When you look at the kids sitting in a Matric class, the class does not look half empty. But the numbers show that of the class that started school 12 years ago, only half are currently sitting in a Matric class. Half will have failed school and dropped out of the system before they get to the end of Grade 12.
If you took a whole bunch of photos of yourself you would be able to see that even though they are all different, they are still all uniquely “you”. As you study the pictures you will see yourself with different profiles – a different part of your face showing, a different tilt of your head. You are still the same person but you look different depending on the angle. A School Leaver CV or Personal Profile is a description of you. It isn’t the whole of who you are and everything you ever did, it is just one particular picture of you. It must be a true picture but it can have an angle.
You want to show the reader not only your best side, but the side of you that is most useful to them. When you send a CV, your application is often one of very many. You need to catch your reader’s attention right at the top of the page, by selling them exactly the person they are looking for… who also happens to be a true version (or profile) of you! Read more
Here are a list of our favorite websites showing school leaver opportunities. The information on these websites is always being refreshed so don’t give up if you don’t find something right away. Remember to also check newspapers and don’t be afraid to go and visit the places you’d like to work and tell them that you’re looking. There’s nothing like a live person with a friendly face to outshine a pile of anonymous e-mail inquiries. Read more
To read Part 1 of this blog, describing minimum entry requirements, go here.
Airforce: The Airforce offers opportunities for a broad range of young people from those who will complete apprenticeships in things like welding and electronics, through to those who will become Pilots and Officers. To apply, you should look for advertisements in the newspaper or go to the SAAF website in January – March after you have completed Matric. Like our other defence units, you join as a volunteer for two years training with the Military Skills Development Unit beginning with 6 months of basic training. Each mustering in the SAAF, also known as occupational class in the public service and trade in the technical environment of civil aviation, has requirements for specific education qualifications, additional personal attributes and a willingness to serve under the working conditions of that particular mustering. Read more
The South African Police Force, the Army, Navy and Air force all offer excellent career opportunities for young men and women who are interested in serving in the defence of their country. All have excellent job security with virtually free education in an your area of excellence. Service fields require that you are:
- A South African Citizen
- At least 18 years of age
- Have completed Gr 12 successfully
- Have no criminal record
- Be willing to serve in uniform
- Be medically fit
Applications for the Army, Navy and Air Force are received in MARCH with decisions made by OCTOBER. If you are currently in Matric, you cannot apply until next year. This means you will have a year that you need to fill in with other activities. How to Join! The Police Force advertise their recruitment phases in public listings such as newspapers. Read more