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How to increase your personal motivation and take control of your life

How to increase your personal motivation

Over the years we have all heard people say, we can create the life you want. What you seldom see, is simple and easy steps to achieve this.

Step 1 – Get up in the morning with appreciation, write a journal. Put 5 points on paper that you are grateful for. Focus on the positive in your life.

Step 2 – Do one thing that morning that makes you smile. You are special and should do something each day that makes you happy.

Step 3 – It is so important that you acknowledge yourself for what you have done with the above 2 steps. Self acknowledgment is not something we have been taught. We have been conditioned to look outside of ourselves for affirmation. Start now. Make it a habit.You have to make this choice. It is up to you to do the work.

Step 4 – There are precious few things in life that you can control. However you are in 100% control of your attitude. Being motivated means you are in control of your life. You must control thought negative thoughts, writing in a gratitude journal will aid this.

Step 5 – Know yourself. Know your strengths and areas of development. Know what gets you out of bed in the morning, with a YES attitude. This is your driver. Be aware of it and live it to the full!

Step 6 – It is so important to have your own quiet time each day. Reflection is part of your success. Be clear on where you are headed, this is your life! Exercise self-motivation every day.

Step 7 – In life, you must be clear on your personal goals and dreams. If you have written these down and made them a priority, you will achieve them. The road may curve a little on route, but knowing your destination is critical.

Step 8 – Goals and dreams are part of your daily review in your journal. It is your personal motivation. Review these, plan these and focus on these.

Step 9 – Know what you have to do to make your goals come true. Make a plan so it can be accomplished. Write it clearly, break it down and sign it for yourself.

Step 10 – Now you need to put this plan in motion. Just do it! Do not procrastinate.

By prioritizing these steps, you are taking control of your life and you will set yourself up for a fulfilled and happy life.


R21 million bursary deadline for North West youths is fast approaching

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There are 71 bursaries worth more than R21 million available for North West youths to apply for and further their education and training and acquire skills that are scarce in the province including civil engineering to accounting, architecture and anthropology.

In order to address the province’s critical shortage of skills, the North West Premier’s office is calling on all learners and unemployed youths residing in the province to apply for the bursaries and further their education and training on a full-time basis at tertiary institutions.

Other available courses include community development studies, LLB degrees, civil engineering, quantity surveying, BSc Occupational Therapy, BSc Speech Therapy, BSc Agric, aviation, town planning, supply chain management, archival studies and records management, financial management, amongst others.

For all those interested, application forms can be obtained from the Office of the Premier, district communication offices, district and local municipality offices and labour centres across the province.

The only conditions and requirements for the bursaries is that all applicants must have passed matric in the previous years or they must already be studying at tertiary institutions. Preference will be given to those applicants from poor areas or those who are performing well academically but are in need of financial assistance. People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply

The deadline for submission is January 10.

Source: SAnews.gov.za


Why continuing education is the perfect strategy to beat a recession

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Continuing education is one way of accelerating your career goals and objectives or to assist you to move up the corporate ladder. It can also provide you with a competitive advantage during downturns in the economy and recessions. There are a number of reasons to think about going back to school to continue with your education in order to enhance your chances in the competitive job market.

1. Disaffected college graduates who may still be searching for their ideal career or perhaps not satisfied with the majors they chose at college.
2. Professionals who over time realized that their currents job descriptions have become obsolete.
3. Individuals who are seeking to make a career move offering a far more personal or social outcomes than their previous jobs.

In the event that you identify with one of the reason listed above, you must understand that there are numerous educational institutions offering you the opportunity to enroll in a course and continue with your education or upgrade your current skills. Short courses are offered by vocational education institutions, community colleges, as well as regular 4 year college institutions. In the event that you have time constraints or time management issues, you can opt for online courses. The question to ask is why are short courses more advantageous or different from the traditional formal approach to education?

There are numerous advantages and benefits to taking a short courses rather than opting for a formal 4 year degree. Some of which are:

  • Admission and enrollment for a short courses is more likely to be open.  This means that, generally,  you do not have to attach transcripts with your application or undertake any aptitude tests, rather the main requirement is your passion and desire to learn and participate.
  • Most of the time there are no formal exams, pears to be written, or test to be taken. Rather your evaluation is based on your participation and contributions you make during the course or class. The emphasis being on idea to learn and apply your knowledge in the workplace.
  • The teachers and lectures of the classes and course are more likely to be individuals who have experience and have either previously worked in the field of study or are still working in the sector. These teachers or lecturers can also become part of your professional business network.
  • One of the major advantages is the cost of continuing education. Generally, the cost of continuing education courses are a fraction of the cost as compared to formal educations degrees and courses.
  • The most compelling reason to continue with your education is it is the most effective tool and strategy to beat a recession or downturns in an economy. It also provides you with the opportunity to upgrade your current skills when your job description and duties change.

