Life after matric

2017-09-20 06:02
Leaveil Henry, Varsity College PMB student advisor and vice-principal marketing.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Leaveil Henry, Varsity College PMB student advisor and vice-principal marketing.PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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COMING to the end of Grade 12, if you pass of course, can be somewhat of a relief because you will be leaving school and ditching your uniform.

However, this is not where life slows down because you should be looking at career options and readying yourself to go out and face the “real world”.

Many matriculants are confused when it comes to choosing a career because they are unsure of what they want to do.

Some don’t even research careers they would like to pursue or which are suitable for them simply because their parents have already decided where they will go.

In some families parents choose their children’s career because they believe­ it is the right thing to do and want to give their children a bright future­, but that is not the case when they fail and drop out of college or university.

Besides having to decide on what career to pursue, when the matric results are released in January many are unaware of where they are going to study.

This may be because they applied and did not obtain a space at a tertiary institute or they did not apply at all.

Due to the pressure from family and friends pupils look for any college to study at, but some fall victim to “fly-by-night” colleges.


Leaveil Henry, vice-principal marketing and student advisor at Varsity College Pietermaritzburg, said it is important for matric pupils to research the career they want to get into.

“It is very important to apply early and apply to many institutions because even good marks do not guarantee you acceptance.

“Pupils need to have at least three choices when applying for higher education. When you choose a career you need to choose what you love. Your personality needs to reflect what you are choosing, but you also need to be realistic and look at your marks.

“You need to look at different faculties in case you are not accepted at your preferred faculty so that you still have other options,” said Henry.

Henry said there are thousands of career opportunities, pupils just need to do research and visit libraries.

Due to a lack of research, Henry said he once chose the wrong career and had to change in the second semester.

“I went to university to study law. I found it interesting, however, I failed my first law module and realised it was not something I could see myself doing as a career and decided to change my qualification. This could have been as a result of a lack of guidance and information.

“It is important to study, but do not study something you don’t like. If you make a decision on your own you will be more confident and motivated to complete and succeed in your studies.

“It is important to have a five-year plan of where you want to be after studying.”

Henry said parents must stop living their dreams through their children, instead they must support and guide them in the career of their choice.

He said every year the college visits schools where they advise Grade 12 pupils about careers and about the challenges they will face when they get to higher institutions of learning.

If students would like further advice on choosing a career, they can contact Henry at Varsity College to book an appointment with a student advisor.

Azande Dumakude, a Grade 12 Carter High pupil, told Maritzburg Fever she did not have any difficulties when deciding what to study next year.

“I applied in May to four institutions as I knew what I wanted to study. I had various choices, but my first choice was medicine.

“The only worry I have now is that I have not received a response from all the universities I applied at. I only received a response from two.”

She said her parents did not have a problem with her choices and she did research on the universities and careers before applying.

What happens if a matriculant doesn’t secure a place at university, but wants to further their studies?

There are private colleges and FET colleges across the country. However, before a pupil registers at a private college they must do a background check to see if the college is accredited before investing their time and money in it. There were many instances where college students protest demanding their money back when they later discover the college is not


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