Courses Offered by College SA: Part 1


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The closer you get to the end of your Matric year, the more you’ll be asked about your plans for next year, and the career path you want to follow. People will begin giving you their own advice about what they think are good career options.

Now, you will have to study every day and after graduation, go to work every day in your chosen career, so it is a good idea that the course and career path you choose, is something that meets your future goals.

This week I’ll give you information about Human Resource Management, Occupational Health and Safety, and Engineering/Technical careers.

Human Resource Management

What do Human Resources professionals do?

A human resource manager is responsible for developing and managing a company’s staff culture. They are responsible for recruiting new employees, maintaining staff benefits and payroll, and solving office conflict. They also engage in the training and development of employees. They play an important role in the upkeep and success of a company.  

What are your career opportunities?

As long as new companies form and organisations continue to expand their operations, there will be a continuous need for human resource managers to oversee and manage the business staff complement.

Junior human resource persons can expect to work in a general HR role. With experience, a good reputation and the necessary qualification, human resource managers can move into more senior roles within an organisation and even be promoted to an HR director role.

Who will be good at this job?

People who like interacting with others, are good problem solvers and are calm under pressure, usually do well in human resource management.

Advantages of studying Human Resource Management

  • The industry is experiencing a steady growth, which means that job opportunities are increasing.
  • Qualified HR managers are compensated appropriately, which means the earning potential is high.
  • A large part of HR careers can’t be automated. This means that technology can’t take over your job. 
  • You will have a rewarding opportunity to help employees develop their skills and grow in their career.
  • As a qualified HR manager, you will be in a position of influence, meaning that you will have the ability to help shape the future of a company based on the employment decisions you make.

Engineering/Technical Profession

What do Engineers/Technical professionals do?

The Engineering/Technical industry is divided into a few main jobs like boilermaking, welding, fitting & turning, electrical and motor mechanics.

  • Boilermakers manufacture, install and repair boilers, closed vats and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids or gas.
  • Fitters and turners manufacture parts for various types of machinery according to specifications.
  • Motor mechanics diagnose problems on vehicles and then find the best method to repair it. They are also responsible for routine check-ups on vehicles.
  • Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical equipment, systems and lines.
  • Welders use welding equipment to join two or more parts of metal together. It involves applying heat to metal and fusing the parts together.

What are the career opportunities?

When we look at boilermakers, fitters and turners, motor mechanics, electricians and welders; one thing is very clear: there will always be a need for these skilled craftsmen. The need to replace, repair and manufacture parts, electrical systems, vehicles, vats and structures is an ongoing process that requires the work of skilled engineers.     

Who will be good at this job?

People who are good in technical fields are practical, problem-solvers and logical thinkers, and like building and repairing things

Advantages of studying an Engineering Technical Course

  • You will be equipped with specialist knowledge and transferrable skills.
  • There is a variety of job development opportunities.
  • You can start your own business and work independently.
  • You will obtain a National Certificate.

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Sector

What do Occupational Health and Safety specialists do?

The goal of an occupational health and safety specialist is to prevent hazards that threaten the health, safety and welfare of employees. They also ensure that a company complies with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. They aim to improve the working environment, maintain the health and safety standards, and develop new ways of ensuring the well-being of employees.

What are your career opportunities?

Occupational health and safety specialist experts are needed in almost every company. Some companies will have an employee act as a OHS representative, other will employ a full-time OHS specialist. Many big industries like mining, cannot operate their companies without expert OHS inspectors.

Advantages of studying an OHS course

  • A formal qualification helps you to confidently work as an occupational health and safety specialist.
  • A formal course is a requirement to become an occupational health and safety specialist.
  • Most businesses require an occupational health and safety specialist; many job opportunities exist, especially in mining and construction.
  • The earning potential is good depending on your knowledge, experience and the sector in which you work.


Have a look at the College SA website if you would like more information on the careers and courses I’ve talked about in this blog.

Remember to look out or my next blog about accounting & bookkeeping, information technology, and business management!

Until next time!

Desi the Distance Learning Diva

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