There is a large number of South African youth who are taking it upon themselves to make a success of their lives. They hustle every way possible to make it big. Some go to tertiary to acquire the relevant qualification to learn how to conquer the work place and have a flourishing career. Some are unfortunate to not have the means but they still find a way to succeed. They start from scratch and climb the ladder. They get their skills by working for free, finding a mentor, doing odd jobs or making a plan. Some success stories are of people who made it against the odds, who worked extra hard because they did not have the proper education to help them up. This, inspiring as it is, should not be our story too. We should not struggle because unlike the past generation, we have opportunities in abundance.
There is the need to succeed, to have money , have careers, become bosses, to live that good, fulfilling life. Being young, Black and successful is what many of us are striving for. Making it in life is a dream of many. In South Africa, there are some individuals who have worked hard and consistently to establish themselves. We have the likes of Bonang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini, DJ Sbu, Tear Gas, Lira,Terry Pheto, David Tlale,Trevor Noah, Siyabonga Ngwekazi,Thapelo Mokoena who are success stories and admired by many. Because of their popularity it feels as though many young people feel as though entertainment is the only industry to be in. They want to be a dancer, an actor,a singer, a rapper, a model,a TV presenter , a radio or club DJ. They want the glamourous and glitz-filled life.
Not taking anything away from that, it’s just a pity that there are so many careers out there that are getting shut out because they don’t make people famous or there is not much information them or the youth are not exposed to that particular career as an option or they are just not getting enough grades to get accepted at tertiary level to pursue that career.
Out of all the career choices that are available, why does is seem like everyone wants to be, and i use this term loosely, a celebrity? Many career aspirations of the youth are very misguided and misinformed. Sometimes it’s realize when its very late that some are not cut out for the job or that it is not what they thought it would be. There is a shortage of Doctors in our country.
Will the next generation have enough Professors, specialist Doctors, Mechanical Engineers, Managing Directors, Scientists, Veterinarians, Train Operators, Police officers, Architects, IT specialists, Farmers, Chefs? Will all the other professions have enough number of people? The entertainment bug seems to have bitten us so bad that we want it and nothing else. These are some of the careers that need special attention and maybe exposure, so that the youth can have options.
I hope the entertainment frenzy eases up and other careers are considered as options. Talent is various and must be explored. The nation has intelligent individuals whom are not gifted only in the arts department. We can’t all be bloggers, videogirls and DJs in our 40s yo! Am I overthinking this? I’ve opened up the comments section, let me know your thoughts.