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Studying Further


In today’s extremely competitive job market, many people consider further studies in an effort to boost their careers, broaden their horizons, or improve their chances of landing a promotion.


A college diploma is generally the minimum education required for a career as a technician. However, a degree can expose individuals to the most current technologies and improve chances of employment upon completion.


The first half of the year is almost over and that means vacation time. But let us not forget that the second semester is yet to come and you still need to get through that. So let's take a brief look at how to survive the start of the second semester.


Gone are the days of conventional schooling and you are about to start with new beginnings and new challenges. First year at university or college is fun but it can also be very daunting. The fear of not knowing what to expect creeps up on many.


If you were not given a space at College or University when you applied, you still have a chance to get into University or College through the CACH.


The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is a professional accounting body that was established in 1984. SAICA is widely recognised and one of the leading accounting institutes. The main aim is to provide support, guidance and services to all chartered accountant’s throughout their professional lives. SAICA is responsible for monitoring the programmes that lead to the qualification of Chartered Accountants in South Africa.


A Chartered Accountant (CA) is a professional accountant that is qualified to work within a broad spectrum of accounting related activities. A CA is also better known as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and represented at senior management level. A CA performs various duties but their core function is to implement accounting systems and processes, preparing financial reports, controlling the information of the general ledger and submitting corporate tax returns. A CA’s main aim is to help protect various sectors of the economy by providing guidance on how to handle taxation matters. This means that they have an important role in nation building by preventing corruption, malfunctioning and detecting any fraudulent matters that occur in companies.


An associate degree is much like any other academic program and also known as an undergraduate degree. This degree is awarded to students once completing the 2 year program at any community colleges, technical or vocational institutions. The duration of the course may vary depending on the pace of study and it is half the workload of a bachelor’s degree. It is one of the fastest and effective ways of getting students into the job market. It aims to provide students with the basic academic skills, knowledge and technical abilities that are required for a specific career field. An associate degree can either be used as a stepping stone towards a  bachelor’s degree or it may just be a qualification on its own.


Often matrics will experience difficulty finding placement in public universities as there are not enough spaces, however they do not have to fret as there are various alternatives available for further education and training. 


Starting college and being a first year student can be an exciting yet an undeniably overwhelming experience. The feeling of fear surrounded by excitement and anticipation is most commonly expected by many first year students. Many students adjust relatively well while others find it difficult to adjust being on their own in a completely new environment. 


Choosing a qualification for your tertiary studies can be difficult, especially after schooling was interrupted by the pandemic this year. CEO of Boston City Campus provides advice on how to navigate through this.


Starting your college journey can cause many first year students to be overwhelmed with emotions because of the many “unknown” questions that they may still have. Therefore, many academic institutions have an orientation day or week to help first year students adapt to their new surroundings. 


A degree is awarded to students after successfully completing a course of study and meeting all the requirements for graduation. A major in a degree is known as a specific area of study that a student  focuses on while completing their studies. It also opens many doors of opportunities within a diverse range of career pathways. 


A higher certificate are programmes that are mostly vocational. What this means is that the course material is industry-oriented. The practical skills that students will learn will help improve their performance within a working environment. It is an excellent way to increase your skills and knowledge within a particular career field.


A gap year is when students take a break after high school before embarking their tertiary studies. There is this misconception that  taking a gap year will make you forget everything you’ve learnt at school.


Referencing is a consistent method of acknowledging another person's ideas which you have used in your own writing. 


Google may be a large corporation that is slowly devouring our world but dang it, if it was an assignment search engine you'd be hard-pressed to find a student that doesn't pop out this search engine whenever it comes to researching an unknown topic.


Why do students like online learning? There are many advantages of studying online. Online learning involves enrolling in a course on the internet and learning through online work. 


It is application season for Matrics so it's time to gear up. Having your application looking attractive for universities and colleges is obviously very important. Doing it right, along with getting good results, will have you be a part of the institution you've been wishing for. 


Having to navigate your future and what is required to advance will have you coming across words and abbreviations you don't understand. One of those is NQF levels. 

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