Grade 11: Career Search 101. Activities in your career search. Activity 1: Your personal history Activity 2: Your physical attributes Activity 3: Your character Activity 4: Your ambitious characteristics Activity 5: Your interests Activity 6: put it together .
Activity 1: Your personal history
Activity 2:Your physical attributes
Activity 3: Your character
Activity 4:Your ambitious characteristics
Activity 5: Your interests
Activity 6: put it together
In this activity you will reflect on past experiences:
1. Write a list of experiences which you think have been important to you. The suggestions below may help:
Can you think of any job for which your past might have prepared you for?
Do you think your family’s history of work should influence your choice of work? Explain your answer.
2. Are there any jobs which you may need to exclude because of your physical features?
In this activity you will assess your personality and character.
Read the questions below and answer yes or no for each.
a) Do you find it easy to socialise in a group of people you don’t know?
b) Are you confident?
c) Are you able to make a speech to a group of people you don’t know.
d) Are you able to show affection to people?
e)Do you let your emotions show easily?
f) Do people find you approachable and easy to talk to?
a) Would people describe you as being ambitious?
b) Would you describe yourself as determined?
c) Are you competitive?
d) Do you like to be in control?
e) Do you prefer action to talk?
Now total the number of yes answers you have made for each section
Read the interpretation below and answer the questions which follow. Most of us are likely to be combinations of all four types but you may find that you have one or two high scores (i.e. where more than half of the answers are yes.)
It would be ideal if this strength were an advantage in your career path.
Sociability: You enjoy dealing with people face-to-face. You are sincere and probably enjoy helping or training people and are able to establish an easy relationship with people. You could consider a career in:
You like being the one giving the orders and would do well in a managerial position or running your own business. You put getting things done above inter-personal relationships and can become impatient when people slow you down.
You can consider careers in management, business, marketing, advertising, law, property development, sport.
You are likely to be a responsible person to whom people can turn. You are a good listener and can be relied on to get a job done in your won good time. You would do well to consider a career in journalism, psychology, medicine, clerical work, the civil service, bookkeeping, data inputing.
You are able to make responsible decisions based on fact and information. You are a good problem solver who is able to work with a great deal of detail. You could consider a career in engineering, medicine, accountancy, science, horticulture, aviation, building, electronics, mechanics and plumbing.
Note: Your abilities are your strengths – the things you do well. You should choose a career area where you can use your strengths – not your weanknesses.
In this activity, you will identify your special abilities:
1. Go through your special abilities and write down where you excel or have better than average skills.
2. Describe your special skill in some detail. See below for some ideas:
Cooking, home management, domestic work, gardening, building, mechanical repairs, financial management, budgeting, flower arranging, décor, caring for and breeding pets, carpentry, sewing, musical ability, hobbies in which you have exceptional talent, caring for children, the sick or the needy.
School subjects (such as languages, Maths, Art, Music, Science, Drama), researching, computer skills, sport, debating, organising, helping others with personal problems, teaching, music, singing, dancing, chess, relationships, public speaking, leadership, etc.
Strength of faith, volunteer work, fundraising, organisational skills, leading and teaching groups or lessons.
In this activity you will identify your own interests:
Work on your own for this activity:
Write down the answers to the following questions in your books:
1. If you had a day to do exactly as you wanted, and as much money as you needed, what would you do?
4. What are your hobbies and interests?
5. What topics do you enjoy reading about in newspapers, magazines, books and on the internet?
6. Read through the information which follows in this activity.
John Holland developed a career theory where he classified people into interest and ability groups. He believed that our work is an expression of our personality. The better the match between our jobs and ourselves the happier we will be.
Work in a group for this activity.
Look at the diagram provided by your teacher. Most people are a combination of three of the six types:
Realistic people like to work with animals, tools or machines and are skilled in this area. They tend to be energetic and like to be outside.
Conventional people like to be accurate and to work systematically. They are able to cwork with numbers, records, data and machines in a set, orderly way. They like to be neat and organised in all that they do.
Enterprising people are good at and enjoy leading and persuading people. Thye are able to sell things and ideas. They are good at carrying out their plans. They are usually motivated by money and status.
Investigative people are good at and enjoy science and maths problems. They like to understand why things are
Artistic people enjoy and have skills in one, some or all of these creative areas: art, drama, crafts, dance, music and writing. They are observant and value beauty and originality. They like to try new ideas and often have a different way of seeing things.
Social people enjoy and are good at helping people and giving information as in teaching, counselling, first aid or nursing situations. Relationships are of great importance to them and they are sensitive to others’ feelings.
According to Holland’s theory, people are more likely to fall into categories that are next to each other on the diagram. So, for example, a person who is Conventional is more likely to be Realistic or Enterprising that Artistic.
2. If you had to spend time with one group of people, with whom would you choose to be? Which group would be your second and third choice as indicated on the diagram?
3. Learners in the class must now group themselves in the classroom according to their first choice type as indicated in the diagram.
4. If your group is larger than 7, form smaller groups.
5. As a group, talk about your responses for Activities 4 and 5. Use the questions below as a guide.
How similar were your responses? What else do your group members have in common?
Investigate careers using Google.
The labour force can be divided into various levels of skill:
This person may have practical skills and experience but no formal qualifications in this work.
This job involves doing physical work. This person has gained skills through practice at the job but lacks formal qualifications.
Match each description below to a category or skill:
4. Sindiwe has worked at Sunshine Traders for 3 years in the bakery as a server to customers and is currently being trained by the Head Baker so that she can be a baker. She goes to her local FET College for the theoretical component.
5. Jack works for Roadworks and digs trenches at the side of the road.
What is a learnership?
Ultimately it will lead to a qualification registered with the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
4. After that, you do a practical test to check that you have competence.
5. Finally, you get your certificate – your driver’s licence.
SAQA: What is it? What does it do?
1. It registers qualifications and standards on the National Qualifications Framework.
2. It ensures that any qualification offered by any college or university, etc, is up to standard to educate someone to achieve a qualification.
The NQF measures different levels of learning e.g. Level 1 (Gr R – Gr 9), ABET
Level 2 – 4: FET (Gr 10-12) and Technical colleges (N1-N3)
Level 5 – 8: Any qualification after matric
1. It measures different levels of learning.
2. It compares how the same qualification, offered by different institutions, compare with one another.
3. NQF Levels range from Grade R to PhD
4. Any courses offered by community and religious organisations, schools, colleges and in the workplace can be registered on the NQF.
If you do a short course, it ensures that you get formal recognition for that course.
It shows that you take the opportunity of life long learning (and this can benefit your salary, your training to be better and go higher.)
If you have done lots of short courses e.g. in child care and you wish to do a formal qualification in child care, You get credit for the short courses and then don’t have to study everything expected.
Practise these skills to get career ready:
Career development skills:
How do I access career skills?
Planning to study after Grade 12?
Why write these?
When do you write these?
- financial aid package
This is money that is given to you which you have to pay back.
Who is it given to?
A study loan is money borrowed from a bank at a low interest rate.
Someone will have to stand surety for your loan and promise to repay it if you do not.
It has to be repaid with interest.
After you have studied, you have a lot of debt.
Given to excellent learners with good academic (or sports) achievement.
Where apply? At the institution where you wish to study.
Remember to describe special qualities and skills you have or any community activities or service you do that would improve your chances of receiving a bursary.
Provide the following info when returning your application forms: