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Life after matric. What are your options
The Department of Basic Education announced the class of 2019’s matric results several weeks ago.  They got an overall pass of 81.3%, an improvement of 3.1% from 2018, making the class of 2019 the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years.
1/20/2020 12:00 PMMotivationBridget Maoko1/20/2020 12:00 PM
 Matric, education, artisan, career

Sunette (3).pngThe Department of Basic Education announced the class of 2019's matric results several weeks ago.  They got an overall pass of 81.3%, an improvement of 3.1% from 2018, making the class of 2019 the highest pass percentage recorded in the last 25 years. So why isn't the whole country in jubilation?

Well, in 2017; a total of 1 052 080 learners enrolled in Grade 10, yet only 409 906 learners passed matric last year. That means only 38.9% of those Grade 10 learners actually wrote and passed matric.

This means that in just two years, over 50% of pupils who were expected in matric (in 2019) fell through the system. Shocking!

The government does, however, have a plan in place to help reduce the number of pupils who drop out by introducing standardised national examination at the end of grade 9, along with a three-stream model allowing pupils to choose between vocational, occupational and academic pathways after grade 9.

Although everyone does not agree with this, it can actually serve as a great alternative for those who do not want to take the academic route. It will also help address the skill shortage debacle in our country as there are many jobs that require a certain level of skill but not university-level training. In fact, our country needs more mid-level technically skilled people like artisans.

According to the National Development Plan, for our country to stop poverty, reduce inequality and ensure that all citizens have better working and living conditions by 2030, we need to produce over 30 000 qualified artisans a year to meet the labour demand. This would be but not limited to:

  • Electricians
  • Millwright
  • Boilermakers
  • Plumbers
  • Mechanic including automotive mechanics and
  • Diesel mechanics

Artisans play an important role in the economic growth of our country. Having more of them means our country does not have to look outside for the right skillsets.

To be an artisan - you may first need to go through a TVET College, which is not the most 'glamorous' thing according to millennials as TVET colleges have a reputation of housing students that 'count make it to university.' Truth is, not everyone can go to university and that is okay.

Artisans are well paid and sought after. Network Recruitment Engineering is always recruiting and placing them.

To those who did not pass their matric, do not fret. Gather up courage and re-write. And to those who did, always remember that studying further does not always mean going to university. Explore your options!

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Fears that could be jeopardising your career
Don't allow fear to stop you from your IT job, Finance job and engineering job search. Here are five fears that might be holding you back from achieving the career of your dreams.
Fears that could be jeopardising your career
10/26/2017 1:15 PMJob Search, MotivationLerato Mashego10/26/2017 1:00 PM
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Most professionals aspire to move up the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, some spend their working lives in routine and mundane jobs because they are too afraid of making that important life-changing decision to change jobs.

A survey that was conducted in 2016 revealed that 34.2 million Americans experience some fear before making a career move.  This fear is known as 'atychiphobia'- the fear of failure. This fear has the ability to hinder a professional from making a career move.

Here are five indicators associated with atychiphobia that might be holding you back from achieving the career of your dreams.

1.    Procrastination

Procrastination inhibits your productivity and is a common habit that many professionals fall into. Since procrastination involves ignoring unpleasant but important tasks, you may delay your job search and as a result, delay making a career move. If you are currently procrastinating, you can try to break your job search into small steps and then start working on them. Not only will this build momentum, your job search will appear less daunting.

2.    Fear of the unknown

Professionals are also afraid of going after their dream job, only to face failure. They fear losing the reputation and credibility that they have developed in their career. According to author and entrepreneur Daniel Gulati, most people are unlikely to quit their current job to seek out a job they would love or enjoy. He describes this trend in behaviour as 'risk aversion' - behaviour which conditions professionals to choose safety and familiarity over unpredictability and uncertainty. To overcome this fear, professionals need to educate themselves about the real risks involved if you don't make a career move.

3.    Fear of change 

This is a common concern for most professionals Since they already know what their typical day, week and month look like, a career move means their activities will change. They'll have a new work schedule, boss, colleagues, compensation and lifestyle. These types of changes can be too overwhelming for some. If you want to conquer this fear, you need to accept uncertainty and try your best to let go of what you cannot control. Imagine the best possible scenarios that may happen and embrace the idea of risk. Sometimes, not taking a risk can be a risk in itself.

4.    Fear of regret

"What if I make this career move and realise that this new job is not what I was expecting?" Professionals worry about making the wrong career move. Will they be a good company fit? Will they be able to execute the tasks? Will they enjoy their new role? While the fear of regret can be one of the worst fears professionals can feel, regret can be a good thing as you are presented with the opportunity to learn and make better decisions.

5.    Stress and anxiety

If thinking about a career move is giving you anxiety, insomnia, panic attacks or headaches it's because you're using your energy to fixate on your fear of failure. This sort of stress can affect you physically and mentally and should not be taken lightly. To decrease your level of stress and anxiety, professionals can find out what triggers their stress and anxiety levels by writing in a journal and looking for patterns. They can also, take some time out by exercising or learning relaxing techniques that can lower their stress levels.

