Six Easy Steps To Choose The Right Course For You

Choosing the right course can have a direct impact on your career. Here are six easy steps to assist you with choosing the right course for your career.

Here are six easy steps to help you choose the right course of study for YOU:

  • Find your interests. 
  • Do Relevant research.
  • Take aptitude tests. 
  • Know WHY you want to study. 
  • Narrow down your options. 
  • Apply to Study.

Watch the College Principal explain everything you need to know about how to choose the right course for you.

Six Easy Steps To Choose The Right Course For You

Choose the right course for you

Your Interests

The best place to start when deciding on a course is by understanding your interests. Since work makes up a large portion of your life, it is important to choose a course that you will enjoy and be passionate about. 

Start by making a list of all of your interests, each of which can later be translated into a career.

Interests Career Choice Courses to Choose
Human Resources
Sports Writing
Sports Teaching
Sports Marketing
Sports Legal Team
Team Management
Event Photographer
Marketing and Advertising
Makeup Photography
Guest Management
Restaurant Owner
Food Lawyer
Campaign Management
Theatre Event Coordinator
Theatre PR, Marketing and Advertising
Theatre Makeup Artistr
Public Speaking
Business Owner
Guest House Management
Travel Guide
Business Owner
Travel Agent
Biology Teacher
Plant Science
Environmental Lawyer
Blog Writing
Helping Others
Day Care and Teaching
Human Resources
Beauty Therapist
Information Technology
Computer Science
Electronic Business Owner
Store Management
Digital Marketing
Current Trends
Marketing Manager
Beauty Therapist
Business Analyst
Retail Manager
Business Manager
Eventing Coordinator
Brand Management
Business Manager
Beauty Therapist
Fashion Marketing
Wedding Planner
Brand Management
Retail Management
Makeup Event Management
Wedding Makeup Artist
Makeup Business Owner
Event Management
Brand Management
Eventing Business Owner
Makeup Artist
Art Teacher
Interior Design
Financial Analyst
Business Analyst
Business Manager
Interior Design Business Owner
Event and Wedding Coordinator
Makeup Artist
Beauty Therapist


Now that you have a list of your interests, you can research to see which career field would benefit you most. 

For example, the following interests can be met in various career paths:

  • Writing: Careers in marketing, advertising, and film. 
  • Technology: Careers in app development, computer science, or information technology.
  • Plants: Botany, environmental science, or landscaping. 
  • Public speaking: Teaching, lecturing, law, news anchor, customer care, politics.

Aptitude Tests

If you are unsure about your strengths, weaknesses, and interests, you can try an aptitude test

Aptitude tests are created to use your skills and interests to choose an optimal career for you. Sometimes, they give you a few ideas that you might not have thought of before.

Why Do You Want To Study?

Before you can decide on what you would like to study, you have to know why you want to study. Different qualifications will offer you different opportunities. 

Have a look at these end goals and choose your studying options accordingly:

  • Receive a qualification: If you want to get a qualification, you can choose between career-based learning and more theoretically based learning like a degree. 
  • Start a new career: Many careers will ask that you have an accredited qualification. This means that you will have to choose your study choice from an accredited list
  • Earn a promotion: Wanting a promotion at work means that you will have to equip yourself with new skills. Here is your chance to choose skill-based courses that can look great on your CV and improve your skill-set. 
  • Want to take time away from work: If you are looking to take a break from your job, the best option would be to take a course in a field that you are passionate about. This could include education, beauty therapy, tourism, eventing, and more.

Narrow Down Your Options

Now that you have learned which options might be best for you, it is important to narrow down your options. 

You can do this by creating a pros and cons list for each of your study options. Make sure to include:

  • The course requirements.
  • Where you can study the course.
  • If you can get to and afford the course. 
  • If the course will help you reach the goals you are trying to achieve. 
  • Will the course be interesting and enjoyable for you? 


After having followed all the steps above, it is time to apply for the course you have chosen. Make sure that you research the course application requirements and know exactly what you have to submit before you apply.

How Do I Choose A Course To Study?

What Are Your Strengths?

Strengths play an important part in choosing a course. This is because you have to be able to do the course you apply for, before thinking of applying. For example, if you want to study a physics course, you must be good at mathematics.

In the same way that if you are wanting to be a teacher- you have to be good with people, have public speaking skills, and be able to teach students.

Where to Study

Choosing where to study might be determined by:

  • Your financial situation. 
  • Where you live. 
  • What you choose to study. 

There are many colleges and universities in South Africa that you can choose from once you have decided on a course to study.

