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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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!

What is kindness NOT?

Hi there everybody,

 

Kindness is often considered to be a bit of a lame word. Kindness is what ‘sweet’ people do, right? People such as missionaries and social workers are kind, yes?

Well, not actually.

What is kindness not?

Kindness is often under-valued – it’s considered to be mostly just the stuff expressed in those soppy Hallmark cards. How sad is that?

So, if most of us think that kindness is ‘lame’, how do we feel when we personally experience the opposite of kindness?

What are the opposites of kindness?

  • Cruelty
  • Indifference
  • Impatience
  • Intolerance
  • Abuse
  • Ridicule
  • Dishonesty
  • Disrespect
  • The need to punish and make somebody feel bad
  • The need to assert your superiority over somebody so that the other person feels ‘less than’ and insignificant
  • Withholding time, affection, intimacy
  • Not appreciating somebody
  • Not recognising and affirming somebody regarding who they are and what they do

And many more …

Can you see how important kindness really is?  How do we feel when we experience these opposites being done to us?

So, is kindness really that lame? Because it is certainly not lame when we get to experience, first hand, any of the opposites of kindness.

I guess it basically boils down to the age-old proverb of treating others the same way that we want to be treated. That’s kindness. 

Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

Kindness for today

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!

Beyond Excited …

You know that feeling when you are so excited …. you can’t sleep / you giggle uncontrollably / you have butterflies in your tummy?

 

Well that’s how we are all feeling at College SA … BEYOND EXCITED!!!

 

College SA is Excited

 

 

I’ve known about this for a while, but I didn’t want to say anything until the moment is right …. but now I’m going to share the news with you. I hope you are sitting down …..

 

The good news

 

This week, at College SA, we are starting to introduce (FREE) Online Classrooms to our amazing students!!!!

 

We are going to start off by offering these Facilitator-led online classrooms to all our CIMA students, and soon, all of our Students will have access to this great study benefit.

Exciting things happening at College SA

What is an online classroom?

An online classroom is a place where our (Home Study) students can interact with each other, with a Facilitator, and with their Lecturers – no matter where in the world everybody lives.

 

It is a digital classroom. In other words, a classroom without walls or any borders. All you need is a cellphone or a computer.

 

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In these online classrooms, Students will be able to share their learning experiences with each other. The Facilitators will encourage and guide relevant discussions and debates.

Our Students will be able to really engage with their study material with the help of their fellow students.

 

You can be absolutely anywhere – even on the beach – and you can be part of the great learning experiences of an online classroom.

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It’s a brilliant form of learning – collaborating and discussing. An online classroom makes sure that Students stay focussed, stay in touch, and that they are constantly engaging with their studies and their assignments.

 

An online classroom allows Students to make contact with other students – just like in a chatroom.

 

When you are part of an online classroom, you get to hear about the real-life experiences of your fellow students. Our Facilitators will encourage our Students to share their understanding and their exploration of the different topics that are being covered.

 

What is also fantastic is that the online classroom will be a place where Students can share resources, tips, techniques, guides and helpful information.

Each subject will have its own online classroom group.

 

The Facilitator and Lecturers will get our Students to take part in fun activities and useful assignments – and Students will be able to compare results and to discuss things with their fellow learners.

 

An online classroom is a fun, social and interactive way to get even MORE out of your studies. An online classroom means that our Students will be more much ACTIVE as they acquire new knowledge, and as they expand and refine their understanding of their learning outcomes.

 

College SA has always been proud of being a Distance Learning College – our Students come from everywhere and anywhere. And now, College SA is pioneering the way in improving how Distance Learning works.

 

Many Students say that they are scared to study alone – now, with our online classrooms, our Students won’t have to worry about that at all!

 

We think that this is absolutely amazing – and we could not have done this without our friends and partners, Together We Pass.

 

So … watch this space as we keep you posted about our online classrooms.

 

Sometimes life is just so exciting – and I am honoured to be part of this education revolution. 

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Let it go

Word on the street has it that 2014 was not the greatest of years for many people. I’ve heard too many sad stories of really unpleasant things that some of our students, friends and loved ones experienced in 2014.

 

Well, thankfully (yes, thankfully), 2014 is officially over. It’s now a new year, with new opportunities.

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It’s okay to spend some time reflecting on what went wrong in 2014. We have to learn from our mistakes, and then, use that knowledge to make sure that we are stronger, smarter and better in 2015.

 

A word of caution here – and this is the main thing that I want to chat to you about – be careful of spending too much time thinking about what went wrong last year. Do NOT dwell. Do not get trapped in a cycle of negative thinking. Reflect YES; dwell NO!

 

Once you have done your reflecting …. LET IT GO!!!

 

Of course, most people associate the phrase ‘Let it go’ with the animated movie called Frozen. And, to be honest, Frozen is what has inspired me today.

 

 

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Sometimes, we truly need to LET GO of things / people / memories etc.

 

And then we have the opportunity for NEW things / people / memories and opportunities. How exciting is that?

 

At College SA, we are all about giving our students the opportunity to try again. We want you, our students to know that you don’t have to give up on your educational dreams – no matter what happened in the previous year.

 

We want you to allow yourself to have new hopes and new goals.

 

Don’t let 2014 be a prison – step away from it and Let it Go.

 

Let Go, Letting go, prosper, College SA

 

 

You can achieve your dreams. You absolutely can.

 

Now put on your best ‘Princess’ shoes and sing it with me ‘Let it go, Let it go’ ….

 

PS: For those of you that want to watch the Frozen ‘Let it Go’ video, here’s the link to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU