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Putting a Year Aside

As Brian Tracy, an American – Canadian public speaker, once said: “Personal development is a major time saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.”

Sitting there, studying for the final exam of your school life. You have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to do with your life, but you have this weird feeling that you may have something missing. You’re not sure what it could be, but you feel like you are falling behind in life in some way.

This feeling can be quite overwhelming at times. But worry not, there are psychologists out there that will reassure you why this might not be true. The problem is that they would not be able to take away this feeling. No.

You need something more, something that would not only reassure you but also allow you to prove to yourself that you are further in life after putting in some work. You would need a preparation year. As the name states: a year in which you can prepare for the years coming your way. A preparation year guides young people into their future, to further education, gain life skills, to increase their emotional intelligence, and also to gain work experience.

Even if you had a plan for your life, a preparation year can show you a world that you never thought of. A prep year can help you with personal growth and to understand yourself better.

“But why would I still need to find myself? I believe that I know who I truly am.”

The problem with this statement is that you can never truly know who you really are at such a young age. You should first explore your own being, to dig down deeper into your likes and dislikes. Knowing yourself is the most important thing that you can do. It means knowing your weaknesses as well as knowing your strengths and what motivates you.

By putting a year aside, to not only prepare for the years to come, but also to prepare your personal and emotional self for a whole new world that waits for you can help make life easier, and perhaps even help open your eyes to how the world really works. A prep year allows you to find the person you are right now, your true self, and how you can grow into this person.

“Would I not be wasting my time?”

As Brian Tracy, an American – Canadian public speaker, once said: “Personal development is a major time saver. The better you become, the less time it takes you to achieve your goals.”

So, technically, you save more time than spending it. If we stopped growing within ourselves, we may as well have been robots, unable to be taught and be prepared for life.

Just Africa Life Skills Preparation Year

Preparation Year FAQs

Jaco Greyling Life Skills Intern

Jaco Greyling
Life Skills Intern & Career Development student

Why Life Skills?

Why Life Skills?

In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. We help people tap into their full potential and define/achieve their goals for who they want to be and what they want to do.

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Course Implementation
The sky is the limit!

Course Implementation

These courses make great topics for leadership or school camps or any teambuilding activities, life skills day camps or weekend getaways for corporate groups or couples. The courses can be presented on a weekly basis for a set time or condensed into a one-day course. It is designed to be flexible.
Who can join?
This is for everyone.

Who can join?

Families, couples, children, schools, teams, employees and individuals.

Any person who wishes to improve their lives by doing challenging or worthwhile things will benefit from these courses. Anybody who is interested in personal development, overcoming difficulties or improving relationships.
Course Presentation
Insightful & Fun

Course Presentation

The presentation of the courses is designed to be insightful and fun, making the process of exploring these topics interesting, taking you on a journey to open your mind to new ideas and possibilities. This process can include demonstrations, activities, questionnaires, games, tasks etcetera, making the courses interactive and enjoyable.

List of the Life Skills Courses

We offer a range of Life Skills Courses to address certain problem areas and encourage personal development. Everyone would like to make a success of their lives and we offer tips and advice to get you where you would like to be.

Children & Family Dynamics

The Life Skills & Coaching Programs is designed to encourage personal development in children, adolescents and adults and at the same time providing an outlet for stress; learning responsibility and the necessary skills to be successful individuals.

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Our aim is to
Our aim is to
• Help troubled teenagers get back on track
• Help people deal with conflict, stress, and anger
• Discover potential and set goals to reach it
• Help build confidence and social skills
• Help with self-esteem and discipline
• Help improve family dynamic.
This Program
This Program
Is for the purpose of improving in knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership and independence, self-sufficiency and more. This is intended to expand thinking patterns, self-image, confidence and experiences by providing an impartial source of support who can listen and understand the challenges you are facing.
Supporting you
Supporting you
We do not stand in as parents, teachers or friends but are there to offer impartial, trustworthy support as individuals can experience difficulties in life on the adventure of growing up and growing older.

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