Liberate Yourself

Be Free

 

Our Deputy President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa made a speech at a youth dialogue that was hosted by the South African Youth Council. Mr Ramaphosa made some really interesting comments in his speech:

 

  • Young people need to be educated and that they must be innovative in order to achieve economic freedom in their lifetime.

 

  • It is up to young people  to take up all the opportunities in education and in business that are available to them.

 

You should seek economic freedom in your lifetime … Seek those opportunities so that you can be empowered.

We want people to be their own liberators.

 

These are some really powerful words. Really powerful.

 

He also said that young people should prioritise education as education is the only way to liberate themselves from the social ills of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

 

In South Africa, words such as ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’ mean all sorts of things. We have a history full of amazing stories of fighting for freedom. We have so many heroes who died in the pursuit of freedom. In South Africa, we cannot take freedom for granted.

 

I think that most of us want to be ‘free’ – and, for most of us, we understand ‘freedom’ differently.

Are you free?

 

What does freedom mean to you?

Do you know what you need to do to become more free?

What have you done to liberate yourself?

 

 

I would not be working at College SA if I did not believe and know that education is essential to becoming more free. Education is NOT only for clever and rich people. Education is not just a nice-to-have. Education is a MUST HAVE.

 

At College SA we believe in giving people second / third / fourth chances at education. We believe in offering a variety of courses that will make a real difference in a person’s life.  We believe in guaranteeing our Students that we will support them every step of the way with their studies.

 

At College SA we want to help you with your educational dreams.

But … and this is very important, YOU must have a DREAM. YOU must have GOALS.

YOU must want to be FREE.

 

 

Do you want to be free? What does freedom mean to you? Have you done even just 1 thing today that shows, without a doubt, that you want to be free?

 

Be Free

 

What is is interesting is that freedom can be scary. Because, being free means you have responsibilities. It means that you are in charge of making decisions for yourself and for your life. Being free often means that you must be a warrior in your own life. It is not always easy being free.

 

But, being free is what we should all aim for.

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Get ahead with HR Management Courses

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Human Resource Management is becoming an increasingly popular career choice. One of the reasons why HR Management is so appealing is that the skills that you learn can be applied across various industries. In other words, an HR Management qualification can open up many doors for you.

What does Human Resource Management involve?

Human Resource (HR) Management involves hiring and training employees, and making sure that staff is motivated at all times.

One of the main reasons that companies need an HR team is to ensure productivity in the workplace.

HR Managers are responsible for retaining the most capable and skilled employees, so that the company can function effectively and be profitable.

What are the duties of HR Managers?

HR Managers:

  • Delegate and monitor duties.
  • Regulate levels of productivity.
  • Co-ordinate different tasks to ensure that the end goal is achieved.
  • Analyse and implement strategies to increase the efficiency of a company or organisation.
  • Determine the overall success of a company by interpreting outputs at a basic level.

Why is HR Management a good career choice?

Businesses aim for maximum success. In order to achieve this, they rely on skilled, efficient, reliable and motivated employees. HR Managers ensure that such employees are retained.

Because the corporate world is growing at a phenomenal rate, increasingly more qualified Human Resource Managers are needed.

An HR Management course will equip you with the right set of skills to be able to help an organisation stay successful.

Having a Human Resource management qualification behind your name will make you a valuable asset for any company!

At College SA, we offer a selection of fantastic Human Resources Management Courses. These range from short courses and certificates, to diploma courses.

College SA offers the following HR Management courses:

College SA has also teamed up with Strategic Investigations and Seminars (SIS) to provide you with quality courses that tie in well with Human Resources Management.

These courses will teach you skills in negotiation and mediation – perfect for HR Management. You will also learn how to identify fraudulent documents, and learn how to handle trauma in the workplace. This is very important in the field of Human Resources.

All of our courses are offered via distance learning – which means that you can study from the safety and comfort of your own home.

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Career Opportunities in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry

The Hospitality and Tourism industry is a fast-growing industry in South Africa, with more and more visitors choosing this country as their holiday destination.

What does the Hospitality and Tourism Industry involve?

The Hospitality and Tourism industry caters for tourists, and all of their travel-related needs. This industry comprises a range of sectors, including:

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Food and Beverage

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Career opportunities:

The Hospitality and Tourism Industry adds great value to South Africa’s GDP. In 2008, there was a 10% increase in the number of jobs that were created through tourism alone.

