What does your 2022 after matric look like?
Some of us may not have an idea of what to pursue after our matric year, which is okay. The pressure to make a decision that’ll affect the rest of your life can feel heavy. While you don’t have to have all the answers yet, it’s important to start considering your options. Here’s more.
If you have the financial means and academic marks, it’s possible to attend university or college straight after matric. Here’s how you can apply and important information you should know.
You might have your heart set on studying further, but maybe your matric marks just weren’t good enough. Or maybe you’ve gotten a bachelor’s or university pass, but it’s not enough for your course of choice. In these cases, its possible to re-write your matric exams or take a bridging course. These options aren’t something to feel embarrassed or ashamed about. Your future, happiness and career fulfilment that needs to be your number one priority.
Find a job
It’s okay if studying further isn’t an option for you right away. If finances are delaying you studying further, you can find a job or volunteer so that you can learn new skills while putting money away for your studies. Doing some part-time or full-time work might also help you figure out what career path you want to follow.
Learning and working
This is perfect for those who are studying and working at the same time. You can choose distance-learning at an institution such as UNISA. Just keep in mind that distance learning requires excellent self-discipline as you balance work, study and personal commitments.
Another way is to apply for a learnership with one of the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs). This allows you to earn a salary while studying and learning on the job. There’s also the option of a vocational training. You can visit www.skillsportal.co.za for more information on these options.
Taking a gap year
A gap year is a year-long break you take after finishing school. This could be spent in a foreign country or home country, learning a particular skill, volunteering for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation), or fostering your personal growth. Gap years can help you become more independent, as well as gain perspective and maturity. Just remember to plan your gap year well by setting proper goals.
Mapping out your future career not only helps you to reach your career goals, but it’ll also help you stay motivated. Explore the options that best suit you and know that it’s okay if your options change from time to time.
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