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Qualifications and up-skilling are key in the job market

by , 16 January 2013
If you're feeling stuck in a career rut, consider studying further. School leavers and those already employed are advised by Accsys to study towards a qualification. Human resource and recruitment experts find it is best to complete at least one year of tertiary education for a qualification in the field you hope to pursue. Here's how you can benefit from this advice ...

'My view right now is that if you are looking for a job in a country with a 25% unemployment rate, it makes sense to have a formal qualification. On top of that, you need to add short courses,' says Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
 
Schroenn explains that it is important to consider the relevance of short courses, particularly in terms of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points going forward.
 
With CPD, employees update their skills to ensure their competence. This can involve any relevant learning activity, either formal and structured or informal and self-managed.
 
'Keep yourself current. If you are looking for a new job, even backed up with years of experience, the question of undergraduate qualification is inevitably raised,' says Schroenn.  Short courses are designed to sharpen skills sets and keep them relevant.
 
The skills development and skills availability issue in South Africa is exacerbated by the fact that for many, the option to study further after school is too expensive.
 
Schroenn advises people entering the job market to do all they can to try to further their education and begin to develop skills.
 
'There are several avenues one could explore, from internship to eLearning, to broaden knowledge. Businesses also offer bursaries and scholarship programmes, which can be used to acquire recognised tuition. This can only help,' Schroenn adds.
 
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