Virus halts academic programmes – but not at Boston!

Virus halts academic programmes – but not at Boston! – these are headlines we have all become used to seeing in South Africa – in the space of three days panic has set and changes life as we know it. Aside from panic buying that has emptied shelves, the other major discussion is learning how to home-school, both for school kids as well as university-level students and lecturers.

While the majority of high schools and institutions have cancelled school altogether while they scramble to make plans for technology-based education in the face of a continued and length phase of “stay home please” from the government, Boston City Campus finds itself in the ideal position to have an uninterrupted flow of education, supervision and tutor input.

Our learning methodology for well over 10 years has been technology-based, we’re not ‘experimenting’ because of Covid-19 – we have perfected this methodology to the extent that we have raised pass rates and achieved unheard-of levels of customer satisfaction.

So, what does Boston offer that works so well, especially in times of #PleaseStayHome?

  • Online lectures – live contact with educators, regular assessments
  • Study where you want to, when you want to.
  • Work at your own pace. What are the benefits of this?
    • Never miss a lecture.
    • Consistent content for the whole of South Africa, with experienced lecturers.

Boston originally developed Technology-based training as we found that this is the overall best methodology not only to reach students but to teach them. Why?

  • The internet keeps their interest
  • They socialise and communicate with the internet.
  • They “think” in technology.
  • The best way for us to transfer knowledge to them is through technology
  • Technology is interactive
  • We can continually assess and monitor their progress.
  • Alerts supervisor when a student needs assistance.
  • Allows learners from different backgrounds, different home languages, different skills and interests to learn the same consistent content.
  • Ensures the consistency and quality of educators.

Students can now comfortably plan the remainder of their studies and remain on track with their weekly teaching & learning requirements as set out in the Boston tuition plans provided to them at the beginning of the semester.

Boston Academic Head Office in Stellenbosch, however, realises that despite the ability for ongoing education, this pandemic has caused social panic and confusion and have therefore revised due dates of assessments. This allows students time to plan intervals for studying from their textbooks, drafting their assignments, working on the self-assessment questions & exercises. In turn, this change enables students to plan when and where, if they wish to do so, to go online to catch up on their video lectures and online interactions.  They have allowed for time for a student to focus on or attend to their family needs for a while.

As always, our Educators will remain available online via email, Skype or telephone to support our students.

Boston’s offerings include Postgraduate; Higher Certificates, Diplomas, and Degree Programmes Short Learning Programmes; Digital Learning Badges; Occupational Qualifications. We are Industry Recognised and are experts in our state of the art technology-based training. This has always allowed for flexible, Full-Time and Part-Time study options including provision for Distance Learning. To further assist students, courseware and Text-books are included in tuition fees. Our message is: “Life happens! And, in our current global environment, we can’t control or predict what lies around the corner. So let’s work together, assist others where we can, and all aspire to achieve our goals.”

 

 

Do we need a Degree?

Is a degree a stamp of job security?

The future of work won’t be only about degrees, experience or status – it will be about job skills and interpersonal skills.  What do the stats tell us? According to Ari Katz, CEO of Boston City Campus, an American survey results show that 93 percent of freelancers with a four-year degree say skills training was useful versus 79 percent who say their higher education was useful to the work they do now. Sixty-five percent of children entering primary school will end up in jobs that don’t yet exist,(World Economic Forum). For all graduates and employees, it means that we need to investigate new skills in all industries such as can be found in the Boston occupational and information technology offerings.

Katz says that entrepreneurs have a head start as they put more value on skills training.  In addition, entrepreneurs are more likely to participate in lifelong learning.

Rapid technological change, combined with rising education costs, have made our traditional higher-education system an increasingly difficult path for students to afford and manage.

