How to decide on a career

Questions about myself

– What do I like? What do I hate?

– What do I really, really want to know more about?

– Do l work well in teams?

– What do I do really well?

– What do I find challenging?

– How much money do I want to earn?

– Do I prefer to make things or to read about things being made?

– What kind of workplace do I want to work in?

– Am I better at working on my own?

– How long am I prepared to study?

– At what age do I want to retire?

– What do I want to do tomorrow?

– What do I want to do in 10 years’ time?

– How hard am I willing to work?

– Do I want a spouse and children?

– What hours am I willing to work?

Questions about the job

– Can I job-shadow someone to get an idea of what it’s like?

– Who can I interview about my job?

– How many employers are looking for people working in the career I’m considering?

– Is what I want to do a scarce skill?

Questions about studying

– What qualifications are available in my field?

– Can I study through a university, university of technology, FET college, learnerships, apprenticeships or internships?

– What sector education and training authorities (Setas) function in my industry?

– What are the admission requirements for my field of study?

– What subjects should I choose in grade nine for grade 10 to 12?

– What level of education do I want?

Questions about the job

– How much will my studies cost?

– Where will I live while I’m studying?

– How will I pay for my studies?

– Where can I get a bursary or study loan?

– Who will pay for my studies?

– Can I get financial aid?


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