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That Awesome Moment when you finish high school is so sweet! Mine was followed by reality check! My parents have always done the best for me, but unfortunately, they couldn’t afford to send me to university. So, I had to find a job. When I started looking for a job, some people said that they’re scarce and hard to find. This is true, but it doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities.

Learnership: This is a work and study programme where you get job experience while studying. Learnerships are supported by the government, which pays companies to hire young people to help them get job experience. There’s also an allowance to help with transport and other costs. Find out how you can apply here. Check out Harambee Youth and Tshepo 500 000. They help young people with skills development and job placements.

Internship: Many organisations are always looking for trainees or interns. This is when an organisation hires you without work experience. Even though most internships don’t pay, they are still a great way to get work experience. But because you need to money to get to and from work, it’s worth asking the organisation for a stipend. Another benefit is that they give you an opportunity to get into an organisation, like Amanda did. She couldn’t find a job as a journalist. She approached a magazine asking to be an intern. The magazine where she worked shared a building with other publications, which eventually led to her getting a job at another magazine. You can also check out InternshipsSA and BursariesSA to see if there are any opportunities that interest you.

Job shadowing: Job shadowing is like becoming someone’s shadow to see what their work involves. This is especially great if you are still in high school and not sure which career you want to go into. This will help you decide whether the job is for you or not, plus you can add it to your CV.

Happy job hunting!

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Dephney

Hello. It's been a while looking for Learnership and I can't finding one. Anyone who can help me to find one plz. And how do I start if I want to volunteer to gain experience.

Sept. 15, 2022, 7:19 a.m.

Mihle_

Can yoi get a bursary for highschool

Aug. 16, 2022, 12:24 p.m.

Hi there my name is Vuyelwa I'm 16 going to do grade11 next yearI don't know which career is suited for me so can you please help

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Vuyelwa111. Take a deep breath, don't panic. This decision is all yours to make and think of it as having power instead of becoming stressed. My advice would be to choose the subjects you're already good at. The subjects you get better grades in. That way you'll choose subjects you're naturally better at doing great at and that will be easier to choose a future from there. Good luck!

hi everyone.... im currently doing grade 11 and i would like to ask that when is the right time to apply for a bursary and university

March 20, 2022, 8:59 p.m.

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Hi Phumie, we suggest you start researching now for any bursary opportunities. It may be too early to apply for some, but knowing what they expect in terms of academic results will help you work harder to achieve what is needed to get the bursary. Google is a great place to start when looking for opportunities. Universities usually have lots of info on different bursary opportunities too, so reach out to the institution to find out more. All the best for your matric year!

Hi where do I found hurambee?

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hey Springer I suggest that you go online www.harambe.com You first apply online then they make an appointment for you. Enjoy darling

Hey id lyk to ask how do u get a learnership??

March 20, 2022, 8:58 p.m.

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Hi Springster, it depends on the field that you want to go into. You should do research online and some learnerships are published in the paper. If there's a specific company that you'd like to get a learnership from, check on their website if they offer them. Companies that offer learnerships will have the details of how to apply on their website.

I study financial management now am having my N6 I have been applying for internships but with no luck until I decided to go to a local secondary school in my area asking them to do their finance now am busy there and am enjoying and am gaining experience day by day...

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

Hello , I've been applying for internships and nothing . I have been rejected to the point that it brought me down emotionally . Please can you please help me with websites or links I can log into to apply because I really need this internship to get a Diploma and further my studies .

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hi Shantal, thank you sharing your story with us. Firstly, we're so proud of you for taking up the challenge of studying chemical engineering we definitely need more Springsters in this field. Rejection is part of life and it should never put us down but instead use it as encouragement. Remember a 'no' is not the end of the world but sometimes it is a 'not for you just yet'. So keep your head up high Springster. It's advisable to consult your lecturers about the companies nearest to you that can assist with you doing an internship. Your lecturers should give you guidance on companies or institutions that will help in you getting practical experience so that you get your diploma. Also search for "chemical engineering internships" online. All the best Springster.

Still Shantal I forgot to say I was doing Chemical Engineering .

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hi Shantal, thank you sharing your story with us. Firstly, we're so proud of you for taking up the challenge of studying chemical engineering we definitely need more Springsters in this field. Rejection is part of life and it should never put us down but instead use it as encouragement. Remember a 'no' is not the end of the world but sometimes it is a 'not for you just yet'. So keep your head up high Springster. It's advisable to consult your lecturers about the companies nearest to you that can assist with you doing an internship. Your lecturers should give you guidance on companies or institutions that will help in you getting practical experience so that you get your diploma. Also search for "chemical engineering internships" online. All the best Springster.

Hey I just finished job shadowing for my school but it turns out as much as I love animals it turns out I'm not a big fan of operating on them .... What can I do?

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.