How Do You Like To Study?

There are two ways that you can choose to study that might determine both what and where you study:

  • Classroom Learning.
  • Distance Learning. 

Classroom Learning

Classroom or contact learning means that you have to be present in a classroom setting. That means going to classes multiple times a week and organizing relevant transportation and accommodation. 

Various courses can only be completed by classroom learning. This includes highly practical subjects such as science that require lab work.

When it comes to deciding what to study, you must know if you can study via distance learning or if you must be present in class.

Distance Learning

Distance learning means that you study from the comfort of your home and do not need to go into classes. Instead, you can work from the comfort of your home.

It also means that you will not have to organise alternative transportation and accommodation. 

Distance learning also allows you to pursue other areas in life which would not be possible with contact learning. This includes staying employed and creating your study schedule around your working schedule. 

With distance learning, you can study in your own time. That means that as long as your work is completed by the due date, it does not matter when you choose to do it. 

What Is The Best Course To Do?

Scarce Skills

Scarce skills are a great idea when it comes to furthering your studies.  Scarce skills are qualifications that are in demand because very few people have them. This means that these qualifications give you a higher chance of employment. 

Here are the top scarce skills in South Africa:

  • Information Technology and Communication.
  • Engineering. 
  • Health and Clinical Science. 
  • Architects, Surveyors, and Town Planners. 
  • Business Management, Accounting, and Economics. 
  • Natural and Social Science. 
  • Quality and Regulatory Professionals. 
  • Media, Artistic, Literacy, and Design Professionals
  • Sales and Marketing.
  • Sports and Fitness.


National Qualifications

National Qualification or NATED Courses have each been specially structured by the Department of Higher Education and Training

Each National Qualification Course uses both theoretical and practical ways of teaching to give students a well-rounded education to prepare them for the workplace. 

NATED qualifications are highly regarded by employers because they give students career-based skills. This means that they do not need to be trained when they start working as they already have the required skills. 

By working your way up the different NATED courses, you can achieve a National Diploma. To do this, you must follow the following steps:

  1. Complete your N4, N5, and N6 National Certificate. 
  2. Get 18 months of field-specific work experience. 
  3. Log your work experience and hand your logbook into the Department of Higher Education and Training. 
  4. Your work experience must then be approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training.
  5. Once approved, you are eligible to receive a National Diploma. 

Here are all the NATED courses offered by Matric College: 

Business Management 


Financial Management 

Human Resource Management 

Legal Secretary 

Management Assistant 

Marketing Management 

Know Your Options

Study Without a Matric Certificate

Matric College offers many courses that you can study without a matric certificate. These include both:

  • Skill-based courses.
  • Accredited courses.

Skill Based Courses

This wide variety of skill-based courses can help you build both your skillset and your CV. Improving your knowledge in one of these areas will mean more skills, higher employment opportunities, and even promotion if you are still working. 

Beauty Courses
Educare and Childcare
Tourism and Guesthouse
Event and Wedding Planning

Whether you are interested in evening or wedding planning, Matric College has something for you. Our Event and Wedding Planning courses will give you many career opportunities and an advanced set of skills to have you making waves in the industry. 

Wedding Planning

Event Planning  

Accredited Courses

Matric College offers highly accredited courses that you can use to broaden your career opportunities and your education. These include:

  • National Qualification Courses.
  • Institute of Certified Bookkeeper Courses.
Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers courses in 3 different streams. Each study stream has internationally recognised courses that also happen to be scarce skills in South Africa. 

National Qualification (NATED) Courses

Matric Courses

Matric College also offers matric courses that you can take if you need to complete your matric certificate or improve your matric marks. These include:

Adult Matric

With a course in Adult Matric, you will be able to complete your matric certificate. This means that if you were unable to complete high school or to finish your matric year, you have a second chance. 

As long as you meet the following requirements you can apply:

  • You have a grade 9 certificate or an equivalent certificate. 
  • You must be 21 years or older when writing your exams. You can be 19 years old when applying. 
  • You can read and write in English OR Afrikaans depending on your skills or preference.

Matric Upgrade

With a Matric Upgrade course, you can improve your final matric marks. You will also be able to change your matric subjects to ones that are either more manageable or that you will need to apply to a higher education course. 

To apply for a matric upgrade you must meet these requirements: 

  • You must have completed your matric year.
  • You must be over 21 when writing your exams. You can be 19 years old to apply. 
  • You can read and write in English OR Afrikaans depending on your skills or preference.

CEO of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst discuss how you can select the right courses for your career

Author: Andrea Frisby
Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden