Bos­ton Higher Ed­u­ca­tion – the pri­mary an­ti­dote to un­em­ploy­ment

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The big­gest news to hit our campus this year has been our award of ac­cred­i­ta­tion with the Bri­tish Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil (BAC). Our grad­u­ates are now as­sured in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion of their de­gree, diploma or higher cer­tifi­cate with­out hav­ing to sit for ad­di­tional ex­am­i­na­tions.

We are ex­tremely proud to make this an­nounce­ment!” says Bos­ton’s Head of In­sti­tu­tion, Dr Hen­drik Botha. With Bos­ton City Campus & Busi­ness Col­lege now open for mid-year reg­is­tra­tions for higher cer­tifi­cates, diplo­mas and de­gree stud­ies, one should use the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on how at­tain­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion can bet­ter po­si­tion you to se­cure a job or pro­mo­tion, hold onto a cur­rent po­si­tion or to take up an en­tre­pre­neur­ial challenge with con­fi­dence, with our ‘fit-for-pur­pose’ and rec­og­nized qual­i­fi­ca­tions”.

“Ac­cord­ing to labour mar­ket re­ports, the re­trench­ment rate is now at a 10-year high – while the un­em­ploy­ment rate in­creased from 22.5 per­cent in 2008 to the cur­rent 26.7 per­cent in the first quar­ter of 2018. Then there’s the re­cent news that youth un­em­ploy­ment had soared from 32.7 per­cent to 36.1 per­cent in the six years from 2008 to 2014,” says Botha.

For Botha, the im­por­tance of at­tain­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion has a two fold sig­nif­i­cance that can both di­rectly and in­di­rectly ad­dress these issues of un­em­ploy­ment and re­trench­ment.

“Firstly, the rel­e­vance of a vi­brant higher ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally and in­vest­ment therein, whether through in­di­vid­u­als who take up fur­ther stud­ies or through gov­ern­ment fund­ing, pro­motes eco- nomic pros­per­ity and greater em­ploy­ment over the medium to long term.

Se­condly, we need to re­mind our­selves just how im­por­tant a rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tion is when look­ing for work or sim­ply try­ing to stay se­cure in one’s cur­rent job.

Un­em­ploy­ment and re­trench­ment sta­tis­tics are show­ing us a rather des­per­ate real­ity, and now more than ever, we need to be proac­tive with our em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,” adds Botha.

“You should waste no time in as­sess­ing your sit­u­a­tion. Start by ask­ing: Am I on the right ca­reer path? Are there ar­eas in my spe­cific skills set where I need to im­prove?

Do I have the proper qual­i­fi­ca­tions and tools to ap­ply for a job with con­fi­dence? Is a ma­tric cer­tifi­cate, diploma or de­gree enough in our highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket? And, where do I want to be in a few years from now? Only af­ter ad­dress­ing these ques­tions should one make the de­ci­sion on what stud­ies to look into and where will best suit you,” says Botha.

Gain­ing a com­pet­i­tive edge and ac­quir­ing the nec­es­sary skills form the foun­da­tion of em­ploy­a­bil­ity. “It’s also about stay­ing rel­e­vant and up-to­date so that we can of­fer turn-key so­lu­tions to our clients as well as our em­ploy­ers,” says Botha.

And to those who are for­tu­nate enough to have se­cure jobs, Botha ad­vises, “con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent vol- atile na­ture of our econ­omy, many com­pa­nies, big and small, have moved into ‘survival mode’. Re­trench­ment is a nat­u­ral re­sult thereof, al­ways have a plan B whether it be start­ing your own busi­ness or mak­ing a lat­eral move into a new area.”

Botha fur­ther re­minds us that in South Africa ac­quir­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion has helped many peo­ple start their own businesses and grow these into suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies.

Sta­tis­tics from the De­part­ment of Trade & In­dus­try show that these small and medium en­ter­prises con­trib­ute between 52 to 57% to our Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct and ac­count for ap­prox­i­mately 61% of em­ploy­ment.

“So yes, en­trepreneur­ship def­i­nitely does seem to be one pos­si­ble cure for the un­em­ploy­ment rate.

The other real­ity is that these businesses op­er­ate in a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket, so you need to be up to date in your tech knowl­edge, so­cial me­dia mar­ket­ing and gen­eral busi­ness skills,” he con­tin­ues.

Mid-year reg­is­tra­tions for higher cer­tifi­cates, diplo­mas and de­grees at Bos­ton City Campus & Busi­ness Col­lege are now of­fi­cially open for ev­ery­one and run un­til end July. Prospec­tive stu­dents don’t have to wait un­til next year to start their stud­ies.

“With our re­cent an­nounce­ment of BAC ac­cred­i­ta­tion the value of a Bos­ton qual­i­fi­ca­tion has vastly in­creased for all our grad­u­ates and opens new pos­si­bil­i­ties in the UK and EU mar­kets. For more in­for­ma­tion on these pro­grammes as well as all the other short cour­ses and dig­i­tal of­fer­ings to en­hance your pro­fes­sional skills, please visit:

In South Africa ac­quir­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion has helped many peo­ple start their own businesses and grow these into suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies.

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