Sep 20
Conversations with the youth: Social media and its influence

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As South Africa's coolest college, Rosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is always eager to find out what are some of the hot topics among the youth. In this insert, we sat down with some of our students to find out about the role of social media and it's influence on young people today. Watch this video to find out more.

 


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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za
Sep 17
Public university or private? How to choose the right institution for you

image2use.jpgThere have been many developments in the higher education sector in past decades, notably a rise in the number of institutions from which prospective students can choose when considering their further education. Along with the increase in public universities, there has also been substantial growth in the private higher education sector.

Faced with this increase in choice, it is natural for young people to be anxious about their decision – should I go to a public university, or should I opt for a private higher education institution? A massive part of this concern, is whether the qualification you receive after 3 or 4 years of study, will be respected in the world of work, whether it will position you well to land your first job, and whether it will help you build the career of your dreams.

"It is so important that future students don't base their decision on their gut feel or vague perceptions," says Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director of The Independent Institute of Education and Group Academic Director at ADvTECH, Africa's largest private education provider.

She says there is a concrete checklist that prospective students should measure their chosen institution against and, if all the boxes are checked, they can rest assured that their choice of institution can help them achieve their dreams.

"Ultimately, you have to make an informed choice based on your personal vision and circumstances, and you should not blindly follow a direction just because everyone else is going that route, or because you think that's the way to go," Coughlan says.

She advises prospective students, and their parents or guardians, to look at the following when considering or reviewing higher education institutions:

ACCREDITATION

Most importantly, your institution must be registered and accredited. South Africa has a single quality assurance system and one National Qualifications Framework, which means that any institution offering a registered and accredited qualification – whether public university or private – is offering a qualification of equal standing. So if your institution is listed on the Department of Higher Education and Training's list* of registered higher education institutions and colleges, you don't need to be concerned about whether the institution is called a university, a college, or a private higher education institution.

This is because the only difference between public (University) institutions and private higher education institutions – which purely as a result of regulations may not refer to themselves as private universities - is that the public institutions get some subsidy from the government while the private institutions don't.

EMPLOYER RECOGNITION

The world of work has changed dramatically over the past decade, and the economic climate is tough. That means prospective students should make sure that their qualification and their choice of institution is well respected by employers and in the market. Generic 3-year degrees with no practical experience do not provide a strong competitive advantage after graduation.

This means that young people should interrogate their institution about the following: curriculum, industry relationships, lecturer activity in the industry, and practical experience that form part of the studies.

The strongest qualifications today are the ones that are closely linked to specific careers and fields, and whose curricula are based on the competencies required to be work-ready from day one.

One way of determining industry recognition of your institution, is to ask about its career fairs, when the country's top companies visit campuses to meet students. If employers are lining up to meet the leaders of tomorrow at your institution, you can be assured that you are signing up for a quality education that is respected in the workplace.

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION

Many students want to know that their qualifications will be internationally recognised. If this is important for you, you should ask your institution about international links and accreditation. Does your institution have links with international exchange programmes, or is it accredited by an independent international accreditation council? All good institutions should be able to provide satisfactory answers to your questions about your potential international opportunities.

CLASS SIZES & STUDENT SUPPORT

Class sizes and student support are crucial for ensuring student success and successful transition into the world of work. Individual attention, and being more than a number, can dramatically influence student outcomes. But an institution's involvement should go further than quality lectures and success at exam time. Good institutions will have career centres which assist students and alumni beyond academics.

"The higher education landscape looks entirely different today from the way things were even a decade ago. These days, prospective students have a lot more choice in terms of institution and qualification," says Coughlan.

"To really make the right choice in terms of the best grounding for your career dreams, you have to look beyond historical perceptions and gut feelings about which way is 'the best' way, and make sure your choice is based on the facts about what makes one institution and qualification stand out from the next one," she says.

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About The IIE

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is a division of the JSE-listed ADvTECH Group, Africa's largest private education provider. The IIE is the largest, most accredited registered private higher education institute in South Africa, and the only one accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC), the independent quality assurance authority that accredits private institutions in the UK. By law, private higher education institutions in South Africa may not call themselves Private Universities, although registered private institutions are subject to the same regulations, accreditation requirements and oversight as Public Universities.

The IIE has a history in education and training since 1909, and its brands - Rosebank College, Varsity College and Vega - are widely recognised and respected for producing workplace-ready graduates, many of whom become industry-leaders in their chosen fields. The IIE offers a wide range of qualifications, from post-graduate degrees to short courses, on 20 registered higher education campuses across South Africa.

