Jul 01
​Choosing a career that's best for you

grad pic.JPGDeciding on a career is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your adult life. With hundreds of careers to choose from, it's understandable why you might be a little confused.  

Rosebank College, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) understands this and is offering Grade 12 learners an opportunity to consult with Rosebank College student advisors for career and course advice while they enjoy a cup of hot chocolate this winter.

This service will be made available at all Rosebank College campuses around South Africa from Monday to Friday from 9:00-16:00 daily and on Saturdays from 9:00-13:00.  

According to Rosebank College Managing Director Greg Fillmore, "we want to assist new Rosebank College students make informed decisions about their study choices and that is why we will be running this Free Hot Chocolate and Career Advice campaign until 31 July 2015."

In the meantime, Rosebank College, has put together some useful guidelines to help you make an informed decision about choosing the career that's best for you.

Shadow someone

One of the greatest things about being young is that you have time on your side. Use this to your advantage by trying out various professions that you are interested in before deciding on exactly what you want. If you are interested in being a journalist for example, shadow a journalist for a few days and see if that's actually what you want to do. You might just find that you want to be a health journalist more specifically.

Follow you passion

It was John Engle who said, "Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life." Passion goes a long way when deadlines, and work pressures get the best of you. Passion will keep you motivated, and that's why it makes sense that you pursue a career that you are truly passionate about. Find out what makes you tick.

Money makes the world go around

How much you would like to eventually earn is important and it makes sense for this to inform your decision, but we weary of placing money above everything else. You can always make money if you are passionate enough about a career to think outside the box and challenge the status quo.

Know yourself

What are your strengths, what are your weakness and what do you really enjoy doing? Do you enjoying decorating your bedroom, do you have a knack for numbers? The answers to these questions will help you along the right path.

Trust Your Gut

When it comes to life's biggest decisions, sometimes you just need to close yourself off from all the chatter and just ask yourself, what feels right for you? If it feels right then it probably is. Yes, get advice, talk to people with more experience but appreciate that everybody has their own course to travel and trust your gut. As Steve Jobs once said, "Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (Pty) Ltd which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997 (reg. no. 2007/HE07/002). Company registration number:  1987/004754/07.

Written  by Karabo Keepile