Choosing a Career
WHY PLAN MY CAREER?
- Proper planning may save you from regrets later and time wasted that could have moved you up the career ladder. It also ensures that you have school subjects that will allow you to follow your chosen career.
- Maths and science are essential in many fields and not having them will preclude you from a career in the engineering or science disciplines. But the diverse food and beverage sector is not restricted to the engineering and science – there is something for everyone
HOW DO I DECIDE WHICH CAREER TO CHOOSE?
- Ask yourself 'Who am I?'. Your answer will point you in the right direction.
- Consider three things – your interests, values and skills.
- Values are actions and behaviours that are important to us.
- Skills are learnt and practiced, and developed over time.
- Skills are often specific to a job, but certain skills are valuable in almost any type of job or profession – voluntary, community and part-time work all develop such skills.
- Don't underestimate the value of your experience as a waiter in your local restaurant or as a volunteer for a charity organisation
- We all have different interests – that is the spice of life.
- Are you a doer, thinker and problem solver, creator, helper, persuader and entrepreneur, or organiser?
SUBJECT CHOICE AND CAREER PATH
Grade 9 is an important year in the life of every South African learner. You need to start thinking about possible careers during grade 9. In order to make the right choice of subjects in grade 10, learners should know the career path they wish to pursue on completion in Grade 12.
When choosing the subjects you will take as from grade 10, it is important to have a career in mind. Knowing what career you wish to venture into will help you choose the relevant subjects required for that career. It is important to tie your subject choice to your career choice because that will guide you in choosing your subjects. You must also consider venturing into scarce skills careers, as this will increase your chances of employment. Here is the latest.
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