Sep 06
Rosebank College to host its 1st Jobs of the Future: ICT event

future.jpgRosebank College, an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education will host its first Jobs of the Future in ICT event at its Pretoria Sunnyside Campus on October 19, 2018.

The event will explore what future jobs in ICT will look like, the skills needed and how graduates can future proof their careers.

The corporate environment is changing quickly and many jobs will disappear in the next few years, that's according to a report from PwC. Automation and machines are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that companies are looking for in the people that they employ. Nobody can say for sure what the future holds. However we can make educated guesses based on past and current trends. Predicting the jobs of the future requires understanding that all kinds of variables will interact in complex and surprising ways. Many of tomorrows jobs will likely result from today's scientific and technological advances. But most jobs of the future don't exist yet, and a lot of them haven't even been imagined. In fact, almost two-thirds of today's nursery school students will eventually have occupations that don't currently exist. However many of today's occupations will continue to be part of the future, but they will undergo changes just like everything else. And many occupations will transform into something entirely new – or disappear altogether.

The key to long-term success lies in the ability to understand change almost before it occurs and seize the opportunity to shape evolving technologies.  So what kind of changes do we foresee?

The internet of things

Many of us already have three or more full time devices connected to the internet. Sensors are being embedded in shoes, medicine like asthma inhalers and medical exploratory surgery devices are being technologically adapted, which will surely change the fields of fashion, medicine and design.

Zetta flood

Improved networks will be developed to will be required to move more data and create what is currently termed a "zetta flood." The sheer amount of data being transmitted across the internet is growing at a terrific rate and this flood of data may threaten to overwhelm the internet.

Evolution of the cloud

By 2020 one third of all data will live in or pass through the cloud. Global cloud services revenue is estimated to jump 20% per year, and IT spending on innovation and cloud computing is already in its $ trillions which is enough to create the next Google. This cloud evolution will change the way we communicate.

The pace of change in the job market is expected to accelerate by 2020. Office and administrative functions, along with manufacturing and production roles will see dramatic declines accounting for over six million roles over the next four years. Artificial intelligence, 3D printing, resource-efficient sustainable production and robotics will factor into the ways we currently make, manage and mend products and deliver services.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

Aug 23
Celebrating women's month

press team badge.pngAs we celebrate womens month this August, we speak to some of our staff members about what it means to be a women today. Watch our video created by the RC press team for more.

 


In this second video we look at women who have made history by being pioneers in their field.

 


Aug 22
Women breaking barriers in the workplace

Women-breaking-barriers-in-the-workplace_BLOG1.jpgPreviously male dominated industries such as science and technology present somewhat of an uphill battle for women – that's according to the Harambee, youth employment accelerator, quarterly employment report.

The recent Quarterly Labour Force survey results, released by Statistics South Africa continue to paint a dire picture of unemployment in South Africa, with youth employment dropping to its lowest in the last five years.

The national employment rate for youth aged 18-28 decreased to 51.8% this quarter which is a 0.7% point decline compared to last quarter.

A lack of leadership roles, inflexible work schedules and pay differences are problems that plague women in many professions. Additionally salaries for women are routinely lower than those of men even when they do manage to advance to upper-level positions.

Despite these barriers, women are fighting to break these barriers in the workplace. We spoke to some women who have managed to work their way up to hear what advice they have to share with younger women entering the workplace.

Ask for the pay you want

Negotiating for the salary you want is not easy. According to research, women are less likely to ask for more money when offered a job. If discussing your salary makes you feel uncomfortable then you are not alone. A survey from Glassdoor reports that 60% of women and 48% of men believe salary history questions should be avoided. According to the same report, 68% of women are less likely to negotiate compensation, compared to 52% of men. Be realistic before starting this conversation, for example find out what the pay grade for that position is and consider your experience.

Lean in

As used by Sheryl Sandberg in the book of that title to "lean in" means to be assertive, to move toward a leading, rather than following role. The book and the lean in movement, encourage women to do this. Don't be afraid to strive for a leadership position or to be heard in meetings.

Change your mind-set

Don't focus on the challenges that women face in the workplace but rather focus your energy in overcoming them and growing in your choosen career.

Continuously look for opportunities to grow

Always look for opportunities to move you further up the career ladder. Offer to take on projects that you may not necessarily be comfortable with and challenge yourself to exert yourself.

