Answers to matriculants' questions

These articles will provide matriculants with some much needed clarity. (Shutterstock)

The 2017 National Senior Certificate Exams has begun and many matriculants are still a little unsure about their future. Luckily, Careers24 is here to help.

After at least 7 years of primary school and 5 years of high school, many matriculants are in need of a little guidance. Filled with what feels like a million questions, 2017 is both daunting and exciting.

For those who failed their final exams, there is definitely still hope as you’re afforded the chance to improve your results.

Read: What to do if you’ve failed matric

Contrary to popular belief, matriculants without degrees do have options, some of which have reasonably high earning potential. But what are these options?

Read: 8 jobs you can do without a degree

On the other hand, for those who’ve passed we’re sure you’re wondering how much you can start earning once you graduate.

Read: What university graduates can expect as a starting salary

For those who received positive results, the difference between a Bachelor Certificate Pass, a Diploma Pass, and a Higher Certificate Pass could largely change the planned career you’ve dreamt of – or delay it by a year or two.

Read: What can I do with my matric results?

Even if you have passed with highest honours, are you sure you know what to study?

Read: Help! I don’t know what to study!

You may have noticed that many of your peers already have their minds made up. So now you’re maybe wondering whether you should follow one of these popular career paths or opt rather take the road less travelled…

Read: South African youngsters reveal jobs they want the most

Or maybe you are one of those peers who already know what career and industry you want to work in. But do you know which university would be the best fit for you?

Read: How do I know which university is right for me?

But whether or not you know where to go and what to do, the costs of a tertiary education seem ridiculously high. You really should apply for a bursary – but what does that entail?

Read: Top tips to apply for a bursary

With all these uncertainties and hassles, some of you might consider not enrolling for a degree at all.

Read: Is getting a degree worth it?

Instead, perhaps you’d like to do something you’re passionate about. Forget symbols and subjects for a moment, what would it take to pursue a career you love?

Read: Want to do a career you love?

Oh but what if you’re not fully convinced that your passion is worth pursuing. There are other ways to match yourself to a job. Perhaps it’d be best to pursue a career that best suits your personality?

Read: This is the perfect career for your personality

Whatever you decide – study or no study -, there comes a time where you have to start sending out your CV. You’re probably worried that you don’t have sufficient experience to be considered as a serious candidate as you embark on your job hunt. Can it really hurt your chances?

Read: No references? No problem!

We wish you all the best for the year ahead. Remember to embrace life outside your comfort zone and don’t be afraid of failure.

Good luck!