Former Durban resident and Human Resources Intern at Suncoast , Samuel Mfeka (21) believes that whilst matriculants can choose three career subjects to study in University or College, it’s sometimes the career that chooses you.
“Human Resources was never a subject that I thought I would study when I filled in my three career choices, what I had wanted to study was Law, Radiography or Sociology, however, today I am a Human Resources Department Coordinator” says Mfeka.
Mfeka attended and graduated from Verulam Secondary School in Durban, like many high school graduates, he did not know what he would study nor did he know where he would study. According to Universities South Africa (USA), formerly Higher Education South Africa (HESA), the dropout rate in universities has escalated and reached highs of up to 35% at some universities, with the bulk those leaving being first year students.
A study by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) found that a contributing factor for university students dropping out in the first year can be attributed to a lack of information. It found that in the final year of high school students are not provided with the advice, information and guidance required in order to make a conscious and holistic choice of possible areas and subjects to study.
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