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How to Decide on a Career


How to Decide on a Career

There are three steps to follow before deciding on a career as a student. These three basic steps are questions each student should ask themselves before they waste money and time on something they don’t want. It is very crucial for every student to have proper career guidance before they start choosing because it is very difficult sometimes to undo the choices once they have been made. Sometimes students fear that they that they will disappoint their parents if they tell them they want to change they career. Some fear that their friends will think they a weak and scared, through peer pressure they continue with this wrong choices and forget that it’s their future that is being compromised.


The first step is to understand yourself around the career of your choice. Each person should ask themselves the following questions: What do I like? What do I hate? What do I really want to know more about? Do I work well in a team? What do I do really well? What do I find challenging? How much money do I want to earn? Do I prefer to make things or to read about things being made? What kind of workplace do I want to work in? Am I better at working on my own? How long am I prepared to study? At what age do I want to retire? What do you want to do in 10 years’ time? How hard am I willing to work? Do I want t a spouse and children? How long am I prepared to study? What hours am I willing to work? Once you have asked yourself this questions you will be able to make a very clear and sober decision on what you want to study and what you want to be in the couple of years to come. They are a very good tool to shape your career and your life because from the above questions there is no way that a person who loves a career in traveling and tourism would want to get married young. If one choose a career that will make him/her travel it is clear that there will be no time for family and for that reason family would be the last thing in that person’s life. It is important to make sure that one is honest to him/herself when answering this questions. Many people have failed to be faithful to themselves and as a result, they found themselves repeating the same mistakes in life.


The second set of questions or second step is to ask yourself questions about studying. These are also the important set of questions that one should make sure they find answers before time and money are spent. Everyone should ask themselves the following questions: can I job-shadow someone to get an idea of what it’s like in the field I want to work in? Who can I interview about my job? How many employers are looking for people working in the career I’m considering? Is the career I want to choose a scarce skill? These questions are very important because there are many people today who are bored in their career because they didn’t have any idea of what was the job environment of the career they wanted. Some people have changed their career and they went to school because they had nothing to do since they got surprised of the working environment. It is very important for someone who wants to be a social worker, for example, to be familiar with social work and to meet other social workers before they start studying.


The third step is to ask yourself questions about studying, but this set of questions are easy to answer once you have honestly answered the first set of questions and you have answered the second set of questions. Everyone have to ask themselves the following questions: what qualification are available in the field I am interested in? Can I study through a university, university of technology, FET College, learnerships, apprenticeships or internships? What sector of education and training authorities function in my industry? What are the admission requirements for my field of study? What subjects should I choose in grade 9 for grade 10 to 12? What level of education do I want? These questions once they are answered they will help learners and parents from going to all institutions of higher learning. A lot of people waste a lot of money traveling to all universities looking forward to being accepted. This can be solved by this questions because if a learner knows where they qualification is offered they will go straight to that particular institution.


Scarce Skills

Scarce skills are skills that of shortage, skills that are not available in the country. This is another best one to decide on a career choice. Many students forget that when they go to study for any qualification they do it because they want to get a job and either pay back their study loan or build their parents a house. These dreams are shattered away when they finish their qualification and don’t find a job because there are a lot of people who have been studying the same degree or qualification. It is very important that before each student choose a career that they make sure that they also consider choosing a career because it is a scarce skill or it is not available. The fewer people are studying toward a certain qualification, the higher the chances of getting a job after the qualification. There is a huge different between a scarce career or skill and a career that is out of the market. This apply to anyone who wants to study


Careers in High Demand

Amongst other careers, the following occupations are in high demand, students before they make their choices they should consider these qualifications. These are Accountant, Actuary, Agricultural Engineer, Air Traffic Controller, Architecture, Attorney, Audiologist, Auditor, Boiler Maker, Bricklayer, Carpenter and Joiner, Computer Network System Engineer, Data Base Designer and Administrator, Dentist, Dietician, Draughtsperson, Early Child Development practitioner, Economist, Electrical Engineer, Electrician, Energy Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Environmental Impact and Restoration Analyst, Fitter and Toner, General Medical Practitioner, Geographic Information Systems Technician, Geologist, Industrial Designer, Librarian, Materials Engineer, Mathematician, Medical Doctor, Medical Technology, Metallurgical Engineer, Methodologist, Midwife, Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Paramedic, Pathologist, Petroleum Engineer, Pharmacist, Physicist, Plumber, Quantity Surveyor, Radiologist, Rental Buyer, Safety, Healthy, Environment and Quality Practitioner, School Teacher, Social Counselling Worker, Software Developer, Sonographer, Special Needs Teacher, Speech Pathologist, Statistician, Supply Chain Practitioner, Surgeon, Surveyor, Town and Reginal Planner, Veterinarian and Welder.

Sanele GamedeHow to Decide on a Career


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