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Game plan – Putting all the X’s and O’s into place


Game plan – Putting all the X’s and O’s into place


Sometimes your parents’ ideas about your future coincide with yours, but more often than not, you may choose to pursue a career that is not exactly what they had in mind. Some parents are more open-minded than others. Some might just need a little innocent twisting of the arm. What you need is a game plan!

By preparing a detailed game plan, you are preparing to survive the dreaded ‘parent interrogation’. If you present a subpar plan to your parents, they will SHUT you down, guaranteed. Maybe you aren’t quite sure where to begin or maybe you’re not quite sure where to end. Or maybe it’s the beginning, the middle and the end. Whatever it is, here’s a little bit of a guideline to make things easier for you.

Aptitude Test:

Aptitude is defined an innate, learned or acquired ability of an individual to perform specific tasks. In other word, an aptitude test shows you what you where your strengths lie in relation to what your interests are. Aptitude tests incorporate many different factors such as numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, verbal reasoning, speed and accuracy etc. It all sounds very scientific but this is why they have professionals who conduct aptitude tests.

Aptitude tests normally consist of a series of multiple choice questions and are often administered under exam-like conditions. The tests are also strictly timed; each section will have its own time period. An aptitude test is one of the most commonly used assessments used to measure a candidate’s suitability for a role. Your results are processed and career options are furthermore calculated according to your results.

Most schools offer an aptitude test in Grade 9 because this is the year that you need to decide what subjects you are going to take until matric. It might be necessary to take more than one aptitude test, at different companies, before you have a clear idea what career path you want to follow. You take the test in Grade 9 for subject choice reasons but your subject choices need to be in accordance to your ultimate destination. Even if you have already made subject choices, aptitude tests are still helpful if you aren’t sure about what career you want to pursue one day.

Assess your subjects:

If you have already made your subject choices then this tip is for you. Assess the subjects you are currently taking in school. What subject do you do the best in? And what subject do you enjoy the most? It’s great if the two correlate but sometimes the decision isn’t always clear. The subject you choose will give you an indication of what field your interests lie in.


Tertiary Institution:

The next step involves you investigating where you can expand on the knowledge you already have on the subject. Pinpoint a tertiary institution that will cater to your ambition. By tertiary institution, we don’t mean that you will be studying at a university or at a college. To many this is the only way to go about extending your knowledge but it isn’t. If you are less academically inclined then you may opt for more practical course. This practical course is usually labelled as ‘developing a trade’.

Choosing your qualification:

Once you have chosen an institution, you must choose the qualification (degree, diploma or certificate) you will be working toward achieving. First timers often find it challenging navigating this aspect. Here are a few things to look out for:

  • APS Score
 Percentage Score 
 80-100%  7
    Life Orientation is excluded from your APS score.
  • National Benchmarking Test

Some institutions require that you write a national benchmarking test. Each standard of each school varies. Sometimes the standard as a specific school is much lower than that of another. Your Grade 11 marks might seem higher than they really are. The benchmarking test determines where you stand in relation to the entire country. Applications opened on 1 April 2017 so, visit the webpage at: to find out more. If your APS score is not up to standard then the institution will assess your NBT results.

Money on the Mind:

Money is always a tricky situation. Most people don’t like talking about it and some people even consider it bad manners to talk about money. We just want to clarify that it is not all about the money, but the point of furthering your education is so that you can earn enough money to support yourself and possibly a family one day. That is an inevitable part of life. Ask your parents how much they are willing to pay for your studies. Remember to include other fees in your calculations such as NBT fees, transport, res (if you choose to) etc.  

Game plan

Presentations time:

The main thing your parents are going to ask you is what job security your career choice will provide. This is where a PowerPoint presentation will come in handy. Okay, you don’t have to make a PowerPoint presentation, but you will definitely have to make a ‘presentation’ of some sorts. You’ve done the research, now you just have to seal the deal and make dank cash! No, we’re kidding. It’s not about the money. It’s about passion and contentedness. It’s about waking up every day motivated to learn more and to be more. But let’s be real, for some of you it is about the money.


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