Career Compass Guides the way to Success

1. Why is it so difficult for school leavers to decide on a career to follow?

Recent research has indicated that prospective tertiary education students are not confident about their career choices.  Schools do not have the resources they need to assist learners with career investigation, and in addition, they have to focus their time and efforts on the academic material for exams –they don’t have the luxury of spending time advising on careers. It is in this environment that learners have to make a choice and finalise applications!  I can also say from experience – when you are in first year you are overwhelmed, studies are very difficult at a tertiary level, and we land up questioning whether the effort required matches our passion for the industry we have selected!

2. So Boston realized that there was a gap in career education at school level, and addressed it with a computerized programme?

Well, recent research indicates that 73% of matric students believe they are still in need of comprehensive career guidance and 84% believe there are many career opportunities they do not even know of.  Sadly, only 21% believe they have the resources within their area to guide them towards their ideal career. Learners need clarity!

Boston invested in the development of a computerised assessment that can be delivered on a national basis and made sure it is offered free as part of our corporate social responsibility to education. A decision on careers is a life-changing decision and we have to keep in mind it involves a commitment to fees too, so we believe that we need to try and assist in matching the most appropriate skills and interests to studies. It is offered at no obligation or cost to any learner.

3. Tell us about the career compass assessment?

This is a hi-tech and brief career insight evaluation that is aimed to help students reach career maturity. It will help you explore things such as:

Do you want to work regular office hours or extended hours?

Work with numbers?

Work with people?

Work alone?

Work as a member of a team?

Are you creative? Do you wish to enter the working world as a technician, web designer, programmer, or administrator?

The answers to these pertinent questions guide the student towards the ideal study programme.

4. And when the aptitude assessment is complete – what do you get?

Results are available immediately, produced in a graph that ranks the individual’s results from the most suited career options to the least, based upon the individual’s interests.

Appropriate career choice is important – it has been proven that students are more likely to succeed academically if they are studying subjects that they enjoy.

‘Statistics show that there is a 15% – 25% throughput rate at South African universities and colleges (Source: High university drop-out rates: a threat to South Africa’s future – HSRC, 2008).  This means that only about 1 quarter of all students who start a programme complete it. “This shows career choice requires research and self-evaluation with a consultant.  And if you start a degree and you are not happy –investigate your options!”

5. What other advice do you have for learners about to make a career decision?

Education is not static – which is why Boston maintains a liaison with various industries, updates course material, and introduces new courses such as our new Cisco qualifications to keep graduates in demand in the workplace. We also continuously work on achieving accreditation for new Higher Ed degrees and diplomas, to meet new skills demands in the industry.

For more information, contact Boston on 011 551-2000, e-mail info@boston.co.za, visit www.boston.co.za, or Facebook.

Boston City Campus & Business College embraces the fundamental role of e-resources in the digital universe of e-learning and teaching.

Boston City Campus & Business College embraces the fundamental role of e-resources in the digital universe of e-learning and teaching.

“For the majority of South Africans, the lack of information and knowledge impedes their development due not only to scarce material resources but also to a lack of appreciation of the developmental role that the e-resources sector plays. The constitutional right of access to information implies equal access to the knowledge infrastructure, technologies and networks of the 21st century (Department of Arts and Culture, 2018).” To this end, Boston’s ICT reconnoitre products that store, retrieve, manipulate, transmit, and receive information electronically in a digital form serve to empower their students and staff alike to enter the digital universe. Recognising the rapid growth of e-learning worldwide, Boston’s academicians continually collaborate, and gauge e-resources related to programmes and modules taught, in order to continually offer accessible ‘library’ resources “in your own space, at your own time”.

Heading the e-Resources at Boston, Jacques Viljoen, maintains that “Boston’s Integrated Quality Advancement System, technology-based prescribed texts and training materials, e-resource library and the ample access arrangements, are tailor-fit to support distance learners and provide incentives for students to learn according to their own needs, i.e. capacity, place, and space. A broad range of scholarly texts and advanced trade journals are available online to support appropriate professional and scholarly activities pertinent to the knowledge context of each programme at different levels of complexity that mirror the NQF levels of each programme.” Currently, a staggering 10 897 e-books and 12 019 e-journal titles are reachable from anywhere in the world 24/7 provided that you are a registered Boston student and have internet connectivity. Student Tshepiso Mokoena remarked on Boston City Campus & Business College’s Bookboon HE eLibrary: “…wow great platform. I feel like a kid in a candy store. Thank you”. Another student, Mqondisi Sibonelo Gumede commented: “Mind-blowing…the Information Technology section has many useful books on Programming…love it”.

