Making career decisions in matric can be overwhelming. To help you manage your current academics, while planning your future, here are some tips:
- Develop your dream
- Put your school academics first
- Decide where to study or work
- Think ahead
- Plan your finances
- Get help
Develop your dream
It is important that you know where you want to go. You should not only have a dream, but you should know how you are going to get there.
To find out how to plan for your dream career, click here.
Put your school academics first
As important as it is to plan your path ahead, it is crucial that you focus on your matric exams, so that you can achieve good results. Make sure that you don’t get caught up in all your future plans that you forget about your current academics.
Decide where to study or work
If you decide to study further, there are many possible places you can get a qualification from. If you are interested in gaining work experience while studying, a distance learning college is the option to choose.
Colleges to consider:
You could also obtain a qualification at a university or technikon.
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Before you make any big decisions, you should consider questions, such as:
- How many years will I have to study?
- Am I ready to move away or should I rather study from home?
- Where do I want to be in five years?
Answering all these questions will help you think about the details of your plans instead of just jumping into it.
Plan your finances
Whether you are going to study or work, you will need money. Make sure to apply for bursaries early in your matric year. You could also raise money for your studies or for other expenses, like accommodation.
It is advisable that you don’t try to plan your future all by yourself. Seeing that you have your academics to focus on, ask your parents or caregivers to help you find all the information you need.
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Author: Simoné Coetzee
Last Updated: 25 January 2021