Degrees are still considered stamps of professional competency. They tend however to raise expectations of the employee when he reaches the workplace, and herein arises the myth of no work for graduates. Katz explains, “There is a tendency for graduates to turn down a job or leave when asked to complete or participate in jobs that they consider ‘menial’ or ‘labour-intensive’.  Degrees also tend to create a false sense of security, perpetuating the illusion that work — and the knowledge it requires — is static”.

A World Economic Forum report found that “in many industries and countries, the most in-demand occupations or specialties did not exist 10 or even five years ago, and the pace of change is set to accelerate.” “What does this mean for us?” says Katz? It means we have to adopt the concept of lifelong learning – whether we are doctors, bookkeepers or IT technicians”.

It is therefore imperative that we encourage more upskilling options to thrive without our current overreliance on degrees as proof of ability. All people who hope to be employed or who are already employed need to upskill in the 4th Industrial revolution thinking.

Katz maintains that the future of work is about flexibility and adaptability, about willingness to learn and grow. And no one profession can ever insulate us from the unpredictability of technological progression and disruption.

Jobs website Glassdoor listed “15 more companies that no longer require a degree,” including tech giants such as Apple, IBM, and Google. “Increasingly,” Glassdoor reported, “there are many companies offering well-paying jobs to those with non-traditional education or a high-school diploma.”

New non-traditional education options are found freely on the internet. While campus students used to be focused on a particular profession, they have now broadened demand and understanding that they need to operate in a free market economy with strong competition. To remain competitive they must be able to compete on many levels. They need an understanding of books and accounting, even if they are creatives. A recent article quoted a dad who earns extra working as a DJ by night. Not only that, he has designed outerwear that promotes his DJ brand as well as serves as an additional source of income. We need to be open to new ideas, lateral thinking, creativity, but still with an understanding of the business knowledge that a degree gives us, as well as the doors that it will open. Often laser-focused on the most in-demand skills, would-be students can now enrol in campus-based, project-focused institutions, or online programs such as e-learning sites like Boston Connect.

The fastest-growing segment of the workforce — freelancers such as the Dad above— have realized more than most that education doesn’t stop. It’s a lifelong process.

 

Visit www.boston.co.za or www.bostonconnect.co.za

 

Cloud Computing

As we progress at a rapid pace into the fourth industrial revolution, it has become increasingly critical to understand how to make use of the vast computing resources available on the Cloud to adapt to changing business needs. The days of creating and servicing internal Information Technology infrastructures are rapidly fading in the wake of Virtual Computer infrastructures to make IT environments more flexible, scalable and affordable. What is Cloud Computing? “The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.”

This course on Virtual Computing will equip you with not only the knowledge to understand the most fundamental Cloud computing concepts, but also provide a physical practical exposure to configure a variety of Virtual Computing technologies such as Oracle VirtualBox, VMware Workstation, Microsoft Hyper-V and more. As a cloud computing consultant you can offer your services to a company, with the unique selling point that “a high-performing private cloud can help cut up to 60% of operational expenses”.

Boston prepares people, whether new to the workplace or employed in an industry, to offer services in Cloud Computing and its configuration, set-up, and networking, to any large or small to medium enterprise.

Course Layout:

·       Introduction to Virtual Computing

·       Working with Oracle VM VirtualBox 5

·       Working with VMware Workstation 12 Pro

·       Data Center Virtualization and Cloud Computing

·       Working with Microsoft Hyper-V

·       Working with Virtual Machine Manager

·       Working with VMware vSphere

·       Implementing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

·       Introduction to Cloud Computing

The online structure of this course provides guided access to live server environments for configuring Virtual Computing platforms from anywhere. No dedicated hardware or software required!

Use the knowledge and skills gained in this course to effectively function as a:

·       Cloud Solutions Technician

·       Cloud Technology Consultant

·       Data Center Support Technician

·       Virtual Systems Administrator

Duration: The course can be completed in 70 hours or less over a time period of one-year flexible self-paced learning. Students can attend online as either full time or part-time learners.

Call Boston now to register 011 551 9000.

