Five ‘careers’ you didn’t think of

By Roxanne Daniels

So you’re in grade 11 or 12 and everyone is expecting you to know exactly what you want to pursue as a career when school is over. You were probably told time and time again about the  DSG Career Day that was held on 4 March that all Grahamstown schools were invited to attend. The stalls of possible careers would be set up, waiting to ask the exact question you dread: What is it going to be? Accounting, Journalism, Law? Those are some career fields a lot of you know at least a little something about, but there were some surprising options seen at the Career Day.

Victoria Girls' High Vuyo Zondani and Ntsija Senior Secondary School's Nosipho Belwana at the 2015 DSG Career Day. Both were very surprised about the Au Pair opportunities presented. Photo: Roxanne Daniels.

Both Victoria Girls’ High Vuyo Zondani and Ntsika Senior Secondary School’s Nosipho Belwana were surprised by the Au Pairing option offered at the Career Day.

1. Looking after someone else’s kids overseas…

Au Pair America was present at the career day and Victoria Girls’ learners Vuyo Zundani and Zamamiya Majola were both pleasantly surprised about this gap year programme. “It’s not really what you would do for a career so I didn’t expect to see something like that at a career day” says Zundani. Majola agreed that it was something new and exciting for her and she’s definitely considering it.

2. Going on extreme adventures!

Beyond Adventures  was at the career day offering a gap year doing either leadership training or team building. They were definitely there for those seeking some radical fun packed into a year of doing kayaking, slacklining (see definition below), scuba diving, skydiving and the list goes on!  On offer as well are some courses in first aid and dinner etiquette as well as some tips for getting involved with business.

Definition: slacklining

ˈslaklʌɪnɪŋ/

noun

The activity or sport of balancing on a rope or strip of webbing that is fixed high above the ground but not stretched so as to be taut.

  1. Learning how to act, direct, write screenplays, use a video camera…

AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance ) surprised Yonela Ntshiba and Precious Mtyobo from Nombulelo Secondary. These two high school goers love presenting and doing drama and like the idea of exploring these passions at a place like AFDA. “They also have the behind-the-scenes things to offer which I didn’t really think about,” said Ntshiba, who enjoyed finding out about the arts university.

Learners from the Nombulelo Secondary School at the Career Day all excited about different career opportunities presented on the day.

Learners from the Nombulelo Secondary School at the Career Day all excited about different career opportunities presented on the day.

  1. Volunteering to help others all around the world

Do you love people and want the opportunity to help those in need? Well, Latitude Global Volunteers is as enthusiastic as you. You could teach children in Vanuatu, coach tennis in Vietnam, go to the Holi One Festival in India, experience outdoor adventures in the UK or teach young children in Malawi! There are many options, probably one suited just for you!

  1. Using cooking to make others happy

Do you just love to experiment in the kitchen with whatever is in the cupboard? Do you feel satisfied when some one eats and enjoys a tasty meal you’ve cooked? Maybe hitting the accounting books or reading case law is not for you, but learning to be a chef is! The Mills Culinary Academy is one place that offers courses to help you hone and develop your cooking and baking skills.

If you choose this option, please invite me to your tasting classes?

Learners from Khutliso Daniels Secondary stop for a photo before going to the next presentation.

Learners from Khutliso Daniels Secondary stop for a photo before going to the next presentation.

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