Career Development

Career development, a major aspect of human development, is the process through which an individual's work identity is formed. It spans one's entire lifetime. Career development begins with a person's earliest awareness of the ways in which people make a living, continues as he or she explores occupations and ultimately decides which career to pursue, prepares for it, applies for and gets a job and advances in it. It may, and probably will include, changing careers and jobs.


Is your child due to start his/her high school training next year. Will your child attend a high school suitable to provide in his/her specific educational and developmental needs or will he/she simply attend the nearest high school?

This practice can assist you, the parent/guardian and the child in making an informed decision that could place him/her on a path to a better future where he/she can excel with self-confidence in the areas of his/her abilities and interests. In order to facilitate this process, the procedure will be as follows:

  • Interview with parent(s) and learner.
  • Self-exploration questionnaire completed by the learner.
  • Learner's latest school report interpreted by the counselling psychologist.
  • Psychometric testing (This includes the administration and processing of results.)
    - MB-10 Interest Questionnaire or Career Preference Test.
    - Differential Aptitude Test – four subtests.
  • Feedback interview with learner and parents to discuss results and recommendations by a counselling psychologist.
  • Written feedback report for later reference.

Except for the financial implications which the wrong subject choices may have on parents and learners, it might also be the cause for poor academic performance due to the lack of aptitude and interest, poor self image and general lack of self confidence. All these factors might prevent the learner from not being able to reach his/her potential at school or in his/her later career.

This practice can assist Grade 9 learners to make an informed subject choice and achieve a scholastic performance based on his/her learning potential and interests.

The procedure will be as follows:

  • Interview with parent(s) and learner.
  • Learner's latest school report interpreted by counselling psychologist.
  • Self-exploration questionnaire completed by the learner.
  • Psychometric testing
    - MB-10 Interest Questionnaire or Career Preference Test.
    - Learning Potential Computerised Adaptive Test.
  • Feedback interview with learner and parents to discuss findings and recommendations.
  • Written feedback report for later reference.

“You need to know who you are before you can be what you want” – David Fontana

Career development, involves countless decisions and actions throughout your life. You can learn attitudes and skills to develop and manage your career successfully, or you can allow others to shape and direct your life for you.

To develop your own unique career path successfully, you need to first really understand and know yourself to understand the environment in which you will live and work, and know how to link yourself and your environment.

Decision making skills are essential in order to process the information you will use to develop your career.

As the world itself is changing rapidly – South Africa in particular – you will also need change or transition skills and attitudes to cope with change and to adapt successfully.

Until you know what your strengths and weaknesses, interests and value are, you will not know what you can become.

Counselling and Careers Unit, University of Witwatersrand

This practice can help you to get to know yourself and your potential, and expand your knowledge on the world of work and to match the two.

The procedure will be as follows:

  • Interview with parent(s) and learner.
  • Learner’s latest school report interpreted by the counselling psychologist.
  • Self-exploration questionnaire completed by the learner.
  • Psychometric testing
    - MB-10 Interest Questionnaire or Career Preference Test.
    - Learning Potential Computerised Adaptive Test.
  • Feedback interview with learner and parents to discuss findings and recommendations.
  • Written feedback report for later reference.