Technologically mediated support that is offered by the various faculties focusses on assisting students in navigating and accessing the available on-line knowledge services for their associated fields of commercial practice. This is in addition to the instructions located in the prescribed and supplementary learning materials that are issued with each programme for which a learner registers. As an added support, Boston Head of Departments and academic tutors are available via various electronic and telephonic processes to provide personal academic tuition.  Boston’s Head of IT, Shaun Hart, remarks about the essential effectiveness of the Boston network of support centres granting distance learners localised access to technology, e-resources, and service support resources. “Boston is playing its rightful role in achieving an integrated ICT system and by so doing supports the development of dynamic and connected information society and a vibrant knowledge economy that is more inclusive and prosperous” as envisaged in the National Integrated ICT Policy White Paper of 2016.

Through unpacking the above, students are thus able to position their own knowledge project within the broader commercial knowledge system and to benchmark their endeavours on the knowledge continuum from the lower NQF levels to the most advanced.

For more information on study options at this vibrant institution, visit boston.co.za.

Our training advisors and consultants are the backbone of support for our students.

Our training advisors and consultants are the backbone of support for our students.

What makes them tick? And what makes them love what they do? We sat down to chat with Alvino Arrison of Bellville, to find out why the Boston TA’s are so passionate about what they do.

Tell us a bit about Boston and the institutions values?

Boston City Campus is a student-centered institution of Higher Education. Our primary goal is to improve the lives of students and graduates by making them marketable as work-ready employees. We do this through operating a tech-based platform that enables anytime anywhere online applications, registrations, learning, and assessment. We also do this through achieving both local as well as international accreditation for our qualifications; by having a large national footprint enabling students to remain at home and/or work while they study, saving costs of time, travel and accommodation as well as allowing them to continue to contribute in the home; by using AI (artificial intelligence) to monitor their progress continuously, and by using human interaction when the AI alerts us that a student needs enhanced supervision and assistance.

  1. What does a Training Advisor do at the college?

As a leading provider of tertiary education in South Africa, Boston believes that just offering qualifications is only half of its job – the other half is ensuring that its students have the knowledge and support to make the right career choice. Boston is very focussed on ensuring a match between interests and skills, to a career or industry. As training advisors, we believe firmly that when a student is guided towards the correct qualification that is appropriate to his or her interests, as well as ability, time constraints and financial commitment, the chance of success in the qualification and subsequent career and/or employment increases significantly.

My job is to assist with this guidance and supervise the student until they successfully graduate.  I am involved with the student from before decision making until graduation, it is a very rewarding and fulfilling job for me.  We also make use of a career guidance tool called “Career Compass”; through which Boston provides prospective students with the opportunity to discover more about themselves, their talents, and what kind of careers they would be best suited to.

  1. Boston has international accreditation -tell us some more?

Boston is recognised and awarded accreditation as an Independent Higher Education Institution with the British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC currently accredits more than 230 institutions in 19 countries. Boston is also a candidate for the accreditation of specific programmes by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programmes (ACBSP), Unites States, America. South Africa is part of a global online economy and work-force, international accreditation levels the playing fields when our grads interact with international workforces. And should graduates relocate, their qualifications travel with them!

  1. Being online, especially now in the pandemic, how does Boston make sure students receive your celebrated ‘ personal attention’?

Our job is getting the students through to graduation. We also understand that students have a background with different experiences of learning, and are therefore starting at different points in their journey. To this end, we have many ways that a student can ask for assistance including phone calls, emails, skype calls, and WhatsApp groups. Help is always available thanks to Boston’s continued use of technology-based training with academic staff at the other end of the click of a button.

To enhance students’ rate of success we have developed a specially designed pro-active monitoring and mentoring educational system, designed to support online learning.

