Seven ways to master your emails

By Esther Etkin

Try these seven ways to make a good first impression every time you send an email.

With the growing use of email to apply for jobs, internships and other opportunities, email messaging skills have become more important than ever before. From grammar to greetings, remember these basic rules every time you hit ‘send’.

1. Mind your language

“Grammar rules apply to emails,” says Ulrike Hill, business facilitator and writer at Writer’s Write, which offers practical courses in business and creative writing. “Capital letters should be used at the beginning of sentences and are used for proper nouns.” She adds: “Using capital letters throughout an email is the same as showing you’re angry.” The same applies to using only lowercase letters in an email, which may send the message that you’re lazy or unprofessional.

2. Spell Check!

There’s no excuse for sending sloppy emails! MS Outlook, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo all have spell check features to check your messages – so take the time to figure out how these work. If you pick up typos or spelling errors after you’ve sent an email, and you’re applying for a job or the recipient is an important person, “resend the email without errors and in the subject line state that the previous email should be ignored,” advises Hill. She adds that it’s a good idea to get into the habit of always reading through emails before you send them: “There are errors that may creep in that are not picked up by the spell-checker, such as ‘there/their’.”

3. Laws of attachments

Sent an email but forgot that all-important attachment like your cover letter or CV? Now what? “Honesty is the best policy,” says Hill. “Emails are a common form of communication and to a large extent have replaced telephonic conversation. Send another email with the attachment. In the body of the email explain that you had forgotten to send the attachment.” As for sending very large attachments, rather link to downloadable documents or use free services such as sendspace.com or dropbox.com. Large files (over 5 MB) are more likely to get blocked or could slow down your recipient’s email – not a good way to start your relationship with them.

4. All in a name

If you’re sending attachments such as CVs and cover letters, “save your document in .pdf format before sending the email,” recommends Hill. Word documents can result in formatting issues if opened on a different system to the one used to create the document. Also read job advertisements carefully as they may stipulate in which format CVs should be sent. Read the full story

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Mission Objective: Finding Funding

So you’ve decided you want to keep studying after school. What are your options and how do you make sure you don’t run into problems with the finance office?

By Ross Edwards

In a perfect life, you’re a rich kid with no financial worries, right? You simply choose the university course you want, apply and money’s not even a consideration. You just do it because you can. Unfortunately that’s the reality for a very, very small number of South Africans wanting to study after school. For most of us, the options are simple: get a bursary, a scholarship or a study loan.

You probably know this already but a bursary provides money for your studies, granted on the basis of your financial need. By contrast, scholarships are merit-based and are awarded for academic achievement. Bursaries are financial-need based awards that don’t have to be repaid.  The main objective of most undergraduate bursary programmers is to supplement, not replace, a student’s primary sources of funding such as government student financial assistance from another province or loan funding from a financial institution.

Basically, if you fall into one of the three following categories, you probably need funding:

  • You’re still at school and figuring out how to fund further studies
  • You’re currently studying and need funds to continue or further your studies
  • You’re a young adult wanting to study further but you need financial assistance.

Many universities, organisations and companies offer both bursaries and scholarships. You need to make contact with the university you’re thinking of studying at and ask them what options are available to you as a potential undergraduate student. Sometimes the hardest challenge is finding enough money to fund your first year of study, then working as hard as possible and using your first year results to apply for funding for your second year forward and possible postgraduate study like honours or a higher diploma.

One typical example of funding sources is the National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS) who administer four bursary funds.

1. Teaching. The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme is a multi-year programme that promotes teaching in public schools. Full-cost bursaries are available for qualifying students to complete a full teaching qualification in an area of national priority. Bursary recipients are required to teach at a public school for the same number of years they receive the bursary. Visit www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za for more information.

2. Social Work. Bursaries for studies in Social Work are provided by the Department of Social Development. Students apply for these bursaries at provincial department offices. Note that these bursaries have a work-back condition, where a student must work for the Department of Social Development for the same number of years for which the bursary was received.

3. National Skills Fund. Bursaries from the National Skills Fund are made available to students who focus on a scarce skills area, as defined by the fund. University selection committees will determine which students qualify for these funds. A mandate of the Skills Development Act of 1998 provides bursary funding to undergraduate students in these 17 specific scarce skills areas:

Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Agriculture, Auditing, Bio-Technology, Business Management, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Geology, Information Systems, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Statistics.

