How to choose a career that suits you the best

AT SOME stage in our lives we all have had difficulty in making the right decision about our future and the career we want. With matric final exams under way, students are overwhelmed by the pressure.

First, let us get out of our head the idea that only some occupations, like doctor, lawyer and accountant, are important. That is ridiculous. The reality is that the job market is huge, so you should choose a career that suits your personality and abilities. Find out more about yourself. Many matric students are unsure about what they want to study after finishing school. The lack of career guidance in high school is one of the main reasons why learners delay going to university. It is also why many university students drop out in the middle of their first year as they realise that they are studying the wrong course. Things to consider when deciding what to study include:

  • What type of person am I?
  • What are my interests?
  • What am I really good at?
  • What do I struggle with?
  • Do I like taking orders or do I like giving orders?

Speak to career advisers and people who have succeeded in their career Speak to a school psychologist, career counsellor and those who have been successful in their career. They can help you better understand yourself and career opportunities suitable for you.

Different types of career fields you can explore Here is a list of the main career fields that will give you a better idea of what kind of careers there are:

  • Architecture, planning and environmental design;
  • Arts and entertainment;
  • Business;
  • Communications;
  • Education;
  • Engineering and computer science;
  • Environment;
  • Government;
  • Health and medicine;
  • International;
  • Law and public policy;
  • Non-profit;
  • Science – biological and physical.

Are you considering something that is scarce? A scarce skill is when there are not enough people who are qualified to do the a specialised job. When you decide to study a scarce skill, you not only help your country, but also you help yourself. Because there are few people working in the field, scarce-skill jobs offer good salaries and job security. Why you should consider studying for a scarce skill job:

  • Finding a job will be easier;
  • You will be paid a good salary;
  • You can expect job promotions easily;
  • Some scarce-skill jobs offer international job opportunities.

Which jobs are scarce in South Africa? According to the Oxbridge Academy, a survey from a few months ago, indicate that the following industry sectors require scarce skills:

  • Software development;
  • Network and information security;
  • Web development;
  • Management skills;
  • Sales;
  • Financial skills;
  • Engineering.

Finding the right place to study Do you need a degree or will a skills programme be enough to get you into the job you want? Look at various tertiary education institutions and the courses they offer. Also, think about the location of the institution and your time. Will you be able to travel to class every day? If not, you might want to consider distance learning education or part-time study. Affordability is also important. When considering a learning institution, take a look at their course prices. Can you afford their prices? Do they offer any form of bursaries or easy payment options? Lastly, look at the course requirements. Do you meet all the requirements of enrolling for your chosen course?

Lawrence Jugmohan is the head of Digital Street and senior automation engineer at Hollywood Bets.

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