Successfully Choosing Your Career

Everyone knows that finding a course that interests you is the easy step towards choosing your career. The more difficult part is making sure that the course you’re interested in will ultimately lead to work.


It’s important to keep in mind the following three factors when choosing your career:

  1. What do you like to do?

This is an easy one, because this is always the first thing you consider when choosing your career. Your likes and dislikes are extremely important factors to choosing your career because no one will ever succeed when they’re completing a task half-heartedly. This factor is especially important because studies have proven that people, who enter careers in which they have no interest, are less likely to excel in those careers. This could also lead to self-doubt and insecurities as you struggle to achieve in that career. It’s also true that people who focus on careers in which they have a huge interest are more likely to push themselves towards success. These people are generally harder workers, and do tend to reach the top of their career ladder a lot faster.

  1. What are you good at?

When choosing your career you definitely need to consider what your skills and talents are. There’s no use in pursuing a career that will require more skill of you than you can give. While pushing yourself to try new things is important, it’s also important to know what your limits are. If you’re simply not good at something, and you won’t be able to learn to become good at that something, then it’s definitely not the route you should be following. On the other hand if you’re good at something, you’ll automatically enjoy it more and you’ll have a higher chance to grow within your career. If you’re good at your job people around you will regard you with more respect and you’ll instantly feel more successful in your workplace. This will essentially lead to a better emotional and social state.

  1. What job opportunities are available?

This factor is certainly the most important factor to consider when choosing your career. While you might enjoy something and you might be good at something, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find a job in that field. Choosing your career is all about balance and sacrifices. Certain things might need to be sacrificed in order for you to get an opportunity towards that strong career you’ve been dreaming about. You’ll need to find a balance between which sectors society needs you to enter and the sectors you wish to enter.


So, now you might be asking how exactly you’ll merge these three factors to ultimately choose the best career for you: A career you’ll enjoy, be good at, but also a career with available job opportunities.

The best option I can give you with regards to this is to simply to make a list for each of the factors: Make a list of everything you enjoy. Then make a list of everything you’re good at. And finally cross reference these two lists with a list of highly demanded jobs. You should come up with a few ideas as to which careers to pursue.

The reason I’m making such a fuss about highly demanded jobs is because you’re much less likely to ever end up unemployed; you’ll have a lot more job opportunities than if you’d entered a field which was not sought after. Not only does this increase your chance to be employed, but it also gives you more options about your employer. If you’re highly sought after you don’t have to take a bad-paying job because there are many other potential employers that will give you better options.

If I’ve sparked your interest you can go ahead and view this link to see which jobs are in higher demand. Then you can head over to the College SA website and compare that list to the many courses College SA offers, so that you can finally find that course you’ll love and enjoy, but will also have some assurance of job availability. vhCTcOIwSxuGYz_k5t6gR0wKOKbmPszr65PGwq0JTlDgRagtu6Q7vm_OqWz_F76MkMGgJQ=w1235-h574

Part-time studying is a lot like buying a puppy

I really (really really) want to buy a new puppy. I’m not sure what I want to get yet: either a royal corgi; a pedigree beagle; or a straight-up animal-shelter straat brakkie. Regardless of which one I end up choosing, doing research beforehand is pretty important, I’ve come to realise.

Part-time studying is a lot like buying a puppy


At first it may sound like a good idea to get a fluffy little puppy that will lick your face each afternoon when you get back home from work. What you may not realise is that there are many things you need to take into consideration before getting one of these cute little instant mood-lifters:


1. Are you really ready for a dog?


Raising a puppy takes an unexpected amount of work. You can’t just buy a doggie to keep you company. You need to train it, exercise it, give it attention, feed it, and more (it’s basically a hairy four-legged baby). If you get home from work in the afternoon, will you be too tired to give your puppy attention, or to take it for a walk?


Raising a dog is a lot like starting with part-time studies


Raising a dog is a lot like starting with part-time studies: you need to give it enough attention, while balancing it with your personal and work life. If you get home from work in the afternoon, will you have the dedication to sit down and start studying? (Suddenly playing with a puppy after a tiring day at the office doesn’t seem all that demanding).


At College SA, however, we want to make part-time studying as easy as possible. To us, part-time studying should allow you to balance your work life and your studies quite easily. Part-time studying at College SA means:

• You will have a dedicated tutor to help you wherever he or she can. Your tutor’s job will be to listen to your problems, to assist you with your course-related questions, and to see that you finish your course!

• You will be allowed optimal flexibility when it comes to the length of your studies. If you can’t cope with the workload, you can choose to extend your course for another month or two.

• You will have a limited number of free study breaks. If you are having a difficult time, you can take up to three months off from your studies.


2. What breed are you going to get?


Different breeds have different needs and personalities that should be taken into consideration. My sister-in-law studied veterinary science, so I just send her pictures of all the puppies I’m thinking of adopting, and she then gives me her expert (and often quite frank) opinion:

“No, you can’t get that breed, except if you are willing to go jogging with him every day.”

Or: “Are you sure? Those dogs are high maintenance and need a lot of grooming.”

Occasionally she’ll say: “These are perfect! They are medium-sized and aren’t too energetic, yet they are playful and friendly.”


Choosing a 'breed' also applies to taking the right course for your part-time studies


Choosing a ‘breed’ also applies to taking the right course for your part-time studies. A great way to figure out what to take is to start with a College SA short course. Taking one of these in your field of interest will allow you to test the field before committing to a more demanding 2 or 3 year study programme. (You don’t have this luxury when choosing a puppy).


If you enjoy the short course, you will be able to go directly into a more advanced course. Some of our short courses will even allow you to move on to a full diploma programme if you decide to keep on studying.


3. Where are you going to buy your puppy?


It’s important to find a reliable seller, since there are too many instances of people buying falsely advertised or sick puppies without being aware of it. I’ve gotten a couple of sketchy e-mail replies from puppy owners (“Just transfer the money and then we will ‘courier’ your puppy to you. We promise!”). You need to make sure the puppy actually exists; is healthy, inoculated, and dewormed; and that it has the correct documentation.


Now, a distance learning course cannot be ‘inoculated’ and ‘dewormed’, nor does it have ‘breeder papers’. But you can research your college. Go take a look at our ‘About Us’ page, as well as our ‘Accreditation’ page, to find out exactly who and what we are.


At the end of the day, I’m still not sure what kind of puppy I should get. At least I know what to look for now. Likewise, if you want to take a part-time course, it is important that you know what to expect. If you want to find out more about part-time studying at College SA, simply give us a call on: 0800 21 23 22.

You need to make sure the puppy actually exists