In 2010 I started working for the University of Free State, or KOVSIES as it is also known.

My job was to recruit the best students to study at Kovsies.

I covered the Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and Gauteng(Pretoria) and also the North West Province.

These schools rank among the best in SA .

My target audience was mainly GR 12 learners and sometimes the Gr 11’s

What I found regarding Career Guidance in all of these school’s were shocking.

70% Of Gr 12 learner’s were unable to say what they were going to do in a couple of months time.

Unsure, ill-informed and confused.

These students were trying to figure out what they wanted to study, or do with their lives in a modern fast paced and fast changing world where International work prospects are waiting for them.

I then became a Career Direct Consultant and started Futuresmart Career Guidance Centre.

Many teachers and principals agree that there is an incredible need for a solution, but it will cost the school too much money, and therefor they would rather leave the responsibility to the parents.

Most parents are clueless themselves.

So who should be blamed or who should take responsibility for Career Guidance?

The school, Department of Education or the parents?

About 20% of parents will play an active role in helping the children to get to proper Career guidance with an Educational Psychologist, Psychometrist or Guidance Counsellor. Mainly those who can afford to pay the cost which can be in the region of R3000 plus.

I am convinced that if more concerned roleplayers will come onboard and effectively consult with, not only parents, but with the learners themselves, a lot can be done to help these learners to make better Career decisions.

Better Technology is available to assess Personality, Interests, Skills and Values and it can all be done online.

No more: ”You are smart, you can become anything” feedback.

South Africa has a very high number of students dropping out in their first and second year of University. Almost two-thirds will not finish their degrees/diplomas.

Money might probably be the biggest reason, but the lack of Career Guidance is definitely a huge contributor.

Pieter Jordaan.

Founder and Director: Futuresmart Career Guidance Centre

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