How To Choose Your Career

Thursday, 1 April, 2021 - 12:19
Saarah Richards

Choosing a career is a big step in anyone's life, it's always good to make sure that you are going into the right career that suits you and your qualifications and training. There is a lot to consider before finalizing you career choice.  


You career choice is one of the biggest decisions you can make as a person. There is a lot to take into account before you decide to choose your career. 

Here are some things to consider when making your career choice

1. Self-Knowledge

  • Values - The things that are important to you and are mostly influenced by family, community, religion, school, etc. Some people enjoy careers that give them the opportunity to lead or guide while others prefer careers that allow them to work independently. Your values play a big role in which career better suits you. Make sure your values and goals align with the company you're looking join.
  • Interests - These are things that you enjoy and like doing. An individual who likes working with money and balancing books could consider a career in accounting while someone who enjoys working with their hands and machines could consider a career in engineering or surgery. Following your interest helps you enjoy the career you chose
  • Abilities - The things you are able to do or qualities you possess naturally which distinguishes you and allows you to do certain things that not all individuals can do. Although abilities come naturally, some can also be learned.

 2. Education and Training opportunities

  • Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) - TVET colleges consist of vocational and occupational courses that have a great focus on practical training and these programmes can offer a range of employment opportunities. You can either pursue a career in your specific field of study once you have completed your course at a TVET college or you can continue your studies at a higher education institution. This gives everyone a chance to explore different career options and also learn new skill and abilities that will be beneficial in your future workplace 
  • South African Universities - They offer a combination of academic and vocational diplomas and degrees, while the country's universities of technology focus on vocationally oriented education. Some also offer theoretically-oriented university degrees.
  • Learnerships - A learnership is a work-based learning programme that leads to an NQF registered qualification. Learnerships are directly related to an occupation or field of work, for example, electrical engineering, hairdressing or project management. Learnership programmes can help you to gain the necessary skills and workplace experience needed to open up better employment or self-employment opportunities.

3. Exploring other Sources of Information

  • Research - Always do a large amount of research on the kind opportunities and what the requirements are of the career you wish to go into. Make sure that you able and prepared for the career you chose. Explore and seek advice from other career related sources such as the National Career Advice Portal (NCAP).
  • Conduct an Informational Interview - An Informational Interview is designed to seek information from one key industry or for a professional to learn more about their current, work, and educational experience or to ask for advice on how to be successful in your career goals. A job seeker uses the informational interviews to gather information about their desired career field as well as to expand their professional network

For further help with your career and post-Matric life, head to the Career Help website. 

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