What does this mean for a student? It means that you have access to assistance with your coursework. It means you can get your queries answered by your assigned tutor, either in person, via email, telephonically, or via skype. It means you only progress in your coursework as you master the work that has been completed. It means you can get topics explained and re-explained until you are satisfied.  It is a proactive system, which will actively monitor every learner.  Training Advisors are always available to students and will refer them to the correct department when necessary.

I always welcome students to chat with me, and they are also welcome to make an appointment (Covid19 regulations) and see me in the college should they feel that they wish to do an in-person application or query.

In essence, my job excites me and seeing students register and watching them through to graduation excites me!

Why should we add to our stresses by studying now?

Our world and environments, working and personal spaces, have changed so dramatically and so rapidly that we have been left reeling in shock, and scrambling to adapt. Many people are just trying to ‘hang in there’ and wait for a return to what used to be.  Taryn Strydom of Boston City Campus believes that we will not be returning to ‘normal’. “Currently workplaces that are operational have many protocols that must be observed, including encouraging as many people as possible to work from home. Businesses, in order to survive, have had to change their services, products, and the way that they are offered in order to continue to survive, and hopefully thrive.”  Taryn continues explaining that many service providers such as hairdressers and nail technicians have been prevented from offering their services for four months. The staff of liquor stores do not know if they will have a job to go back to. Therefore in planning for a world post-lockdown, the very best thing that you can do right now is upskill yourself so that you have new and relevant skills to offer an employer, or a community should you decide to open your own business.

Taryn discusses five reasons why she believes that now is an excellent time to start a qualification.

  1. We now have more time for our studies. We are saving time by not travelling to and from work. Many people previously used the excuse that ‘they don’t have the time’ to study’. One of the advantages of working from home is the added time we have to our days. Even if you are traveling to work, nights and weekends should find you with additional time as we are not visiting family and having social arrangements.
  2. Studying online creates a resilience, perseverance and independence that are traits valued highly in the fourth industrial revolution. Acknowledging the context of the 21st century and the fourth industrial revolution, online learning by its very nature supports and develops personal independence, and prepares the candidate for the modern workplace – one which is characterised by remote work-from-home arrangements and a high degree of personal autonomy. The student who has had to self-manage their studies is someone who can be trusted to meet deadlines in the remote workplace.
  3. Develop new soft-skills. Part of upskilling is that we also develop ways to think critically, solve problems, and take responsibility for progress: these “soft skills” are valuable currency in the modern workplace.
  4. Face unpredictability armed with an ability to adapt. We have seen from the economy sliding and daily events, that our lives are more unpredictable than ever. The only way to combat this is to maintain relevance in a workplace that is always changing. Travel agents are now baking and selling goods from home. With people working from home, imagine if you had the ability to do tech call-outs? Fix a laptop or a network issue in an emergency? Or if you have web design skills, you can be the start of someone’s new online business by setting up their website and ordering system? Perhaps develop an app for home-schooling? There are opportunities out there for work, we need to have the skills that we can network ourselves and offer services.
  5. When and if we do get back to looking for employment with a large corporate, we will still need new fourth industrial revolution skills. The landscape has shifted, and employers will demand employees that can fill many roles as companies have scaled back to adapt to the economy. Companies will always need bookkeepers, for example, but also brand builders and call centre agents. They will also be looking for leaders who can generate ideas and make them happen through project management. Using the time to study now, means you will have skills you can use both during and after lockdown, as we face the changing landscape as leaders. Taking our qualifications a level higher creates great opportunities for upward mobility, earning potential increases, and new job opportunities will open up.

Higher Education applications close soon. Contact Boston on 011 551 2000, email info@boston.co.za or visit www.boston.co.za

 

 

Seal the deal with a Boston BCom in Law!

By Dr Hendrik Botha and Dr Janet Viljoen

What better foundation for a career in business and management than a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree. Tried and tested, the BCom offers a core skillset that puts you on track for managerial positions in organisations or toward successfully owning your own businesses. Boston’s BCom degree is supported by a team of educators and expertly crafted learning material both of which ensure a well-rounded introduction to any business setting and instil the confidence that every leader and business owners needs to demonstrate. The BCom will include modules such as Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Management Accounting, and Economics.

