With only two weeks left before applications to study at the University of Johannesburg close, it is time to start thinking about your future study path. Have you chosen the right course? Will the course that you have chosen help you to achieve some of your career goals? Here are a few things that you should consider when choosing a qualification you would like to pursue:
Learn about yourself.
- Who am I?
- Values: What is important to you?
- Interests: What appeals to you?
- Skills/Aptitude: What are you good at?
- Personality: What makes you, you? / Who are you?
- Where am I going?
Now that you have started to learn a little more about yourself, it’s time to learn more about different careers. Pick at least three different careers that you find interesting and talk to people who are working in that field or, if possible, find a part-time or volunteer job in that field. You could also try job shadowing! It’s helpful to ask questions such as, “What’s good and bad about this job?” and “What are the educational requirements needed to work in that particular profession?” There are many sources of career and job information available: check the Internet or go to a library; conduct informational interviews; visit Career Resource Centres.
- How do I get there?
Now that you have given some thought to possible careers, it is important to also consider how much training you will need for the career you’re interested in. Is the course that you have chosen going to allow you to enter the profession of your choice? Below you will find some examples of the educational requirements needed to enter into different professions. Make sure to do some research to find out what educational requirements are needed for your career/Industry of interest.