When we were young we all wanted to be doctors and teachers because that was the career that most respected and considered to be of a certain standard. Now anyone can be anything they want to be and dream of being. A young successful lady Judy Maikhosho from Lesedi FM does a show about career guidance and advising matriculants about the available careers that they can pursue, she a goal to change the mindsets of these young people to pursue the careers that are in demand so they won’t struggle to get jobs. The show is also about equipping South African youth with knowledge about the careers out there and it looks at different opportunities that they may not know off. “It used to bother me that certain careers are taken by white people and a very small number of black people. I then conducted a research about the matter and the results were very disappointing. I took it upon myself as a black child from a disadvantaged background to teach other kids, I did not want our generation to fall under the same trap our
parents fell under.” Judy explained. She made a research about those careers so that she could give the information
to the learners that seek and need information about the careers they might be interested in and never knew about.
The show does lot of research so that they can give a full description of the career, personal attributes, subjects to do
in high school, what course needs to be registered at tertiary level, which institutions offer that course and where they can practice such careers. Keno Setladi a matriculant from Springs Secondary School said she would love to pursue Geology, she loves geography and she researched about it last year and she realized that it has a demand in the job market. There are a lot of careers that matriculants can venture into, and they can find other courses even at FET’s, it’s not only the universities that can help them pursue those different career choices they want to do. There are shows that they can listen to on radio and watch on television should they need guidance and assistance in choosing the right career choice. “Most scarce careers require mathematics and science, which most learners go for commercial studies as they regard them as easy and obtainable which results in them opting for the same career
and ending up unemployed with their degrees.” Judy elaborated. Jozi Lefosa has set his mind on Information Technology, he says that it’s his dream to be an IT specialist, he said he wants to do it because the world is becoming technological in all aspects therefore sees himself pursue that type of career.
Judy’s show helps young people to have information about personality tests that matriculants can take in order to find out if they match with the type of career they want to pursue. These personality tests help understand the type of personality you have and give you the results of the correct and suitable career for the individual. “Personality tests are the most tools to consider before taking any career. Ones need to love, relate and be emotionally mature for a career path they choose. That way work will be easily done with extra ordinary passion.” Judy said. This amazing dynamite says she wouldn’t change anything about her career if she was given the chance. The love she has for helping people is what drives her to work hard to find solutions for the youth of South Africa. Besides her LLB degree which she has registered her final modules this year , she still wants to study further and be a social worker and add to her list of professions. She said she always advises her listeners to do introspection and analysis based on their families and friends around them in order to choose the right career path.
All high school children would be provided with a tablet and Grade seven pupils in primary schools would be
trained to use the devices. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s plan is four-phased to provide: Internet connection for all schools: Introduction of e-learning in schools: Providing ICT training for teachers and using tablets and computers in schools. The paperless classroom is aimed at bringing public schools into the 21st century;
to position Gauteng as an ICT-driven education system; and, to do away with carrying books around, sharing textbooks or going without them, and having teachers lugging books from classroom to staffroom for marking. The first two phases are scheduled to take place within the first three years of the current administration’s five-year
tenure, and the last two in the remaining years. Twenty-one priority schools have been identified for piloting the project: * Ten struggle academically, with leadership and management issues; * Five are “schools of the future”,
three of them identified by the MEC; and, * Six are top schools to which every parent wants to send their child,
but where government has not been investing Personally, I think that it is a great initiative that government
is trying to promote the use of technology in public schools, but I hope the teachers will still continue to teach learners how to write because illiteracy is a problem in most schools. Even though technology is a huge part of society the Department of Education together with the teachers and parents should monitor the learner’s progress academically.
The internet can be used negatively for example, children can chat with unknown predators if not monitored and the usage of videos is used inappropriately nowadays, with sex videos going viral and internet bullying in some schools have been reported by the media. Learners should use this opportunity wisely to well equip themselves with typing skills, learning the different computer software’s and they can use the internet to research what career they want when they after Matric. It is never too late to learn as the late former President Nelson Mandela said “Education
is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Instead of changing the whole world, use the tools given to you to make a change in your own life before striving for the world. Parents must instill the love of
knowledge in their children from an early age and motivate them to read as much as they can because when you
read you improve your vocabulary and writing skills which is useful both in your personal and professional capacity.