If a BCom is an excellent springboard into your management and business future, why not take your education a step further and register for the BCom degree with an additional specialisation in Law (BCom Law)?

We all know about Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations that all businesses must adhere to. You’ve heard of Labour Law and the regulations surrounding employment conditions both for the protection of the employee as well as the employer. Since March 2020 we have all been made very aware of the regulations pertaining to COVID-19 that all workplaces are required to adhere to, particularly for the return to site post-lockdown, as we grapple with the very real need to keep everyone safe from the contagious virus but simultaneously ensure that the economy can function. Whether your business is based in a warehousing facility in the Western Cape, or in a high-rise building in Sandton, the formula is the same: there are workplace regulations to which each business must adhere.

Who interprets these regulations, ensures that no contravention takes place, guides compliance, and ultimately sees to it that employers are acting according to the law, and that employees adhere to COVID-19 regulations? Someone who understands the legal frameworks: the BCom graduate who has specialised in Law. Holding a BCom in Law does not make you a lawyer, but the programme does prepare you with a well-rounded knowledge of the South African legal system, various fields of law, the relationship between the fields of law, and the impact of legal principles and rules on commercial activity and broader society. Moreover, the qualification offers an integrated knowledge of the underlying principles, legal instruments, concepts, and procedures of South African Mercantile Law, as well as the ability to apply such knowledge in commercial contexts. The BCom Law includes modules such as: Intellectual Property Law, Environmental Law, Insolvency Law, Law of Property, Contract Law, Cyber Law, etc. If your goal is to enter the courtroom or to practice law full-time, the degree for you is an LLB, offered over a minimum of four years as an undergraduate qualification in South Africa. Graduating with a BCom specialising in Law does ensure that you could fill general management positions, important liaison positions with the external legal team, as well as more specialised roles such as: Contract Manager, ISO (International Standards Organisation) Compliance Officer, Risk Identification and Compliance Officer, or Physical Asset Manager and many more exciting vocations. This qualification is also recognised by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) as Generic under all Categories and Sub-Categories for occupational/professional purposes. The FCSA is the market conduct regulator of financial institutions that provide financial products and financial services, financial institutions that are licensed in terms of a financial sector law, including banks, insurers, retirement funds and administrators, and market infrastructures.

The world of work has changed and candidates with multi-faceted skillsets are extremely valuable in the workplace. As a successful BCom Law graduate you offer both business and legal knowledge – a potent combination of talents. Your future dreams don’t end here: further study after completing a BCom Law is not only possible, but can take the form of postgraduate studies in many commercial fields (for example Management, Business Administration, Corporate Governance, Leadership, Risk Management, Finance, Investments, Taxation, etc.) or take the form of legal specialisation. Your interest in commerce, business and the law might be a relatively new one today as you choose your first degree: imagine having the choice to pursue the avenue that best suits you once you have experienced the subjects’ content. It’s really all about your individualised learning journey and ensuring that you are afforded the best education possible, as well as the widest range of options for future study or entry into the workplace.

Don’t limit yourself: by choosing the BCom Law you are picking a future of options and dreams. You deserve to have a big vision for yourself, and Boston will partner with you on your journey from day 1.

Chat to a training advisor on 011 551 2000 or visit www.boston.co.za for more info.

Lockdown makes us feel letdown

On behalf of Boston City Campus

Finding it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings? Finding it difficult to fall asleep at night? Doesn’t really make sense, does it? We feel so tired yet when our heads hit the pillow anxiety switches on like a light!  In light of our environment, all this does make sense. We are starting to experience the effects of the heavy burden of Lockdown, the responsibility we have for our own and others’ health, and the bad news we see when we switch on media outlets. Our exhaustion is becoming debilitating, because we have tried to overcome so many challenges for so long, and still there is no end in sight. In truth, a lot of our symptoms are similar to those of depression, and in some, it may lead to a full clinical depression.

Remember when our president said Lockdown for three weeks? Well, that was around a third of a year ago! Our anxiety is brought about by stressors including working from home, finances, unemployment, managing children, and homework, worrying about parents and neighbours. Usually meeting with friends helps lighten our stress, but in social isolation, our stress loads increase dramatically instead of being shared. Our stress is wearing us down.