If you allow these indicators to keep you from developing your career, you run the risk of delaying your career growth. The best way to overcome atychiphobia is to know your fears, get comfortable with them and focus on making the necessary changes to overcome them.

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The secret to being successful in your career from business people
One of the life goals most professionals set is to be successful.
The secret to being successful in your career from business people
10/20/2016 2:29 PMMotivationLerato Mashego10/20/2016 2:52 PM
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​​​the secret to successOne of the life goals most professionals set is to be successful. There are different interpretations of what success is, and we find ourselves asking how one person can be more successful than another.  Is it because some are more prepared to take risks than others? Do some have more influential connections?  Do they work harder and smarter?  Or does it all boil down to luck?

For a very long time, people defined success as acquiring a large amount of money. We have, however, learned, or seen, that many people with lots of money tend to lead unhappy lives. The Oxford dictionary defines success as "the accomplishment of an aim or purpose". This means that once a person has established what their goals are, success will be achieving those goals albeit in their career or their personal life.

Success comes with its fair share of failure. To become successful, one needs to force oneself to branch into new opportunities even if it is outside one's comfort zone. Stop saying "No" to new opportunities because you are afraid of failure.  If you do happen to fail, it's important to step out of the "self-pity" pit and view the failure as a rung on the ladder to success. Acknowledge that life is a see-saw of good and bad decisions and


it's okay to fail.

After all, success is not about perfection, it's about high levels of perseverance, ambition, vision and creativity. You always need to push yourself to be better today than you were yesterday. Handle constructive criticism and conflict maturely.  Learn to engage in productive conversations and never stop learning.

Here are what some of the world's business people think the secret to success is:

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Signs its time to take a break
It is not always easy to take leave in today's fast-paced environment where everything is urgent and technology is pervasive to the extent that one is always accessible
Signs its time to take a break
10/18/2016 9:03 AMMotivationLerato Mashego10/18/2016 10:02 AM
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time for a breakIt is not always easy to take leave in today's fast-paced environment where everything is urgent and technology is pervasive to the extent that one is always accessible. However, the dangers of not actively applying an effective work-life balance can lead to burn-out which has a negative effect on both employees and employers. 

A study conducted by Oxford Economics found that it is in a company's best interest to ensure that employees make the most of their vacation allowance as paid time off leads to productivity gains due to employees returning to work refreshed and with a better attitude. 

Although going on leave has proven benefits, studies indicate 40% of employees feel they cannot justify taking time off work and 57% are still in the possession of unused leave days at the end of the business year

According to a 2015 survey conducted by Glassdoor, most working US professionals forego time away from the office.  The study found that employees take only half of their paid vacation days instead of fully


them. Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of 'The Humor Advantage' explains that people are either simply workaholics, feel that they are already falling behind or think that taking time off will reflect poorly on their work ethic.  Kerr has identified the following signs that you need to take a break from work:

  • Irritability with colleagues
  • Finding it difficult to concentrate on routine tasks
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Back strain
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Missing important personal events
  • Making more mistakes at work
  • No longer enthusiastic about work
  • Finding it harder to find the funny at work
  • A lack of healthy perspective on work issues
  • Your entire identity is who you are at work
  • Always talking about work
  • Making unhealthy choices to cope with work
  • Your energy level is low
  • Day dreaming at work

If you are exhibiting these signs, it's time for a well-deserved vacation. Increase your brain power, your capacity to learn and your mental sharpness by taking time off from work. You owe yourself that and your employer will reap the benefits upon your return.

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Persistence is worth it
When you start a new job, you're bound to hit complications. If this happens to you and you're on the verge of giving up because you're finding the path too challenging, don't! Persistence always wins.
Persistence is Worth It
Persistence is worth it
3/10/2016 9:39 PMMotivationLerato Mashego4/13/2016 9:48 PM
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persistence.jpgWhen you first choose a career, you don't think about potential hurdles that may appear along the way. It's human nature to focus on the positive. When we hit a stumbling block, we often think it's better to quit while we're ahead.

When you start a new job, you're bound to hit complications. Perhaps you're don't find your feet fast enough or don't get along with your manager as well as you'd hoped. Things don't always go the way you plan.

If this happens to you and you're on the verge of giving up because you're finding the path too challenging, don't! Persistence always wins. If you want to succeed, understand that stumbles and setbacks will happen and they don't need to mean failure - they don't define who you are.

Perseverance a powerful tool in your career and life.

"When we are persistent, we act with conviction, and that energy draws us toward those people and events that help our dreams come to fruition. Even if they don't show up exactly how we want or think they should or, we are met with obstacles and roadblocks along the way, it is the persistent pursuit of our goals that will eventually bring them into reality. This also holds true for our career goals," says Andria Corso, a founder of C3-Corso Coaching & Consulting.

