21st Century Career Guidance

If you were a matriculant ten years ago, you would never have heard the following introduction at a career expo:

“Hi, I’m a data mining specialist”

“Hi, I’m a digital marketing specialist”

“Hi, I’m a cloud architect”

Yes, now more than ever, we see the emergence of careers that never existed ten, five even two years ago. The world is changing at a pace that many people cannot keep up with and many parents and teachers are inadequately informed to help their children make career choices that are adaptable in this ever-changing world. In fact, not many people know what work they will be doing in the next two years, or if they will even have a job. In the 21st century, the key is to gain knowledge and skills that will enable you to adapt to this fluid work environment. This will separate the agile and adaptable from the near-redundant people. Our programmes foster 21st century skills and developing interest in them from a young age.

1.    21st Century Skills and STEM Attitudes Survey

With our tools that analyse learners’ 21st century skills, STEM attitudes and aptitude, we can advise on what learners need to focus on. The survey is conducted upon enrolment and periodically during enrolment to see changes in the learner’s attitudes and skills. Through this survey, we can gauge what a learner’s barriers towards enjoying and excelling in STEM subjects and provide the right interventions to adjust or remove these barriers. The purpose of the survey is to better understand how STEM programming impacts students’ perceptions/attitudes towards STEM.

2.    Personality type tests – Enneagram and Myers Briggs Type

Personality tests are tools that can help us better understand our strengths, weaknesses, how we perceive the world, the core beliefs which inform decisions we make, how we react to situations…the list is endless. Delving deeper into this, which should be the starting point when choosing careers, helps us understand ourselves better and make choices that align to our core beliefs. This makes navigating life so much easier. At KTEA we use the Enneagram assessment as well as the Myers-Briggs type assessment to analyse learners’ personality types and guide them towards the careers best suited for their personalities.

3.    Career guidance and applications 

Choosing a career can be a daunting task for parents and learners. Career choices start with the subject choices learners make in Grade 10. Starting the career research and planning process early helps learners make informed decisions when the time comes. It also helps learners know what their career goals are and what steps they need to take to get to them. Our knowledgeable consultants will do a holistic assessment of each learner which includes:

  1. Current subjects
  2. Grades for each subject
  3. Strengths
  4. Personality type
  5. Career choices of interest
  6.  Careers they currently qualify for and alternatives to these
  7. Careers they aspire to - ideal scenario

With this information, our consultants can map out a strategy to help learners get as close to their ideal scenario as possible. They will show learners areas of improvement and monitor the process until such time as the learner needs to apply to their preferred “next step”.

Our consultants also assist learners to apply for their “next step” of choice and will monitor the process, providing feedback and updates as necessary. 

4.    Cisco Networking Academy Certification Courses

KTEA is a firm believer in 21st century careers and skills. Our world is changing fast and technology is at the forefront of these changes. Coding, Internet of Things, Cybersecurity, Big Data; these are some of the skills which we should be nurturing in our future workforce. And the beauty of it, there is no need to wait until after matric, learners can start as early as the time they can operate a computer. As a Cisco Networking Academy, we can help learners get started and continue this journey through skills-based Information Technology courses led by trained Cisco Networking Academy Facilitators.