Choosing my career

How do I decide what to study?

Whatever you choose to study at university will inform the career you end up in as a working adult. Therefore there are a few things you need to consider when you choose what course to apply for. Ask yourself these 3 questions:
    • Who am I?
    • Where am I going?
    • How do I get there?

Who am I?

Understanding the kind of person you are is very important when it comes to career decision-making. After all, you cannot select a career that doesn’t suit you. Think about the following points:
  • Values and motivations: What is important to me? What motivates me in life?
  • Interests: What appeals to me?
  • Skills and aptitude: What am I good at?
  • Personality: What makes me who I am? Who am I?
  • Energy: Do I have high or low energy?

Where am I going?

Develop a career goal
  • Find out as much as possible about the career you are interested in pursuing.
  • Talk to people who are working in the field and ask them about what the job entails.
  • Job-shadow, work part-time or volunteer in the field.

How do I get there?

Consider all of the steps leading up to working in the career that you are interested in.
  • What qualifications do I need to have for the career that I am interested in?
  • What are the entrance requirements for the qualifications that I need to pursue?
  • Where will I study?

PACE career exploration questionnaire


If you still need to explore your interests, the Go Study website has a free online career questionnaire which can help you identify your interests and the career fields which match them.

Go to and select “questionnaire”. Each question will describe an activity. You must answer whether or not you are interested in each activity by selecting the tick or the cross. Once completed you will get your results.

The website also provides information about different occupations, institutions and programmes of study.

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Do I have the right marks?

Before you apply for any course, you need to check that you meet the minimum requirements in terms of your marks.

You will need the minimum APS mark for the course you apply to, as well as the minimum APS score for each of your subjects in order to meet the requirements.

If you are not sure if you meet these minimum requirements, check the UJ prospectus ( or contact the faculty you would like to register with.

If you do not meet the APS requirements for your desired course, you will not be accepted and you will therefore not be able to register for that course.

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What does UJ have to offer?

The university has nine faculties that offer a wide range of degrees, diplomas and certificates. Click on a faculty in the list below to find out more about its departments and courses. If you would like more information about a faculty and its courses, you can email or phone the faculty

Art, Design and Architecture       
011 559 1098

Economic and Financial Sciences
011 559 2492

011 559 3251

Engineering and the Built Environment
011 559 6588 / 2599

011 559 3251

Engineering and the Built Environment
011 559 6588 / 2599

011 559 2197

011 559 2141

011 559 2105 / 1348 / 5601

011 559 2459            


  • Contact the faculty if you need more information about a course and what it will entail.
  • UJ has 4 campuses, so make sure that you know on which campus your course will be delivered. This is also useful to know for accommodation purposes.
If you know someone already studying the same course, speak to them to determine if it is the right course for you.

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How can UJ help me reach my goals?

The university is here to assist you in gaining knowledge, developing your skills and becoming a sought-after graduate.

There are a number of support services at UJ which will assist you in reaching your career goal(s):
  • Academic support (lecturers and tutors at your faculty)
  • Academic counselling services at the Centre for Psychological Services and Career Development (PsyCaD)
  • Learning support, workshops and focus groups at the Academic Development Innovations wing (ADI)
Career development, guidance and career counselling at PsyCaD

Additional resources

For all your career needs, visit

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