you keep them private. Young people should not have to be reminded for many years to come of the silly things they did during Schoolies Week.

Ms Kaluri says one of the worst things that can happen is in years to come a young person is constantly reminded of a night of celebration, judged for their action and regularly pay the price.

“Young people can often spend the whole year saving for that Bali trip and the last thing they want is, for it to turn out to be their worst nightmare, all because of one photo or comment”.

“Many business owners say they can only meet the real person applying for a job on Facebook – so your resume and Facebook profile need to match up.”

‘If your resume says you are motivated and energetic, your Facebook profile cant have comments about how you cant be bothered to go to work and you would rather seep in most days”.

‘Schoolies week is all about having fun and celebrating with friends, its not meant to affect your future career”.


Sacha Kaluri’s Background
Sacha Kaluri started a successful business at the age of 18 and now travels around Australia speaking to young people in senior schools on the topics of how to have the career of your dreams,  bullying and online bullying, stress management and body image.
In 2011 Sacha Kaluri became the co founded and the co-director of the Australian Teenage Expo, a large-scale youth event which this year attracted almost 8000 Victorians at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Australian Teenage Expo aims to provide everything a teen, parent or educator needs to know about in three key areas – Education, Services and Products, with as much fun and interaction as possible.
For more information about the Australian Teenage Expo or book a keynote presentation by Sacha Kaluri visit www.teenageexpo.com.au or www.sachakaluri.com
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  • My eldest is old enough now that I’m really starting to worry about this sort of thing.


  • Far out, I’d never really thought much about employers checking online profiles!!


  • Oooohhhhhh, never even considered this. I guess it makes sense with the widespread use of social media. So glad thus wasn’t in existence for my schoolies


  • well said to all of the above.I didn’t even attend schoolies on graduating school some 21 years ago now so about late 1996.who knows what would have happened in regards to future employment after leaving the family business in 2003/2004 if anyone saw what went on.I was my late fathers medical receptionist after leaving school then onto working in basic hospitality 7 years later in Pizza Shops and Chinese Take Away Places from 2003/2004 to late 2015 and now work in Packaging of all sorts for a Disability Enterprise from 2016 onwards.I am one of those people who has a certification 2/3 in travel and tourism who recommends to anyone who will be a 2018 or 2019 graduate if your parents offer you a family holiday to mark the end of your education and you have been working since about 2015 or 2016 to take them up and say yes to it.The memories will last a lifetime and not only that depending on what kind of job path they choose It can have positive feedback in years to come.


  • Some very good advice here. Unfort, once a few drinks sets in it might be forgotten.


  • Schoolies week is such a dangerous, risky situation. Why the kids want to go, I’ll never know


  • That was an interesting article! Thanks for sharing that knowledge!


  • It’s alarming how this stuff can linger around and affect your future.


  • I don’t think my kids will be interested in schooliez week…I hope not anyway :/


  • I loathe all this ‘schoolies’ stuff, plenty of people making money out of it though, can’t see it going away any time soon.


  • A friend of mine is a volunteer helper at schoolies with a large church group and they had a real positive impact last year it was great to hear all about it


  • Social media is so dangerous for kids


  • Good read thanks for the information


  • It’s not just schoolies week photos either. Young people don’t realise the consequences of the images they put on social media or the comments they make, they might have regrets at a later stage and delete the photos and comments, however they have already been seen, possibly tagged, copied, had a screen shot taken and forwarded to others who have done the same.

    Once on the internet, there’s no real ‘takesies backsies’ even they think they’ve covered their tracks and people have very long memories especially when it comes to inappropriate photos and comments.


  • I doubt I would ever let my kids go to schoolies… nope not that far away with no rules.. and that much mayhem

    • I feel the same, highly unlikely I would let them attend schoolies, way out of hand these days.


  • Thanks for this article, insightful.


  • it is such a dangerous time and getting uot of hand can reflect on you down the track


  • Was interesting, thanks for sharing


  • Good points, most teenagers need a few reminders I guess.


  • thank you sharing this article good read


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