A Career in Forensic Science

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In South Africa, the majority of career paths in the forensic science field are associated with the South African Police Service (SAPS). If you want to pursue Forensic Science as a career, consider the following:

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  • Do you have the necessary skills such as analytical skills, detail-orientated, high concentration levels?
  • Do you enjoy problem-solving or investigating?
  • Are you someone who can adapt easily?
  • Are you dedicated, a hard worker and willing to put in the effort and hours to be successful in this career?

Job Opportunities in the Field of Forensics

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Forensic science includes many sub-disciplines and areas of specialisation. Examples of the various job roles that are available include:

  • Private investigator
  • Forensic pathologist (you will need to study medicine if you want to specialise in this direction)
  • Forensic accountant (you will need a qualification in accounting to pursue this career)
  • Accident scene investigator
  • Handwriting expert
  • Forensic biologist
  • Forensic anthropologist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Criminologist

Employers of forensic scientists in South Africa

The most common employers in the field are:

  • The South African Police Service (SAPS)
  • The Department of Health
  • Government laboratories
  • Private laboratories
  • Medical and research centres

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If you have any questions about Forensic Science Courses or enquiries about registering at College SA, you may call our friendly Course Experts.

They will give you advice and help you to find the right course for you.

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Things that can make you happy

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There are many things that make people happy; so many people say there are big secrets to be happy.

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Now instead of giving you some big secret to live a happy life I have something simpler; some little things that can make you happy daily.

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Focus on these little things you do daily

1. Waking up, fully rested. Isn’t that feeling of waking up perfectly rested just amazing and doesn’t that make you happy?

2. Having a good appearance; looking good for the day, that’s very cool.

3. A good breakfast.

4. Finding money you didn’t know you had. Rich or poor this is a great feeling.

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5. Hearing your favourite song. Music changes your mood.

6. Enjoy the weather –  cold or warm!

7. Getting  work done, because you are just so productive and in a very determined.

8. Your 8 hour work day was so productive it just flies by.

images (3)9. Getting to leave work earlier.

10. When you get home, kicking off your shoes.

11. Watching your favourite movie or series

12. Having a good healthy supper that you enjoy

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13. Having a nice shower or  a long bubble bath.

14. Getting ready for bed feeling content and accomplished for all the tasks of the day.

15. Smiling when you drift off to dreamland

Sure we don’t always have great days,  however we should try to enjoy these little things that we experience daily.

Change your mindset!

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Happiness is a choice and you can live happily!

Cheers!

 

Change your Attitude

Today’s post has been written by our awesome guest, Ulf Dieter Koepp. Thank you Ulf for sharing these lovely words.

 

Change your Attitude:

With things like Matric Results and New Year Resolutions,  people have two choices: flee from problems and disappointments, OR, fight to improve those problems. The human mind is a complex system – and it is so interesting to see how we all react differently to the situations in our lives.

As people, we want our lives to go our way and according to our plans. Well, life doesn’t work that way and things like obstacles, difficulties and unexpected life situations help us to develop and to mature.

 

We are all looking for solutions to our problems. Often, we expect people or a specific person to solve all our problems for us. In a sense, we are looking for a kind of a ‘Messiah’ to show us the way through our problems.

 

As part of our human experience, we will all be confronted with situations that are difficult and unpleasant. We might not be able to completely change our situations (some things just cannot be changed). But, we are always able to change our attitudes. Always. 

 

I love this quote from Hellen Keller, whom I admire for her victorious approach over her severe disabilities (being blind and deaf).

 

This is what she said: 

Look at the world straight in the eye

The world is looking for people who can deal with and flourish during difficult times. Are you one of those people?

Change your attitude

 

You can change your attitude. You can choose to be more positive. You can choose to find meaning in your life.

You are stronger than you think you are!

Your focus determines your reality

 

Achieving your Goals

All of us have goals in life.