 

A Broad Based BCom gives you the edge in business.

“Opportunities don’t happen. You create them,” says Chris Grosser. I believe this quote to be 100% authentic as it truly illustrates my personal journey with Boston. So, says Oriellah Davis, BCom graduate of Boston City Campus. “After school, there are so many opportunities staring students straight in the face, however, there always is that daunting question about “What it is you really want to do after school?” How many of us really have the answer to that question? I’m guessing not many. It is because of that daunting question that I found myself enrolling at Boston to begin my tertiary schooling career, and although having no clue as to what it was I wanted I was able to find it through my educational journey at Boston”

Oriellah continues that no matter where you stand on the academic scale, “I found that by doing my BCom degree in Management Marketing that it was an outstanding way for me to secure my future endeavours, whatever they were to be. I think when it comes to getting a job, it’s all about your interpretation of how you can make all those years of theoretical studying into something practical. I really felt that Boston gave me that chance. They very much encouraged me to work hard and follow my passion. As I began to study more and more, I realised that there was so much room to implement the theories and concepts I had learned in my textbooks into real-life situations”.

Oriellah continues saying that she is so grateful to Boston as “I had the opportunity to work for 3.5 years and study my BCom simultaneously. In October 2019 I was offered my first Marketing Internship at a Digital Marketing Agency called CBR Marketing. Its truly been an unbelievably fulfilling experience for me and I hope that all those other hard-working graduates get to experience the same feelings that I was able to experience.”

Nonhlanhla Dube, counsellor at Boston, says that “B.Com. Graduates are preferred in the H.R. Department in all areas of Corporate Sector, Tourism, Hospitals, and Hotel Industry —because they have the fundamental knowledge of finance, marketing, operations and systems, budgeting and business planning.”

Commerce graduates having studied marketing and marketing management can also look at positions in management, consultation, product management, market research, and public relations — in the Promotional and Advertising Sectors.

Banking is an option for graduates of BCom Management Marketing and the Bachelor of Accounting. Bankers are now involved in customer services, investments, advice and more. Do you enjoy dealing with numbers daily? Can you take the pressure? Consider stockbroking. There are a whole lot of people involved in the field including the dealing room, the operations, compliance, research, and sales. The Insurance Sector is an area with almost unlimited potential. The Insurance Industry is emerging as one of the largest employers in the country today. Commerce graduates will also find profitable openings in this field as agents or in other capacities.

Start generating ideas and let your mind be open to all possibilities. Entrepreneurship is about initiative, imagination, flexibility, creativity and the capacity to see change as an opportunity. Commerce graduates are well suited to entrepreneurial opportunities as they will need the ability to plan and act with a financial background.

Nonhlanhla concludes that commerce graduates gain good employment prospects. “The choice is yours, look at all the opportunities, ask questions and seek advice. There is almost no area of business today where your analytical, accounting, marketing, and H.R. skills cannot be used.  No other degree has the advantage you have in the job market. You will learn a variety of subjects and develop skills best suited for today’s globalised business requirements”.

Call 011 551 2000. www.boston.co.za

SA institution aligns itself for graduate placement and alignment with corporate SA

Are SA graduates more likely to find employment?

According to the latest stats released by Stats SA for Q1 2019, unemployment impacts most heavily on South Africa’s youth in the 15 -24 age group, with the youth in this age group experiencing an unemployment rate of 55.2 %.  Graduates fared better than their non-graduate peers, with an unemployment rate of 31,0% during this period.   However, compared to the graduate unemployment rate of 19.5% for Q4 of 2018, the graduate unemployment rate increased 11,4 percentage points quarter-on-quarter.

“However, as Stats SA points out, the graduate unemployment rate is still lower than the rate among those with lower educational levels, meaning that education remains key to these young people’s prospects’ improving in the South African labour market,” states Ari Katz, CEO of Boston City Campus..

