January 11, 2018

How rewriting your Matric can set you up for a Lifetime of Success

The world is relying on the next generation of talent to rejuvenate and add greater value to various sectors.    

These are not just professionals who have already made it, but ordinary students who are entering the work world or still studying.

In the crucial years of high school education, it is vital for learners to persevere in their academic journey. It is important to retain learners in high school programmes and to meet the needs of a student’s journey. While the matric results is a celebrated occasion, where pupils who excel in their subjects are recognised and have many options available to them. It is also critical to give support to those who did not pass matric, but still want to change their circumstances and restore their careers.                           

With matric results dominating the news headlines, there is always a conversation on how learners can be assisted to pass their matric grade. Schools in rural areas are most affected by issues such as a shortage of teachers and inadequate infrastructure. This is often the cause of some pupils underperforming in their matric exams. The South African government is constantly trying to overcome these and other challenges that exist in the education space. In the same light, pupils who are not successful in Grade 12 as a result of circumstances or other reasons, need to be aware of other options on how to improve their results with a matric rewrite.    

Changing the Perception of the Matric Rewrite 

Although coming up with ways to increase the pass rate seems appropriate, there are many more solutions that need to be found. The importance of assisting those who do not make it and inspiring them to try again is one that needs more attention.

Also, the fact that there are options available post matric results, needs to be better communicated so that there are fewer incidents of youngsters who give up. When youngsters are encouraged to keep on trying until they pass, it prevents them from falling prey to depression, drug addiction or suicidal thoughts, which may arise from not knowing that there are options.  

The decision to redo matric shouldn’t be treated lightly, but in the same vein, there needs to be more positivity surrounding rewrites. By reminding matric pupils about the value of a matric certificate in their lives, it gives them optimism for their future.    

The stigma of your dreams dying if you do not pass your matric the first time needs to be changed, as the reality is that pupils who do not pass the first time around, pass after a rewrite and continue to make a success of their lives.  

Twitter weighs in on #MatricResults2017 

The matric results of 2017 have sparked conversation in social media communities such as Twitter. The topic has been trending for the past week on social media. With Twitter being a platform that is informative, more people have offered their thoughts on the #MatricResults2017.  

One of the debates that came to light is that concern of whether matric results should be published for everyone to see. Some Twitter users are questioning the notion of the results being publicised citing that this influences the pressure that students have to endure. On the other hand, there is an audience that believes that celebrating high achievers inspires students to work harder and do well for their matric year.  

The top tweets varied from some congratulating high achievers to sharing the stories of those who need financial assistance to study further. As seen in the tweet below by Sihle Mlambo, there was a pure sense of encouragement on social media, for students to pick themselves up and to take a second chance.

Twitter users also shared knowledge on how learners can redo their matric at colleges, which is a significant topic that enlightens learners on the way forward. There is also a great sense of awareness driven for students to choose colleges that are accredited by the Department of Higher Education. The knowledge that was shared predominantly in the matric conversation encouraged young people to make the smart decision to complete their high school studies.                    

Make your future count and acquire a Matric Qualification with Damelin Correspondence College 

Colleges such as DCC allow students to pursue their matric studies through distance learning. The reality is that not every student can afford to study matric for the second time and sometimes they are obligated to work and earn an income after matric. Therefore, what can a student do if they do not pass this all-important year? Do they abandon their studies altogether or is there hope for them? Through correspondence learning, the college provides them with a flexible learning solution, where they can earn and make a living while they study.                  

It is vital for students to know what their options are before they have to study or rewrite matric. DCC College offers learners an opportunity to finish their matric studies to gain more opportunities. Students can study their Grade 12 with the college or redo the grade and improve their results. Learners can download a fact sheet to learn more about the programme along with the cost of the relevant matric programme. They can also find out more by filling out their details on an online form for a consultant to get in touch with them. They will be able to provide students with more details and direction on the next step.   

How will a Matric Certificate Strengthen a Student’s Success? 

A matric qualification will empower students to get better career prospects. As industries evolve, the chase for talent and skills will only intensify. This presents matric graduates with an opportunity to pursue further education in the industries they want to get into.

With a matric qualification, learners can access these opportunities to obtain degrees and diplomas in different fields. This investment influences their future and allows them to flourish in their professional life. 

By inspiring our youth to improve their matric results, we create a nation that preserves talent and ensures that more people live up to their highest potential.

 

If you would like to find out more about Damelin Correspondence College and our courses on offer, visit www.dcc.edu.za. You may also browse through our latest news for more insightful reading material and resources.

 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

January 04, 2018

How HR Professionals Can Advocate Employee Engagement

An engaged and powerful workforce equals major company success.

When HR professionals understand how they can use their influence positively to grow the business, they can accomplish incredible things.

Sadly, if a company does not prioritise employee engagement they encounter endless setbacks. The cost of neglect in employee engagement is the loss of talented professionals and limited workforce growth. When companies fail to realise that the root cause of most challenges is the lack of engagement they miss the bigger picture.