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Whether you have goals that are small or goals that are big, the fact remains that achieving personal goals is really important.

 

Some tips on how to achieve your goals:

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Tip 1: Write down every goal that you have.

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One of the steps that can lead you toward the road to success is for you to jot down every single goal you have created. Whether what you have is a short term goal or a long term goal, it is essential that you write each one down in a journal or a notebook.

Why?

Well, once you have your goals written down, you tend to become more committed to achieving personal goals that you’ve penned.

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Goals you have scribbled also mean that you can check on them from time to time. Thus, it is very much unlikely for you to forget all those aims or aspirations. Of course, not forgetting a goal eventually leads to being able to achieve your goal.

 

Tip 2: Don’t lose sight of goals

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Always keep yourself focused and motivated – in other words, don’t lose sight of the ‘finish line’. If you don’t concentrate on reaching your aims, how can you expect to be on your way to the road to success? It is best that you check your journal from time to time, or place something on the mirror e.g. a post it, or a photo, or display something on your desk that reminds you of your aspirations; doing that will surely remind you of why achieving personal goals is important.

 

Tip 3: Pat yourself on the back when you’ve accomplished something.

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Making it a tradition to celebrate whatever goal you’ve accomplished is part of the strategies of how you can be successful. By knowing how important it is to pat yourself on the back or doing things to reward yourself when you deserve it, you won’t get tired of striving hard to reach goals. For instance, if you were able to cross out one or two things from your list of goals, treat yourself to a new phone, handbag or to a movie as that practice will help you look forward more to journeying on the road to success.

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True, achieving personal goals may not be as easy as some people would like to believe. By following these simple tips, though, you’re sure to find it less hard to achieve your goal.

Good luck!

We are Growing

This week we have asked you on Facebook how we can improve our services to you as students. We have gotten quite a few replies to our request and I would like to take this opportunity to address them.

As a College, we wanted to hear firsthand what our students are struggling with or if there are any hiccups in our communication or service towards our students. First of all, thank you for the compliments that we received from you. But criticism is just as important as compliments, because how else would we have known where we should improve and where we could grow.

We are currently addressing everything that you mentioned and doing our best to improve where you feel that we have failed you. Please try to remember we are also just human and we make mistakes. But we will learn from them and work hard to give our students the best service possible!

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College SA would like to apologize to any of our students that has had a bad experience with our service or your studies! Just hang in there, because we have a team working to improve on everything that you have mentioned.

Students of College SA, thank you for your continued support and for giving us the opportunity to grow! Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Spring has sprung!

It Must Be Spring

Hush, Can you hear it?
The rustling in the grass,
Bringing you the welcome news
Winter’s day is past.
Soft, Can you feel it?
The warm caressing breeze,
Telling you the sticky buds
Are bursting on the trees.
Look, Can you see them?
The primrose in the lane,
Now you must believe it –
Spring is here again.

By May Fenn

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Can you believe it’s September already? This also means that SPRING is upon us!

Spring – probably the most beautiful and happiest season. There is a burst of colours, pretty smells, and cheerful sounds of birds chirping.

Not to mention that it is no longer a battle to get out of bed in the morning. The sun rises earlier, so we don’t have to wake up to complete darkness anymore. It is also a lot warmer in the mornings, so we can now safely remove the duvet without feeling as though we are going to freeze up at any moment!

Spring is a time for new beginnings. The bare trees from the cold winter months give way to beautiful, blooming flowers, creating a picturesque sight.

We can also “bloom” this spring. It is time to make those changes in your life, and do the things that you have always wanted to do. Don’t settle for less – you deserve better!

How about taking up a few courses that will advance and improve your life and career? It is never too late to make a change – and what better time to do it than SPRING time?

If you would like to speak to one of our friendly Student Registrars, please call

0800 21 23 22 (toll free!)

They will be more than happy to help you make a positive change in your life!

Happy Spring Day, everybody!