4. FET (Further Education and Training) College Bursaries. Bursaries for the National Certificate Vocational (NCV) and for certain National Technical Education (Nated) courses at FET Colleges are available for qualifying students. If you’re interested, you must apply for funding through the Student Support Services office of the specific FET College you want to study at. There is no employment condition attached to these bursaries.

Thinking outside the Box

An avenue not often considered by South African students is overseas studies. Some international universities specifically offer  academic scholarships to hard-working students from other countries. With many young people taking a gap-year between finishing high school and starting university, why not consider applying for funding at an overseas university? Remember too that in North America, the UK and Europe, the academic year starts in September each year, which gives you a bit more time to make your plans accordingly. And if you’re a top academic student looking for postgrad funding, don’t forget that opportunities like the Rhodes scholarship offer amazing study experiences at Oxford University in the UK.

Bursary, Scholarship or Study Loan? What’s the difference?

A bursary is funding granted on the basis of pure financial need. You will need to show in your application that you are deserving of funding and cannot study without it.

A Scholarship is merit-based and awarded for consistent academic achievement, usually reviewed annually after your end-year exam results. If your marks fall below the required standard, you will lose your scholarship. So work hard!

A Study Loan is money you borrow from an organisation or institution to cover the costs of your tertiary studies. The most important thing to remember is that a study loan will need to be repaid, usually after you qualify and start work. Some companies offer study loans and a guaranteed job with the company afterwards. This is a great way of getting a qualification, work experience and the money to pay back your loan.

Content courtesy of Career Planet – www.careerplanet.co.za

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What does it take to be an Entrepreneur?

 

“The key is finding a gap in the market, or to do something better than anyone else does.”

Do you like the idea of being your own boss?  Self-employment can be very rewarding if you realise that being an entrepreneur isn’t all fun and getting off work early. Business owners usually have to work harder than the people they employ.

Entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but if the points below describe you then it may be a good career option to think about!

  1. I believe in myself and am willing to take risks in business
  2. I take responsibility for my actions and learn from my mistakes
  3. I am optimistic and self-motivated
  4. I know how to look for gaps in the market and turn these into business opportunities
  5. I set myself realistic goals and work towards these
  6. I have good organisational skills and know how to delegate tasks that I am not good at
  7. I have experience in this type of business
  8. I know how to set priorities with time and money
  9. I am not afraid of working long hours
  10. I am not afraid to fail. I learn from my mistakes and keep trying

Find the gaps in the market

Entrepreneurship does not always mean having to have a new idea. In fact, many successful businesses are built by companies doing something better than the competition.

“The key thing is finding a gap in the market,” Dylan Kohlstädt, Marketing Director of ShiftOneDigital says, “or to do something better than anyone else does.”

Market research will help you to spot the weaknesses in the products or services of your competition. Find out what customer REALLY want. Are they most concerned with quality, service or price? Make sure your business is set up to provide what they want. If customers see that you care about their needs they will support your business and you will get ahead – even in a competitive market.

Opportunities are all around you! Keep your eyes and ears open for ideas. 

  • Read the newspaper and magazines
  • Watch television
  • Talk to people
  • Go to markets, informal trading areas and shopping malls

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10 Do’s & Don’ts of Office Etiquette

So you’ve just started your new job, fresh out of the classroom and placed in an office environment. The comfort of having exams at monthly intervals are now a thing of the past, you may not be writing a formal exam but you are definitely going to be tested every day. First impressions are of utmost importance! This is the best time to perfect your office etiquette skills. Workplace etiquette is about much more than the daily practice of saying good day, please, hello and thank you. Office etiquette means being thoughtful when interacting with your peers, superiors, clients and even the cleaning staff. It is about respect and courtesy! Here are the top ten office etiquette do’s and don’ts…

The absolute no no’s

1. Being late: Not only is being late rude and disrespectful, it is punishable! Being late is a bad reflection on your reliability and work ethic. Arriving at work early and leaving late, is a good way of earning the trust and respect you are trying build in your new job.