Be authentic

It's very important for all of us to find ways to be authentic in the workplace. So when looking for job opportunities, make sure you learn about the community and culture of the company. It is important to work in an environment that resonates with you. For example company values that are different to your own will cause discord and internal discomfort. 

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

 

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

Aug 13
Rosebank College Polokwane helps high school learners

extraclasses.jpgThe Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) Rosebank College Connected Campus in Polokwane is offering Saturday classes to help matric students improve their marks in Maths, Accounting, Maths Literacy and Physical Science. "Our vision is to work towards the National Development Plan: Vision 2030, to empower youth by providing access to extra matric classes – at our technology powered Polokwane Connected Campus. The management of The IIE's Rosebank College Polokwane Connected Campus aims to contribute to the national strategy by assisting matriculants in the Polokwane-Capricorn District in the 2018 academic year and in future expand the programme to other areas," says Innocent Moyo, Campus Principal at Rosebank College Polokwane.

The matric intervention support programme which was initiated in March 2018 currently caters to 348 Grade 12 students from 17 schools.

"We approached the Department of Education and expressed our interest in assisting matric learners from surrounding areas with our facilities and resources to improve their marks and the response was positive," says Moyo.

 "We are currently working with Capricorn District because of its close proximity to our campus and the specific schools are selected by the Department of Education. Schools have seen a remarkable improvement in performance for the learners who are attending these classes. Schools are also requesting that we increase the number of subjects we are offering. Students are happy to be part of the programme and they are positive that the programme will assist them in passing their matric," adds Moyo.

The classes are managed by The IIE's Rosebank College Polokwane Connected Campus. Classes are offered to Grade 12's on Saturdays from 8:00 to 13:00. Learners are expected to be on campus on time and a daily register is taken. The educators plan the lessons and submit their weekly plans to the academic management committee that is managed by The IIE's Rosebank College for quality purposes.

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To maximize the success rate, educators signed contracts to acknowledge their availability and commitment to the classes.   Each learner attends at least two subjects in the following combinations: Maths and Physical Science, Maths and Accounting and Maths Literacy and Accounting.

"We would like to partner with more schools in the province and implement the same project across all districts in Limpopo. Furthermore we would like to increase the number of subjects we are offering. In future the project will be run from different circuits and learners will visit the campus once per term for career guidance and a campus tour," adds Moyo.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers. Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

 

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.   We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development. For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

 


Jul 26
Saving for higher education

ss.jpgAs a rule of thumb, saving as soon as possible is the best approach when looking to save for tertiary education. The best time for education planning is around the time your child is born. This offers you several years to put money away in an education fund for example. If this is now impossible, the second best option is to start saving today. Don't let the amount scare you. Focus on saving as much as you can on a regular basis.

Education inflation (currently at 9%) realistically means that you will need a substantial amount to save for education. You should rather aim to invest your money where you can get good returns. Remember the more time you have to invest your money, the more time it has to grow.

Plan

Taking the time to plan is the first step. If your child has already started their schooling, do not be disheartened. Investing can still alleviate the burden down the line.  If this is the case then perhaps you can look at investing for later education (high school and tertiary) and pay for the early years from your salary.

REMEMBER: When you invest, the returns you earn lessen the total financial impact of school fees on your budget.

Be a disciplined saver

When you are serious about your savings, you also get the added advantage of sending your child/children to schools you may otherwise not be able to afford.

Avoid credit if you can

The result of not planning may be that you are forced to take up a loan to finance your child's education. Compound works against you in this case, as credit becomes the most expensive option.

Research which investment option is best

There are numerous investment products available to choose from. Some specialised education polices or unit trusts. Make sure you choose the option that suits your needs.

Like all major decisions, there are various facts to consider such as

  • What does your budget allow?
  • Can you save/invest regularly, or do you have a once-off lump sum?
  • Do you understand the different solutions available to you?
  • What guidance do you need to choose the right savings and investments solution for you?
  • What kind of return are you looking for, and what level of risk are you willing to take on your capital investment?
  • How long do you want to save and invest for?
 
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About IIE Rosebank College
The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.
Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of 
Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's 
working world.
Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses,
and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.  
We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development.
For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za
 match your savings and investment objectives and time horizon.


Jul 17
Mental Health Awareness Month

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As we mark National Mental Health Awareness Month this July, we explore mental health. In South Africa, 30.3% of adults experience a mental 

disorder in their lifetimes – that's close to one-to-three people. But while so many are affected by it, mental illness remains stigmatized, and many

are uncomfortable to talk about it.

