Project Management – Promotion

Have you ever thought about studying a course in Project Management?

Project Management is a very popular field of study, because it is so versatile. People who study Project Management do not necessarily want to become a Project Manager (although this is definitely an option). Rather, many people take up Project Management in order to learn a valuable set of skills that is beneficial in any working environment.

Some of these skills include:

  • Time management skills
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Leadership
  • Effective communication skills
  • Working well under pressure

In other words, completing a course in Project Management not only has the potential to prepare you for a specific career in Project Management, but the skills and knowledge that you will gain will make you better equipped for ANY type of job!

College SA offers a fantastic FET Certificate in Project Management. This course is offered via distance learning, which means that you do not have to give up your full-time responsibilities in order to study.

The FET Certificate in Project Management is a top quality course. It is a national qualification accredited by Services SETA, and is thus recognised throughout the country.

With this qualification behind your name, employers will recognise that you possess a unique and valuable set of skills, which can surely increase your marketability.

If you are interested in studying towards an FET Certificate in Project Management, then we have great news for you! College SA is giving away a FREE short course for every student who completes their FET Certificate in Project Management.

For your free course, you can choose from the following:

  • College SA Subject Certificate in Delegating for Results
  • College SA Subject Certificate in Managing Performance
  • College SA Subject Certificate in Organisational Skills

So, not only will you have an FET Certificate in Project Management behind your name, but you will also have an additional College SA Subject Certificate! This will definitely add a “WOW” factor to your CV!

Get your free course here

You will get your free short course once you finish the FET Certificate in Project Management.

Contact us now to kick-start your career!

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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:

Supported distance learning.

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?

supported distance learning

Studying, Jobs and Careers

Hi there Readers,

In this article we are going to talk about studying, getting a job and improving your career.

 

Make yourself employable

At College SA we want to help you achieve all your dreams because we know that EDUCATION CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

Part of this help means that WE NEED TO GET REAL and take a SERIOUS LOOK at studying, jobs and careers.

 

We want you to have as much information as possible so that you can:

  • Know about the unemployment problem in South Africa;
  • Decide how to improve your chances of getting a job or making a change to your career;
  • Take responsibility and do things to improve your chances of getting a job or making a change to your career.
  • Think carefully about studying and about exactly what courses or qualifications you should study.

Okay, let’s start…

 

The unemployment problem in South Africa

According to Statistics SA, South Africa’s official unemployment rate is at 25.6%.*

* (As published by the South African government http://www.statssa.gov.za/keyindicators/keyindicators.asp) 

  • Many, many people don’t have jobs.
  •  There are not enough jobs out there for everybody.
  • It is not easy getting a job.

 

It’s not easy getting a job. You have to put in effort and go the extra mile to make yourself as employable as possible.

 

Things YOU need to do

(1) Learn the relevant skills:

  • Volunteer at a company. By volunteering you will learn about how the business works. As a volunteer, you will get work experience that you can put on your CV.
  • Job shadow for a short period of time. This means spending time with somebody and watching how they do their job. Job shadowing is a form of training and you can certainly mention any job shadowing experience on your CV.
  • Apply for an Internship. An internship gives you the opportunity of doing the actual work and getting a small salary while you are learning the in’s and out’s of the job.

 (2) Network and speak to people:

  • Speak to everybody that you know and that you meet and tell them that you are looking for a job. Ask your family and friends if they have any starter positions available where they work. Tell people that you want to get started on your career and ask them to ask around if they know of any job opportunities. You never know – you sister’s best friend might just have the perfect job for you. Let people know that you are serious about working and learning new skills.
  • Approach local community organisations and NGOs and ask them if they can help you learn some skills so that you can improve your chances of getting employed. Some local community organisations offer free classes on topics such as how to prepare your CV and how to prepare for interviews. Ask them if they know of any job opportunities – either paid or volunteer work.
  • If you are a member of a religious organisation, arrange a meeting to speak to your priest / pastor etc. Ask him or her if they know of any job vacancies anywhere. Also ask him or her if you can volunteer for the church so that you can gain some new skills.  Offer to help with the church’s correspondence or filing. Explain to your priest or pastor that you are really serious about making yourself more employable. Perhaps the church has self-improvement classes that you can take. All of these things will help you.

