Turn your passion into your career, proudly!
Dene Botha talks about entrepreneurship and young, talented South Africans.

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Exploring future career options during high school is a crucial step towards adult life and often teens are overwhelmed and sometimes confused by the many decisions that need to be made.

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From choosing the right school subjects to deciding whether or not they want to continue studying at a university, a number of contributing factors influence the future development and growth of a young adult’s life.

Some high school students are born knowing what their passions are and what they want to pursue as a career one day, but for many, establishing what sort of career path to follow is something that is only discovered through experiences and encounters later on in their adult life.

Landing yourself a job is one thing, but finding something that you enjoy is another when it comes to job hunting. Many people settle for whatever job pays the bills, but others feel they need to be in an industry that they enjoy or that it is at least related to something they have an interest in.

"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life" 

Although many parents and teachers worry about the risks involved in certain non-academic careers and the hard truths about "following your passion" high school is a time for your child to define what he/she wants out of life and to express why others should care about it as much as they do.

With unemployment and poverty being such a prominent factor that affects the likelihood of landing the job of your dreams, many people focus more on finding a job that provides security and financial stability, even if it means that it’s not an industry they love.

Some people are born with talents that others wish they had; some are musically talented, others are naturally business-minded and others are gifted at sports. Pursuing these strengths and talents in high school is a sure way to establish whether or not a successful career can come from this. 

Dene Both runs a youth inspiration company that hosts motivational seminars for teenagers. He believes that if you spend time investing in your talents and passions, enhancement of a happy career is more likely. He also speaks strongly about entrepreneurship as a career option, which not only develops on your dreams and ambitions but creates job opportunities for others too. 

News24live chatted to Dene about how to get involved in the development of your child's future, take a look below: 

Do you encourage your teen to pursue their dreams and passions?

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