2. Slang: Never ever make use of slang in your workplace! It is unprofessional and improper. Be mindful of the manner in which you speak to colleagues and especially superiors, these are not friends or family members. Use of proper language and courteous manners will take you a long way in the working world.

3. Mini Skirts & Flip Flops: Days of rolling out of bed, putting on the T-shirt you wore yesterday and those old shoes from three years ago are long over! It is not proper office etiquette to go to work dressed like you are getting ready for the club or beach. Make sure you are neat, tidy and properly dressed for work. If you want to be a leader than you need to dress like one!

4. Office Equipment: Do not use office supplies simply because they are there and you have permission to use them. This may include office supplies, internet, telephones and company resources. Abusing and misusing office equipment creates Read the full story

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What Next? An internship may be just what you need!

So you’re faced with some tough questions:  What next? Who am I? What do I want? When fresh out of school, the thought of your future can drive you crazy! As South African youth we have unlimited opportunities so we should be proactive in our approach. Have you thought about doing an internship? Internships can help take you gain experience and decide if that job or career path is really for you.

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity to apply knowledge that you’ve learned while studying in a practical workplace setting. It gives you a head start in your search to find the perfect career! An internship lets you get a foot in the working world by helping you gain the experience and skills that are needed in a working environment. These skills may range from answering phones to arranging meetings and most importantly teaching you how to conduct yourself in a work place environment. Ivan Epstein, entrepreneur founder and CEO says, “It makes a profound difference to discover whether you have a passion for a particular career by being exposed to the processes and the daily routine. In many instances, interns take up permanent positions as they will possess the necessary skills to perform the job with confidence in addition to being acclimated to the company culture.”

When is the right time to apply for an internship?

Before applying for an internship, it is important that know all the facts involved. There is nothing worse than having only half of your plan, so creating a plan of action for the road ahead is very important.

    • Make use of the resources around you:  Your teachers, career counsellors, Student Advisors or your lecturers are good resources that you may tap into when trying to discover what your Internship options are. The information that you will be able to get from these individuals may prove to be invaluable when it comes to internship and study options.
    • Knowing yourself: Many people say that to be happy is to know yourself, but who really does? A more practical way of looking at this point is to look at what your likes and dislikes are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. The importance of knowing yourself is knowing your potential! Without an idea of your potential you will not be able to critically look at your Internship options.
    • Having an end goal in sight:  The next important step is setting an end goal. Having a plan in mind as to what you would like to achieve from the internship experience.  Write down what it is that you expect from the internship and what you wish to walk away with. Developing a plan of action is the best way to visualise and map where you are going.
    • Being the early bird: You need to be proactive in your approach to finding the best options available to you. Career expos at university or school are a good way of getting in touch with the opportunities on offer as well as time to connect with professionals in the field. Gather information from people in careers that interest you, your friends; family and individuals around you are the best places to start. ASK & LEARN!
    • The right one for you: An important part of the internship process is finding the right one. After looking at your plan of action, you should have an idea as to the career path which you would like to follow. It is an opportunity which you would like to follow not just because it’s the first option available. During this stage it is important to consult with your peers, parents and teachers so that they may be able to advise you as to the best way forward and even point out things you didn’t think about.

Going Forward

So now that you know all you need to know about internships, the only thing left is compiling your CV and writing your cover letter. There are many resources available to help you during this stage of planning your future. Have a look at the CV writing essentials at www.careerplanet.co.za .  The way forward lies with you!

Visit Ivan Epstein – Founder and CEO of Softline Accounting and Business Management Company at http://blog.softline.co.za/about/

Words by: Xena Scullard

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The Secret to Successful Job Shadowing

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By Joanne Wood

The concept of job shadowing has been around for ages and is a great way to explore what it would be like to work in a specific industry. From 15-year-old learners to 40 year olds in search of a career change, job shadowing can be useful career decision-making tool – provided it’s done right!

Try these strategies to get the most out of your next job shadowing experience:

  1. 1.       Use your contacts

Networking is one of the most effective ways of securing a job – and the same applies to job shadowing! Ask friends, lecturers, colleagues, relatives – anyone you can think of who may know someone working in the industry in which you’re interested.  But, if you’re still not getting anywhere, call the HR Department of the company you’re interested in or a company in the field you want to explore; be specific and tell them the position you’d like to shadow so they can connect you to the relevant person or department. You may be transferred several times, or even need to try a few companies, but you’ll eventually find someone willing to help.

