So you’ve just written Matric, and your parents, teachers and friends are all wondering what you will be doing next year, right? Well, it certainly doesn’t hurt to explore your options, especially if you haven’t been accepted into university.
Many people do not want to be tied down to a three- or four-year degree programme when they aren’t 100% sure it’s the right career choice for them. If you are one of these people, then you should know that there are plenty of alternative opportunities available for young people to consider. So, if you don’t want to – or cannot afford to – go to university, or if you simply want to know what your options are, then continue reading.
Here are 5 alternative options for you to consider:
1 – Start at the bottom:
Going straight into the working world when you finish school means that you’ll have to start at the bottom – but it also gives you the opportunity to work your way up. If you show that you are capable of working hard, willing to start at the bottom, willing to learn, and willing to put in the long hours from the beginning, then you will be able work your way up the ladder quickly. If you would like some job-hunting tips, you might like to read the following blog posts:
- How to Enhance an Empty CV
- 10 Things YOU Should Ask During a Job Interview
- How to Adjust to the Working Environment
Also keep in mind that many young people who are forced to work straight after school to provide an income for their families later decide to study part-time via distance learning when they feel that they are ready. This is a good option if you want to improve your career prospects without giving up a full-time job.
2 – Volunteer your time and gain relevant skills
If you cannot afford to go to university, but would like to work towards a qualification one day, then volunteering your time can be a good way to work towards those goals.
There are many ways in which you can offer your time. For example:
- If you’re considering a career in accounting, you can volunteer to work as an office admin assistant or filing clerk for a financial firm in your area.
- If you’re keen on a career in marketing, you can offer to work as a volunteer at a marketing agency, or you can offer to assist with the marketing in a non-profit organisation.
- If you’re aiming to pursue a career in PR, you can volunteer to work as a communications assistant for an organisation in your area.
By working as a volunteer, you will be able to develop relevant skills and gain practical experience in your field, which will help you when you want to apply for a job. And if you prove that you are a dedicated worker, the organisation you’re volunteering for might even offer you a formal position, offer you training opportunities, or offer you assistance in paying for your studies.
3 – Take your time and find your talents:
If you aren’t exactly sure what to do, a gap year might just do you some good. Travelling or working for one year might refresh your goals and ignite new ones. Some people find that a gap year is beneficial to them so that they don’t burn out emotionally after having attended school for 12 years. Some people also feel that a gap year is the perfect time to evaluate themselves and find out what their talents are.
The last thing you would want to do is find yourself stuck in a career that you aren’t passionate about – and by taking a gap year, you can discover what you enjoy before you start studying towards a particular career path.
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4 – Start your own business:
If you have a good business idea and you believe that it could take off, why not give it a proper try while you are young? There is nothing stopping you.
With the current state of the job market, there’s no better time than the present to start showing your enterprising side and to try out those business ideas. There are many successful business owners who have successfully run a business without a university education – Richard Branson is one of them.
You could even reduce your overhead costs by selling online or from home. There are many successful businesses that are going the e-commerce route these days.
5 – Study at a college:
There are plenty of alternatives to university if you want to study towards a qualification. Instead of a degree programme, you could study towards a certificate, national qualification, or professional qualification at a college.
Colleges offer courses in a wide range of fields – meaning that you can study anything from accounting, marketing, and HR to beauty therapy, childcare, and engineering. Some colleges even give you the option of studying from home instead of attending classes.
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And remember – you do not have to go to university to be successful. Whatever you decide to do, just give it your best shot!
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