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The 4 things we all need in South Africa to have a career

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    The South African labour market is changing –

    All businesses (all of them) are only in existence because of the demand for their product/services.

    If the demand drops the business will either fold or survive by changing their product or selling another one.

    So as the demands for products and services drive the existence of businesses, they in turn drive their costs down continuously by only taking what they need and getting rid of the rest.

    The labourer dances to the same tune – if the law of economics has determined that their skills are irrelevant or redundant, then they have to adjust or similar to the business face

    At some point data capturing was in demand – now there are no vacancies for such a position it’s redundant and doesn’t exist. They would fall under IT: database analysis with SQL.

    However to get to my discussion – I am convinced that the four pillars of a good career start are these:

    1. You need a matric

    It is really a stepping stone as teachers say.

    2. You need a drivers license.

    It somehow always manages to be useful in one way or another. An example is someone who was about to be retrenched from a desk job but was saved by the fact he had a license and moved to transportation as he was able to drive the company car. (Companies need a licensed driver as they will be unable to claim from insurance if he is not a license holder.)

    3. You need a tertiary qualification – Honours, Degree, Diploma, Advanced Diploma:

    I will agree that once it was easier to find work with matric – but I want to speak about how things are right now and likely to continue being.

    The degree is firstly long term in nature and over the 3 years spent on it many things change.

    It is hard or even impossible to predict if the subject studied will even still be in demand in 3 years. Either way, the degree teaches us a way of thinking – and we need to know how to think.

    4. You need a short course:

    “Why do a short course if you already have a degree” some students ask…

    One reason is that it is usually practical skills unlike a degree which is theoretical.

    The course should ideally focus on industry demand and will give you a specialisation in what businesses want `right now`, will be quick to complete while there are still job opportunities. If the certificate can not find a job and pay itself off in a month then it is not a good short course to do.

    The short course therefore must be complementary or supplementary to your degree and done after thorough research of market demand at the time you want to enter the labour market. An example – at the moment HR departments are being phased out or just added as an additional duty of another job description. However, a person who did a degree in HR could still break into the market by adding a short course of VIP PAYROLL to their CV as there is demand for that.

    Lastly, don’t forget to have faith in yourself and your God since there is never something more out of a person’s control than who other people are willing or unwilling to hire.

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