There are so many career opportunities within this industry. Each sector in the Hospitality and Tourism industry generates a large number of jobs – both directly and indirectly as a result of this industry.

Jobs that are directly associated with the Hospitality and Tourism industry include:

  • Travel Agent
  • Travel Agency Administrator
  • Front of House Receptionist
  • Concierge
  • Tour guide
  • Tourism Administrator
  • Bed and breakfast owner

Jobs that are indirectly associated with the Hospitality and Tourism industry are vast and varied. It includes any jobs where you may encounter tourists, or jobs that only exist as a result of a big tourist market.

For example, in an area that receives many tourists, restaurants and entertainment facilities will need to be established to meet the needs of the many tourists. In this case, the following job opportunities may be created:

  • Waitrons
  • Bartenders
  • Chefs
  • Cleaners
  • Entertainers

The Hospitality and Tourism industry also creates great opportunities for entrepreneurs – whether this means starting up your own bed and breakfast, or taking advantage of the tourist influx to your area by becoming a street vendor and selling curios.

Given the wide range of career opportunities that are available in the Hospitality and Tourism industry, as well as the rate at which this industry is growing, it is safe to say that Hospitality and Tourism is a great career path to follow!

Do you want to be a part of this exciting industry? You can start today by studying a course in Hospitality or Tourism.

Believe in your dreams

“Aim for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.” – W. Clement Stone

 

Since young children, we had dreams and ideals of what we would like to become when we grow up. Most of us wanted to become teachers, fire fighters, police officers, ballerinas, or doctors. As we grew older, a new world opened up to us, and we realised that there are so many different careers to follow.

 

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Some of us never strayed from our early childhood dreams, and became what we always wanted to. And the rest of us were faced with endless possibilities. Even as adults, we are still faced with new career opportunities, and so often we just dismiss them. We think that we will never be able to land that particular job or enter a new career path. What we do not realise is in fact how easy it could be.

 

There are three things that you will need:

  1. Training
  2. Experience
  3. Belief in yourself

 

For students graduating from high school, it might be easier to study a full-time course. But as adults, parents, or working people, we will find it harder to take the necessary time to study. We cannot simply give up our jobs in order to do so. That is why distance learning is so great. It is an easy and convenient way to study a course in virtually any field of interest, and gain the necessary training that many jobs require.

 

In many industries, experience is just as important as the training itself. This is a major advantage of distance learning – you will be able to gain experience in your field while you study.

 

In life, there is something more important than training or experience. It is your belief in yourself and your ability to believe in your dreams. If you have a dream of becoming a project manager, but you do not believe that you will ever become one, then you most probably won’t. But if you believe in yourself and you push yourself towards your dream, then you are most likely to succeed. There are few things in life as strong as self belief, hope and determination.

 

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” – Gail Devers

 

It does not matter if you are 16, 35 or 70 years old – if you are faced with a possibility to realise your dream, then go for it! Nothing is impossible if you set your mind to it. And that is what I would like each and every one of you to remember. Believe in the beauty of your dreams. Believe in your friend’s dreams, believe in your parents’ dreams, believe in your child’s dreams, and most importantly, remember that you should never stop trying to achieve what lies in your heart.

 

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Pope John XXIII said that we should not consult our fears, but our hopes and our dreams. We should not think about our frustrations, but about our unfulfilled potential. We should concern ourselves not with what we have tried and failed at, but with what is still possible for us to do. I could not agree more.

 

“Dream it. Believe it.  Be it.” – Oprah Winfrey 

Life Lessons from The Office

I don’t know if any of you have ever watched the television series The Office. It is a “mockumentary” sitcom that follows the everyday lives of a group of employees at a small American paper company called Dunder Mifflin.

Now, if you have never watched The Office, I highly recommend that you do. It’s really funny – especially if you work in an actual office environment. Then the jokes just take on another level of hilarity!

But I didn’t bring up The Office just to tell you how funny it is, nor did I bring it up because I want to talk about business courses or becoming an office manager (although you can click on those links if you want more info on that).

No, the reason I brought up this show is because, at this very moment, I’m staring at a quote that I have posted up above my desk at work. It’s from one of the characters in The Office and it reads:

“There is nothing on my horizon except everything. Everything is on my horizon.”

–          Dwight K. Schrute

Dwight K. Schrute (author of this quote) is one my favourite characters in the series. A salesman with wide-set eyes and a large forehead, Dwight is also an eccentric beet farmer, volunteer County sheriff, karate expert, bed and breakfast proprietor, and an aspiring freelance bodyguard.

