Voted Best College for 12 years running – here’s why!

Voted Best College for 12 years running – here’s why!

Deciding where and what to study are huge decisions, and at Boston we know that this decision can be quite daunting.

With over 100 different career paths, and 45 colleges, the success of Boston is shown in the high through-put rate achieved by the learners, and the high student satisfaction of students.  The unique training methodology initially employed by Boston provides equal and consistent learning opportunities for all learners, no matter their academic background. Boston’s offerings include:  Postgraduate; Higher Certificates, Diplomas, and Degrees, short Learning Programmes; Succeed at short courses and basic entry level work based Occupational Qualifications

There are many factors to consider when you choose a place of Higher Learning. We like students to create their own check list of what is important to them from their higher education institution, take the list with to each institution and investigate if they can tick off the boxes and meet their needs! We believe these should include:

  • Flexibility of study options to include online so that no crisis will disrupt studies
  • A study ‘anywhere anytime’ approach that still allows access to contact centres for use of facilities, peer discussions, access to training advisors
  • Direct and personal access to lecturers to explain material
  • Convenient location to avoid costs of student res, and allow you to stay home and contribute to the family
  • Fees are important – so find out – are my text books included and if not, how much extra will they cost?  Can I make payment arrangements for fees?
  • Very important – is the degree or diploma accredited locally? And globally recognised? Will I be able to take my studies further both locally and internationally?
  • How will the institution help prepare me for the world of work, and what assistance is given?
  • What type of history does the institution have?

Why does Boston place value on international accreditation? Anyone aspiring for a career in the corporate domain needs to have a global mindset to get a career break in the current business industry. ‘International’ is a serious concept and buzzword in today’s marketplace. It is a highly valued aspect of ones CV. Even when you operate locally, it makes you that much more attractive to your local employers. Boston was awarded accreditation as an Independent Higher Education institution with the British Accreditation Council (BAC). Boston is also a candidate for accreditation of specific programmes with the ACBSP (Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programmes), United States of America.

Boston uses a blended learning approach using technology, training advisors and educators. All Boston Higher Education and occupational qualifications are accessible online, allowing students to easily study from home/work, or at a support centre. While distance learning traditionally involved sending the learner a set of books, Boston preferred a different approach and curated online lectures in order to teach and explain text, and give over personal industry experience from the lecturers. This raises the academic success rate of students. Boston students can personally contact their lecturers should they wish.

Boston prepares students for work – it’s that simple. Whether as a business owner, an entrepreneur or an employee. The Graduate+ Programme is part of the Boston ethos of putting our students at the centre of our educational offering. Boston provides a personalised learning experience, meeting the educational and work environment needs of each student. The Graduate+ programme offers students a guarantee that should they not find work within 6 months of graduation, Boston will assist them through the CV programme in training of CV building and job interview techniques, attempt to place them in employment and/or provide them with a higher qualification for free,

Experience has shown that matching interests to a chosen career vastly increases academic and employment success. Therefore, the Career Compass was developed in order to ensure an appropriate match between interest and work. Academic as well as workplace success soars, when you are studying or working with what you love. With results available immediately from the online assessment, you can be applying for the most appropriate career within one hour!

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The power of the pandemic – digitisation of our workspaces

The power of the pandemic – digitisation of our workspaces.

An interview with Nadine Botha, Registrar Academic of Boston City Campus.

    1. How has the pandemic changed the workplace in terms of fast tracking digitisation? Imagine shifting a physical office into cyberspace. That’s what we had to do virtually overnight. Hold meetings at a digital table, share documents digitally, communicate efficiently with email and WhatsApp, and ensure products were digitised. In the case of a tertiary institute, it means lectures online, and lecturers available online too. Whatever your business, you had to make sure to continue to service your customer needs seamlessly.  We had to learn apps like Teams and Zoom.  Let’s take an example of travel agents who were simply shut down, long term. Pivoting their business was not even an option, they had to develop new businesses from the bottom up. Many have gone into sales of either their own produced goods or they have sourced goods to sell. Either way, they had to immediately become digital sales people. They had to market themselves and their product (marketing) create an online presence (branding, web design, knowing your market and how to reach them) and find a way for safe payment and delivery.
    2. What new digital skills are employees going to need in order to be able to add value in the digitised work environment? We no longer have the luxury of putting a digital skills course such as social media, web design or digital communications on our bucket list or to do list, we were thrown in the deep end and needed these skills immediately!

    Digital skills are essential skills for everyone, and also lifelong skills that need to be updated. All employees need to be computer literate, they need to be able to promote business, service and products. They need to function on LinkedIn, and all social media. They will need a combination of new skills such as social media, search engine optimisation, presentation skills and project management, together with ‘older’ skills such as marketing, brand management and reporting.

    Team leader and management skills have to be learned and adapted to remote working environments, and a way of ‘socialising’ digitally as this is an important aspect of productivity in the workplace.

    1. What is the significance of upskilling employees rather than letting them go and how can businesses go about doing that? Do what is best for your business. That is increased revenue and increased productivity. How do you achieve that?
    • Decide how you can pivot your business, based on what you have available to you, and include employees in this discussion. They have been on this pandemic journey too and they will have excellent ideas of market place demands as consumers.
    • Decide what skills will be needed to put the new business plan in action.
    • Assign roles to people,
    • Upskill the personnel.

    The advantage of upskilling existing employees is that they know your business and your product, and they are already a team who know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They will be able to work together, assign tasks, and work towards the overall success of the company rather than individual success.

    1. What are some of the new jobs demanding digital skills? Social media, online sales, web design, project management, presentation skills, communication, supply chain management and logistics, graphics, IT security, networking, A+ and N+, CCNA  (cisco certified network associate) , mobile app development
    2. How can people future proof their job or career? We used to say that IT was a career of lifelong learning, and that if you didn’t want to always be learning, that you shouldn’t do that career. We have now realised that EVERY career is lifelong learning. To future proof your career you should always be doing a new skill and a new qualification.  The fourth industrial revolution skills and traits that were already in demand before Covid19, (as seen in the skills in the Bachelor of Social Science), are more in demand than ever. These include flexibility adaptability; critical thinking, creative problem solving and people management.

     

    See short courses including mobile app development on www.boston.co.za