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Matric is not everything: CEO

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Baker, bicycle repairer, tattoo artist – these are some of the career opportunities available for the next generation of matrics not planning on going to university.

“Matric is not everything” said Christina Watson, CEO of educational publisher Via Afrika.

“Years ago, the thing was if you had a matric, you were guaranteed a job, but this is not the case anymore.”

People studied further and further in the hopes of improving their chances of being employed, and then found themselves unable to get a job.

However, instead of living at home forever and getting despondent, Watson said the next wave of young workers and students had many exciting choices and might only need a short course.

The company had developed an app called Career Compass. After a short aptitude test, it provided tailored career suggestions, ranging from fireman, to camera operator, to watchmaker.

Once the skills area had been narrowed down, a description of each of the prospective careers was provided, along with a list of the required school subjects.

For example, to become a wedding co-ordinator, one needed to be outgoing, friendly and motivated, with good administrative and organising skills, and take maths literacy in matric, according to the app.

A private detective needed to be perceptive, notice the details, and be physically fit.

Or, for those with an eye for furniture style, colour trends, fabrics, and ergonomics, a career as an upholsterer was waiting.

The app provided tips on how to pay for studies and prepare a CV.

“We must get away from this ‘get through matric’ mindset,” said Watson. News24

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