School Fourways High School
Dilemma: We’ve all been there. (Or some of you are currently there!) Grade 12 has finally arrived and the time has come to choose a career path for next year! The horror! Don’t worry, guys and gals, Thomas can relate. He loves socialising. Tick. He loves listening to music. Tick. But that doesn’t pay the bills, right? “I need assistance with finding a career path and I believe that this programme will have a massive impact on my life and future.”
His real dilemma
Thomas was unsure what to study after school.
Steps taken to resolve the dilemma
We did detailed testing including Prevue, SDS, SAVII, 19 Fields of Interest. We will still do the StrengthsFinder.
Expert’s view on his biggest challenge
Doing the studies and keeping motivated.
Thomas needs to play to his strengths and personality, otherwise he will become de-motivated more quickly. He loves to work in groups and is highly extroverted. He is also highly innovative. The tests showed him to be practical and he says he enjoys working with his hands and figuring out how electrical things work. I suggested he goes on a job shadow with an Electrical Engineer to see if the job interests him and allows him to work in a group and be innovative. The tests also indicated a potential business talent. He likes to be given basic rules and then allowed to be innovative and explore.
His biggest learning
He is innovative
What does Thomas have to say?
Do you know more about yourself?
I was surprised to find out about new qualities and characteristics about myself, which I didn’t even realise I had! Choosing a career after high school can be a very tough decision, so I think one should think about which careers you would like to pursue – way before Matric – to avoid studying something you are not sure you want to do.
What decisions have you made?
I think I want to study Electrical Engineering.
Did you get more direction from the Makeover Programme?
Yes, at first I was lost and confused and I was unsure about what type of career would suit me. I realised I must choose something where I use my strengths and make sure it suits my personality. Most importantly, I realised I must choose something that I will enjoy!