TOBY Van Woudenberg has dreamed of a career in the film industry since he was a child.
The year 12 student at Callaghan College, Jesmond campus, is compiling a portfolio to present to the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney.
“I definitely think there are lots of jobs in this industry, so I think there will be something in the future for me,” Toby, 17, said.
But not all students are as confident about their goals.
Mission Australia has released the results of its annual youth survey, which contained responses from 19,000 people aged 15 to 19 years old.
It found 52 per cent of respondents felt barriers would prevent them from reaching their work and study goals.
The top three barriers were academic ability, financial difficulty and a lack of jobs.
Young people reported coping with stress and school or study as their two biggest personal concerns.
The top issue of national concern was alcohol and drugs, followed by equity and discrimination.