Don’t let not having a matric certificate hold you back. Don’t let it be a reason for you to give up on a great future. If you think there are no jobs for people without matric, think again because here are a few jobs that you can do:
Boilermaker: Are you good with your hands and enjoy practical work? Do you have a mechanical mind and are you strong physically? Have you considered working as a boilermaker?
What is a boilermaker? A boiler is a closed large container in which water or other fluid such as different gases is heated. A boilermaker is someone who makes these structures and steel plates for factories.
What does a boilermaker do? As a boilermaker you will work with metal to prepare parts for welding, bend brakes and put a plan together for how a job must be done. You will also clean and inspect boilers and as well as do the calculations for the work process.
What do you need to be a boilermaker? You will have to go through theoretical and practical training. You’ll have to do a practical course at a FET college or a study via correspondence at Technisa. The course is 80 weeks to 4 years.
Once you’ve finished your course you’ll also have to take a trade test set by the Department of Labour to become a qualified artisan.
Beauty therapist: Do you enjoy making people look and feel good? If you have a love for makeup, skincare and helping people reach their beauty goals then you may have a future as a beauty therapist.
What does a beauty therapist do? A beauty therapist cares for the clients facial and body needs through a range of treatments. They apply and sell makeup, treat and care for skin and provide beauty treatments such as waxing, giving manicures and facials, doing nail art and doing makeup to name a few.
What do you need to be a beauty therapist? Before you can be a certified beauty therapist, you’ll have to be trained in the theory and practical knowledge that you’ll need. You can go to the Beauty Therapy Institute or Damelin. If you cannot afford the course then you can also apply for an apprenticeship or get a mentor, who will teach you everything that you need to know.
Sales consultant: If you’re outgoing, positive, pay attention to details, and a smooth-talker, then a job in sales may be for you.
What does a sales consultant do? As a sales consultant you will have to find new clients and meet with customers to get them to buy the products that you are selling. Make appointments with clients.
What do you need to be a sales consultant? You have to be good at time-management, friendly and be a people person. You have to be comfortable with writing reports, talking in front of people and know how to make the best out of a bad situation. Like how to deal with a difficult client without losing your cool and still getting the sale.
These are just a few examples - there are many jobs out there for you if you didn’t finish matric. A lot of places will train you and give you the skills that you need to do the job. Do more research into the things that you are interested in, to see what you need to reach your goals.
What do you want to do with your career? we’d love to know - post in the comments!