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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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Entrepreneurship

Very few people want to work for bosses. However few people can afford to be their own boss. It isn’t easy and takes a lot of hard work to become your own boss or to get to the point where you don’t really have one boss, just equals.

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However there is two ways this can happen, hard work from inside a company or secondly, you could be an entrepreneur and start your own business. Being an entrepreneur requires many things that may seem difficult but at the same time, the requirements seem lacking.

 

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Do you know what qualification you need to start a business? Nothing!

You don’t need a degree you don’t need a diploma or certificate none of that is necessary.

Now a degree or diploma may help if you are starting out and applying for financial aid but there are examples of many great people succeeding without degrees.

A few examples are:

  • Bill Gates

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  • Mark Zuckerberg

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  • Steve Jobs (When Steve Jobs first dropped out of college he recycled cans to make get by)

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Just because these successful people dropped out doesn’t mean that you have too or that you necessarily should. This just goes to show how you don’t need a degree to be successful. Now we know what someone doesn’t need to be a successful entrepreneur let’s look at what he does need.

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The first thing is to do what you enjoy. Starting a business that has the foundation of something you love. This will motivate you to care more about the business and work harder to make sure it is successful; in this regard it is better to focus on passion then just pure money.

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However you do need to start a business that will make money and have an income, research all your options thoroughly and make sure you are providing something that consumers want or need. This doesn’t necessarily have to be new but if it is similar to others businesses you need diversity as well as be able to compete with your rivals.

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A business is all about the customer, knowing your customer, what they want and how to appeal to your customer. This means that you need to know your target market. The age group of who you appeal to what fluctuations in their income will cause and how this will affect your business.

Also you need to know how to advertise to your target audience. Obviously as the business grows you will hire people to help you with the day-to-day running marketing and so forth of the business but in the beginning when designing the structure of your business you need to know how to appeal to consumers from the beginning.

Finally be organised and delegate.

A business needs to be organised knowing where everything is, is important. Never try to be the sole person in charge of your business you can’t do everything yourself therefore hire people to work for you and delegate responsibilities. These tips should give you a better chance to succeed.

If all else fails there is another solution:

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College SA has Small Business Management Courses that can guide you and equip you to start your own business successfully.

Good luck!

5 Myths about Distance Learning

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Distance learning, correspondence study, home study, e-learning, and online studying are terms that are often used interchangeably. They all refer to a method of studying that allows the student to study from a destination of their choice – students are thus not required to attend classes or a physical campus.

This is not the “traditional” way of studying, and – as with anything that falls outside of convention – it brings about scepticism. It is normal to be sceptical about things, but sometimes this is simply as a result of not having enough information on the topic, or being misinformed.

So, for your convenience, we will resolve 5 of the most common myths regarding distance learning.

Myth #1 – Distance learning courses are not accepted by employers

This is not true. Employers realise that some people have full-time duties, and are thus not able to attend classes. In fact, distance learning shows true dedication, because these students do not let other responsibilities get in the way of furthering their education. Employers recognise this diligence and dedication, and are happy to welcome such hardworking people to their team.

Myth #2 – Distance learning is an expensive method of studying

Many people believe that distance learning is expensive. The truth is, however, that distance learning is often much more affordable than full-time “traditional” studies. Furthermore, you do not have to budget for travelling costs, campus accommodation costs, and miscellaneous student fees that are usually part and parcel of traditional studies.

Myth #3 – Distance learning does not offer student support

Although this may be true of certain distance learning institutions, it is not difficult to find a quality distance learning college that offers professional student support. With new technologies that the digital era offers us, student support via distance learning has become instant and effortless.

Myth #4 – Distance learning is for anti-social people

This is definitely not true! Distance learning is for all types of students – anti-social or not! People usually choose to study through correspondence if they have full-time responsibilities, such as a job or children to look after. It has nothing to do with their personalities – their circumstances simply don’t allow for them to study full-time on a physical campus.

Myth #5 – Distance learning is for lazy people

Again – definitely not true! Distance learning requires a lot of self-motivation, as there is no lecturer in front of you telling you what to do. Furthermore, distance learning students usually have other responsibilities on top of their studies, such as a full-time job. Most distance learning students are thus juggling various tasks, and can certainly not be lazy!

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We hope that you are now more informed about this method of studying, and would perhaps even consider taking up a few courses via distance learning.

  • Do you have a full-time job?
  • Do you have children or other family members to look after?
  • Are you stuck without any reliable transport?
  • Do you live far away from learning institutions?

Distance learning is a perfect solution to all of the above, so why not welcome the opportunity?

Are there any other myths about distance learning that you would like us to resolve for you? Let us know in the comment box below!

Don’t get stuck on Plan A

Those who used to watch the sitcom Friends are familiar with the theme song by The Rembrandts:

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life’s D.O.A.

It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
And it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month,
or even your year.”

When I was younger, I used to sing along to that song without ever paying attention to the lyrics. But as I got older, the words started to take on a different meaning. I got to a point in my life when I thought, “Gosh! Is this what they meant by, ‘It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear?’ ”

I had a revelation about praying, and waiting for dreams. I’m all for waiting for good things – after all, they say that good things come to those who wait, and that patience is a virtue. However, on the flipside of that coin is the wisdom of knowing when you are on a road to nowhere, waiting for things that are not even meant to happen.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

If you have been praying the same prayer year after year, dreaming the same dreams year after year, and nothing is happening, then maybe it’s time to dream new dreams and pray new prayers. There is no point in continuing on a road that will not take you to your destination. Either reroute to get to the destination, or change destinations altogether and go elsewhere.

A lot of disappointment is born of dreams that were held onto too tightly, with no room left for adjustment. I have decided for myself that, unless something is oxygen, I can do without it. I can reroute and take my life elsewhere.

So, rerouting – how does it work?

  • Find out what skills are in demand, and enrol into a great college that will equip you with the necessary skills to change your life for the better. If you need financial assistance, try to find out about the study loans and bursaries that are available.
  • Always have a plan B, and if plan B does not work, continue with the rest of the alphabet! You have the rest of your life to figure it out. If you need to change, then do it! Change your job, your friends, your city, or your country – whatever is holding you back – and chase new dreams.
  • And lastly… Panicking and driving yourself crazy is not going to help you at all.

Good luck!!!

If Plan A didn't work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay cool.

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:

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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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