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How to Find a Job When Jobs Are Scarce: Link Studies To Job Opportunities


You know the South African unemployment rate is high! Most of us know more than one unemployed person and know of others who resorted to self-employment when they couldn’t find a job.

If unemployment concerns you, a job or field where you can find job security would be one listed as a scarce skill or trending industry.

How to Secure a Job in Today’s Difficult Economy?: Link Studies To Job Opportunites

Linking studies to job opportunities is vital as it bridges the gap between education and employment. Therefore identifying scarce skills allows students and job seekers to choose relevant fields. This then ensures alignment between what you study and the demands of the job market. This connection enhances career prospects and fosters economic growth.

The Department of Labour puts it bluntly:
The answer is to study for a scarce skill!

A scarce skill is a job that requires a qualification or skill for which there are too few people in South Africa, resulting in a skills gap or shortage.

A scarcity can arise if the occupation is new and very few people have studied to fill these posts. It’s also possible that people chose not to study for the course and a scarcity developed in the job market. It could even be that the industry has grown so fast that it couldn’t produce specialists quick enough in all parts of the country. In South Africa, scarcity can also be in terms of equity, for example too few women enter into a specific career.

International Scarce Skills Create Job Opportunities Too: Link Studies To Job Opportunities

If you study something scarce skills related such as on learnerships, not only will you find it easier to secure work locally, but you may even find yourself desirable on the international market.

Taking a scarce skills approach thereby opens you up to a range of local and international markets. In addition, this approach could mean that not only will you be able to find a job more easily, but that you could be paid better and progress to the top of your career path faster. For example, the Project Management qualifications are particularly worth investigating as a result of their transferable skills that can be applied to pretty much any market.

Job Opportunities: Find jobs that are in demand

Link Studies To Jobs

Check out our latest article on critical skills and the job opportunities created.

New qualifications are good indicators of market demand. Take a look at some of these new qualifications across different industries:

  • NQF. Level 1 and 2 for those with little or no high school and limited if any work experience.
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The Department of Labour draws up a National Scarce Skills List every year. The SETAs do research and also consult with stakeholders in the sector of the economy that they are responsible for and then send the list to the Department.

The National Scarce Skills List can be found on the Department of Labour’s website (use a search engine and type “scarce skills”).  The DoL also has career counsellors who can assist you with your career choices.

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