When you look for a career, it is important to know yourself.
Don't let yourself be influenced by what your parents or buddies tell you! You will only enjoy what you are good at and interested in.
1. TRY THE SWAIP EXERCISE
S – Strengths e.g. What do people normally compliment you on?
W – Weaknesses e.g. What do you struggle with?
A – Abilities e.g. What can you do very well?
I – Interests e.g. What do you like to do in your free time?
P – Personality e.g. Are you shy, loud, practical, intellectual, creative, a leader, a follower or a persuader?
2. TRY CARD SORTING
Tear up some sheets of paper into blocks and write down every career that you can think of. It is quite nice to do this with a friend...
Now sort the career cards into those 3 categories: Yes, I would like to know more about this career; No, this career does not interest me; Maybe, I would consider this as an option.
Work through the “Yes” and “Maybe” pile, by doing research into each career option. As you gather more information, you will add some more cards in the “No” and the “Yes” pile will become smaller.
3. ASK AROUND
Talk to a person who is already in the profession you have chosen (don't be shy, people are happy to give advice.)
Google “A day in the life of a………”
Ask your mentor to help you to meet the right people.
Go to university open days and ask for guidance.
4. ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS
- What careers are available to a person with my interests, subject choices and level of academic performance?
- What qualifications give access to these careers?
- Which educational institutions offer programmes towards these qualifications?
- What are the admission requirements for these programmes?
- What alternative admission routes are available if I do not qualify?
5. GO ONLINE
6. GET FREE CAREER GUIDANCE
BHP Billiton Career Centre, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
011 639 8400
(The Centre has also a library with information about careers, bursaries, studies, learnerships)
Psychometric assessment by a psychologist.
(duration: 9am to 3pm)
Book an appointment: 011 639 8434
Career counselling (duration: 40 min)
Call: 011 717 9140
Boston City Campus
Complete online questionnaire, then make an appointment to see a counsellor for 10 minutes
Orange Grove Campus (247 Louis Botha) - 011 640 49 75
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Braamfontein Campus - 011 339 21 53
A tour will also be given of the facilities.
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