Fear of the unknown means that it may seem that the only option is to throw in the towel. However, it's vital to keep trying to achieve your career goals. Persistence creates the possibility and the chance to change your career failures into extraordinary achievements.

A fighting spirit is beneficial. If at first, you don't succeed, try, try and try again! Never give up!

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Ways Youre Keeping Yourself From Success
Ways Youre Keeping Yourself From Success
3/1/2016 9:27 PMMotivationSharePoint Admin Account4/13/2016 9:30 PM

sunset-691848_1920.jpgIt's easy to identify all the external factors responsible for keeping you from achieving your goals. Maybe you chose a degree in an industry that has seen a recent decline. Maybe your boss doesn't appreciate your work. Maybe your business idea was leveraged by another entrepreneur before you had a chance to patent it. Most of us can list these types of factors if prompted, without much hesitation, but it's much harder to identify the ways we're keeping ourselves from success—and usually, these factors are much more significant.

There are two main problems with self-sabotage that make it notoriously difficult to overcome:

  • Identification. It's hard to know when you're sabotaging yourself because it often happens subconsciously—and nobody's there to tell you when you're doing it.
  • Improvement. Even if you can identify these sabotaging behaviors and habits, they're hard to fix because they're usually a natural part of your personality!

I don't claim to have all the answers, but I can help you with at least the "identification" obstacle.

The following are some of the most common ways people sabotage their own long-term potential:

​1. You give up prematurely 
When faced with adversity, a fraction of people continue and a fraction of people give up; this is true for any obstacle. Anyone who gives up instantly abandons hope of progression while the people who persevere instantly find another chance for eventual success. This sounds simple on paper, so why do so many people give up prematurely?

Sometimes it's because the amount of effort required for the next phase is intimidating. Sometimes it's because they feel defeated and don't want to suffer that feeling again. Sometimes it's because they secretly fear success. You owe it to yourself to find out why.

2. You don't cut your losses
There's a psychological principle investment demonstrated by a creation known as the dollar auction game. Here's the short version: people are predisposed to escalate their investment in known unfavorable scenarios simply because they've already invested in it. In the dollar auction game, this means taking more money in an effort to recoup previous losses, to a ridiculous degree. To you, this may be continuing to work at a lousy job you've already put eight years into. It's bad to give up prematurely, but it's equally bad to keep subjecting yourself to compounding losses.

3. You refuse to adapt
Think of your goals as a destination and your plans as a roadmap to get there. When traveling along these roads, you come to an obstacle. What do you do? A conventional traveler would simply re-route the path or choose a slightly different destination. However, in our own lives, we're more likely to go back to our point of origin and never mention the incident again. Why is this? Because adapting is hard. People would rather give up than adapt, and that makes it nearly impossible to succeed; few goals can be met without obstacle.

4. You think you're good enough
Most of these obstacles so far have been rooted in a lack of esteem, but too much esteem can also be a bad thing. For example, if you think you're already good enough for the job, you won't prepare for the interview. If you think your business idea is good enough to attract investors, you won't work to improve it. Inevitably, in these scenarios, you'll hit a major barrier, and you won't be able to progress. What then, is the solution? Knowing that you always have room for improvement, and constantly striving to achieve it.

5. You fear failure
The fear of failure is rampantly common and devastating in effect. Culturally, we see failure as both negative and permanent; if you get an "F" in the class, you've disappointed everyone you know and you'll never have a chance to take that class again. This fear haunts us throughout life; if you start a business and fail, you'll disappoint everyone and you'll never have another chance to succeed. Of course, this isn't rational—most failures in real life aren't permanent. They're temporary. They aren't negative consequences of bad actions; they're lessons that turn our mistakes into achievements. If you stop fearing failure, you'll take more educated risks and you'll be more confident in your decisions.

6. You choose comfort
Most of us prefer comfort to discomfort; this is why we've created these terms in the first place. Unfortunately, most forms of "success" require discomfort; you have to try new things, go unfamiliar places, do things you're bad at, and meet intimidating people to challenge ourselves to grow. This doesn't mean you should always choose the uncomfortable option. Instead, this is meant to illustrate the idea that "uncomfortable" often means "challenging" under the surface, and challenging things help us to grow.

7. You wait for the 'perfect' moment
Whether you want to start your own business, quit your job, or invest in a new venture, most of us are crippled by waiting for the "perfect" time to pull the trigger. We wait for a little more money, a little more stability, or a little more information. The problem is, the perfect time never comes. Every moment is riddled with imperfections and no matter how long you wait, there will always be a risk associated with your decision. Stop waiting for the perfect moment and just do what you want to do.

Throughout this article, I've highlighted some of the most common and most significant forms of self-sabotage, along with some introductory strategies for how to deal with them. The rest is up to you. It takes confidence, determination, and willpower to successfully overcome these internal mental hurdles, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. Know your weaknesses, stick to your goals, and most importantly, don't give up on yourself.​

This article was originally published on The Muse

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