Previous generations were encouraged to seek employment within large corporations and to remain in the same company for the duration of their working life-spans. Securing a ‘good job’ in a ‘reputable company’ was the ideal. However, with the technological evolution and the increase in number of working adults, the ideal has since changed from a focus on finding a ‘good job’ to that of developing a ‘professionally and personally satisfying career’.
Typically, learners in grade 9 are at the life stage in which they are still grappling with developmental tasks related to the formation of identity. As such, it is not uncommon for grade 9 learners to have a very limited or vague notion of what a ‘professionally and personally satisfying career’ would involve for them. Subject choice and career guidance is thus crucial. Learners would benefit from discussing their prospective subjects with teachers, family members and other knowledgeable parties before a firm decision is taken.
In addition to seeking advice from educators and family members, learners may also benefit from seeking guidance from a professional who is knowledgeable about the developmental stage of the learner and is trained to assist in the career decision-making process. This guidance can take the form of a subject choice assessment. The assessment typically explores aspects such as personality, aptitude and interests in order to obtain a holistic view of the learner. Findings relating to each of the above-mentioned aspects are integrated to inform subject choice recommendations.
A large proportion of adult life is spent at work. It is thus advisable to find a career that enables one to pursue one’s passion. For further information on career assessments or subject choice assessments please contact Ushmita Nana (Counselling Psychologist) on 0716854902. Alternatively, bookings can be made via the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.