Keep­ing up to date in the work­place – keep­ing cur­rent

Inner City Gazette - - News -

It is cru­cial to up­date your skills and knowl­edge base if you want to stay rel­e­vant in the work­place, find a job or be pro­moted to a bet­ter po­si­tion,” says Na­talie Rab­son, Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at Bos­ton City Cam­pus & Busi­ness Col­lege. “Tech­nol­ogy changes so fast that ev­ery­one needs to con­tin­u­ously learn new things and stay up to date in or­der to stay rel­e­vant. This is true in all sec­tors of the econ­omy and all ar­eas of work. Life-long learn­ing ap­plies to each one of us, from IT spe­cial­ists to mo­tor me­chan­ics, chefs to pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cers and event man­agers.”

There are many study op­tions avail­able when it comes to up­dat­ing your skills. Rab­son be­lieves that shorter qual­i­fi­ca­tions such as skills cour­ses should be in­ves­ti­gated as they are re­garded as valu­able by em­ploy­ers. They pro­vide im­me­di­ate ben­e­fit to the work­place. This is es­pe­cially sig­nif­i­cant see­ing that the econ­omy has once again hit a re­ces­sion.

While the pri­or­ity with shorter cour­ses is skills ac­qui­si­tion, one should still check that the right govern­ment and/ or in­dus­try body ac­cred­its the course you’re in­ter­ested in. Skills are valu­able, but must also be based on in­dus­try ac­cred­i­ta­tion. Bos­ton was es­tab­lished nearly 30 years ago, bring­ing many years of ex­pe­ri­ence in mak­ing sure stu­dents at­tend a top class in­sti­tu­tion that at­tends to the aca­demic and work re­quire­ments of stu­dents. “The aim when study­ing is to up­date skills and knowl­edge, so there’s no point in study­ing skills or equip­ment that are too out­dated and not be­ing used any­more,” Rab­son points out. “At Bos­ton we pull out all the stops to keep con­tact with var­i­ous in­dus­tries, up­date course ma­te­rial, and in­tro­duce new cour­ses reg­u­larly.”

Ac­cord­ing to Rab­son, a wide range of study op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able at Bos­ton, as well as a range of course lev­els. Select from a de­gree, var­i­ous diploma and higher cer­tifi­cates, or short learn­ing pro­grammes in ca­reers such as IT, man­age­ment, HR, ac­count­ing, mar­ket­ing and more.

Lets dis­cuss the Oc­cu­pa­tional pro­grammes for a mo­ment…..

These pro­grammes speak to a set of at­tributes that a can­di­date pos­sesses - for ex­am­ple: able to work in teams, able to solve prob­lems, able to com­mu­ni­cate pro­fes­sion­ally, etc.

They are uniquely de­signed to deal with a spe­cific oc­cu­pa­tional and/or per­sonal skills re­quire­ment - think of the needs for a book­keeper or a sales agent or an of­fice ad­min­is­tra­tor or in IT to setup net­works.

What types of in­dus­try do they cover?

• This list is also long – but the main func­tional ar­eas are:

• IT, Ac­count­ing, HR, Sports, Ad­min, Tourism, etc

What types of em­ploy­ment do they qual­ify you for?

They open job op­por­tu­ni­ties to ba­sic en­try level po­si­tions, from where you can grow your skills set, your ex­pe­ri­ence and your net­work­ing within a com­pany. Such po­si­tions in­clude:

• Cost or Pay­roll Clerks

• Credit or Loans Of­fi­cer

• Sales Rep

• Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer

• DJ’s

• IT Se­cu­rity clerk to grow into a Spe­cial­ist

• Small Busi­ness Man­ager/Owner What is the po­ten­tial for fur­ther higher ed­u­ca­tion? Do you get cred­its to­wards higher ed­u­ca­tion?

Our regis­trar says that ac­cord­ing to reg­u­la­tions no cred­its may be granted, but with the recog­ni­tion of prior learn­ing – each ap­pli­cant is eval­u­ated on their own mer­its to de­ter­mine pos­si­ble en­try and/or ad­vanced place­ment on a suit­able higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion

One who wishes to avail them­selves of this pos­si­bil­ity should please ap­ply at no cost on­line with Bos­ton or visit one of our over 45 Sup­port Cen­tres na­tion­wide to as­sist with an ap­pli­ca­tion for RPL for higher ed­u­ca­tion

What is the length min­i­mum and max­i­mum of oc­cu­pa­tional cour­ses?

One week to 9 months, de­pend­ing on the na­ture and depth of the of­fer­ings and the stu­dent’s time on task.

For ex­am­ple two weeks for Word Pro­cess­ing and 6 months for an event plan­ner

What is the recog­ni­tion of these pro­grammes in in­dus­try?

Recog­ni­tion is widely ac­knowl­edged due in part to ex­ter­nal ac­cred­it­ing bod­ies such as Com­pTIA which pro­vide in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions awarded for IT – i.e. Net­work+, Se­cu­rity+, on a global stan­dard

Bos­ton has been as­sist­ing stu­dents with up­grad­ing of their skills for more than 30 years and have earned nu­mer­ous ac­co­lades such as Best Col­lege for nine years run­ning! – en­sur­ing that our grad­u­ates in de­mand.

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