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Grade 11 and 12 learners are confronted with a wide variety of career options. This is indeed a privilege, but the associated uncertainty may be overwhelming for learners. The Centre for Student Recruitment (SU) therefore offers subject, as well as career counselling assessments to support all prospective students in making realistic choices in terms of tertiary programmes and career options. The latter includes a 4-hour psychometric assessment of personality, aptitude, and interests, a 1-hour individual feedback session, as well as a written report of the results and recommendations.

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What is a career counselling assessment?

The purpose of the career counselling assessment process is to support the learner in the discovery and exploration of potential study and career opportunities. The assessment process is an integrated and dynamic decision-making approach aimed at integrating the learner’s aptitude ability, personality strengths and their potential vocational interests to facilitate their journey into promising future vocations.

Why is career counselling important?

It remains your responsibility and privilege to make the final decision regarding career options. The career counselling process guides you to develop a set of career goals, strategy and options based on your aptitude, interests, personality and skills. Once you have a plan, you will be equipped to make informed career decisions. Your career decisions will dramatically impact your lifestyle and your occupation will determine where you live, your income, your work hours, your travels, job security, your choice of work associates and friends, and how you spend your leisure time.

How do I know whether I need a career counselling assessment?

You can book an assessment if you are in Grade 11 or 12 and you have no idea which career choice to make; if you have a number of possible options but struggle to make the final decision or, conversely, you believe that your subject choices or marks offer you few options.

How does subject choice guidance fit into the career decision-making process?

There are various factors that play a role in the process of making a successful career choice. One of the first considerations is a realistic and informed subject choice for grades 10 to 12. A learner’s subject choice can have significant implications in terms of a future career. Often, there is lack of understanding regarding the important considerations that contribute to making the correct subject choices. In order to support learners in their subject choice process, Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Student Recruitment and Career Advice, offers professional subject choice guidance to grade 9 learners.

Is it worthwhile doing job shadowing?

Job shadowing ultimately form part of the career guidance process and fulfils a dual purpose. It gives you a more thorough understanding into the average day of a specific job and it also enables you to determine more effectively whether you would fit into such a career.