A career is the reason for our being. Each person is in this life for a purpose. We all exist for a reason and we all have a mission. A career is therefore a calling or a vocation that unites our inborn passion, skills and abilities with our lifelong ambition and goals.
A job is an activity by which an individual can earn money. It is a regular activity in exchange of payment. For example, you are a microbiologist with a job as a sales executive; a chef working as a photographer; a web designer working as an event planner etc. While a career is done for fulfilment, a job is done for money which can end up becoming boring and unproductive.
Starting with subjects can be very misleading. A student may be very good in Mathematics but hate being indoors. For such a student, accounting can easily become a job and not a career. Prowess in a subject does not necessarily mean that you have the passion to convert it into a career. It’s therefore important to start the career journey with knowledge of oneself then choose subjects that will take you to that career. (See Discover Your Career Workbook in your closest bookshop)
Career exposure should start as early as when one is in primary school but it is in high school that real transition for teens as they move into adulthood and the more adult issues of work, careers, and college occurs. Form 1 & 2 or from age 14yrs is the ideal time to seriously think of your future. However, if this opportunity was not available to you, then a student should take assessments or see a career counselor after form four to avoid career pitfalls seen in many quarters.
You should only take a career that aligns with your innate interests, skills and abilities. When you are aligned, you will be motivated, productive and innovative. Always choose your career based on your strengths. Listen to the advice of parents, friends, teachers etc, but make your own choice based on who you are.
There isn’t a method cast in stone but it is recommended that a student is exposed to as much information as possible before a final decision is made. However research has shown that those whose interests, skills, passion and ability match are more motivated, productive and they generally enjoy tasks and careers. DYC’s recommended procedure is:
- Take our scientifically validated test or any other validated psychometric assessment to know yourself
- Choose your career
- Choose your subjects in high school or course at higher institute of learning.
- Know the entry level requirements for the course(s) that will take you to that career
- Choose the colleges/universities that offer your choice
- Learn skills that will build your career. Never stop learning. Never stop growing!
The first introductory half hour talk to students is free, except direct costs such as fuel and accommodation depending on where the students are located. Thereafter, subsequent forums and student workshops are at a fee. Due to the high demand for these talks and the unique nature of different requests, we encourage that you call the DYC office at least two to three weeks before the scheduled presentation date.