The role of a Human Resources Manager or HR management team is not limited to hiring professionals and ensuring that salaries are paid. The HR division of a business has a crucial impact on the calibre of success that business experiences. This is evident when it comes to how they hire employees, retain talent in the business and influence an employee’s experience. All these factors have an impact on the activities of the business and results that are achieved

The Importance of Employee Engagement 

HR professionals need to be innovative and adopt programmes that will increase engagement. When HR professionals come up with initiatives that add value to the workforce, employee involvement is cultivated. Here are some approaches that HR experts can adapt to advance business growth.   

Present Staff with Wellness Initiatives 

Work stress and pressure can be detrimental to one’s health. Being mentally balanced and having a healthy lifestyle is essential for employee wellness. When employees feel physically well and mentally stable they are likely to be more effective in their roles. HR can come up with wellness programmes and ideas that the team will love.

By arranging events that promote a healthy lifestyle in the workspace, it has positive outcomes for the team. You can host events where employees can go for health checks and get wellness advice. The company can also provide resources and material that empower the team to be more nutrition-conscious.

By adopting relaxing exercises at the start of the day teams feel more revitalised. Exercise will help the team build up their energy and perform to their fullest capacity. When your team feels more energetic and alive it results in higher productivity.

Equip Employees with Skills 

Employee training can sharpen employee skills in the business and allow them to advance in their roles. The knowledge that they gain helps build them up with more ability. Employees can attend seminars and workshops that will help enrich their skills and equip them to produce excellent work.

As they accomplish greater success in their roles, they contribute to additional progress for the company. Leaders can also identify employees in the business who will benefit from studying an educational programme. The proficiencies that employees get when they are qualified enable them to uplift the business.  

HR Employee Engagement Activities 

Having social events allows employees to kick back and enjoy themselves with their colleagues. Creating this sense of balance allows employees to have a pleasant work life. They can look forward to work as a place where they have a great social life, make friends and associate this with a happy place. When the work environment is pleasant, it yields positivity for employees. Social events are also the perfect time to break the ice and allow interaction between employees. This is when your team will get to know others and what others do.

Social activities are vital and employees reap the benefits such as:                                                                      

  • Alleviation of stress
  • Release of endorphins and feel-good hormones in a social setting
  • Improved social interaction and enhanced communication

Team building activities make a significant difference to teams. Team building is a great way for the team to where they learn about each other’s strengths and abilities. This makes it easier for employees to approach each other for assistance and for expertise.  

Use Feedback to Sharpen the Company’s Practices 

Employee feedback is valuable and can be used to improve business practices. Whether the feedback is negative or positive, the honesty allows the business to reflect and adjust. The benefits of feedback in the workplace allow a business to make adjustments to improve the experience of employees. It can be used as a tool to monitor the effects of business principles and processes in the company.

When the HR team has scrutinised the impact of processes and practices, they can come up with ways to develop this. They can look at how best they can improve systems, upgrade methods and add value to an employee’s experience. As employees are considered in decisions and they feel valued this helps to retain the talent in the business.

Encourage Company Culture

When HR implements ways to strengthen organisational culture, it influences team spirit and engagement. This is a way that businesses can truly communicate the company’s objectives and share a common goal with employees.

By developing their culture, the business can define the type of people and skills that they wish to attract. This also helps in the hiring process when a business can predict if a candidate will be a great fit for the team and adapt to their culture.

Although the business has people with dynamic skills and diverse professional abilities, all these should work together to complement the company culture.

Applaud the Value that Employees bring 

“#Employee benefits are important tools used by employers to attract new employees & retain experienced employees.”- HR Professionals on Twitter

When the business appreciates the dynamic talent that each employee brings to the team, it makes them feel valued. HR initiatives such as employee rewards for high achievements and top wins can motivate teams to excel. 

HR can also show professionals in the business that this is an environment where they can become leaders and grow. When employees receive promotion opportunities and salary increases, it inspires them to do their best and attain the best results. Employee benefits such as bonuses and other perks can bring satisfaction to hardworking staff.

How can HR Professionals Impact Business Success? 

HR pros need to be in the know about HR industry trends and practices that bring about business expansion. They need to be inventive about approaches that they can use to benefit employees as well as the business. With the high-level HR expertise, a business can enjoy prosperous outcomes which bring business growth.

An engaged workforce fosters employee advocacy and it encourages loyalty. An engaged workforce is instrumental in attaining business success.  

 

A Human Resources Management programme allows students become competent professionals that are able to create efficiency in business.

DCC College has a range of HR programmes that students can be trained in to work as specialists in this field. HR professionals can stay ahead in their industry when they are built up with skills to advance an organisation.

The college creates HR experts that are able to bring out the potential of employees everywhere they go. With the capability they gain, professionals are able to innovate and implement dynamic HR systems that create a resilient workforce. The programme prepares them for the corporate world and ultimately enables them to become HR experts.  

By enrolling in an HR programme you can build the career you’ve dreamed of having and access multiple opportunities. This qualification that allows you to be highly considered for multiple jobs roles and to advance your career for a prosperous path.    

Registrations for 2018 are now open and you can find out more about Distance Learning Courses. 

 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini Content Creator at Educor Holdings As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to people’s growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change. Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in today’s world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

 

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