Firstly, what is mental health exactly? 

According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is a level of psychological well-being or an absence of mental illness. It is the "psychological

state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioural adjustment". Mental health may include an individual's ability to

enjoy life, and create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.

We spoke to Xolisile Ntuli, National Student Relations Manager at The IIE's Rosebank College to find out more.

Why should students take their mental health seriously?

Stress is a gateway to mental illness. Whenever we are stressed and do not attend to the cause of the stress, we can open up a door to mental illness. 

Mental health is mostly neglected and here are some reasons that it should be taken seriously.

  • It influences our decisions. When we are less anxious or stressed, we are more likely to make informed decisions.
  • It enhances your ability to cope with stressful situations
  • It helps us to maintain healthy relationships and boundaries.
  • It promotes healthy coping skills. Our mental health helps us to tap into that ability to bounce back from challenges.
  • It enhances our ability to cope with setbacks.
  • It promotes healthy levels of self-esteem and self-motivation.  

What can students do to make sure that their mental health remains healthy?

  • Exercise to relieve stress and improve your mood.
  • Talk to someone that you trust about stressful situations or anything that could potentially cause you high unmanageable levels of stress.
  • Sleep is very important, prioritise it.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or any other drug, especially as a way to relieve stress.
  • Invest time in your interests and hobbies.
  • Keep watch over your thoughts. You are your best motivator and unfortunately sometimes your own discourager.

For more information and free and confidential counselling, please contact the Student Relations Manager on your campus.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of 

Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's 

working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses,

and enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.  

We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development.
For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

Jul 05
RC Trailblazer - GKSS A Team RC Code Unite Team

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What makes you a trailblazer? A leader? Someone who inspires? Next up on our  trailblazers feature are the GKSS A Team RC Code Unite team. This group of IT students are passionate about all things IT, and have taken it upon themeselves to bring industry experts and leaders to campus to motivate and inspire their fellow IT classmates. We caught up with the Code Unite team at their Women in IT event held at IIE Rosebank College, Braamfontein Campus on 30 May 2018 . The event aimed to show girls in IT, what other girls have managed to achieve in ICT sector. 

 


Jun 26
Substance Abuse Awareness Day – 26 June 2018

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June 26, 2018 marks National Substance Abuse Awareness Day in South Africa.  South Africa is battling the scourge of uniquely South

 African illicit 'street drugs' such as nyaope, but also the increasing abuse of legal medications, such as ARV's, painkillers and cough

syrups – leading to what has been described as silent addictions.

 

Substance abuse among the youth has severe effects on our communities and families, and have many potential health effects for the

users, such as increased risk of injury and death due to either violence or accidents; increased probability of engaging in high risk sexual

behaviour, teen pregnancy and transmittable diseases; and increased risk for suicidal behaviour and psychiatric disorders.

 

Abuse of different substances is furthermore also often the reason for declining grades, high absenteeism and school dropouts. Substance

use during adolescent is also associated with involvement in crime and gang-related activities.

 

Drug dependency, in all its forms, is a massive problem that creates serious health, social, legal, and economic problems for the country.

Recently nyaope (also called whoonga), a mix of some scheduled drugs and antiretroviral medication, has become dramatically popular in

the country's townships. Studies also put the rate of alcohol use among South Africans at nearly 40%. The prevalence of tobacco use was at

about 30%, while dagga was at about 8%.

 

South Africa also has the highest incidence of foetal alcohol syndrome in the world, rampant teenage drug abuse, unemployment and a culture

 of violence. Statistics reveal that the most commonly used drugs were alcohol, dagga, cocaine and Mandrax.

 

If you, or anyone you know has a substance abuse problem they can call the toll-free substance abuse helpline. The toll-free helpline number

is 0800 121314, while SMS's can also be sent to 32312.

 

This line offers support, guidance and help for people addicted to drugs and alcohol as well as their families, no matter where they are in South Africa.

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About IIE Rosebank College

The IIE Rosebank College is dedicated to providing students with a solid foundation, creating future thinkers to build successful careers.

 Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) which is registered with the Department of Higher

Education and Training as a private higher education institution. The IIE quality, accredited courses enable you to thrive in today's working world.

Whether you study at our Braamfontein, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Pretoria CBD, Pretoria Sunnyside, Polokwane or Durban campuses, and

 enrol for an IIE degree, diploma or higher certificate.  

We are a worthy higher education partner for all students who entrust us with their career development.

For more information please visit www.rosebankcollege.co.za

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