Career advice and guidance for matrics

2017-12-01 06:00

AS they think about their school years, the matric Class of 2017 now scrimmages through a decision that will affect the rest of their lives, their career choice.

Doctors are no longer just doctors anymore, they are podiatrists, sonographers, prosthodontist, epidemiologists and plenty others.

Law enforcers are not just police officers anymore, they are victims’ advocates, evidence technicians and blood stain pattern analysts.

Flooded with an array of professions some of these young adults are bamboozled with the reality that the decision entails much more than commerce or science as they were told three years ago.

South Coast-born University of Zululand politics and international lecturer with her Masters in social science (political science), Zama Zindela says there are three fundamental steps to take in career guidance - self- examination, research the available
career paths and choose the one most suited for you.

“Firstly, I believe knowing yourself as a person is very important to choosing your career path, know your strengths and weaknesses.

“Also, surrounding yourself with people who accept and celebrate you for who you are is paramount because you must be happy with your career choice or else you will not reach your full potential with something you have no passion for.

“I love the saying by an ancient Chinese sage that says ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’,” said Zindela.

She says it is advisable to have at least five options to choose from.

“After choosing, more exploring must take place i.e. find someone who is in a position to tell you more about these options, ask question about the working environment, what exactly do they do, the availability of opportunities and the money earned,” said Zindela.

Zindela said once they have made up their mind matriculants should brace themselves for a completely different learning environment, where their success is completely dependant on them.

“In high school most of your learning is in class and when you get homework you have your parents to help you with it. Also, your teacher is involved in your learning,” said Zindela.

“At tertiary level the lecturer is a facilitator, and a student does most of the learning on their own, submission and writing of exams is up to the student, no one follows up on them.

“There is a lot of research that goes on, home-time is determined by you as a student not a siren or bell,” she said.

Zindela said growing up she thought she would become a police officer and then a lawyer, it was during her politics, philosophy and law degree undergraduate studies that she realised she was more inclined to politics and philosophy than law, and the reality of the country’s economic climate veered her toward her current career path.

“The reality is that for humanities graduates there aren’t many job opportunities, so the academic sector was a better option as a young South African graduate.

“Post-graduate studies are funded by government. and you are likely to get a job, especially being female,” said Zindela.

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