Career guidance is the key to economic development

As youth unemployment and poverty becomes the most serious problems facing the country and, while, ironically, along with this unemployment, we are facing a growing shortage of appropriate skills, many high school seniors will soon be preparing for their final year of education before heading to university, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges or the work force.

Whatever the 2018 National Senior Certificate candidates’ personal choices are post-high school, better career guidance could play a vital role during the next four months of this academic year. The shortage of scarce skills, an oversupply of low-demand skills, high tertiary dropout rates, and too many idle youth, are all symptomatic of poor career planning.

So in the last few months of 2018, what can our youth do to make the best of the next stage of their career path?
The delivery of career guidance has always been central to a person’s career development.

At the forefront of career guidance delivery are school guidance counsellors, Life Orientation educators, student support staff at universities and TVET colleges, student recruitment officers at universities, employment service practitioners at labour centres and career guidance practitioners at the various youth advisory centres.