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

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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.

 

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.

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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!

 

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!

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!

Get ahead with HR Management Courses

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Human Resource Management is becoming an increasingly popular career choice. One of the reasons why HR Management is so appealing is that the skills that you learn can be applied across various industries. In other words, an HR Management qualification can open up many doors for you.

What does Human Resource Management involve?

Human Resource (HR) Management involves hiring and training employees, and making sure that staff is motivated at all times.

One of the main reasons that companies need an HR team is to ensure productivity in the workplace.

HR Managers are responsible for retaining the most capable and skilled employees, so that the company can function effectively and be profitable.

What are the duties of HR Managers?

HR Managers:

  • Delegate and monitor duties.
  • Regulate levels of productivity.
  • Co-ordinate different tasks to ensure that the end goal is achieved.
  • Analyse and implement strategies to increase the efficiency of a company or organisation.
  • Determine the overall success of a company by interpreting outputs at a basic level.

Why is HR Management a good career choice?

Businesses aim for maximum success. In order to achieve this, they rely on skilled, efficient, reliable and motivated employees. HR Managers ensure that such employees are retained.

Because the corporate world is growing at a phenomenal rate, increasingly more qualified Human Resource Managers are needed.

An HR Management course will equip you with the right set of skills to be able to help an organisation stay successful.

Having a Human Resource management qualification behind your name will make you a valuable asset for any company!

At College SA, we offer a selection of fantastic Human Resources Management Courses. These range from short courses and certificates, to diploma courses.

College SA offers the following HR Management courses:

College SA has also teamed up with Strategic Investigations and Seminars (SIS) to provide you with quality courses that tie in well with Human Resources Management.

These courses will teach you skills in negotiation and mediation – perfect for HR Management. You will also learn how to identify fraudulent documents, and learn how to handle trauma in the workplace. This is very important in the field of Human Resources.

All of our courses are offered via distance learning – which means that you can study from the safety and comfort of your own home.

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