So, You Want a Career in Defence? Part 2

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

So, You Want a Career in Defence? Part 1

Are you young and fit and interested in serving in defence of you your country?  The South African Police Force, the Army, Navy and Air force all offer excellent career opportunities for you.  The defence forces have excellent job security with 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

Apply to the Army, Navy and Air Force in FEBRUARY.   You will hear the result by SEPTEMBER.  The 2018 application form is available here.  If you are currently in Matric, you cannot apply until next year February to start in October.  This means you will have a year that you need to fill in with other activities.  You can phone an army recruiter, contact details here.    Read this website for more information on how to join.

The Police Force advertise their recruitment phases in public listings such as newspapers.  More information on their application process is available here.  Read more

So, You Want to be an Accountant?

Are you considering a career as an accountant?  Accountants communicate financial information about a business to users.  To do this they need to analyse what has happened and present it in an appropriate manner.

If you love numbers, problem analysis and solution and you are comfortable around people and around computers, you might consider accounting.  Accountants assist firms to manage their finances so that they meet legal requirements and enable good financial planning and management.  They must be good communicators with sound judgement and high levels of integrity.

To be considered for more advanced tertiary courses in accounting you must have maths.  There are also some options if you have Maths Lit at University of Johannesburg (BCom extended year program) or National Diplomas at TVET Colleges or a University of Technology.   You do not need to have studied accounting at high school to study at a tertiary institute however some institutes allow you to use your accounting mark in place of your maths mark which can help if you haven’t done so well in maths. Read more

So, You Want to be an Engineer?

Engineers are problem solvers. To solve problems, they use scientific and mathematical principles as tools.

To be an engineer, you must have a strong aptitude for problem solving, mathematics, chemistry and physics, physics is probably the most important tool. You must be interested in applying these scientific principles to the real world.  If you are interested in building, understanding, and making things better and more efficient, engineering may be right for you. Read more

Medicine careers illustrated by doctor

So, You Want to Study Medicine and Be a Doctor?

You might be drawn to medicine careers if you are people-oriented and you love science.  You might want to be a doctor because the pay is great and it is a prestigious career.  The sad reality is that there many people loving, science loving teens out there and most of them don’t get to be doctors.  What does it take? What can you do if you don’t have what it takes but you wish you did? Read more