(3) Find out as much as you can about the industry you want to go into:

Do a lot of research about the kind of job you would like to go into:

  • Research on the internet. Find out exactly what that job is about. Are you sure you want to go into that kind of job? Find out which kinds of companies hire people in those positions.
  • Research job adverts. Are there lots of jobs advertised for the kind of job you want? What are the job requirements in the adverts? Do the job adverts speak about specific experience or specific qualifications? What kinds of salaries are those jobs advertised for?
  • Get information from HR departments. Try to get an appointment with anybody from a company’s HR department. Find out what the company looks for when hiring somebody in that kind of job. Ask them if the company has any specific criteria in terms of hiring new people. Also ask if they have any Internship opportunities or opportunities for you to volunteer there. Don’t be afraid to ask them if there are any job positions available at the company.

 

How Studying can help you improve your chances of getting a job

Most jobs need you to have certain experience or knowledge.

  • Do you know what you need to study?
  • If you do not need to study anything specific, then, are there courses you could take to improve your general skills and expertise in the field?

Remember…. no course or qualification can ever guarantee somebody a job or a promotion. However, any training that you do, and any experience that you get, is valuable.

We hope that you have found this information useful. We want you to remember that there are things that you can do to increase your chances of getting a job. There is hope for people who are serious about getting a job.

Do you have any advice on what people can do to improve their chances of getting a job? Why don’t you leave a comment on this article so we can share with the rest of our readers your tips and suggestions.

Take care,

S

 

What is a SETA-Accredited Course?

Hi there Readers,

 

Today I want us to look at SETA-Accredited courses.

 

To offer nationally recognised training, all training providers and educational institutes need to be accredited by a relevant Education Training Quality Assurance Body (ETQA). SETAs are one kind of Education Training Quality Assurance Bodies – ETQAs.

When an education or training provider is accredited by an ETQA (for example, SETAs), this ‘stamp of approval’ indicates that the provider gives valuable, portable, outcomes-based and relevant training and assessment. When an education provider is accredited by a SETA, they are then able to offer SETA-accredited courses.

By registering with an ETQA-accredited training provider (for example, with a College that offers SETA-accredited courses), you can be assured that you will gain valuable knowledge from these courses which you will be able to apply in your workplace.

What are the benefits of studying a SETA-accredited Course?

  • Most SETA-accredited courses are national qualifications registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
  • All students who successfully achieve the outcomes of Unit Standards and Qualifications that registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) will have their achievements officially listed on the National Learners’ Records Database (NLRD).
  • Most national qualifications are made up of a variety of individual Unit Standards. Each Unit Standards carries a certain number of Credits. A student will be given Credits for each Unit Standard that they successfully complete. A record of these Credits is kept on the National Learners’ Record Database.
  • Sometimes, the same Unit Standards are used in different qualifications. So, if a student successfully completes a specific Unit Standard as part of one qualification, then the student will not have to re-study that same Unit Standard if s/he registers for another qualification that also has exactly the same Unit Standard.
  • Many employers would consider paying for these qualifications as these qualifications are National Qualifications. Companies can claim money back from the relevant SETA for doing this.

 

College SA proudly offers the following SETA-accredited courses:

 

Name of course

Name of relevant SETA

National Certificate: Bookkeeping (Junior Bookkeeper) FASSET
FET Certificate: Bookkeeping (Certified Senior Bookkeeper) FASSET
National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting FASSET
Certified Financial Accounting National Diploma FASSET
National Certificate: Junior Office Administrator FASSET
Higher Certificate: Senior Office Administrator FASSET
Diploma: Certified Office Manager FASSET
National Certificate: Small Business Financial Manager FASSET
National Certificate Business Administration FASSET
National Certificate Management Administration FASSET
National Certificate in Forensic Science: Investigating Fraudulent Documents SASSETA
National Certificate Forensic Science: Forensic Biology SASSETA
National Certificate Forensic Science: Crime Scene Reconstruction SASSETA
National Certificate Resolving of Crime: General Investigation (Policing) SASSETA
National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Crime Scene Investigation SASSETA
National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Disciplinary Investigation SASSETA
National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Forensic Investigative Auditing SASSETA
National Certificate Resolving of Crime: Family Violence, Child Protection & Missing Persons SASSETA
National Certificate: Fitness CATHSETA
National Diploma Fitness – Exercise Specialist CATHSETA
National Diploma Fitness – Sports Conditioning CATHSETA
National Certificate: Sport Management CATHSETA
National Diploma: Sport Management CATHSETA
National Certificate: Coaching Science CATHSETA
National Diploma: Coaching Science NQF Level 5 CATHSETA
Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management: General Management SERVICES SETA
Further Education and Training Certificate: Generic Management: Administration Management SERVICES SETA
Further Education and Training Certificate: Project Management SERVICES SETA

Remember…. no course or qualification can ever guarantee somebody a job or a promotion.

