A career guidance day held during a summer camp for Vision AfriKa’s Grade 12 learners has opened their eyes to the many options open to them post matriculation.
The edutainment camp, which was held in the middle of February at the Simonsberg Christian Centre, otherwise known as Kanonkop, in the Cape Winelands, focused on providing the students not only with educational sessions but also with fun and games too.
During the career guidance day, students were walked through the application process for a range of higher education establishments on a step-by-step basis. They were also able to visit a range of stalls, which included information about the different organisations.
But one of their biggest concerns related to undertaking the National Benchmark Test (NBT), which applicants need to pass to get into South Africa’s top universities.
One learner, Olwethu Pakisi, summed the situation up for everyone else: “I’m not worried about my academic results at all because I know I’ve always done well and I’m going to work even harder this year. But I must say that the NBT worries me. People who I looked up to, who are now at university, have told me just how difficult it is.”
As a result, Vision AfriKa is now exploring constructive ways for students to prepare themselves more effectively
for the Test. Other learners said of their experience of the career guidance day:
Yonela Dodi – “I have always thought that university was the only place to study after matric. I’d never considered other options such as Technical Vocational Education and Training, but I will now.”
Indiphile Shubani – “After hearing about the advantages and disadvantages of taking a gap year, I’m now considering it as I’m not sure which career to follow at the moment.”
Yamkela Magxwalisa – “Following our career guidance session, I’ve learnt about the advantages and disadvantages of lots of different options post matric, which should help me to make a better decision about what I really want to do in future.”