Yes, unfortunately we live in a country with many lost generations. If you look at the number of scholars that fall out of the school system, then we are watching another lost generation being created.
Half of kids that go to school will never get to matric – and those who are lucky enough to sit in a matric class; well… half of them will fail matric.
None of this helps you! And living in a rural area means that you have even fewer opportunities.
I recently wrote a piece about how to find a job. Have a look at it here: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/how-to-find-a-job-the-plan-that-actually-works-20160729
Looking at your age (42), the fact that you have studied yourself via home study (Unisa) and the fact that you are a woman, gives you some real advantages.
You advantages are:
1. You are an adult. You have seen life. You have lived live. Your life experience and work experience counts for a LOT. You are MUCH more employable than a youngster who knows nothing of life.
2. You studied. So as someone who has put in the work to educate herself, that makes you stand out from the crowd. For me this makes you a self-starter; someone who takes responsibility for bringing change, rather than wait for someone else to do it for you.
3. Unisa. Studying at Unisa means you studied on your own (hopefully you used people like http://www.togetherwepass.co.za to help you). It means you paid for your own studies. It means you found a way to make the money to pay for your own studies. If you passed your studies it makes you part of the 9% of Unisa students who actually complete their studies successfully. That makes you pretty special.
4. You are a woman. Right now businesses are giving preference to employing women.
All the best with your career. Feel free to reach out to me.