Dwight from The Office

Dwight is also, as his boss Michael Scott puts it, “an idiot”. He has no social skills, and says and does the weirdest things imaginable. Bringing a goose for lunch, which he had just hit with his car, is only one example.

“Before I do anything, I ask myself: ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.”

–          Dwight K. Schrute

Everything that comes out of Dwight’s mouth is either completely misinformed, off-topic, inappropriate, or totally and absolutely absurd (which is, in the end, what makes him so funny). Here, for example, is what he has to say about dolphins:

“Dolphins get a lot of good publicity for the drowning swimmers they push back to shore, but what you don’t hear about, is the many people they push farther out to sea! Dolphins aren’t smart. They just like pushing things.”

–          Dwight K. Schrute

Or what about this:

I have no vampire experience, but I have hunted werewolves. I shot one once, but by the time I got there, it had turned back into my neighbour’s dog.”

–          Dwight K. Schrute

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But despite his (comedic) shortcomings, Dwight is – surprise, surprise – the top salesperson at Dunder Mifflin! But how can such an idiot, be such a success?

Dwight from The Office

Dwight is the company’s top salesperson because of the things he says. Well, maybe not directly because of that… But behind all his verbal idiocy and idiosyncrasies, there lies something very compelling about Dwight K. Schrute: a complete and overwhelming commitment to everything he does, ever.

He approaches his average job at a midrange paper company with the same level of intensity, belief, and commitment as he would anything else in life. The result of this is not only professional success, but also a sense of professional and personal fulfilment.

At one point, Dwight signs up for Second Life, an online game where you can create a virtual version of yourself – the way you would like to be in an ideal world. This is what Dwight had to say about his Second Life:

“I signed up for Second Life about a year ago. Back then, my life was so great that I literally wanted a second one. Absolutely everything was the same… except I could fly.”

–          Dwight K. Schrute

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The joke is, of course, that even in his wildest fantasy, he is still just a simple salesman at a paper company (okay, with the ability to fly as well). And this is why I love that quote above my desk. Dwight shows that even someone with an average office job like me can be completely passionate about what he or she is doing, and feel that their professional potential in that job is limitless.

When we fantasise about our ideal circumstances (our ‘Second Lives’), it is always directed away from our present positions. I want better, more, different. And in thinking this, we convince ourselves that in our present situation, “nothing is on our horizon”.

But that is not how you get ahead; that is not how you succeed.

You succeed by believing – whatever job you are doing, and wherever you are in your life – that “nothing is on your horizon, except everything!”

Whatever career choice you make – whether you become a bookkeeper, an IT technician, or an office manager, whether you are working or studying, whether you are a low-level employee or working part-time – if you approach your job like Dwight would, you’ll inevitably reach the top.

So take ownership of what you are doing. Carry out your everyday work with passion, commitment, and Dwight-like devotion, and you will find that the world will suddenly open up to you, and there will be nothing on your horizon, except everything. Everything will be on your horizon.

It’s now or never:

Around August or September each year, most academic institutes already start closing their doors to applicants for the next year. “Sorry,” they say, “try again in about 12 months’ time”.

It’s not nice being rushed when making that crucial career choice. Matrics of last year will be all too familiar with this feeling. Maybe you were eventually pushed into make a decision you weren’t completely sure of yet. Or maybe you were so stressed out over the whole business that you completely missed the registration deadline!

Even if you are already working, or have a degree behind your name, timing is not always on your side when starting your studies again. Often you have to wait months and months before being allowed into a new programme.

Missing short window periods of registration usually means having to put off your studies and postpone your future. At College SA, we don’t want this to happen. We believe the following philosophy should apply to academic institutions as well:

Supported distance learning.

Not “tomorrow”, not “next week,” and definitely not “next year”. The best time to start studying and building your career is “right now”!

You can register, start and finish your studies whenever you want to. At College SA, you are welcome any time of the year.

With this study opportunity comes a very big responsibility, however. Suddenly your future is in your own hands. You can’t just sigh and say: “Oh well, I’ll just have to wait another year…” Now you actually have to take action!

Just remember: throughout history, each great endeavour, each journey or discovery, each quest or accomplishment was triggered by the same simple decision. And that decision has now come to you as well: is it going to be now or never?

So what are you going to do about your studies? Are you going to put it off another year by yourself, or are you going to step up and start your career today?

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