Finally the Grade 12 exams are over. Barely a week after writing their last paper, most Grade 12 school-leavers will agree that boredom is slowly catching up with them.
They are now realising that freedom, away from teachers and books, they acquired after writing their last exam paper was temporal. Is there any hope for better life after exams? Well, this will be a point of our discussion for the next coming few weeks.
Some of us go through our high school years without really thinking about what will happen once we matriculate. Every now and then, we will add information here that may help you in making the very important decisions about your future. To start with, here are some tips on what to do after you finish matric:
1. Study further: If you are lucky to have parents who have saved up money for you to study further, or you are a recipient of a bursary, scholarship or student loan, then choose your tertiary institution carefully. Make sure you apply on time to avoid disappointment.
Besides university, you can look at other colleges for further study.
If you are opting for private colleges, check that the college you are registering with is accredited. Also check that all the courses the college is offering are accredited. Some colleges get accreditation for one thing, but then offer other courses that they are not accredited for. To avoid a nasty surprise, rather check all these things before you pay any money to the college. You can check this with the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA).
2. Travel: you may have the money, but be completely confused about what you want to study. If this is not enough, take a year off and travel the world. This will not only make you more cultured but may spark a fire and show you what you are passionate about.
3. Volunteer: nothing makes a person happier than giving to others, so why not consider spending a year volunteering your services to a charity close to your heart. This will be a great addition to your CV, will give you new skills and experience and put you in contact with people who might help you find your passion or work.
4. Work: finding an entry-level job that does not require too much experience is not easy, but is also not impossible. Tell your parents, neighbhurs, friends, teachers, etc that you are looking for work. You never know what your network can do for you until you get the word out.
Jobs you can do after matriculating with little or no work experience (you will need to have computer literacy for some of them):
• Junior secretary / girl friday
• Call centre agent
• Security guard
Jobs you can do while you are still at school to earn extra money:
• Waiter / waitress
• Entrepreneur (selling chips, sweets, etc. during break)