At SAGDA we have observed
that graduate unemployment starts at high school when subject choices
are made. These choices can become very tragic at times, especially
when learners choose maths literacy over mathematics.
The advent of scarce and
critical skills in South Africa (outcome 8 of NSDS 3), signals the
importance of career management to close the skills gap prevalent in
our country. Many prospective students have no clue what to study when
they enrol for university/college studies do to, amongst others, lack
of career information, poor pass rate.
Due to high limitations
placed to learners by the absence of career planning and management at
public high schools, SAGDA introduces Career Management to boost
confidence of both teachers and learners in making career choices.
Career management is defined
as; lifelong, self-monitored process of career planning that involves
choosing and setting personal goals, making informed career choices and
formulating strategies for achieving them.
management program proposes major overhaul to the current philosophy
and system of Career Guidance. The organization is partnering with
key partners such as the ETDP SETA, SAQA, SACPO, NSA and DHET to
implement career management as a profession.
Implementation for the
program will commence in 2012 with the training of 650 Career
Management Tutors for placement at rural and township public high
schools/FET Colleges. It is believed that this program will enhance
learners knowledge and planning for the future based on economic and
labour market demands.
Career planning portfolios
are like resumes in scrapbook form. They are collections people put
together to show their abilities, skills and achievements. Career
planning portfolios are extremely useful marketing tools because they
are solid evidence of accomplishments. Traditionally career planning
portfolios have been used by creative artists, actors and
photographers. But they can also be used by journalists, business
people and technicians. Today many people have their career planning
portfolios on computer disc. Career planning portfolios have become so
important to modern job applicants that many high schools and colleges
require students to assemble portfolios as a requirement for
career planning portfolios do?
Demonstrate what you have
accomplished in previous jobs or assignments, or even as a volunteer.
Showcase your skills and
Give you extra confidence as
you prepare for an interview.
What should be included in
career planning portfolios? Of course, this depends on what skills,
abilities and accomplishments you want to bring to the potential
employer’s attention. Here are some suggestions.
All diplomas, degrees and
Letters of recommendation
Awards and certificates of
Letters of commendation,
letters of thanks
Newspaper or magazine
articles about your achievements
registrations and certificates
Work performance records and
Programs from conventions or
conferences you helped organize and other work samples.
When people are assembling
career planning portfolios, they should keep in mind that portfolios
must be flexible, and can be customized to suit the interview
situation. There are a variety of options for packaging. Some people
use photo albums or binders. Others prefer accordion folders. Some
portfolios can be stored on disc. If you do use a computer disc, take
your own laptop to the interview and be sure the battery is
Be sure to write clear and
concise captions for each item contained in your portfolio. The caption
should help specify the skills used for that particular accomplishment.
Example: This is the certificate I was awarded by a local charitable
organization for raising $5,000 for the town hospital. Next to the
certificate is a photograph of me with fellow fundraisers at the dance
and dinner I organized.
Highlight your achievements.
When you prepare for the interview, be sure you can easily access those
materials you especially want to show the interviewer. It’s a
good idea to have a table of contents in your portfolio.
For information on how to
construct a portfolio, check with the Educational Resource Information
Center (ERIC). You can also get assistance from the Portfolio Library
and other websites that are sponsored by university career centers and
offer help to job seekers.