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How to Make a Career Choice When You Are Undecided

Having trouble making decisions about your future and the career you want? Many matriculants feel overwhelmed by all the pressure. Make the right choice by following these simple steps.

Firstly the idea that only career paths in the medical, law and accounting professions, are essential is untrue. The job market is vast, and you should choose a career that suits your personality and abilities.

 Know yourself–your strengths, values, personality, and skills.

One of the best ways that you can discover your true calling is by doing a self-assessment. It will help you find out your personality type, interests, strengths and weaknesses, and help determine which career path suits you best.

Type of questions to ask yourself when doing a self-assessment:

what type of person am I? (Introvert/Extrovert)What are my interests?

Would I be interested in working directly with clients and customers?

Do I enjoy working with numbers?

Determine your goals.

Ask yourself, What do you want out of a career?
Do you want to help other people? Do you want to travel? How much money do you want to make?
If you’re pursuing a career that doesn’t align with your long-term goals, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever feel satisfied.

Speak to career advisers.

Speak to a school psychologist or career counsellor. They can help you better understand yourself and the career opportunities suitable for you.

Talk to people who work in your desired career.

Talking with someone who is already working in the career field you’re considering can be extremely helpful. Ask questions about the pros and cons of the job, whether or not the person would choose it if they could go back in time, and what kinds of skills they’ve found to be most beneficial.

A scarce skill is a career field where there are not enough people who are qualified to do the job. When you decide to study a scarce skill, you not only help your country, but you also help yourself. Scarce skill jobs offer good salaries and job security because there are so few people working in the field.

Why you should consider studying for a scarce skill job

Sectors that have skill shortages are more likely to have higher training, employment and business opportunities. At a time when unemployment is high, and job creation is low, it is vital to choose a career with favourable prospects.

The below industry sectors require scarce skills:

Engineering/Technical

Health and Medicine

Information Technology

Finance

If you are one of the unfortunate students that have no idea what career you would like to pursue after Matric, there is still time to make the right choice.

When doing the self-assessment or career test, be honest with yourself. And when weighing your study options, choose a learning institution that will give you the best possible education, for what you can manage and afford. 

Don’t be afraid of the future! Do your research, and you will make the right choices.

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