What are the kinds of things an employer looks for?

  •  Work experience
  •  Relevant qualifications
  • Will you fit into their work culture and team?
  • Membership of relevant professional body
  • Positive references from previous employers

 

 

That’s all for today, dear Readers. Take care and chat soon,

S

What are Institute Programmes?

As a Private FET College registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training, College SA is able to offer a variety of different types of courses.

 

One of the types of courses that we offer is called Institute Programme courses.

 

What is an Institute Programme Course?

These programmes are examined (assessed) and Certified by an Institute. The Institute can be internationally or locally recognised. With Institute programmes, College SA will offer the study support, but we will refer you to the Institute for the exam and the Certification. These programmes are often (but not always) accredited programmes; however the responsibility for accreditation is with the Institute. Institute programmes are often the best way to get recognised and qualified for a specific formal job.

 

For Institute Programmes you must make sure your college is approved by the relevant Institute to offer its programmes.

 

College SA has teamed up with a variety of prestigious Academic Partners and Professional Institutes College SA proudly offers a comprehensive range of highly sought after qualifications that are industry recognised and have various endorsements.

 

The academic partners / institutes that College SA has partnered with are:

 

  • The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  They are a global body and their qualifications are internationally recognised.
  • The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). They are a local institute whose qualifications are registered on the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and their qualifications are accredited by FASSET (Finance and Accounting SETA). So, if you study one of their qualifications through College SA, you will be studying a SETA-accredited qualification and have your results loaded on the National Learner Results Database (NLRD). Even though the ICB is a local institute, they have strong ties with many international partners.
  • The Exercise Training Academy (eta). So, if you study one of their qualifications (the full qualifications and NOT their short courses) through College SA, you will be studying a SETA-accredited qualification and have your results loaded on the National Learner Results Database (NLRD). Like the ICB, they are a local institute with SAQA registered qualifications. Their qualifications are accredited by CATHSSETA (the SETA responsible for Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education). They also have strong ties with many international partners.
  • Strategic Investigations and Seminars (SIS). The SIS is a highly-respected local body that offers SAQA-registered qualifications and their qualifications (the full qualifications and NOT their short courses) are accredited by SASSETA (the SETA responsible for the Safety and Security Sector).
  • The South African Institute of Management (SAIM). This is a local body that promotes the South African management industry and encourages networking among South African management professionals.
  • The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).  They are a very well known international body in the IT industry. With more than 19,000 members in 89 countries, CompTIA is the leading global IT trade association with influence in all areas of the IT industry worldwide.
  • Microsoft. College SA offers several IT-related courses that have external exams that students need to pass in order to get their international Microsoft certification.

 

Remember…. no course or qualification can ever guarantee somebody a job or a promotion.

 

What are the kinds of things an employer looks for?

  •  Work experience
  •  Relevant qualifications
  • Will you fit into their work culture and team?
  • Membership of relevant professional body
  • Positive references from previous employers

 

Dear Readers, if you would like any more information about our Institute courses, please contact us so that we can answer all of your questions:

  • If you want advice RIGHT AWAY and you would prefer to speak to one of our very friendly Course Experts, then the best thing to do would be to call the College –0800 21 23 22.

 

Take care Readers and chat soon,

S

Accounting Courses with College SA

More than just numbers ….

Hello dear readers.

Today we are going to be posting about a widely misunderstood field.

We have all heard the clichés about different fields of work or study right?

If you’re a lawyer, you’re automatically a shark in discussions with friends and family..

A psychologist immediately becomes a quack at the average dinner party…

An Accountant……….?

Study Accounting Courses at College SA

 

Boring? Bookish? Dull? Anal-retentive?

We have all heard the names people use to belittle the field of accounting and the professionals who work within it.

The truth of the matter is – Accounting is just as much an art as it is a science.

The average day of the accounting professional can involve countless meetings, creating procedures for streamlining business function or travelling around the world while meeting and assisting clients.

A great deal of out-of-the box thinking is required in this diverse and fast paced field. No matter what the business in question specialises in – finance will be in the picture. This means, in essence, accountants have an extremely wide range of options to choose from when deciding where to work.

Since accounting is required world-wide in every business, job security is also a huge perk of working in the field.

Next time you hear someone describing an accountant as “dull”, take a second to teach the person exactly how creative the field really is.

If you are interested in the world of Accounting, simply click here and have a look at the Accounting Courses offered by College SA.

 

 

If you want advice RIGHT AWAY and you would prefer to speak to one of our very friendly Course Experts, then the best thing to do would be to call the College0800 21 23 22.

 

Take care Readers,

S