  1. 2.       Be professional

Remember, the person you’re approaching to shadow is a professional whose time is valuable. Ultimately, you are asking them to invest their time in you. Show you’re taking the opportunity seriously by providing them with a CV and motivation letter explaining what you hope to gain from the experience – and ways in which you’ll be positively contribute to the working environment.

  1. 3.       Send a reminder

Phone the person you’re planning to shadow three days before you’re due to start. This will ensure they are expecting you and are prepared for your arrival.

  1. 4.       Dress appropriately

Find out the company’s dress code by researching their website or phoning their HR department. If in doubt, always go for a more rather than less formal look.

  1. 5.       Take notes

You’re likely to be exposed to many new things during your job shadow experience. Note down your reflections and key lessons so you have something concrete to refer back to afterwards.

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How to make yourself more employable

Feel like you’ve tried everything to find a job, but don’t seem to be getting anywhere? It may be time to review your game plan to make things happen. “Even with a tough economic climate and high rates of youth unemployment, there are ways to make yourself more employable,” says career psychologist Zakiyya Essa. “And enhancing your employability does not need to be complicated or expensive.”

Essa suggests these steps for young career-seekers and recent grads to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market: “Remember, it’s your responsibility to take ownership of the job-seeking process – nobody can do it for you.”

Learn new things

Learning new and diverse skills will enable you to adapt to competitive situations and environments. Employers want to see you have a capacity to grow, but they’re also looking for well-rounded candidates who can get the job done. For example, as an employee you may have to travel. Invest in getting your licence – even if you don’t own a car – so you can use a company or hired vehicle for external meetings or business trips. Or teach yourself how to make questionnaires on Google apps to ‘wow’ your boss the next time he/she needs to conduct a last-minute survey with staff but doesn’t know how.

Manage your expectations

The job may not meet your specific requirements or qualifications, but could allow you to get a foot in the door and access new opportunities. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity to arise, create it. Take on more than is expected of you to show your manager or company what you’ve got to offer; and don’t be afraid to highlight your achievements. These days hard work is not enough – you need to make sure your boss knows you’re working hard, so speak up for yourself. And remember the basics – arrive on time, don’t watch the clock, only take leave when necessary and speak confidently and assertively whatever your position in the organisation.

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Tips for Online Job-hunting

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It can be hard work looking for jobs online. Try these smart-search strategies to make the internet work for you – not the other way around.

It’s Monday. Job-hunt day! You’re up at 8am. Ready to go by 9am. Coffee in hand, you think about where to start…tick…tock…tick…tock

Where to start?

The key to any job search is knowing what you are looking for. You need to decide where you want to work, what you want to do, and how much you’re willing to get paid for the job.

It often helps to start with an exercise, which I like to call “Brainstorm Myself.” Be honest and list what you’re good at, as well as any achievements you’ve accomplished (at school, church or volunteering).

Write down answers to the following:

  • Your ideal first job (Top 5 but, BE REALISTIC!) – what kind of job you are looking for
  • Where you would like to work (the company/individual)
  • What skills and characteristics do you have, so you can get a better picture of what you have to offer
  • Why you want to do that job
  • Your short and long-term goals

What’s next?

Job-hunting used to be about getting the newspaper and trawling through the jobs section or classifieds. Whilst newspapers are still a good place to look for opportunities, particularly your community paper, the internet is another great place to look – at home, school, your local library or internet café. Online job-hunting takes practice, however. And be prepared, some internet cafés may charge by the minute.

What do I search for?

If you do a Google search (www.google.co.za) for “job opportunities in South Africa”, approximately 441,000,000 results come up…EEK! That’s not a good place to start! Use the answers from your brainstorm exercise above and start by typing these keywords into the search field. Use these keywords to search for jobs with specific skill requirements rather than searching for jobs in general. Find out which job portals are most popular for the type of work you are looking for. You can ask your teacher/lecturers, friends, past employers, relatives or mentor. Many career sites advertise opportunities for “first jobs”, “graduates”, “Matriculants”, “Part-time” or “No experience needed”. Add these keywords in your searches. You may need to use the advanced search option. There are a number of websites listed at the end of this article to help get you started.

