Informed Career Decision-Making Is Vital for Job-Seekers' Success

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BYLINE: Melody Kleinsmith

The annual influx of aspirant job seekers exponentially increases the size of the selection pool, so recruiters and employers use more stringent selection criteria to determine the suitability of candidates.

As a result, the minimum qualification criteria have changed. A brief glance at current job adverts illustrates the trend of some form of tertiary or vocational training as a basic access requirement, and candidates with the best skills match are more likely to be successful.

Making career decisions is one of the most difficult tasks any person faces. People are often pressurised or rushed into some sort of tertiary education, irrespective of their suitability for the courses or subjects chosen.

Unfortunately, poor career decision-making results in money being wasted as well as frustration, discontent and reduced success rates.

Many young people leave high school with only a vague understanding of the relationship between environmental factors, study options, potential career paths, labour market demands and subsequent employment opportunities.

Recent statistics indicate that one in every three students drops out of university or universities of technology before completing the first year.

There are many factors influencing tertiary dropout rates. However, appropriate career guidance can assist in making informed career and study choices.

In the past you could join an organisation and work your way up the corporate ladder. …