With good training you can go from zero to hero in business

With good training, you can go from zero to hero in business

Do you want to run your own small business, but don’t quite know where to start?

Take the idea of your product or service, combine it with some learning and you can soon be turning your business ideas into profit, says Natalie Rabson of Boston City Campus.

“Starting and running a small business is regarded as one of the best solutions to the high unemployment figures worldwide,” she comments. “While this is a great idea but it must be combined with good training and skills, as well as guidance to be able to succeed in the small business arena. Fortunately, you can easily enroll for a course in small business, as you would in any other field of work.”

Natalie recommends three specific courses in the Boston stable of commerce qualifications to get going in a successful business.

“The first one that comes to mind is the Boston short learning program for the Small Business Owner,” she says. “It can be completed within 6-9  months and gives you the basic skills you need to start running your own business or run a business on behalf of someone else. In total it contains nine different modules that lead to 48 Higher Education credits on National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 5 and 14 credits on NQF Level 6.”

The programme includes interesting topics useful skills such as Windows; word processing; spreadsheets; business management techniques; principles of entrepreneurship; integrated marketing communication; and introduction to business accounting, which covers the basic principles and procedures of accounting.

Once you complete the course, you will be able to apply the principles of general management as well as human resource management to real business situations. The course also develops your entrepreneurial and project management skills.

Boston Students learning the skills of chocolate making at The Chocolate Den, (before Lockdown!)
Boston Students learning the skills of chocolate making at The Chocolate Den, (before Lockdown!)

“The whole focus of the small business owner short learning program is to give you the necessary skills that you can put into practice from day one as a small business owner,” says Natalie. “Identifying a great business opportunity or coming up with an innovative new product is only the beginning. To go from zero to hero in business, you need real business know-how and tenacity as we have seen in the case of our great businessmen like the late Sol Kerzner in hospitality, Richard Maponya in diversified business and Mark Shuttleworth in IT”. Kerzner didn’t invent hotels; they existed for ages before he appeared on the scene. But through hard work, business ingenuity, and creativity he took hotels and hospitality to another level.  With business acumen and practical skills, start-up businesses and part-time ways to earn money can be developed into sustainable businesses. The Chocolate Den situated in Edenvale is a small business that has slowly grown in various aspects such as service and online availability. During the Corona lockdown they have offered free online training in various skills that can be used to start your OWN small business! And the ‘tools’ required can be ordered online. Excellent adaptability to not only grow their own business, but assist others to create their own small home business that can be run from home. All you need are your small business owner skills.

The other qualifications that Natalie recommends for aspirant business-owners are the Higher Certificate in Business Management Practice and the Diploma in Business Management.

The Higher Certificate in Business Management is a Boston higher education program that can be completed in one year. It covers modules that include computer literacy, business management, entrepreneurship, socioeconomics, basic accounting, industrial psychology, company law, and business communication.

The Diploma in Business Management is a three-year course on NQF level 6. It covers similar modules as the other business qualifications mentioned but goes into greater depth and has additional modules such as brand management, applied research, applied psychology, and project management.

For more information and assistance in selecting the qualification that is best suited to your career dreams, go to www.boston.co.za, or call 011-551 2000.

Looking for a New Career? Here Are The 3 Most Promising Careers of 2020

The fastest-growing careers to watch in 2020

Natalie Rabson on Behalf of Boston City Campus.

We seem to be surrounded by a heavy situation and confusing times for all South African’s. We need to remain positive and upbeat –and we have some practical ways for you.  What are the downsides of what we are experiencing? Chaos, panic and stockpiling, loss of work and loss of studies. So how do we turn this around? Consider what will be in use 24 hours a day, despite ports being closed, ban on travel and closed schools. The internet! Tech! This is where we will not only spend our time, but we can create our futures. The temptation will be to spend all the time on Netflix, but imagine if you set some aside to gain new skills? Our present and our future are all about what happens on our laptops – so make yourself valuable and learn or upgrade your career.

Due to the flexible nature of online learning, Boston has always used technology to maximize benefits to learners. These include greater knowledge retention as well as learning in your own time and your own space, and lastly of course, at your own pace. Now is the best time to take advantage of this with new 4th IR careers such as cybersecurity, data science, and project management.

