Jobs you can apply for when you don’t have a matric

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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!

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Hy l am a 15 yrs old gal l live in Soweto with my grandparents so life was good until l got in love with a girl but my grandparents don't want lesbian girl in their house so last night l heared them talking about a lesbian that live in our township my cousin said l should go nd tell this gal how l feel about her🤯so yah l went then she said she felt that way too but he dating a boy now then l said okay last night we kissed(smush)so advice pls

Aug. 21, 2022, 5:36 p.m.

I do have matric certificate but age is not on my side. I'm a wife and mother of two, my husband has a good job and he believes the women's place is in the kitchen. I've worked hard convincing him his beliefs worked for our forefathers and fathers but it's time has expired. He's willing to let me go find a job but still worried I might find or qualifie for a job that will make me take night shifts at times. I always wanted to work as a nurse( I have passion for taking care of sick people) I found something similar to that community health worker. I'll be attending class for three months and practical for nine months,planning to work extra hard to secure my job at the old age home I'll be placed in to do my practical. Nothing can stop me from following my dreams,sky is the limit!

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

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Hey Springster, that's amazing. All the best! Tell us how it goes

Hello

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

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Hellow ppl im lindani from dbn emanzimtoti

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

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

i would like working as a sales consultant i love speaking to people nd im a peoples person nd am very polite nd kind nd sweet

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

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Don't give up look at me I didn't pass my matric...that did not stop me I looked for job and now I'm promoted to assistant manager...I hope this inspires you.

Hope this will be helpful to me because i did finish matric but i didn't pass

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

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Hello Itumeleng8 Try it out and get back to us.Tell us if it worked or not.Good luck Springster.

Hey Guys I Didn't finish school because of my house burning down with everything inside 😢 including my books , reports and school uniform I only reached Grade 11 And I'm a mother now I don't have anyone to look after me and my child so I decided to start a business on Doing people's hair , doing their make-up and I try to save up for my son but it's not easy because sometimes we go to bed with a hungry stomach . So I'm in need of a mentor who'll atleast mentor me on Beaty Therapy / Cosmetology so I can start my own business . Thank You .

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

Hy im straggling to get a job and i have been searching but no luck.i didnot pass my matric .i took a long distance course of office administration i only did a 2year course and i passed all of my 1st year modules i then didnt continue due to money for paying my fees.i then did a callcenter course and got the certificate and also sdid merchandising and got the certificate.now im trying to find a job and its hard for me to get a job because idonot have matric.please help what can i do .

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

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Hey Boo.thang, we're sorry that you struggling to find a job. Please do not give up hope. Have you compiled a proper CV yet? If not, then try to do that as soon as possible and even if you do not have a matric, put together the qualifications that you have and a short description of your skills so that you can have your details ready all the time. You should try to look for opportunities online and also try through twitter by using the hashtag #JobSeekersSA. Please let us know how things work out for you Springster.

Hy friends I dropped out of school in grd 11 and just last year I decided 2 go 2 Abet and dd my level4 but unfortunately I failed maths but guess what next month I'm re_writing it again I'm sure I'll pass it and definetly by next year June I'll be writing my matric ........ Nothing can stop me....THE SKY IS THE LIMIT

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey Springster, thank you so much for sharing your story with us! We are loving your positive spirit and we believe in you too. We are rooting for you Springster. Good luck!

I dd my matric but i ddnt pass it i like nursing bt because i ddnt pass i dont know what to do in the mean time im thinking of doing administation courses or data capture but i dont know where and how much its costs.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Hey guys just need your help. I don't know how to apply at FET collage. I don't know where to start I wanna do boilermaker. Please help me

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey Springster,thanks for messaging us. We think the best people to approach in this case is the FET college you want to go to. There are many options online and most of these colleges leave details like emails and contact numbers for you to call. If you call them and ask what you'd like to know, we are sure they will help you.

What if you have your grade 11, can you still get the chance to do it? It's been years since I've dropped out of school. I really need the courage to carry on.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

Can I do it? Because on my side it's been three years since I dropped out of school.

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I just saw boilmaker suitable

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hi Lelocwaita We are happy that you have found something that you enjoy.

Wow thanx for the advise I wish I knew the nearest place I can go and apply for a beauty therapy cos I love it I stay in Soweto

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.

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Hi Lelo_princess We are glad that this is helpful. Sometimes asking the people around you helps. We wish you the best Springster.