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How to keep the lights on

BY: SGI|6 February 2020
BLOG| My future career, Business leadership and strategy

We are all preparing for 18 months of load shedding. Additionally, the power utility wants to raise their electricity tariffs by more than double the suggested rate of 9.41% and is going to court next week to do this. For matrics starting new careers and existing businesses that want to get the training done, education becomes challenging when we do not know when the power will be on. One solution is online education.

Below you will find ten ways in which you can make online education work for you:


  1. Flexibility – Beat the traffic

Whether you have a full-time job and or a family to take care of, enhancing your career by studying will still be a possibility for you. When you study online, education revolves around you, not the other way around.

You do not have to worry about being late for classes due to a taxi strike or trying to find student accommodation that fits into your budget and forget about those long waits when the robots are out. Thanks to advances in online learning, you can do what you need to from the comfort of your own home, and in the traffic if you get stuck. Anywhere, anytime learning becomes a reality.

  1. Save!

You are going to need more money to pay for electricity. We just saved some money in our first tip, and the second amount of money that we can save is on accommodation. Did you know that the cost of student accommodation is typically more than the actual course? You can save all of that money by studying online. Even companies pay for venues, catering and travel costs when training. All of this can happen from the comfort of your closest computer or smart device. That is a real saving.

To add to this, Stellenbosch Graduate Institute has structured its courses so that you can study a course based on your current budget. You are also saving on commuting and student accommodation costs.

  1. Batteries included

We will provide you with all the necessary material that you would need to complete your course. You may not know that you can budget between R 10,000 to R 20,000 per year for books in a standard curriculum. All your textbook requirements are included in our courses, including 26 study guides in our online management qualification and complete texts in our other modules.

So next time you need to switch on the light to look for the textbook, you can go to the downloaded guide on your mobile device.

  1. Variety – All you can eat buffet

Whether you are learning to manage a team, working out how to build a budget or trying to figure out how digital marketing or data science works, you can find it all in one place.

Beats having to go to different institutions to learn all the essentials. Give you more time to heat your next meal on the gas stove…

  1. Get a better education.

In the US, more than 68% of students have earnt their degrees online. In South Africa, 15% of students have earned their degrees online, and this is expected to grow to 68% in the next five years. Soon everyone will look at you strangely if you told them that you went to classes for your studies.

The fun thing is that people that study online have better retention compared to people that sat in a classroom. Online students also did marginally better at standard tests for the same subjects than their face to face counterparts.

If we get more people to study online, then we need less electricity on campuses across the country, and we can all get a better education and save the environment at the same time.

  1. Networking – connecting for education

With online learning, you will meet students from all over Africa that have similar career interest. You’ll not only make professional connections but could also form friendships with people from a range of different countries and cultures.

Online learning allows you to have the freedom to connect with your learning coach and peers whenever you need assistance. We also record all the sessions, so if you could not connect due to the prince of darkness visiting at an unexpected hour, you can watch your online lecture like it was the latest series on Netflix.

  1. Support – don’t do it alone in the dark.

We all visit websites every day. Why did you not go back to your friend’s blog page today? It is because you maybe have not thought about it in a while? The internet has a strange way of distracting us – and that is why at SGI, we have a learning coach.

Next time you are sitting alone in the dark, you can ask your learning coach to explain how to manage your finances or how to structure your study experience.

Studying online does not mean you are left alone in the dark in your self-study environment. With only one click, you can get help or advice from your learning coach and lecturer. To ensure that learners access and engage with high-quality content, Stellenbosch Graduate Institute’s lecturers provide credible content, assessment methodologies, insights, and learning support.

  1. Light up your life! Stand out

Taking online courses will help you stand out from the crowd. You will be able to choose from unique courses and course combinations that students who study through a fixed university programme may not be able to access. This gives you real flexibility to shape your learning in the order that works for you.

Online courses are also an excellent prospect for those taking a gap year. Attending an online course may help you develop those critical skills that employers want to see while gaining a life experience that you always wanted. Being prepared to enter the workplace after your gap year will show employers that you indeed are the right person for the job.

  1. Career progression

If you’re already employed, studying online will help you further your career. Accredited online management courses allow you to gain the knowledge and skills you will need to get that job or promotion, and pursue academic credentials while working, while in-between jobs, or while taking time to raise a family.

It shows that you are ambitious and prepared for any new challenges and will put your name on the shortlist for promotion, salary increases and other benefits.

Online learning truly is the best investment as it benefits you in the present through decreasing costs associated with studying as well as increasing your skills for future economic benefit.

  1. Work while you learn

The best thing about studying online is that you can keep doing your day job and in an hour a day, or 8 hours on the weekend (consult your local load schedule to find the best time to charge your devices) – you can improve your life. Nothing is better than earning and learning at the same time. It improves the earning. Currently, people with degrees will make 8x as much in their lifetime as a person that did not study.

In less time than it will take the national electricity provider to get the house in order, you can complete an online qualification that not only will help to keep the lights on but also to power you into your future. We hope this has provided a few practical tips on how to improvise, adapt and overcome not only the lack the electricity but also the next steps in your business career.

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