Team Distance Learning

It is no secret that there has always been an ongoing debate regarding distance learning vs. attending a physical campus. My honest opinion is that distance learning is far more beneficial, in so many ways.

My views have not always made me very popular. I have also ended up unintentionally offending and insulting people who have spent many years studying at a physical campus. I would like to share my view points with you, and in doing so, I would like to apologise in advance to anybody I offend. Please bear in mind: I studied through distance learning, and therefore my judgement could be a bit biased.

Distance learning and preparing for the world of work

Firstly, I believe that the world of work is not always a warm and loving place. The world of work can be unfair, hard, and even cruel. Students who enter the working world after studying full-time at a residential college or university often experience culture shock. At a physical campus, you may have friends around you, and it is often a comfortable and fun environment. When you enter into a job, you will soon discover that you are unable to choose the people you work with. It may not be comfortable, and you will have to get on with all sorts of different people. Distance learning removes students from their comfort zones. You are alone with your books – left to fend for yourself, so to speak. Thus, I believe that distance learning prepares students for the real world of work.

Most jobs are going to require you to fend for yourself, be autonomous, and take initiative. Distance learning can teach you all of these things, so that when you enter into the job market, you will not need to spend extra time acquiring all these foreign skills.

Distance learning and skills development

At a physical campus, a fixed timetable is followed, whereas studying via distance learning requires that you follow your own schedule. The time-management skills that you will acquire if you choose to study via distance learning will prove to be invaluable. You will also be forced to learn self-discipline, which is a skill that can be used throughout the rest of your life, both in the working world as well as in your personal life.

Studying via distance learning also gives you the opportunity to study and work at the same time. This can be tough, but the truth is that life is always going to require you to balance a few things at a time. Studying via distance learning provides you with great practice for balancing all the different components of your life. Furthermore, having the opportunity to work and study at the same time allows students to gain that much-needed working experience. Building up work experience while you are studying will give you a head start in your career.

Distance learning and safety

It is not uncommon for physical campuses to have violence, theft and other criminal activities taking place on campus. With distance learning, these potential threats never need to enter your mind. You will always be safe, as you can study from home.

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Just by looking at job advertisements, it will be clear to you that companies are looking for prospective employees who have working experience in conjunction with relevant qualifications. To wait until you are finished with your studies before gaining work experience is going to place you at a disadvantage. Distance learning, on the other hand, gives you the means to obtain these advantages right from the get-go.

I think everybody should go the distance with distance learning. You will acquire a vast range of skills, competencies and self-awareness – far beyond what you will acquire if you attend a physical campus. That is my opinion, and you are welcome to feel differently.

“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

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