There is a massive need for comprehensive career guidance for high school learners but schools are struggling to address this problem.
Boston City Campus and Business College speaks to its own CRM Social Media Manager Nonhlanhla Dube and reflects on what the institution is doing to meet this challenge.
1. Why is it so difficult for school leavers to decide on a career to follow?
Recent research has indicated that prospective tertiary education students are not confident about their career choices. Schools do not have the resources they need to assist learners with career investigation, and in addition they have to focus their time and efforts on the academic material for exams –they don’t have the luxury of spending time advising on careers.
It is in this environment that learners have to make a choice and finalise applications! I can also say from experience – when you are in first year you are overwhelmed, studies are very difficult at a tertiary level, and we land up questioning whether the effort required matches our passion for the industry we have selected!.
2. So Boston realized that there was a gap in career education at school level , and addressed it with a computerized programme?
Well, recent research indicates that 73% of matric students believe they are still in need of comprehensive career guidance and 84% believe there are many career opportunities they do not even know of. Sadly, only 21% believe they have the resources within their area to guide them towards their ideal career. Learners need clarity!
Boston invested in the development of a computerized assessment that can be delivered on a national basis, and made sure it is offered free as part of our corporate social responsibility to education. A decision on careers is a life-changing decision and we have to keep in mind it involves a commitment to fees too, so we believe that we need to try and assist in the matching the most appropriate skills and interests to studies. It is offered at no obligation or cost to any learner.