As said by the Department of higher education & training “when we say it is cool to be an artisan in the 21st century, we would like to encourage you to be an artisan as a career of choice”. After years of encouraging our youth to follow careers that are degree based, our country is faced with a shortage of technical skills, and because of this the DHE has launched the DECADE OF THE ARTISAN from 2014 – 2024 .
When choosing a career there are couple of things to bear in mind. Firstly is it something you are passionate about or enjoy doing? Do you have an aptitude for your career of choice? Does your career of choice match your ambition? Is there a demand for the career you choose?
Young people in the past have been herded away from their passion and towards careers that have been perceived as ‘money making’ and/or ‘prestigious” career choices. As we all know we are a long time in our chosen careers, and that is a long time to be unhappy!
Time and time again, I have seen that people who follow their passion, enjoy what they do and build a career doing what makes them happy, turn into success stories! With passion there is drive, with happiness and enjoyment there is motivation and with drive and motivation it is nearly always followed by success!
THIS IS WHY THIS IS SUCH EXCITING NEWS!
Now more than ever it is a time to follow your passion! And what is more exciting and fun than a career in fashion or interior design! Each of these qualifications are made up of a variety of vocational skills that can be used individually or collectively that will enable a designer to either join the work force or become the entrepreneur or an employer that makes a difference.
This truly the decade of the Artisan, as trends sweep more and more to be buying directly from the artisan. An item is deemed far more valuable when you have met the Artisan who designed and made, your shoes, your outfit, your furniture, your sculpture and many more.
And as we see everywhere, the word Artisan is gold…… Artisan beer, Artisan cheese, Artisan bread, Artisan fabrics, Artisan shoes, Artisan designs.
NOW MORE THAN EVER, IT IS TIME TO BE THE ARTISAN YOU HAVE ALWAYS DREAMT OF BEING! The future is gold, Artisan gold!