Computer and mathematical occupations are growing at a rate of approximately 22% and they have one of the highest average salaries.

Thanks to expanding mobile networks, and a growing energy sector, IT professionals have an extremely favorable outlook. As big data increasingly drives commerce, the skills needed to control our vast networks of information are more valuable than ever. The demand for data scientists continues to grow.

Data Science has emerged as one of the most popular fields of the 21st Century. Companies employ Data Scientists to help them gain insights about the market and to better their products. Data Scientists work as decision-makers and are largely responsible for analysing and handling a large amount of unstructured and structured data. In order to do so, he requires various tools and programming languages for Data Science to mend the day in the way he wants.

Cybersecurity secures your future as you need to always be one step ahead of where the next breach will be. Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes.

Graphic designers’ job functions often require greater insights into the information that is presented in order to reproduce it in a visual way that the client and audience will understand. They look to improve the way information is represented, whether it be company projections or marketing a cooldrink..

Project Management as defined by the Association of Project Management as “the application of processes, methods, skills, knowledge, and experience to achieve specific project objectives according to the project acceptance criteria within agreed parameters. Project management has final deliverables that are constrained to a finite timescale and budget.  Both Project and product managers work across disciplines, taking the output of team members and integrating it into the bigger picture. One of the most notable characteristics of opportunities for project managers is their truly global nature.

If one of these fields speaks to you, there’s plenty of time to get prepped and make the switch, and use the time you have now to develop so that when we emerge from this recession you will be in the top position to offer employers up to date skills or to open your own consultancy because you will be in such high demand!  It’s never too early to get started enjoying the sense of well-being derived from promising and fulfilling work. Prepare to thrive!

Visit www.boston.co.za, or call 011 551 2000.

Reaching Out, Student Perspectives Bedfordview Shannon

Shannon Nevay, current student in Lockdown, advises on the benefits of Education, keeping up with your studies, and planning for an uncertain future:

“I am a student currently in my 3rd year of studying a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing Management via correspondence with Boston College. I have been studying via correspondence for the full length of my studies so far and it has been such a truly great experience.

As I write this, it is day 20 of the nation-wide lockdown and although many things have changed such as our ability to move around, restrictions on who we can and cannot see and trying times ahead economically, the one thing that has been a stable constant for me has been my studies. The transition into the lockdown was seamless as I have been able to continue my studies just as I was doing so before, working through course material, completing my assignments and uploading them online and being able to study for the upcoming exams. The amazing team at my Boston Bedfordview support centre have also made this change much easier as we get updates and support from all the staff. Whether this is through continued communication through WhatsApp or personal phone calls about important updates, or through the use of the online student wellness module that includes supportive and motivational articles about how each student can personally deal with this situation. Boston truly puts immense effort into taking care of their students and continuing excellence in the learning experience through trying times.

As a correspondence student myself, I believe that especially during this time, people have now gotten a much better insight into how important it can be to have the correct foundations for online learning. Boston has had this online support fully operational to support their correspondence students for years and because of that, they have been quick to transition their other students to this system so that we may all benefit from an uninterrupted learning experience during the lockdown.

In the coming months, I’m sure there will be a lot of uncertainty among people about what happens next. As someone who has been personally affected and has been left unemployed due to this pandemic, one thing I can be sure of is that continuing my studies with Boston can only improve my situation and help me as I head towards this seemingly uncertain future with hope for what is to come. I have also had more time to reflect on what I want to do in the future and am considering registering for another course with Boston after I have completed this degree. I think that now is the perfect time to register for a course for anyone who has been thinking about pursuing new career opportunities or wants to support their current career with a recognised higher certificate, diploma or degree in their field.

I know that my academic year is secure and that none of my hard work will go to waste because of all of the systems Boston is using to support their students during the lockdown, which have been working for correspondence students for years and can also support other full-time students.

I cannot express enough how helpful and professional my Boston support team has been throughout the duration of my studies, let alone during this pandemic”.

This mature attitude of Shannon’s towards her own personal circumstances and the wider environment that we all share has inspired other students and staff alike. It is a reminder our future is often uncertain, and we need to plan for unforeseen events by having goals and ambition. This virus has also been a stark reminder for all of us of the importance of developing 4th industrial revolution skills such as IT as well as flexibility and adaptability.

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