2015 - Part 3: Planning my Career
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Planning my Career
by Career Planet 'Ask Us' Manager
In April . . .
The theme for this month is PLANNING!
‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’ - Alan Lakein.
Eskom and load-shedding are a daily reminder of what happens when we fail to plan. And as future leaders, engineers and managers, it is up to you to plan for a country that never suffers load-shedding!
But planning is something that does not just happen – it takes practice. So start by planning your daily life.
There are two things only:
Set aside 10 minutes every day to plan for the following day:
- hour by hour
- homework by subject
- always allow some extra time to catch up on your difficult subjects.
Plan a little reward at the end of every day when you have kept to your plan!
To Grade 9's
- How do you feel about choosing subjects? There are three subjects which really matter:
- English because it is the subject of teaching and learning at most higher educational institutions. Generally the minimum mark accepted for university is 60%, for University of Technology it is 50% - but it depends on the course.
- Mathematics – your choices are almost unlimited with Maths
- Physical Science is the subject required for most Science (including Medical) and Engineering careers.
- Career Planet lists 23 industries where you could work. You chose two in March, choose another two different industries to explore here: http://www.careerplanet.co.za/choosing-a-career
- Choose one career this month to explore and read about. By the end of the year you should have at least 8 careers that you have explored.
To Grade 10's
- If you did not do the things suggested in Grade 9, catch up now.
- Starting with 8 careers, by now you should have 6 careers that you are exploring in depth. Ask yourself:
- Am I more Practical? (just want to get on with doing!)
- Am I more Academic? (prefer book learning).
- If you are more practical than academic , you can apply to enter an FET College for National Certificate (Vocational). Some courses allow you to enter in July. What courses do FET Colleges offer? Check the list here:
- http://www.careerplanet.co.za/fet-college-info Not all colleges offer all courses.
- To find your nearest college, search here: http://www.careerplanet.co.za/institutions
- You are allowed to change 2 subjects in June – read this:
To Grade 11's
- If you did not do the things suggested in Grade 10, catch up now.
- You need at least 5 career choices. You need to ask yourself what requirements there are for each.
- If you have discovered that your subjects are not what you require then you can change two subjects. http://www.careerplanet.co.za/can-i-change-my-high-school-subjects
- Changing subjects is not easily done and you and your parents or guardians and your teachers, will need to be convinced that you can catch up work that you missed. It will certainly need an extra hour or two a day, weekends and holidays. If you can afford a tutor, it is worth your while http://www.careerplanet.co.za/where-can-i-find-study-help
To Grade 12's
- If you did not do the things suggested in Grade 11, catch up now.
- Every year learners find that they have left it too late to apply for the University or FET College of their choice. So start applying now. Some courses close their applications as early as May. APPLYING is not the same as REGISTERING. You register only once you are accepted.
- Gather your registration fee and the documents you will need. They include:
- A certified copy of your ID
- If you have not yet matriculated you need your Grade 11 report that must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
- If you have already matriculated (even if you are rewriting some subjects in 2014) but have not attended any university. Attach a certified copy of your matric certificate.
- Apply at more than one institution and for more than one course and in case you are not accepted.
Whatever your question, you can always post it here: http://www.careerplanet.co.za/ask_us’
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