Matric is not everything - CEO

2016-01-05 15:27
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Cape Town - Baker, bicycle repairer, tattoo artist - these are some of the career opportunities available for the next generation of matrics not planning on going to university.

- Matric results will be available on News24 from Wednesday

"Matric is not everything" said Christina Watson, CEO of educational publisher Via Afrika.

"Years ago, the thing was if you had a matric, you were guaranteed a job, but this is not the case anymore."

People studied further and further in the hopes of improving their chances of being employed, and then found themselves unable to get a job.

However, instead of living at home forever and getting despondent, Watson said the next wave of young workers and students had many exciting choices and might only need a short course.

The company had developed an app called Career Compass. After a short aptitude test, it provided tailored career suggestions, ranging from fireman, to camera operator, to watchmaker.

Once the skills area had been narrowed down, a description of each of the prospective careers was provided, along with a list of the required school subjects.

For example, to become a wedding co-ordinator, one needed to be outgoing, friendly and motivated, with good administrative and organising skills, and take maths literacy in matric, according to the app.

A private detective needed to be perceptive, notice the details, and be physically fit.

Or, for those with an eye for furniture style, colour trends, fabrics, and ergonomics, a career as an upholsterer was waiting.

The app provided tips on how to pay for studies and prepare a CV.

"We must get away from this 'get through matric' mindset," said Watson. 

* Via Afrika is part of Media24, which owns News24.

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