The (not so boring) world of Computers

Hey there,

My general feeling towards computers has always been ‘UUUUUGHHHH – Boring!!!

My childhood was spent in a time where companies like Microsoft and Apple were pioneering computer technology in the United the States. And I, on the other side of the world, was oblivious to all these advancements.

Not that I really cared about computers … other than making the occasional birthday card using Paint App, and playing Minesweeper. [For those of you that don’t know what Paint or Minesweeper are – Google them]

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Successfully Choosing Your Career

Everyone knows that finding a course that interests you is the easy step towards choosing your career. The more difficult part is making sure that the course you’re interested in will ultimately lead to work.

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It’s important to keep in mind the following three factors when choosing your career:

  1. What do you like to do?

This is an easy one, because this is always the first thing you consider when choosing your career. Your likes and dislikes are extremely important factors to choosing your career because no one will ever succeed when they’re completing a task half-heartedly. This factor is especially important because studies have proven that people, who enter careers in which they have no interest, are less likely to excel in those careers. This could also lead to self-doubt and insecurities as you struggle to achieve in that career. It’s also true that people who focus on careers in which they have a huge interest are more likely to push themselves towards success. These people are generally harder workers, and do tend to reach the top of their career ladder a lot faster.

  1. What are you good at?

When choosing your career you definitely need to consider what your skills and talents are. There’s no use in pursuing a career that will require more skill of you than you can give. While pushing yourself to try new things is important, it’s also important to know what your limits are. If you’re simply not good at something, and you won’t be able to learn to become good at that something, then it’s definitely not the route you should be following. On the other hand if you’re good at something, you’ll automatically enjoy it more and you’ll have a higher chance to grow within your career. If you’re good at your job people around you will regard you with more respect and you’ll instantly feel more successful in your workplace. This will essentially lead to a better emotional and social state.

  1. What job opportunities are available?

This factor is certainly the most important factor to consider when choosing your career. While you might enjoy something and you might be good at something, it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find a job in that field. Choosing your career is all about balance and sacrifices. Certain things might need to be sacrificed in order for you to get an opportunity towards that strong career you’ve been dreaming about. You’ll need to find a balance between which sectors society needs you to enter and the sectors you wish to enter.

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So, now you might be asking how exactly you’ll merge these three factors to ultimately choose the best career for you: A career you’ll enjoy, be good at, but also a career with available job opportunities.

The best option I can give you with regards to this is to simply to make a list for each of the factors: Make a list of everything you enjoy. Then make a list of everything you’re good at. And finally cross reference these two lists with a list of highly demanded jobs. You should come up with a few ideas as to which careers to pursue.

The reason I’m making such a fuss about highly demanded jobs is because you’re much less likely to ever end up unemployed; you’ll have a lot more job opportunities than if you’d entered a field which was not sought after. Not only does this increase your chance to be employed, but it also gives you more options about your employer. If you’re highly sought after you don’t have to take a bad-paying job because there are many other potential employers that will give you better options.

If I’ve sparked your interest you can go ahead and view this link to see which jobs are in higher demand. Then you can head over to the College SA website and compare that list to the many courses College SA offers, so that you can finally find that course you’ll love and enjoy, but will also have some assurance of job availability. vhCTcOIwSxuGYz_k5t6gR0wKOKbmPszr65PGwq0JTlDgRagtu6Q7vm_OqWz_F76MkMGgJQ=w1235-h574

WHY FAILING MATRIC ISN’T THE END OF THE WORLD

First of all, let me personally congratulate you on making it this far! Matric isn’t everything, it’s important to remember that. You’ve made it through (at least) twelve years of successful schooling to ultimately be here.

According to the South African Department of Education (in a press statement that can be found here), almost half of students who enrol for grade 2 fail to make it to their grade 12 examinations. Thus you’ve surpassed almost half of all learners by simply making it to your matric examinations!

So, CONGRATULATIONS!

As someone who has recently been disappointed by their matric results you need to start considering your options for 2016. Thus along with this blog post from 2015, you have these three main options to consider:

  • Retake the grade 12 examination

You should first consider enrolling for the supplementary examinations which will take place early during 2016. If you feel that you will be well-enough prepared by then, you should definitely enrol for these exams, as it will mean that you receive your matric certificate earlier than all the other options. You will find more information about the supplementary examinations on the Department of Education’s website. Alternatively you can enrol at your local high school for the whole year. This will give you the opportunity to do a more in-depth study of your subjects, while also being thoroughly prepared for the examination in November. You can also enrol at a post-matric school/college that will allow you to do your studies part time, making time for a part-time job and other activities.

  • Enter the job market

If re-enrolling for matric is not an option for you and you want to get started on your career, then this is a great alternative. Because you have no matric certificate or tertiary education, you’re almost guaranteed to start at the bottom in whatever career you wish to pursue. But with hard work and perseverance, you can reach the top too. While it might take you longer to get to the position you want than someone with a tertiary education, you won’t be spending all your time at school and will rather be building up a technical background and sufficient experience.

