Have you started to feel the pressure to make that final career choice at all?
Are your parents, teachers, universities etc. pushing you to decide so you can apply on time and make the submission deadlines?
Are you tired of being asked “So what are you doing after matric?” and feeling hopeless because you don’t have the perfect answer to that question yet?
I’m willing to guess that if you haven’t made your decision by now, it’s probably because one of the questions you’ve been asking yourself over and over again is “How do I make the right choice so I don’t end up regretting it later?”
That question alone may bring up even more questions like “Can I trust myself to make the right choice?” and “Can I be sure that this is really what I want to do?” or even worse “What if there’s no jobs for me after I study?”
I wish I could ease your mind and give you the perfect answer to all these questions, but I can’t. In all honesty, I don’t think anyone (except maybe a psychic) can do that for you. Nobody can predict with 100% certainty whether your choice is going to be good for you or not. Not even you.
All you can really do, is assess your choice by asking yourself these powerful questions to help you feel more happy and confident about your decision.
1.  Am I being completely honest with myself? Does this choice reflect what you really, really want? If not, then re-consider and find something that does.
2.  Am I being fair to myself? Have I been fair and considered all available career options before choosing this one? Are you putting pressure on yourself to make a choice when you know that you haven’t done enough exploration and homework on different careers?
3.  Have I discussed my choice with my parents and asked them for feedback, advice and support? You’ll need your parents support on this journey. It’s nice to have them in your corner.
4.  Am I making my choice out of fear or is my conscience clear? Try to ‘feel your choice’ in your heart. Does your choice feel open and free or tight and restricting?
5.  Have I explored the specific certifications relevant to my career? This impacts your choice of tertiary institution and the course you choose. Does the course satisfy the needs of employers in your industry? Is it recognised by those employers or is it a ‘fly by night’ course in their eyes?
**Hint: check the career ads in newspapers that are relevant for your career.
Asking yourself these questions will help to ease some of the anxiety and confusion, and open up you up to the freedom and excitement you should feel about taking on the world and building your dream career!