The matric results in South Africa, are about to be published in February this year. Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)
The matric results in South Africa, are about to be published in February this year. Picture: Bongani Mbatha /African News Agency (ANA)

What’s next for matric 2020?

By Supplied Time of article published Feb 12, 2021

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Ariellah Rosenberg, Chief executive ORT SA

YOUR marks don’t define who you are and what you are capable of achieving.

Twelve years of schooling and all the experience, memories, knowledge and skills you gained come to one thing – a number – a figure that summarises in a digit or two the years you attended classes, memorised formulae, forgot your vocabulary, read prescribed books, summarised notes, sweated, shed some tears, cheated.

All comes to an “end” when you anticipate, with heart palpitations, the “final results”.

These are stressful times, now more than ever. You hear about the soaring unemployment rate due to Covid19 and fear being a part of the statistics.

You may have registered to university with a specific objective in mind or just for the sake of getting a degree, or you may still be struggling with the decision of “what’s next”.

So let’s examine, possible worst case scenarios, in that your marks don’t qualify you to enrol with your university or study of choice or that you are still in doubt of where to go from here. If you are in either of this positions, it is not the end of the world, although it may feel like it.

Remember, that your grades do not define who you are and what you are capable of doing. Give it time, maturity and hard work. Be proactive, seeking ways you can achieve your goals or finding your purpose in life. It may not be in the time period you’ve planned it to be, but time spent in learning and gaining work experience is not lost. On the contrary …

Carry on learning and gaining skills. You’d be surprised at how many online courses are offered for free. Progress in technology is changing the work environment significantly. Upgrade yourself, gain skills that will stand you apart from the rest. Explore the current skills that the job market is looking for.

Work experience can get you far, almost as much as a certificate or diploma can. If you can’t find a job, volunteer. Build up your CV with experiences and new gained skills, but most importantly, extend your network. Go beyond the Fs; friends and family, and reach out to acquaintances and connections that can be of help in advising, mentoring or directing you in the right direction.

What defines who you are and what you are capable to do, is you. With the right mindset and openness to learning, the sky is the limit.

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