Graduation emerges as the best indicator of successful employment in the workplace.  This is evident when comparing the statistics of youth in the 15 – 24 year old category with an unemployment rate of graduates at 31 % while youths who have other tertiary qualifications, a matric and less than a matric have an unemployment rate of 47,5%, 55%, and 58,4%,  respectively,” states Katz.

Stats SA reports that the burden of unemployment is concentrated amongst the youth (aged 15–34 years), accounting for 63,4% of the total number of unemployed persons.

This means that almost 4 in 10 young people in the labour force are without a job, with the unemployment rate within this group at 39,6% in the 1st quarter of 2019. Just under 30% of the youth have jobs and about half of them (48,8%) participate in the labour market.

“Education levels, a stable economy and labour market are key factors which can contribute to alleviating unemployment in South Africa.  In turn, this will enable households to achieve economic stability,” says Katz.

Using these stats as motivation, Boston Has created a unique programme in the education market. Called Graduate Support Services, it includes a process to follow starting at the graduate’s branch and following through the HOD of the support programme. “The intention is to provide a number of practical steps for the graduate to follow, hand-holding if you will, to assist the graduate step by step to eventual successful job placement. “ In fact “, says Katz, “ we believe in this programme, together with our quality education to such an extent, that should the graduate who has adhered to all our T’s and C’s and all our recommendations and still not find a successful placement, we will give the graduate a postgraduate scholarship.”

According to a 2018 World Bank Report Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa: An Assessment of Drivers, Constraints, and Opportunities; a higher level of education of the household head and having access to stable labor market income,  are key determinants for households to achieve economic stability in South Africa.

“Living in a household where the head has attained some tertiary education reduces the average risk of poverty by about 30 percent compared to those living in households where the head has no schooling,” says the report which states that poverty also tends to be a more temporary phenomenon for those with higher labor market earnings.

“The World Bank’s report emphasis on education, echoes that of Stats SA,” says Katz.  “Supporting opportunities to provide tertiary education is the responsibility of government and all educational institutions.  Additionally, tertiary educational institutions need to implement specific programmes such as the Boston Graduate Support Services Programme, which facilitate graduate’s employment in the workplace.”

“Our youth need to be equipped to maximise workplace opportunities.  As educators we can further equip them with entrepreneurial skills, where our graduates are groomed in leadership, enabling them to start new businesses while contributing to the creation of new employment opportunities which sets up a virtuous cycle of job creation,” concludes Katz.

A Students letter to Boston

Dear Janine

I trust you are doing well.

I would like to thank you and the staff of the Boston City Campus Rosebank branch for all the support you have given to me over the years during my studies.

I highly appreciate the effort, guidance, and support. This has driven me every step of the way to ensure that I meet my own expectations and successfully complete my studies! I would definitely recommend the institute as the best in its class and amongst the new digital age of studying. Boston is well organised and structured, such as the finer detail in sending reminder timetables for exams or assignments to students…this helped me!

As a working mom with a family and being full time employed, I was quite anxious when I just started my studies…and wondered how I would cope with the pressure and stress of juggling everything and needless to say, my experience to date was awesome! The flexibility, online video tutorials, and support from tutors was excellent. Not only did this help me cope better, but it also gave me the discipline, drive, and motivation that I needed whenever I had to prepare for exams or complete an assignment. I managed my time more effectively, and this gave me the best structure and routine to work-life balance, raising a family, managing a busy career and educating myself by accomplishing my goals faster than anticipated! On a much more personal note, I have to thank you and your staff at the Boston Rosebank branch for always motivating me and giving me the telephonic support whenever I had queries during my studies! I felt that Boston was a part of my family!

Have a lovely festive season and holiday break!

Kind regards

Haseenah

UP-AND-COMING Local Model Secures Spot For IMTA New York 2020

UP-AND-COMING Local Model Secures Spot For IMTA New York 2020

Up and coming model, and Boston Graduate, Thabang Khatide receives a door opening callback at the International Arts Talent Showcase 2019, and is now set to tackle New York next year.

