Courses offered by College SA: Part 2

 

College SA Matric Series Choosing a Career 

In my previous careers blog, I mentioned that it was important to make sure that you choose a career that is in line with your own goals and interests. I also introduced you to careers in the engineering/technical profession, occupational health and safety, and human resource management.

In this blog post, I’ll talk about accounting & bookkeeping, business management, and information technology.

Accounting and Bookkeeping

What do accountants and bookkeepers do?

Accounting and bookkeeping are often thought of as the same thing, but there is a fair difference between the two. I’ve listed the role of bookkeepers and accountants below. If some of the terminology sounds a bit foreign to you, don’t worry, when you decide to study accounting or bookkeeping, you will learn exactly what each term means.

Bookkeeping involves:

  • Recording and capturing financial transactions of a business in bookkeeping software, spreadsheets or databases.
  • Managing the payments of business accounts.
  • Preparing and sending invoices and receipts to debtors.
  • Processing payroll and maintaining employee records.
  • Managing bank settlements.
  • Checking financial figures and reporting for accuracy.
  • Managing financial data and reporting irregularities to management.
  • Producing balance sheets, income statements and other financial documents.

 Accounting involves:

  • Managing financial systems and budgets.
  • Conducting financial audits.
  • Providing financial information and advice to individuals or businesses.
  • Reviewing a company’s financial systems and doing risk analysis.
  • Performing tests to check financial information and systems.
  • Providing advice on tax planning and tax issues associated with activities such as business acquisitions and mergers.
  • Maintaining accounting records and preparing accounts and management information for businesses.
  • Providing advice on business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions.
  • Guiding clients on areas of business improvement, or dealing with bankruptcy.
  • Detecting and preventing fraud in a business.

What are your career prospects?

Bookkeeping and accounting are on FASSET’s (Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training) top ten list of priority scarce skills in South Africa. This means that they encourage people to acquire skills in bookkeeping and accounting, which is desperately needed in the financial and accounting sector.

What does this mean for you? It means that if you complete your studies in bookkeeping or accounting, the skills you learned will be in demand. When more employers are looking for the type of skills you have, the chances of finding a job becomes easier, and that means that you can look forward to securing job and career prospects.

Advantages of studying accounting or bookkeeping

  • You might begin as an entry-level clerk, but the potential for growth is good.
  • There is a big demand for qualified accountants and bookkeepers in South Africa.
  • ICB and CIMA qualifications are accredited and your professional competence will be recognised by employers and peers.
  • Your qualification will add credibility to the academic section of your CV.
  • You have the potential to earn a high income.
  • You can build on your qualification with further studies.

Business Management and Office Administration

What do business managers and office administrators do?

Business managers and office administrators play an important role in directing business or office functions. Here are just a few of their responsibilities:

Business managers

  • Managing operations.
  • Allocating resources to meet business goals.
  • Planning objectives.
  • Organising the different business functions to meet objectives.
  • Managing, supervising and motivating personnel.

Office administrators

  • Keeping a record of day-to-day business processes.
  • Billing clients and managing payroll.
  • Delegating work to personnel.
  • Managing distribution and logistics within the company.
  • The industry is competitive; a recognised course will put you a step ahead of the rest.
  • There is good mobility within these industries; you are able to advance your career and grow in skills and knowledge.
  • These industries offer good earning potential; experience and further study influence your earning potential.
  • There are plenty of job opportunities.

Why study business management and office administration?

  • The industry is competitive; a recognised course will put you a step ahead of the rest.
  • There is good mobility within these industries; you are able to advance your career and grow in skills and knowledge.
  • These industries offer good earning potential; experience and further study influence your earning potential.
  • There are plenty of job opportunities.

Information Technology (IT)

What do IT/computer professionals do? 

  • They usually maintain, build or repair hardware and software associated with computer systems, or other components related to information processing.
  • They have to deal with a broad range of studies; including computer software, programming languages, computer hardware and most importantly information software.
  • A career in computers can be quite challenging, but with a significant level of skill and knowledge in the field, you can look forward to a successful career.

What are your career prospects in this sector?

The IT industry is growing at a very fast pace and is projected to continue without fail. Job openings in this industry have grown by nearly 40%, as businesses are becoming more digitally complex. At the moment, some of the best IT jobs out there are network system and data communications analysis, or computer software engineering and application design.

What does this mean for you? You can look forward to working in a growing industry with a range of different careers.

Advantages of studying IT?

  • The employment of computer and IT professionals are expected to grow by 12% from 2014 to 2024.
  • Skilled IT professionals can look forward to earning good money.
  • You will experience great job satisfaction.
  • The IT industry is diverse and you can look forward to many career options.
  • Computing requires a lot of practical training and testing. This career field is suitable for those who love practical work.

 

If you would like to find out more about these courses, you can contact College SA directly on 0861 663 663 or you can complete the contact form on the website.

 

Until next time!

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Desi the Distance Learning Diva

 

Disclaimer:  Martin and Desi are fictional characters created by College SA for educational purposes.