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!

 

Tortoise Power (Yes, really … )

Some of you might know about an old story (or fable) that speaks about a race between a Tortoise and a Hare.

 

Tortoise and the Hare

 

The story starts off by introducing us to the Hare (really just a bunny rabbit). The Hare challenges his friend, the Tortoise, to a race.

Everyone predicted that the Hare (I am going to call him The Bunny) would win the race.

Look at the picture below and ask yourself which one of the two would win a speed race:

The race

 

Any logical person would pick the Bunny to win, right?

Well, the Bunny did NOT win the race. The Tortoise won the race.

Who won the race

 

How did a tortoise beat a bunny in a race?

 

This is why the Bunny LOST the race:

  • The Bunny was over-confident even before the race started – he did not even consider the possibility that he might lose;
  • The Bunny was arrogant – he mocked the Tortoise and made other ‘people’ laugh at the Tortoise;
  • The Bunny, because he was so over-confident, made silly decisions during the race – during the race he stopped to get something to eat, and after that, he actually took a nap under a tree;
  • The Bunny didn’t even think about checking where the Tortoise was during the race – he was completely oblivious to anything going on around him;
  • The Bunny lost all focus during the race;
  • The Bunny allowed himself to become very distracted during the race;
  • The Bunny took too many breaks during the race.

 

This is why the Tortoise WON the race:

  • The Tortoise was not afraid to accept a challenge;
  • The Tortoise did not run away when the other ‘people’ mocked him when he accepted the challenge;
  • The Tortoise believed that he was capable of participating in the race;
  • The Tortoise was realistic about his abilities – he knew he was slower, BUT, he also knew that he had more perseverance than the Bunny;
  • The Tortoise knew that in order to finish the race (never mind win the race) that he had to believe in himself;
  • The Tortoise did not take the other competitor (the Bunny) for granted;
  • The Tortoise did not allow himself to lose focus during the race;
  • The Tortoise did not allow himself to quit during the race ;
  • The Tortoise had perseverance. 

 

Perseverance

 

 

In life, one of the greatest skills to have is perseverance. 

 

Perseverance is directly linked to success:

 

How to be successful

 

Another way of understanding perseverance is by the attitude of never giving up – no matter what.

 

Keep moving

 

At College SA, we completely understand that the ‘race’ of life can be challenging.

 

WE believe in YOU. We will be by your side during your entire education journey. We will support you, encourage you and help you.

 

Be bold – enter the ‘race’ (start studying)

 

Find a course that interests you.

 Together with YOUR PERSEVERANCE, we will help you successfully pass your course

 

Don’t be afraid to be a Turtle. Turtle Power!!

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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!

The Best is Yet to Come

“There are far better things ahead than what we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

Today my blog post is inspired by the song Let it Go from the Disney movie Frozen. First of all, if you have not seen the movie, do yourself a favour – rent the movie and watch it!

It may be a Disney movie, but it has universal themes of self-acceptance and letting go of what may not be. It is something that is applicable to anyone, no matter your age. If you cannot watch the movie, at least listen to the theme song:

Letting go is hard for all of us. We are constantly burdened by what we cling to. It may be something that happened in our past, so we cling to the memory and are continuously punished by it.

There are so many things that burden each and every one of us. It can be something as simple as giving yourself a hard time because you ate a chocolate while on a strict diet, or something as serious as divorce, loss of a loved one, eviction, or failing to complete your studies.

Whatever it is that is weighing on your shoulders, it is unnecessary to punish yourself mentally or emotionally for something that cannot be undone. It already happened and no amount of worrying will change that.

We spend so much time wishing things were different, or pondering on those inevitable “what if” questions. But we poison our thoughts by doing this. We should rather learn to accept certain things and just let go.

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To let go takes courage. It is not giving up, but rather moving on. Let go of your pain, let go of your guilt, let go of stress, let go of criticism, and let go of the past…

Somebody told me the other day that I will never again be as young as I am today. How true is that? Today, each of us are the youngest that we will ever be. Whatever situation you are in or whatever you have been through, you have time to evolve, to dream, to succeed, and to excel.

And what lies before us might be far greater than what we could ever have imagined.

Take a step towards your future that holds possibilities of success, love, happiness and self-acceptance. For it is only by acceptance that we move on. You are still young, no matter your age. The best is yet to come!

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Turn your dreams into a reality

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

Do you sometimes just feel like giving up?

I’m sure we have all felt this way at some point in our lives – especially where studies are concerned. At times, the work may become very difficult and overwhelming, and on top of that, many of us have other full-time responsibilities to deal with.

You may be juggling many things at once – work, studies, children to look after, and other family responsibilities.

We are only human, and it is natural to want to give up when things get too tough. What we don’t always realise, however, is that when we feel this way, we are actually so close to success.

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If you just keep on, and persevere, you will be one step closer to making your dreams a reality.

Discipline plays a big part in becoming successful. It is not always easy to give up things that you like in order to make time for work and studies – but you definitely won’t regret it in the long run!

Vanessa Scott, who studied Child Care Courses through College SA, shares her story with us. She tells us how she had to give up certain things that she enjoyed doing in order to make time for her studies. She made these sacrifices because, she says, “I knew that my dreams were achievable”.

Her sacrifices and perseverance was well worth it! For she is now living her dream:

“I established an organisation and run a programme for children with learning disabilities. It is run from a school in an impoverished area in the community, but being with these children and knowing that I play a small role in the outcome of their futures is reward enough. Knowledge is power, and I want these kids to have that gift of choice.”

Vanessa wants to study even further, but she cannot afford to at the moment, as most of her money goes into the children’s programme. However, Vanessa maintains a positive attitude:

 “I will not give up though. I am saving, and even though I will probably only start next year, I will persevere! Thank you, College SA for the role you’ve played in my dreams becoming a reality. The journey was rewarding and I learned that one is never too old to study. The service was excellent and the tutors are pleasant and patient. The experience has inspired me to study, study, and study some more! Nothing is impossible.

We really admire Vanessa’s optimism and determination, and hope that each one of you reading this will be inspired by her story.

Are you currently studying with us? Do you have an interesting or inspiring story to tell about your studies? You can leave us a comment below and we will happily share it with the rest of our students!