Applications are about to close-have you made the right choice?

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:
  1. Who am I?
Learn about yourself.
  • 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?
  1. 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.
  1. 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.  

View the list of careers with their educational requirements.

The civil engineering degree requires a minimum of 4 years of study at a recognised university. A person who has obtained a recognised BEng degree is then eligible for registration as a Candidate Engineer. After gaining at least 3 years of appropriate practical experience, a civil engineer may register as a Professional Engineer under the auspices of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

Firstly, a Bachelor degree must be obtained with psychology as a major subject. Post-graduate study:
After completing this degree the prospective psychologist must apply for selection for an Honours degree in Psychology (1 year) and then apply for selection for a Masters degree in one of the five fields: clinical, counselling, educational, industrial or research psychology. The selection is a very intensive process and only a limited number of students are selected.

Masters degree in Psychology: The duration of this degree is 2 years. The first year is predominantly theoretical but includes supervised practical work. In the second year an internship has to be done under the supervision of a registered psychologist. A short thesis must also be written.

Registration: After complying with all the requirements for the Masters degree and successfully completing the internship, the prospective psychologist has to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa in one of the five recognised categories of clinical, counselling, educational, industrial or research psychology.

Degree: BSc degree course with Zoology as a major, with a second major such as: Botany, Chemistry, Physiology, Geology, Biochemistry, Genetics or Microbiology.

Postgraduate study: An honours degree or preferably an MSc or Ph.D. degree is essential for the full professional development of the zoologist. Post-graduate studies involve a series of research projects chosen by the student in accordance with the area of interest

7 Comments on “Applications are about to close-have you made the right choice?”

  1. I would like to comeback and study the BTech in Transport Economics. I was once a student in 2012 and I had a very serious problems at home so I couldn’t make on the first term because of that. Now that my problems are sorted out, I would like to come back and finish my degree. Please advice me on that. My ID No is 6409150986088.

    Kind regards

    Nicky Manne

  2. i failed my matric on 2004,now i want to study but i dont have money can nsfas help me to do ncv atleast.

  3. On this sitr it says applications are about to close i cant manage to go through with my application i have student number i am intrested in radiography degree please help before it too late even if it means i need to pay that R200 if you do it your side

  4. Good day my name is Nikita i am interested to study radiology at UJ next year as i am a matriculant at Ferdinand Postma High in Potchefstroom.

    I am enquiring about the open day, for this career

    hope you will beable to assist

    my e-mail is nw.pers.mic1@saps.gov.za or zvdwalt@live. com

    Regards

  5. Good day
    My name is Kanono Tlhokomelang i am interest to study chemical engineer next year as i am metriculant at St paul’s secondary in North west
    i am enquiring about open day for this career
    hope you will be able to assit
    my g-mail is ka
    nonotlhokz@gmail.com
    Regards

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