Matric done! Game-plan?
Closing one chapter of your life and a multitude of opportunities available to you, one can be both exciting and daunting at the same time.
In leaving those unflattering school uniforms, maths classes, school ground gossip and games behind, you are officially an adult and responsibility is now the name of the game. Whether you’ve decided to attend University, College or Technicon or are to nose-dive straight into the workplace, there are a few things you need to take note of.
R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y
Let this word sit in your soul for a moment longer as you begin to actually grasp the increased responsibilities that now lay before you. Adulting is great in many respects, you fought so long and hard for it but depending on your situation could mean that you are now 100% responsible for keeping yourself alive, fed and healthy. Adulting means you will be expected to do more, from laundry and groceries to finding ways or earning some muula to pay for your food, accommodation, course, transport, clothing and entertainment – a real buzzkill! On the positive side you are able to craft your future by taking responsibility, make a plan with short, medium and long-term goals, these can always be adapted, they are not cast in stone, just have a plan.
K E Y B O A R D C O M M E N T A T O R S
So it’s always fun to post pics of your life and all the fun things you get up to with your mates on social media, but ease up on being a social justice warrior or slay queen, seriously, nude pics and derogatory comments will come back and bite you on your butt, potentially when you apply for a job! Remember once you push send, it’s out there forever, it’s a fact, potential employers tend to do a bit of social media ‘research’ stalking before hiring and that photo might just mean the difference between you getting a job or not.
S T I C K T O T H E P L A N
Statistics show that you’ll probably change your mind a few times throughout your studying and / or working career. For real, you want to do the same thing for the rest of your life? The reality is that very few people end up earning the bacon via the career they initially started in. So don’t panic if you are not on it right now – but have a plan. You know what you want to achieve in life, some careers are a means of achieving a goal, others, a stepping stone. What you shouldn’t do is waste money studying something you were forced into or are not passionate about, 98% of the time frustration will result in you dropping out, so select wisely and consider a ‘building-block’ method to achieve the ultimate goal.
G I V E Y O U R S E L F T I M E
This new chapter in your life might be daunting, you might be away from home for the first time or in a new work environment where your environment leaves you feeling like you know nothing. It’s going to be tough, especially if you were that know-it-all at school but be patient with the situation and to yourself. Keep your end goal in mind and soldier on, remember, everything passes in time.
F I N A L Y
With your Matric exams out of the way, it’s time to, get out! Go make friends, listen to music, go shopping and enjoy learning little more about life outside the classroom. Good luck.