Continuing education also provides you with something to do while you are unemployed and shows your willingness to learn new skills, concepts, and adapt to new technologies required by the current job market. Continuing with your education and upgrading your skills will provide you with the opportunity to transform your current positions or give you the confidence to make a career move.


What are the advantages and benefits of Continuing Education?

Continuing Education


Are you looking for a promotions at work? Are you looking to change jobs? If you answered yes, then, perhaps you should be thinking about continuing education. One of the greatest advantages of continuing education is that it can upgrade and improve your current set of skills required by your current job or provide you with the necessary skills if you are thinking about a career change.

Required skills in numerous employments positions change over time. Therefore in order to stay ahead of crowd and up to date with current employment conditions, one needs to continue learning and prepare oneself for any changes in your field of employment. Continuing educations is also vital for those individuals who are thinking about changing their careers and entering into a new field or for those jobs that require cross-functional sets of skills. Numerous training institutions and online learning have made it possible and convenient for individuals to further their education without having to consider quitting their current jobs.

There are those companies that demand that their employees continue with their education and acquire new skills in order to keep their current jobs or to move to alternative positions within a company that require advanced skills levels or a different set of skills. For example, companies that upgrade existing equipment or introduce new technologies within the company may require that employees undertake training courses in order to continue production. There are also those fields of  employment that demand individuals to continue with their education in order to stay current and maintain their license. Employers may also demand that individual continue with their education in order to receive salary increases. Numerous companies encourage their employees to continue learning and upgrade their current skills-sets and provide educational assistance programs to assist with the financial burdens of continuing education.

For this individuals who are considering a career change and entering into a new career field or sector, then continuing education courses are vital in order to attain the necessary skills for a new career. There are some fields of employment that have some overlapping skills, while field demand a totally new set of skills. Depending on the sector of field of employment, a completely new degree might be necessary in order to change careers. There are those occupations that may demand that individuals simply take one or two courses at a vocational schools or perhaps only demand a certification program accompanied by work experience.

Aside from having to upgrade one’s skills for your current job, another major benefit of continuing education is to take a course in order to develop a new interest or hobby. For example, learning a new language, craft or musical instrument.

Continuing education does not necessarily have to take place in a classroom environment. One can choose to attend local workshops, take a course online or even volunteer in a new field and acquire news skills. If you would like to upgrade your handyman skills you could volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, for example, and learn skills required to do odd jobs around your house. Workshops offered by companies give employees the opportunity to network with other professionals and to obtain a deeper insights as to how the company functions and operates. Professionals who do not have the time to return to full time studies can take online courses to update their skills and,  in turn,  avoid schedule clashes and travel costs. If one is thing about a career change, an internship is a good alternative to acquire new skills and also to get a feel for a new field of work without having to commit oneself to a formal education program.

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W Cape creates R5.8m training and development program for artisans

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Western Cape government takes on the challenge of tackling the skills shortages in the region with the launch of an artisan development programme in the province. The objective of the programme is to up skill and train local workers and provide employment opportunities for young individuals.

The programme is a collaboration between the private sector, communities, Skills Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and Further Education and Training (FET) colleges. R5.8-million has been set aside to promote and train artisans in the region.

Minister Alan Winde, the Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister, commented that the scarcity and lack of artisans in the region could have a devastating effect and impact on the local economy moving forward given the critical importance of these type of skills when it comes to service delivery especially within the engineering sector.


Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde
Western Cape Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Minister Alan Winde


The goal and objective of the programme is to educate and train individuals with the necessary skills and in turn create and ongoing supply of qualified and skilled artisan who in turn can obtain employment and play an important role in advancing and growing of emerging sectors such as oil and gas industry.

The initial stage of the program will provide the necessary funding and support for 200 young individuals to complete their training and prepare them to take the National Trade Test exams.  The programme will also focus on training teachers and coaches within the 72 companies who have opted to join the programme  and assist them to train the young candidates whilst they are interning in these companies.

The programme is also aligned and works in parallel with the government’s National Development Plan which recognizes the importance of artisanship which can provide “shock absorbers for extreme poverty and platforms for self-employment” within developing economies and countries.

According to recent statements and comments from the National Development Plan, South Africa will need to produce at least 30000 artisan annually and the Western Cape government  want to play its part in helping the National Development Plan achieve its national objectives and goals.

Source: SouthAfrica.info