Pretoria— Nov  2019

Raised in his hometown of Mamelodi, Thabang Khatide is a young aspiring model, looking to enter into the industry as not just a “chocolate hunk” but someone who is unique and full of humility and character! Having studied Management at the Boston Lynwood Campus, Thabang is free to pursue a career in modeling secure in the knowledge that he has business skills to open more employment opportunities.

“I’ve always been urged to pursue modeling. So I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a shot,” he says.  Early June, Thabang auditioned for ‘Just You’ agency (now newly known as 33 and Me Talent Agency) and not only walked away with a callback but also with certificates for Overall Model and Overall Brand.

The above mentioned callback propelled him further to the Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp for the International Arts Talent Showcase (IATS) to strut the runway stage for and in front of the likes of Blaze Johnson (The Voice America) , Nate Butler (A&R-X Factor and ‘The Four’ on Fox) , Rhavynn Drummer ( Independent Casting Director – Tyler Perry Studios) Joey Zangardi-Dixon ( Director of Musical of Musical Theatre recruitment at the New York Film Academy) and Joey Hunter (Vice president of Modelwire and former co-president of Ford Model Management ).

Thabang Khatide has now a massive opportunity to head to the International Model and Talent Association (IMTA) convention in New York JULY 2020.

Between now and then, he is currently a part of the Face of Arts Africa ambassador search. With the updated Top 100 soon to be released, (and Thabang siting at number 34!), the whole point of the ambassador search is for upcoming artists to gain exposure. More often than not, there is just too little recognition of upcoming artists (models, singers, dancers, actors and more) and the Face of Arts Africa search is aimed at rectifying just that.

Between now and New York, there is much funding still needed to be raised. Any and all donations would be humbly appreciated. “Help me make my dream a reality. The IMTA Convention in NYC presents itself as the most profound basket of opportunity to tap into, to potentially get scouted and attain scholarships by any of over 300 professional representatives of different agencies and companies across many arts.”

To keep in touch with Thabang’s journey into the industry and to assist in helping his dream become a reality you can follow and interact with him on Instagram @thabangthabskhatide and via email thabangkhatide@gmail.com. He is also crowdfunding on www.backabuddy.co.za/thabang-khatide

A Students Letter to Boston

Hi Di

As discussed in person, it was so lovely to see you again after the birth of my little one, and catch up on the past few months we haven’t touched base. I was so excited to share with you my incredible experience with Boston, having mentioned this to my colleagues. My company has a strong focus on training and development of staff and have, beyond generously, invested in me to further my studies with Boston. They have given me an incredible opportunity to achieve my academic dreams of qualifying with a B Com Degree and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have selected to do this course with you.

Since work is funding my degree, I have had many conversations with and shared with my HR Department, and specifically my Training and Development Manager, about my fantastic experience I have had to study through Boston City Campus. I explained to her, when asked about my experience, how the communication, support, course content and just all-round professional and flexible structure of the courses are. The always-willing-to-help culture that I experience when dealing with yourself or anyone I have need to at your institute, has been so vital to my success as a student requiring extra support. The support and assistance I get from Boston are just phenomenal.

It is not an easy thing to take on, to study via correspondence, while juggling careers and family responsibilities already, with students like myself who have full time jobs, being a Mom and wife too, the incredible assistance from the Boston team and flexibility of everyone I have dealt with within Boston, has been the key aspect to me being able to go back to university again and achieve what I set my mind and heart to.

From the lecturers and educators, with clear guidelines, revision and preparations for exams, to the fantastic administrative staff and tools provided such as Colcampus allowing us as students to work and study from anywhere. These platforms enable me to communicate with fellow students and educators so easily. I really feel I have such a strong support system to get through this course while holding my other responsibilities. Boston is so organised, reliable, and well run, I always feel guided and informed.