What does this result in? We snap at our loved ones, we become forgetful, we cannot sleep yet we are exhausted all the time. Small tasks that were easily manageable become too big to contemplate.

“A normal academic year or workweek has breaks built-in that allows us to recharge,” says Nonhlanhla Dube of Boston City Campus. “Unfortunately with this lockdown we have had no break from the pandemic, with none in sight, and we have not been able to rest and recharge”.

Quarantine fatigue is being absolutely done with the isolation, the lack of connection, lack of routine, and loss of the sense of freedom to go about life in some pre-quarantine way that feels unrestricted; it’s being emotionally exhausted and depleted from experiencing the same day, every day.” (Jennifer Musselman,)

Nonhlanhla explains why we feel so low. “How do we punish those convicted of crimes? We isolate them from society, from their friends and family. While we remain grateful for what we have, we cannot diminish the severity of isolation as ‘punishing’. So many studies on aging, mental health, and physical health point to close relationships as an important factor in sustaining good levels of emotional and physical security. Yes, our lockdown is designed to save lives, but we suffer just the same”.

Other symptoms aside from sleep disturbance are drinking in excess, eating less or more, withdrawing, not only from family but even from people texting you, and an inability to focus on daily or work activities.

Nonhlanhla mentions her top 10 tips to combat quarantine fatigue:

  1. Watch how you speak to your inner self. Find positive mantras and say them out loud, stop all self-criticism.
  2. Create routine and structure in your day, set an alarm, and get up out of bed when it rings.
  3. Get outdoors.
  4. Make ‘phone-dates’ with your friends. Reschedule your regular coffees, including with colleagues that you used to bump at coffee time in the kitchen.
  5. Eat healthy foods, at regular mealtimes. Learn to work on the laptop or watch TV without snacking.
  6. Don’t think about what we had expected from the year, rather focus on how you have to amend your goals and what you have to do to achieve them.
  7. If you have been retrenched, jump into reskilling as soon as possible. Make networking and job searching your new job.
  8. Tale LONG breaks from social media.
  9. Grow something. Get seeds and create a vegetable or herb garden, outdoors, or on your windowsill.
  10. Don’t lose hope. We are evolving and adapting, stay along for the ride, and work towards positive outcomes.

Interested in upskilling? Visit www.boston.co.za, email info@boston.co.za for a call back, or call 011 551 2000.

Make a career out of Networking

A network specialist connects all the company’s computers, between offices and sites to enable them to communicate with one another. They hook them up to the Internet and configuring all internal systems such as routers, switches, and firewalls. The position usually spills over into some operating systems administration work, but “basically, it’s a plumbing job,” says one specialist. Configuring a start-up Web company is a pretty easy network design job; most of these companies have a small staff and only one location. But if you work for a major bank, for example, the network is incredibly complicated with tiers and tiers of network specialists on site. A network engineer‘s job is “ a logistical job; you have to be able to think your way through problems and understand how everything works,” says Asher Raphunga of Boston City Campus IT department.  A typical day demands atypical hours; network specialists usually work off-hours when they’re trying stuff out and setting up systems, otherwise, they tend to turn off the server at the wrong time and screams can be heard throughout the buildings – or now that some work from home – throughout our homes!. Techies are most likely always on call. But networking is really only glamorous to people in the field.

Asher says that network specialists install, configure, and test computer hardware and configure networking and operating system software. They are responsible for implementing security measures for the protection of data, software, and hardware. Computer specialists recommend changes to improve systems and network configurations, determining the hardware or software requirements that may be related to such changes.

Computer Network Engineer Job Requirements

Asher believes that knowledge of network equipment, devices, and technologies is essential for success in this job. “That means you need to know about the hardware as well as the software. Qualifications such as the CompTIA Network+ or CISCO CCNA, offered at Boston, as well as the Diploma in Network Systems, will arm you with the best skills set”.

Critical thinking, logic, communication, and problem-solving are traits that are required to pursue this career successfully. It’s all about perseverance—being able to sit in front of a problem until you solve it. And of course, customer service and patience!

Associated Careers

“I started out as a systems Unix administrator, then moved to a network specialist, then switched to being a programmer, and now I’m managing a company and handling business development,” says one former network professional. The same thinking that makes for a talented network engineer applies well to programming, systems administration, and other sorts of fields employing logic, like engineering. Qualified computer professionals can project manage, become company directors, or sit down and write a programme for online sales. It’s a unique industry where once you have the skills, you can move comfortably around the company in any job”.

