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Building a Career if you Failed School

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.

How many of the kids that started school 12 years ago, will have a degree three years after they complete Matric? The most recent research shows that it is 9,9%. Read more

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Tertiary Acceptance – How good do my marks need to be?

We all know that nail biting time.  You have applied to a university or university of technology.  You know that they have your application but you don’t know if they will accept you.   What are your chances?  Unlike playing the Lottery, acceptance to university isn’t just good luck.  Universities have particular things they are looking for.  These include the subjects you have taken, the marks you have for those subjects and your overall average.   This blog takes some of the mystery out of tertiary acceptance.   Read more

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School Leaver CV Template

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

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Understanding Tertiary Acceptance

Imagine you are on a walk through lots of fenced fields with gates.  You have to go through each gate to get to the next field.  Tertiary acceptance is a lot like this.  It is important to understand the gates, even from as early as grade 9, so that you can make sure you are on the path that is right for you.

Getting on the path:  Generally, to even be on the path to tertiary acceptance, you must gain a Bachelor Pass (code 4/ 50% in FOUR approved subjects).  However there are a few certificate courses that you can do with lower level matric passes. Read more

Continuing education with NSFAS Bursaries

NSFAS Bursaries – Government Funding for Tertiary Education

Contact NSFAS Tel No.: 0860 067 327 Email: info@nsfas.org.za  Our previous NSFAS blog focused on how to apply to NSFAS and maximize the chance of a successful application.  This blog explains how to get NSFAS bursaries.  Similarly to the NSFAS loan, you must apply on time and with all the required paperwork attached.  Although you may be asked for proof of family income, there is no cut-off after which you will not be successful.  The intention of the NSFAS bursaries is to build interest in scarce skills sectors by attracting academically able and interested young people.  Financial need is considered as a factor but not the deciding factor. Read more