  • Further your education

Now, let me tell you, contrary to what your parents, your educators, your friends might have been telling you throughout your life: YOU DO NOT NEED MATRIC TO FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION. Institutions, such as College SA, makes it easy for someone without matric to become qualified. These institutions believe that everyone should be given a second chance when it comes to improving themselves and building towards a successful future. This is why so many of their courses are readily available no matter what your skill level or qualification. Some are available as full-time studying courses. Others are available as distance learning courses, where you can study from home, or while you have a full-time career.

I hope that, after reading these options, you do realise that this one failure does not define you. Perseverance is what will ultimately make you as a person and set you on the right track.

No matter which direction you choose to pursue throughout 2016, I am sure that you will succeed in everything you set your mind to.

 

College SA Student Experience

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Please watch the following video one of our students sent to us:

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Set your Goals and achieve it no matter what obstacles you face!

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I have been an ASS

My confession: I have been an ASS:

Confession, Forgiveness, Apology

 

When I was in high school, I used to think that EVERYTHING was ‘lame’ and / or cruel:

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  • School rules were cruel because they favoured the ‘perfect students’ and they were lame because they just made no sense.
  • Teachers were cruel because they favoured the ‘well-behaved’ students.
  • The good kids were lame because they obeyed the lame rules.
  • Sporting activities were cruel because they made us non-athletes look stupid (see picture below).

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  • Sporting activities were cruel because they were won by the lame students who obeyed the lame school rules as set out by the lame teachers.

 

By the way, I ALSO hated:

  • people who wore pink,

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  • the concept of ‘white picket fences’,
  • mothers in shops whose babies were crying,
  • girls that wore pink make-up,
  • girls that wanted to have a pony,

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  • girls with perfect hair,
  • girls with long legs.

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I was a teenager filled with unkind thoughts that were often not based on any real facts. I despised everything and everyone from the school cheerleaders to the school prefects to the school beauty queens.

I basically thought that these people were aliens from another planet. And, I was not particularly nice or friendly towards them. Why? Because I was an ASS. 

(It was much easier to mock the cheerleader than to admit that I wasn’t pretty or co-ordinated or popular enough to be a cheerleader myself)

 

How do I know that I was an ASS?

Some time ago, a new person started working here at the College. When I first met her I thought that she was the type of person that, in many ways, represented the kinds of people that I would have despised back in my teenage years.

In my mind, my new colleague was:

  • the typical school cheerleader – She is such a happy person and she just loves team spirit activities.
  • the school beauty queen – She is tall, blonde and beautiful.
  • the typical beautiful girl with perfect blonde hair and perfect long legs.

Basically, I thought that she was somebody that was SO different from me.

I now have to eat a huge slice of humble pie:

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This new colleague:

  • Is one of the COOLEST, NON-LAME people that I know,
  • She is one of the SMARTEST people that I know,
  • She is one of the KINDEST people that I know,
  • She is so not even remotely cruel that she wouldn’t even hurt a flea,
  • She is one of the FUNNIEST people that I know,
  • She is one of the most ASSERTIVE people that I know.

And, in addition, this colleague helped me to realise that I was an ASS because she pointed out just how similar her and I are!!

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  • We both love the same perfume,
  • We both love the same wine,
  • We both love drinking LOTS of wine,
  • We both love to make potjiekos,
  • We both love to tell funny stories about our youth,
  • We both love road trips and adventures,
  • We both love standing up for what we believe in,
  • We both have very loving hearts,
  • We live in the same neighbourhood,
  • We work at the same place,
  • We both used to be rebels,
  • We both like ‘souvenirs’ from places we visit.

The list could go on and on.

We are so similar that we joke that we could have been sisters. People just like her are people just like me.

PS:

If ever I am stranded with a group of people on a deserted island, I can only hope that she will be there with me:

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  • She will keep me happy and laughing with all her motivational and team activities,
  • She will find a way to steal (for both of us) the last of the remaining wine,
  • She will find a way to make me look pretty in spite of being stranded on a deserted island,
  • She will stand up to anybody who tries to hurt my feelings,
  • She will keep me entertained with all her amazing stories,
  • She will be physically strong enough to build us a shelter (she’s given birth to 3 kids … so this basically makes her Superwoman!!),
  • She will be able to pick fruit from the tall tree branches because of her lovely long legs.

 

And, final PS:

If ever I find somebody to marry, I want her to organise the whole wedding. Because of her, I know that I will be able to have the craziest wedding with 1 000 pink ponies, fountains of red wine, rainbows and unicorns.

She’s so super cool … and I am honoured to call her my friend.

I will try to be less of an ass in the future …

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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