New developments in Cloud Computing have opened new career paths for Network Specialists, utilising and applying their networking skills in an internet environment.

Network Specialists often have the potential to be promoted to senior level and may focus extensively on specialty areas such as design, performance optimization, or network security. Salaries for Network specialists are excellent. Many of the top-paying jobs within the IT field are in Network Engineering. Several of the Highest Paying Certifications in Information Technology are within the Networking realm.

Companies Hiring Network Specialists/ Engineers

It seems like everyone is hiring Network Engineers these days! Some of the larger companies that currently have openings include:

Contact boston.co.za for more info in the IT courses or call 011 551 2000.

 

Ref: www.jobsearchtech.about.com

Masterminding service and product pathways – a career in logistics.

‘The growth in the importance of logistics and supply chain management has grown in an exponential way,’ says Ruan Venter, Registrar at Boston City Campus. ‘In any industry goods need to be sourced, bought, stored and dispatched. This is even more important in a digitally run business. And with the current pandemic, online orders have soared as customers avoid stores. Efficient and effective management of all these processes remains critical to maintaining a reputation and brand in the business world.”

Ruan goes on to say that graduates who are equipped with a comprehensive and integrated knowledge of logistics will have doors open to them.

‘In the retail sector there are elements that must be almost perfect in order to remain competitive and efficient. These include customer relationship management, pricing, timing and delivery,’ he explains. ‘It makes sense then that logistics and supply chain management are critical competencies that contribute to creating customer satisfaction.

‘Delivering products/services at the promised time; place; cost, and in the agreed upon quantity and quality keeps the wheels turning in this business and career.’

So what does a job in logistics entail? The logistics sector ensures that goods are available to consumers when and where they need them. When you register (online) at Boston, a chain is set in motion to ensure you get your academic material, notes , text books, registration pack  – all at the right time and the right place – we have over 45 branches so this must be done right! Logisticians oversee important phases of a product’s life, including allocation, distribution, and delivery.

The demand for logistics is currently at an all-time high, so if you hope to find steady, high-paying work, this might be the career for you.

  1. Job growth
    Logistics is a rapidly expanding field that experienced growth even in the height of the recession. Now, the field is even more promising. As the economy experiences a downturn, retail spaces close, and online markets have increased. Therefore so does the need for logistics managers.
  2. There is a relatively low barrier to entry
    Logistics offers job-seekers the opportunity to secure well-paying work without an advanced degree.
  3. Opportunities exist for promotion within logistics and within the company
    Upper management jobs will be available – make sure you can take advantage by continuing your studies and skills upgrades.
  4. Work close to home.

Since warehouses require large spaces, many will be found outside of the very industrial or urban areas where rent is costly, and may be situated closer to residential areas.

  1. Specialise in an industry
    Within the field of logistics, candidates can choose an industry that they enjoy such as medical, retail or books. Places of employment also can vary from big corporations, small business, and not-for-profit organisations.
  2. Personal development of broad-based skills
    Many logistics practitioners remain in the field for a sustained time, but others use the skills they’ve gained to move into other fields. Transferrable skills that will be developed in the field of logistics include forecasting, workflow optimisation, general management, and financial planning.

The Boston Higher Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management will enable graduates to operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows based applications; Understand the implications of basic accounting and value analysis in the reduction and possible elimination of total cost of operations in an organisation: Apply different stock and materials management technologies in order to offer best service to both internal and external stakeholders: understand different sources of vendor information: apply logistics and procurement principles to manage forecasting and time.

Although steady employment and high pay may entice many individuals to find alternative careers from supply chain management, most choose to remain in the field because they find their work so rewarding.

From more details on a career in logistics call the Boston call centre on 011 551 2000, visit us on Facebook, or visit www.boston.co.za.

