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Life After High School

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on Wednesday, 19 November 2014 in Skills Centre Blog

Life after high school:

It’s the start of November and the matric are writing their final exams. Once the exams are over they graduate and then what? Are they furthering their studies? Are they taking a year off? Or are they entering the working environment? Many students know what they want to do next year but there is also a large majority that has no idea what they want to do in the future. Those that have already decided what they want to do next year will go through the application process at their chosen institution and those who will be taking the year off will either go traveling or job hunting the same goes for those who are joining the work force and are not furthering their education.


Going to college:

From a small age you knew what you wanted to become when you grew up. You chose the necessary subjects throughout high school to prepare yourself for college or university. By doing research you know which college/university will have been perfect for you and also prepare you for when you graduate. College/university is a place for learning and discovering oneself.

There are many things to consider when it comes to selecting an institution that is suited to your needs:

1. The first thing to consider is the field that you would like to study in or major in. Will it be in business, science or liberal arts?

2. The second thing to consider is the learning environment in which you will be learning.

3. The third would be the size of the college/university. Do you prefer a small or large class of students?

4. Would you prefer attending a college/university close to home? Or would you prefer staying at the dorms?

5. Another important aspect would be the fees involved in attending the institution.

It is important to do thorough research before choosing a college/university to attend next year. Visit them on open days, take tours, talk to the student councilor or talk to the students who are already attending the college/university.

Getting a job:

Students may decide that further studying is not for them and start working after school. There are companies who provide training for new graduates from high school. There are also quite a few careers that do not require a diploma or a degree. It is important to start as early as possible when it comes to job hunting to avoid sitting at home and not being able to find a job.

Taking a year gap:

Graduates tend to take a year off to find themselves and plan for the future. They do not know what they want to do in the future and still need to find their calling. Parents allow this usually on condition that they find a job or start working for them. After a year of soul searching most graduates know what they want to do well others have become comfortable in that position and decided to grow in that company and not further their studies. By taking a gap year one can learn some important life skills, gain some confidence and grow as an individual.

If you need advice or help there are always people to talk to for instance:

a. School councilor

b. Older brother or sister

c. Parents

d. Teachers

The internet (The internet can help answer questions you have about a certain field or university)


It is your choice and yours alone to decide about the steps you are going to take to achieve your dreams and aspirations. 

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