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Career Guidance is Crucial for High School Learners.

posted 26 Feb 2014, 02:12 by ntobeko dlamini

In order to introduce learners to potential careers and opportunities after matriculation, the Star For Life Skills Programme has been conducting workshops on skills and career opportunities for learners in grade 9 and 12.


Shumayela High School learners at the skills and career path.

As a result of the limited career guidance available in the schools, most learners who have passed grade 12 have no idea of what they want to do with their lives. Some of these matriculates have worked really hard and have done enough to qualify them for tertiary admission but because they were not exposed to the relevant information, they are not able to access such opportunities.


The Star For Life Skills Officer, Mmiseni Dladla pointed out that there are plenty of opportunities for learners but they need to be guided in order to find the most suitable options for them. “These workshops also aim to address the scarce skills shortage in Africa, we encourage learners to opt for scarce skills within their personalities, the benefits of career guidance earlier includes choosing relevant subjects to what they intend to do after matriculating.”


Learners also need to learn about other career routes beside FET’s and University studies, there are also apprenticeships and traineeships which are good opportunities to pursue.  The Star For Life Area Manager for schools in Gauteng South, Mr Sicelo Mathenjwa said; “Companies such as Volvo are always looking for learners who did well in their senior certificates to train them and become artisans, mechanics and even engineers.”

The Deputy Principal of Zuzumqhele High School, Mr Mkhize in uMlazi, Durban, KwaZulu Natal said career guidance is crucial for both learners starting high school and for those doing their final year in high school. “We have a challenge with learners who pass their senior certificates with good marks but don’t know what opportunities are out there for them, every school should have these kinds of workshops especially schools in rural areas and townships as learners have limited excess to information”, said Mkhize.