You should also read about the companies you would like to work for and learn about what they do; understand their vision and see if you truly want to work for them. Do they have positions available at your level? Do they have jobs for school-leavers, graduates or offer internships or apprenticeships? Check out their websites for employment or other opportunities they may promoting, including internship or graduate programmes, under the Vacancies, Careers or Jobs section.

Be SPECIFIC and CREATIVE

Be creative. For example, when looking for jobs in Sales or Retail, type in retail assistant, sales consultant, customer service agent, shop assistant, etc. By doing this, you are searching for the same kind of job in many different ways.

So, when typing in search terms or filling in entry fields on job websites, the trick is to include as much detail as possible to narrow your hunt and get closer to the job that’s right for you.

  • Include the industry you want to work in Job type and title
  • Location: City or area you’d like to work in. Most career sites today give you the option, use it!
  • Level (junior/mid/management): keep it real! Look for jobs within your experience level to maximise your chances of getting an interview
  • Full-time/ Part-time/ Contract/ Permanent: in these hard times, explore what’s out there. You never know if a part-time position will turn into something more permanent. It’ll also count as experience to add to your CV, which most employers look for. Good luck!

By: Liat Beinart (Graduate Development Consultant) at S-Connect (http://s-connect.blogspot.com/)

 

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Is the New Year really the best time to look for a job?

Experts share their tips on how to time your job-hunt – all year round.

You’ve made the resolution to get a new job or you’re looking for your first job now that you’ve matriculated or got your diploma or degree. But, is the New Year really the best time to look for work – or is that just another job-seeking myth? Yes and no, say the experts.

New year, new opportunities?

According to Natalie Singer, Chief Operating Officer of APSO (www.apso.co.za) – the recruitment association of South Africa – there’s no particular ‘right time’ to look for a job. However, when one considers that most companies close for the Christmas holidays, it’s likely that if they were thinking about hiring new people or starting new projects, they’d put these off until the New Year. She adds: “Traditionally, the start of any year is a good time to look out for a new job opportunity. Companies will begin recruiting for their new projects and to replace staff members who would have waited to resign until January to avoid losing their Christmas bonus or annual leave.”

Pat Stewart, Executive Director of Anchor Executive Recruitment Pty Ltd. (www.anchorexec.co.za) agrees: “You often found that staff eligible for bonuses or a 13th cheque wait for these to be paid out at the end of the year… They are therefore less likely to move positions in the latter half of the year to avoid forfeiting their bonus.”

She adds, however, that not all companies or positions pay out bonuses at the end of the year: “Positions based on commission or senior staff on incentive schemes may get bonus payments paid at other times of the year – and so openings could arise at any time for these roles.”

Many industries also have their own busy hiring times and business cycles. For those in the financial sector, for instance, the first half of the year may be a good time to spot new opportunities: “Financial people handling year-end reporting will finish off the task and then look to move to a better role,” notes Stewart, “so these positions arise more frequently from March.”

Corporate companies with graduate intake programmes may also focus on the earlier months of the year to place successful graduates. Explains Stewart: “Each year, many students who have to complete internships as part of their studies, are given the opportunity for permanent employment if they prove their capabilities during their internship or graduate programme placement. These positions are all placed in the earlier months of the year.”

Adds Karin Chisholm, CEO of non-profit public benefit organisation Career Planet (www.careerplanet.co.za): “Graduate programmes are a great launch pad into the working world. The trick is not to wait until the last minute. These programmes generally open for application as early as Read the full story

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Is it too late to go to University?

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You’ve achieved a Matric pass that now entitles you to go to university – but you forgot to register or you never thought about studying further, until now! Most public universities, including universities of technology, close their admissions between August and October the year before study, so now what do you do?

Many private tertiary institutions are still open for registration to obtain certificates, diplomas as well as Bachelor Degrees. Vega, for example, offers Bachelor of Arts in Communications Management and Bachelor of Arts: Brand Building and Management (closing date: 31 January 2012); and Varsity College offers a Bachelor Of Accounting Science (BCompt), Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Health Sciences and Social Services)(Psychological Counselling) (BAHSSS), Bachelor of Education (BEd ECD: Foundation Phase), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Bachelor of Business Administration Marketing Management, Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication (BA(CC), and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) – with application open until 23 January 2012.

