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University or Vocational Training: How To Choose What Is Right For You

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With South Africa’s high unemployment rates and limited university spaces, matriculants are often urged to opt for vocational training.

“When it comes to remuneration, research has shown that vocational careers are often high-paying positions, and it is not unusual for someone with a technical qualification from a college to out-earn their peers with a general academic degree from a university,” says Van den Berg.

“This is because of the high demand in South Africa for a range of skills that will allow you to earn a lucrative salary if you have the right certification, experience, and training. Land surveyors, electrical technicians, riggers, executive assistants, HR professionals, web and software developers, and sales managers, for instance, are all positions that can be reached without a degree, and can pay between R35 000 and R75 000 per month.”

Ultimately, prospective students should make the decision about what and where to study only after having considered all their options, says Van den Berg.

But very importantly, this consideration should include the realisation that a university degree is not the only, or even best, option for everyone.

“Both a vocational qualification and a university degree are extremely valuable, but it depends on what you want to do with your life. If you want hands-on training that will help you gain the skills you need to pursue a specific career or trade, consider vocational training. If you want more in-depth theoretical training in your field, or if you want to pursue a profession that requires you to earn a degree (for example doctor, lawyer, or psychologist), consider university education,” he says.

 

 

 

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