When choosing a course of study, focus on courses that meet industry needs and are relevant to the times in which we live and work. This is the advice from Kerry Damons of Boston City Campus & Business College, an award-winning private higher education institution that has been delivering quality education for over 25 years at its 40-plus support centres throughout South Africa.
“Seeing that the economy is still in the midst of one of its most challenging periods, you need to choose a course that gives you the skills the economy needs at the moment,” says Damons.
How do you find out which courses and qualifications meet SA’s present needs? Start by reading as many job advertisements as possible, because such advertisements show what employers want and need. Job advertisements show not only qualifications, but also the work experience and personality traits employers desire in candidates.
“Nowadays when companies recruit new people, they look at the CVs of people who have the skills to help them operate at a profit,” Damons points out. “They also look for personal qualities like persistence, high work ethic, innovative mind and willingness to go the extra mile – these are qualities that help companies thrive even in the worst of times.”
Visit the websites of the Department of Labour as well as the websites of the various sector education and training authorities (setas) and read their their sector skills plans. To compile these sector skills plans, the setas interview employers across the board and so the sector skills plans give a very good indication of what the South African economy needs and what companies are looking for.
Another important thing to remember when choosing a course of study in this day and age is to check that the right government and industry body accredits the course you’re interested in. It is no use spending time, money and effort in getting a qualification that is not recognised. So have a look at details like accreditation and National Qualifications Framework (NQF) levels to make sure you are making a good choice.
“It’s imperative to check the credentials of the colleges and varsities that offer the courses that you’re interested in,” says Damons. “Go visit campuses personally so you can see if the facilities, equipment and course material that is being used is up to date and relevant to the workplace. Finding a job will be difficult after graduating if you study skills or equipment that are too outdated and not relevant to the workplace anymore.”
She explains that education is not static and for that reason Boston City Campus & Business College keeps contact with various industries, updates course material, and introduces new courses on a regular basis. Furthermore, the Boston prospectus explains learning programme categories and indicates which is which. If you find it difficult to narrow down your choices to a single one, go see a career advisor that can help you choose a valuable, accredited study option.
“Boston City Campus & Business College offers over 80 dynamic study options at our campuses nationwide so we understand that prospective students need a helping hand in choosing the course that fits them perfectly,” says Damons. “We offer a career advice service free of change as part of our corporate social investment and invite you to enquire about tertiary studies and applications for 2017.”
A wide range of study opportunities are available at Boston City Campus & Business College and you can select from a degree, various diploma and higher certificates, or short learning programmes in IT, management, HR, accounting, marketing and more. For more information, contact Boston on 011 551-2000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.boston.co.za, or Facebook.