The last day for late applications will differ from institution to institution – some even accept applications all year-round – so check the accredited list on www.careerplanet.co.za for more details. Also, bear in mind that private institutions do charge more than public institutions. Always ask about hidden costs such as registration fees and late application penalties to work out your budget or extra financing needs in advance.

If for any reason you do not get in or cannot afford tuition at a private training institution, there are still ways in which to make your year ahead useful. The facility called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and all institutions can assess whether education or work you do in 2012 can count towards one’s qualifications in 2013. In other words, when you to a university of your choice for 2013 (apply in June/July 2012 to make the application deadlines!) they can assess whether what you’ve done in 2012 can allow for some exemptions. For example:

 

  • Choose a one-year certificate Higher Certificate course (NQF Level 5 with some relationship to the ultimate course you aim to study) – for example, accounting if you intend studying for a BCom; or computer skills, which can be a valuable skills-set to add to your CV irrespective of the course you intend to study or if you decide to look for work without full-time study.
  • If you passed but your marks could be improved (say Maths), you could go to an FET college, and do a vocational courses which will also count towards a RPL assessment. You could also consider doing a Bridging Year to prepare for the various challenges you will encounter at the tertiary level.
  • Many people (especially those who have not chosen a direction) find that a gap year or a working year contributes to their maturity and that they are more committed at the end of it. Explore internship opportunities, part-time jobs, volunteer placements and learnership opportunities to gain experience as well as practical knowledge. For trainee, intern and bursary opportunities still accepting applications in 2012, visit the Career Planet website.

For more study and career information, visit www.careerplanet.co.za

 

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I failed Matric – now what?

This year, over 620 000 candidates sat down to write their final exams. While some passed with flying colours, others will be left feeling frustrated with their grades – faced with even tougher prospects of finding work when one in two young South Africans is already jobless.

“Matric is often mistakenly seen as a do-or-die situation,” says Resilience Therapist and Lecturer Janine Shamos. “The trick is for Matriculants to learn from their mistakes – failing Matric or not doing as well as you’d hoped does not have to be the end of the road! From supplementary exams to university programmes, like the Midrand Graduate Institute’s Pre-degree Programme – the trick is to explore ALL your options!”

So, what are my options?

“Candidates may apply for re-marking or re-checking of examination scripts immediately after receiving their results,” says Mr. Panyaza Lesufi – Chief Director: Communications, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education. “The closing date for application for a re-mark or re-check is 23 January 2012. Application forms for re-marking or re-checking of examination answer scripts are available from schools or centres where the candidates sat for the examination.” The cost for a re-check is R12; for a re-mark, R70; and R150 to view your exam script. Learners from no-fee schools are exempt from these fees.

Supplementary exams:

Matrics who failed less than three exams can apply to write supplementary exams at the start of 2012. They will need to register at their education district office with their ID, exam results and exam number. Qualifying learners for supplementary should not waste any time registering as there is a cut-off point (usually at the end of January). The supplementary exams are then written between February and March. For more info, visit www.education.gov.za. No fees will be charged for supplementary exams.

Re-do your Matric

Learners who do not qualify for supplementary exams and are under 21 are encouraged to re-enrol in school as soon as possible to re-do their Matric. For those unable or unwilling to return to the same school, private colleges such as Abbotts present another option. “If you fail Grade 12, it is possible to move across to an Abbotts college,” says Greg Fillmore, GM of the specialist network of Grade 10, 11 and 12 colleges in South Africa. “We have a 100% pass rate as we’re a purely academic institution, and include supervised homework periods; all learners also get their teacher’s cell phone number and email address so there is a strong support system to ensure they can perform well.”

FET Colleges

“Candidates can also opt for vocational training,” says Mr Lesufi. “The National Certificate (Vocational) and the N Courses (N3 – N6) accommodate learners who have not achieved a Matric certificate and these learners are able to exit the FET College with a vocational qualification. Learners with credits from the National Senior Certificate (Matric) will receive recognition for equivalent subjects when enrolling for the NC(V), which can serve as incentive for entry to the Vocational stream.”

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