Matriculant To Do List

Finishing your Matric year can knock the stuffing out of you.

Unfortunately it only marks the beginning of the rest of your life as an adult.

So party and go crazy while you still have a chance and then have a look at our essential to do list for matriculants to help prepare them for the so called real world

Enjoy and please remember to share this post.

Bank Account

Heres a funny fact….

Matriculants do not have money…..Or not much at least :)

Your first few years after matric usually entail excessive begging and hustling to make ends meet.

Preserving the little money you have thus becomes extremely important.

Student banking has become popular over the years due to one fact.

Most people never change their bank over their lifetime.

This has lead banks to develop products aimed at the youth to lock them into their business.

Their business by the way is to charge you small amounts of money as much as possible.

They charge you every time you

  • Withdraw Money
  • Deposit Money
  • Transfer Money
  • Think about your Money….

And charge you an additional monthly fee to do all of the above, just for laughs…..

Being aware of these charges is not enough. You need to know exactly what you are being charged and if you could get it cheaper elsewhere.

All these small charges add up over the years and could save you thousands if you simply take a little time to make a better decision.

Here are a few local options from our big banks

  1. Absa Student Banking
  2. Standard Bank Student Achiever 
  3. Capitec does not offer a product specially designed for students but their banking fees are probably the cheapest in SA.

Drivers Licence

There has been an increase in the number of job offers that require a drivers licence as a prerequisite.

This has become common not only for traditional driving jobs but also for entry level positions that many Matriculants target.

Why?

I honestly do not know

We all know that a drivers licence is something that we need to get at some point in our lives but getting it early might just lead to more job opportunities.

The cost implication is still great though but this is something that your parents or guardians may gladly pay for.

Curriculum Vitae & Cover Letter

Your curriculum vitae or cv is your life story.

At your age it may be very short but hopefully it exists at least.

You need to keep this updated as often as you can, especially when you start working. The reason you should do this is purely down to our bad memory. We easily forget what job responsibilities and tasks we handled leading us to manufacture facts for our cv’s.

Your cover letter should be relevant to the position that you applying for. This does mean tweaking every cover letter you send out to highlight your competence in the skills needed for the post.

Here are a few resources to get you started

  1. About Me allows you to create an elegant concise online curriculum vitae
  2. PrimerMagazines post on curriculum vitae tips and templates
  3. Cover Letter Templates tips and examples

Portfolio

Beyond your curriculum vitae you may also want to keep a portfolio of all the work you have done.

This applies to everyone not just artists and models.

  • Engineers may keep design work
  • Programmers may keep examples of the software they have developed

Just presenting your best work to a potential employer already sets you apart from countless other people that simply hope that their cv is enough

Linkedin

Linkedin is Facebook for grownups.

Linkedin

Companies and employees join linkedin to network with people in their field.

Finding a job is easier if the people that hire you already have a relationship with you. Linkedin allows you to at least connect with people in your field.

This may lead to

  • Job opportunities
  • Mentoring opportunities
  • Hooking up with like minded peers

Linkedin also allows you to display your cv, skills and even recommendations from previous employers on your profile.

With over 100 million people registered you might as well add yourself. Its free.

One Response to “Matriculant To Do List”

  1. Akheel October 2, 2012 at 02:03 #

    Humorous and informative – good show!

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