 

Source https://online.jwu.edu/blog/reasons-to-choose-supply-chain-management

BCom Human Resource Management: A Modern Approach to People-Management

A Modern Approach to People-Management

Dr. Hendrik Botha
Head of Institution

By Dr Hendrik Botha and Dr Janet Viljoen

Picture this: you are the Human Resource Manager at a small, Silicon-valley style tech start-up in Cape Town. You might rollerblade between your office and the canteen to take ‘stock’ with a colleague over a cup of coffee. Your role as HR specialist will primarily revolve around understanding the needs of the start-up so as to actively recruit the most qualified and tech-savvy individuals who can realise the company’s dream (vision and goals) while fitting into the culture perfectly.

It is a new dawn for Human Resource (HR) Management: no longer is “HR” only about personnel administration and “hiring and firing”. Today’s modern HR Manager is pivotal to the company’s strategic success, is fully involved in talent management, coaching, organisational development and is a leader in the creation of the organisation’s culture. The HR specialist is responsible for specifically delegated statutory and management advice, building teams of talent within the organisation and inspiring employee empowerment. The person who holds this position is enthusiastic, people-focussed, and participates in – and is inspired by – the strategic goals of the organisation. Stephen Hawking has been credited with noting that in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, “only the most caring, creative and supervisory roles will remain of importance”: in other words, the human element that does remain will become ever-more valuable and important to the overall business venture.

Another scene: you are part of the Human Resource Management team for a multinational with offices on every continent. You are used to taking calls at odd hours of the morning given the time difference between your base in Johannesburg and the headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. Your role includes oversight of legal compliance for all talent recruitment and appointment, but equally important is your team’s role in maintaining healthy employee-employer relations, cross-continentally.

Boston’s brand-new programme offering is the Bachelor of Commerce specialising in Human Resource Management (BCom HRM). It has been designed with the needs of tomorrow’s economy in mind, and it boasts bespoke modules that have been informed by careful research into the modern role of the Human Resource specialist: HR as strategic partner, employee advocate, and champion for change. Today’s HR Manager is situated front and centre of the executive team and it is to this specialist that leadership will turn for advice and business solutions that make best use of the most important resource the company has to offer: its talent.

It would be fair to say that the modern BCom graduate who holds a specialisation in HR is multi-talented. Not only have you assimilated the fundamental commercial acumen that the BCom degree offers you, but you’ve added to that a layer of crisp, clear people-management, understanding of team dynamics, and the management of metrics associated with performance goals. The foundation of a BCom degree is modules including Strategic Management, Financial Management, Economics, Business Ethics, Research Methods and Project Management. Boston’s core set of BCom modules included in the BCom HRM have a proven track record, with a supportive team of educators and exceptional learning material backing your journey toward successful graduation and entry into the workplace. To this we add the exciting modules specific to developing tomorrow’s Human Resource Manager, including Workplace Psychology, International HRM, Performance & Reward Management Systems, Human Resource Analytics, Employee Relations and Labour Law, and Organisational Development & Skills Administration.

What role do you see yourself playing in an organisation once you have graduated? Do you dream of positively influencing organisational culture, ensuring that individuals’ wellbeing is prioritised alongside their productivity? Have you ever dreamed of combining your love of all things commercial with your ability to engage people? This is the perfect qualification to prepare you for a role that is at once people-centred, and business-focussed. Ever wondered if you could combine your BCom with your ability to social influence? This is your opportunity.

Start your higher education journey today. You do not need to wait to “see what happens with COVID-19”. Rest assured that Boston has implemented the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the national regulations in place for Higher Education Institutions. In keeping with our student-centred approach to education, we are committed to ensuring, as new regulations become live at the different risk-assessment levels of national government, that we maintain clear communication channels with our students across various media platforms. Boston has also implemented several interventions to support the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) commitment to “Save the Academic Year, Save Lives.”

The journey doesn’t end with your BCom HRM… that is merely the beginning of your adventure into the fast moving space that is the modern business-place. Further study is possible after completing your BCom HRM and the options are endless – your choices include postgraduate programmes in many commercial specialities such as Management, Corporate Governance or Leadership as examples, or deeper specialisation in Human Resource Management such as Labour Relations, etc. Don’t limit your vision: the step you take to apply today and register to start in July could be the first step toward your MBA degree.

Africa is ready for a new crop of leaders. Boston is ready to partner with you!

Chat to a training advisor on 011 551 2000 or visit www.boston.co.za for more info