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Current scarce skills, and how Boston can fill the gap!

Boston understands the time, effort, and financial commitment that a student makes in order to complete a qualification. It is for this reason that we also make sure that we remain in touch with corporate and industry so that we can supply the job market with work-ready candidates who will fit into hard-to-fill vacancies. Sunet Stemmet of Boston Bloemfontein discusses some current scarce skills, and how Boston can fill the gap!

To give you an idea of in demand jobs, see here some of the most in-demand skills you should look to develop:

  • Cloud computing.
  • Artificial intelligence.
  • Sales leadership.
  • Mobile app development.
  • People management.
  • Video production.
  • Digital journalism
  • Animation

Boston offers qualifications that will provide you with these skills, except for translation! The BCom Management Marketing teaches the latest marketing trends, people management, leadership in a sales environment, and includes the current in-demand skill of brand management.  Boston’s IT department provides qualifications in mobile app development and cloud computing, as well as skills towards analysis, and towards artificial intelligence which is a broad term for skills such as programming ie: “the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages”. Qualifications in video, journalism, and animation are all offered at Boston Media House. (Campus specific).

Being in the fourth industrial revolution, skills demands have changed for those that are adaptable as the world, the workforce and therefore skills requirements change daily. These include what were known as traits and are now in-demand skills: creativity; collaboration; adaptability; time management and persuasion.

The best way to address the requirements of the fourth industrial revolution job opportunities is to complete the BSocSci – Bachelor of Social Sciences. This is the ‘go-to’ degree for employers who are looking for candidates that will adapt to change. It is very important to investigate what skills are in demand, as much as which careers, as the concept of one career for life is evolving.

If you want to succeed in the financial sector, you should focus on developing good computer skills, marketing skills, and specialised financial expertise. Those are the three areas that the Seta for finance and accounting services (Fasset) has highlighted in its Scarce Skills Guide as being priority areas. 
“There’s no need to play a game of chance such as heads-or-tails when it comes to deciding on a career or choosing a course of study, “ comments Sunet of Boston, Bloemfontein. Get a good idea of what employers in the financial sector want by investigating current job opportunities.

To get financial expertise, invest in a financial qualification, such as the Bachelor of Accounting, the Diploma in Financial Management or a Bookkeeping course at Boston.
“By following a thoughtful and investigative approach, you can make a good decision and be sure that you will be investing your savings on studies that will help you get a job, ”
concludes Sunet.



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