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#Trending - Top 5 careers in South Africa

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In a world of infinite possibilities, how do you know which path is right for you?

You were probably told that the sky is the limit when you were 8 years old. Then at 18, you should suddenly know exactly what you want to do and who you’re going to be. You’re expected to make one of the most important decisions of your life, based on nothing more than whether it’s realistic or practical enough for society.

Unlocked.Me and Gradesmatch understand that a rigid old-school approach will never quench the thirst to live your best life. As the saying goes, ‘keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the ground’. Your decisions have to make you happy and offer you the possibility of success at the same time.

We believe that the best strategy is to select a career that fits well with your skills, your passions, the life you live and the vision you have for your future.

Take a look at the top 5 careers listed by recruiters in South Africa to help guide you.

Mechanical engineer

Job outline: Design, build and test tools and machines.

Skills: Advanced math, mechanics, creativity, strong communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work in a team.

Software developer

Job outline: Create, maintain and fix applications and programs for smartphones and computers, paying attention to both function and form.

Skills: Design, develop and test software to meet user needs, analytical and creative thinking.


Job outline: Use math and economics to help corporations predict and manage risk by designing test and analysing models.

Skills: Specialised math, calculus, statistics and probability, analytical, project management and problem-solving skills.


Job outline: Prescribe medicine, order and interpret tests and provide advice.

Skills: Excellent communication skills, the ability to work well under pressure and make quick, accurate decisions.

Occupational therapist

Job outline: Help patients who face disability, injury or physical challenges develop and maintain the skills they need for daily life.

Skills: Communication skills, compassion, flexibility, interpersonal skills and patience.

Now, because this world is so vast and diverse, these five careers might or might not be in the direction you want to go, and that’s perfectly fine. You could be dreaming of being the next JK Rowling or a hipster UX designer. Or maybe you don’t know what you want to be yet. Visit Gradesmatch, to get some epic career guidance and advice. Go on and register fam. We got ya back!

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