High demand careers in South Africa that do not require a university degree

As hundreds of thousands of undergraduates ponder their education and career options for the next year, many won’t have the opportunity to go to college for three years to earn a degree. The good news is that some of the most in-demand jobs in South Africa are accessible without a graduate degree, according to an education expert.

“While it is unfortunately true that a university education is not accessible to everyone, whether due to finances, personal circumstances or academic results, this does not mean that Matric is the end of the road for these young people” , said Siyavuya. Makubalo, marketing manager at Oxbridge Academy, a private college that welcomes more than 20,000 South African distance learning students each year.

She said some of the most in-demand careers, as identified recently in a wide-ranging survey by job portal Career Junction, are within reach of young people who can’t or won’t go to college, whether either because of circumstances or personal choice.

According to the Career Junction survey, job seekers in the administration, office and support, warehousing and logistics sectors are experiencing improved job prospects since the start of 2022, vacancies having increased by more than 17% since the fourth quarter of 2021.

According to the survey, customer and customer support, administrative clerks, human resources, secretarial positions and call center management positions have all seen a marked increase.

“This should be great news for ambitious young people who want to further their education and equip themselves with the skills and accreditation they need to get their foot in the door of these industries,” Makubalo said.

“Because all these trades are accessible through vocational training, part-time and remotely. This means that even if you have to start working after Matric, you can still start developing your skills in a specific industry. In addition to preparing you for a specific career, vocational training is often shorter and the fees are also likely to be lower.

In addition, vocational training allows students to build on previous qualifications under the CNC, which means they can start looking for a position in an industry after obtaining their first qualification and then continue to develop their skills. skills while working.

Makubalo stresses that students considering vocational training and distance education should ensure that the institution of their choice appropriately equips them to contribute to the workplace from day one.

“When considering distance learning options, ask the institution how it ensures students gain the practical knowledge and skills they need to find employment, beyond the theoretical principles that are part from the program. Additionally, ask them about work-integrated learning opportunities, student support, and how their qualifications are structured to allow for further study.

Makubalo noted that national courses, for example, are nationally accredited and equip students with professional skills and formal qualifications that prepare them to work in their chosen field. Students who have completed an N6 level course, combined with evidence of 18 months of relevant practical experience, can then apply for a National Diploma.

There are also short apprenticeship programs designed to equip students with workplace-relevant knowledge and skills in a short time.

“The job market remains very competitive, but it should be reassuring that certain professionals remain in high demand, and even more so that these high-demand professions are not exclusively aimed at university graduates,” said Makubalo.


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