Juggling Life

Let’s paint a scenario, and imagine our lives in that situation for a day or two:

You’re a single mother who has two children (a 7-year-old boy and a teenage girl of 13), a full-time job that involves long hours and little pay, and you are barely making it through the month with school fees, rent, groceries and studies.

Sounds pretty hectic, right? Right! Well, there are tons of people going through that exact scenario, scraping by on a month-to-month basis in this developing country of ours.

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So here are a few tips on how you could balance the life of being a single parent and full-time employee – and still have enough time to study:

Be realistic and choose wisely. Choosing a distance learning college is a perfect option if you have to juggle a full-time job and household responsibilities. Not only is it cheaper to study via correspondence than it is to attend classes, it also gives you the luxury of studying in your own time and at your own pace.

Ask for help. Sometimes it can seem as though things are just getting too much… Well, with a distance learning college like College SA, there are tutors willing and waiting to assist you with your issues. Don’t be afraid to ask people for help!

Plan ahead all the time. Try to make a list of all your appointments and deadlines for the month – whether it’s watching your child play sport, doing an assignment, or preparing for a big meeting – and place the list somewhere where you can see it on a regular basis. This way, you will feel more in control.

Take a break. The constant juggling can become physically and emotionally exhausting, so keep focused on things that are a priority for that week, but don’t try to do too many things at once. Take a break from your studies if you feel you need to.

Have a good support system. Like anything in life, giving up always seems like the easier option. Therefore, it is vital to have a good, solid support system that can encourage you to push through and to keep going. Your support system can take the form of friends, family, or tutors.

Good luck!

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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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So why should you act Now?

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While you are waiting for “things to get better” you could be improving your qualifications and making things better yourself right now.

Who knows what opportunities for promotion are waiting round the corner… will you be ready for it? Or will it go to someone else?

People with better qualifications get the better opportunities, better jobs and better pay. If you start a Certificate or Short Course right now… you can be earning more by February next year.

Everybody plans to start studying in January. If you join that crowd you will be standing in line, holding on the phone, and fighting for a place with everybody else. Or you can be smarter and avoid the January delays by registering NOW.

But, of course, with distance education institutions like Unisa and College SA, you can start you studies at any time of the year. And even though it works like this, if you ask anybody at Unisa, you will find that in January they have long lines of people waiting to register! How strange, because if you go to register right now, there is no line at all…

Many qualifications have their exams in March or in May. You need to register before January to ensure you got your study materials and to ensure that you are busy studying by 5 January – if you are still planning to register for studies in January, you will not be prepared for exams in March or May. For example, if next year you want to study a Bookkeeping qualification with the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers – www.icb.org.za) then you need to know that the first exams are in February 2016. And you have to register with a College for your studies, and register with the ICB for your exams before the end of December 2010. If you don’t do that, you start the year by being behind!

It is very difficult to catch up with the person who starts early! Do not let other people get a head start in front of you – make sure that you are in the very front of the queue!

Most educational institutions increase their fees at the end of every year. So if you want to avoid paying more, you must register before January 2016.

Your parents, teachers and friends won’t tell you… people are like crabs in a bucket.

If you put a lot of crabs in a bucket, one will eventually get on top of the others and start climbing out. But as soon as that happens, the other crabs will pull that crab back into the bucket. Even before it can get out, there are crabs hanging on to it, and pulling it back into the bucket.

There are two lesson in this:

  1. If people help each other they can overcome anything – so you should help others, even if you can’t see how it would benefit you directly
  2. If you expect people to help you, you are going to be disappointed. Nobody wants to see you improve your life to where you are in a better position than they are. They will pull you back as soon as you get to the top of the bucket.

So if you want to be like everybody else, and do what everybody else does, and listen to everybody else who will improve their lives “tomorrow”, then wait till January…

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But if you want to move ahead at your own pace, if you want to improve your life now, and not later, then, if part of your plan is to study; you can start studying TODAY.

Take care!

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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