My experience, coupled with the conversation we had in 2015, are my reasons for sharing how wonderful being a Boston student has been. Meeting you at the La Lucia Career Fair is the reason I even had the strength to consider the possibility to come back and be a student again at 34 years old. You made me believe I could. And now I wish to inspire my other colleagues to believe they too could further their studies. I think back to all those years ago when I met you, and even though it took me years to finally decide to do it, I enrolled last year, and look at today, where I have finished my first year as a B Com student and couldn’t be more grateful to you. I could have never done any of it without you, and the support of Annie, Serena and the wonderful staff of the Boston Umhlanga Support Centre, who have all been an integral part in the reason I completed my first year, and leave me inspired to continue to achieve my dreams.

Thank you Di, your encouragement and guidance to be the best I can be have truly changed my life and I feel I can take on the next few years as a student, employee, mom and wife, with the fantastic support and education I will receive from Boston. I can’t wait for the day we get to celebrate my graduation together. 😊

My sincerest regards and utmost gratitude to you always,
Kellie

A Students Letter to Boston

To Boston.

It was five years ago, at the age of 40, that I decided to finally realize a life-long ambition to get a tertiary education. This wasn’t a random decision or something that I decided to do after a dream one night. This decision came after a particularly bad bout with depression that almost killed me. I spent two weeks in a hospital after that episode and this is where the decision was made. I was going to get that diploma. No more excuses and no more quitting. I was going to do it and that was that.

But before I go any further I have to explain that this letter isn’t about me finishing college. Right now I have three modules remaining. I will complete them. No doubt about that. Instead, this letter is about my experience as a student. Or, to put it more accurately, as a student of Boston CityCollege. I say this because I honestly feel that I would never have got the same amount of time, respect and encouragement at any other institution.

Attending a college as a 40-year-old where the other students were half your age is quite an adaunting experience but I took a deep breath and made the leap. Next was to find the time to study full-time. I’m a member of the Department of Correctional Services and work a ten-day on and four days off cycle. I applied for a fulltime night shift post which was thankfully approved. My life for the next five years was to work at night and study in the day. On top of this, I had to maintain a marriage. Again, not an easy task but I’m still at it.

I look back now and think of all the hardships. I think of the times I honestly felt that I was losing my mind. Exhaustion crept in and so did the depression. At times I really wasn’t an easy person to be around and sometimes innocent people got the worst of it. There are a few students and even staff members that can tell you about this. I had to bow my head a lot of times and ask for forgiveness. Each and every time I was forgiven. Boston College staff are really professional and young people can be so understanding. I’m really grateful for this and I’ll never forget it.

The years swept by and I managed to pass each and every exam and now I’m almost done. But when I think about it, I actually wish it wouldn’t end. I grew attached to Boston. I grew attached to the staff and students and also made some truly remarkable friendships. Bonds were formed and some were lost. You see time moves forward and when you have a goal you have to keep moving forward. This means you have to say goodbye to a lot of people. They have their own goals and their own directions to move in and they have to be allowed to do so.

From what I’ve experienced I feel that I’ve truly given myself a gift. A gift of learning and growing.I’m 45 now, and I’ve learned more in these five years than an entire lifetime. These years were truly remarkable years. I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve learned about others. I’ve met so many young people that stood out. Young people that were so powerful and so far beyond their years. Most of them were almost totally oblivious of these amazing qualities. I guess it was some of that innocence that made them even more remarkable. I miss a lot of them, those that had to move on. But I know that wherever they are they stand out even more. Products of higher learning. Products of Boston.

My one hope is that every young person should go through what I’ve been through. To go through this important and necessary phase and experience all of its benefits. Hopefully, those that do will see this world differently. Through opened eyes. Through enlightened eyes.

My time will come to leave you, Boston. I know I will never forget the warmth and joy of learning that you shared with me. I know I will never forget the time I spent with you.

Thank you for everything.

B – Stanger Boston College