Top tips from Peter Hacker, international Masters student & Boston Educator

Peter Hacker, International Masters student, and Educator at Boston City Campus has a lot of experience in dealing with students in Higher education, combined with lessons from his own education journey! Here he gives some solid advice to students in school and in varsity, trying to get through a scary workload, exams and to combat stress.

What are the three important qualities students and graduates must have?

  • Perseverance: Perseverance -because the road ahead will never smooth, every person will experience some form of bumps or hiccups. These do not define who you are. However, the manner in which you overcame these challenges will define who you are.
  • Motivation / Passion: Successful students and graduates need to be motivated and invested in their qualifications of choice. Some people get “bored” after a certain amount of time spent on a specific subject/profession. When you get “bored,” you inevitably lose interest, which will lead to lower levels of performance and confidence. Therefore, be intrigued and show a willingness to learn, which will motivate your drive to advance.
  • No fear of failure: Failure is something we all hate to experience, as some believe that failure defines who we are. This is untrue. Even the largest corporations in the world experience some sort of failure daily. However, this does not slow down their progress. They learn from their mistakes and amend their strategies for the future. The same concept applies to successful graduates. When you fail, don’t think, “I can’t do it,”. Rather learn where you went wrong, and build on your experience.

Advice to Grade 11’s and Grade 12’s who have had battled a year of schooling in a pandemic?

You are about to complete a phase in your educational pursuit. Do not relent. Pursue a higher or further qualification. Strive to gain admission into College to do a degree of your choice. If you do not meet the entry requirements, find out what you need to do to achieve them. Success comes to those who work hard and push through the challenges.

Ask yourself, “Who am I to be, whom am I becoming, who do I want to be?”. This current point in time is YOUR moment to figure out this question.  As a grade 11 or 12 learner, test yourself against the environments that you are going up against. Do it with passion, and you will find your calling. Invest some time and complete the online Career Compass, an interest assessment tool provided free by Boston, that will tell you which industry you are most suited to. Boston training advisors will help you take that further by advising on the next best step suited to both you, your financial situation, and the entry requirements of the qualification. Boston has shown that success in a qualification soars when you match it appropriately to a person’s interests.

You have overcome challenges – what were they and what did you learn from them that can help others? I have had two tough challenges in my life, which most students can relate to.

The first was the financial standing of myself and my parents. We did not have the financial luxury to support my life choices. However, they gave me life and love. I completed a tough Gap year overseas that helped me save money. I returned home and registered for a Diploma in Business Management at Boston.

The second was crippling anxiety.  I learned to acknowledge that what I was experiencing was normal, and did not define who I am. It was a challenge that helped grow my mental capacity, and it was temporary. I overcame this challenge by using what worked best FOR ME, which was to achieve personal growth and success. One of the steps that I took was visualizing my future success. This helped me find hope and uplifted my emotional state.

My career goals are defined in my approach to life: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based (SMART). That being said, I would say that my final career goal would be to change people’s lives. Change your life and register at Boston today.


An in-depth interview with Mr Peter Hacker, junior educator at Boston City Campus and an international Master’s degree student!

An in-depth interview with Mr Peter Hacker, junior educator at Boston City Campus and an international Master’s degree student!


My journey at Boston started with the Diploma in Business Management, I then completed modules towards the final year of the Bachelor of Commerce degree; to accumulate more credits to pursue a higher qualification.

I chose Boston because of distance as well as self-paced learning. It is extremely beneficial allowing you to study and work at the same time, without having to sit in a lecture hall for 8 hours per day. Additionally, this approach brought me face-to-face with challenges that an individual would experience in the working world. For example, time management.

The Diploma suited my enthusiasm for Business Management. Additionally, I was made aware that the Higher Education Qualifications of Boston were recognised in North America and Europe, which made my choice an extremely blissful one. These kinds of accreditations are scarce in South Africa.

My previous schooling was mediocre at best, which will sit in the back of my mind for the rest of my life. I was not the student that I am today; putting in minimal effort. I was in two different high schools, but fortunately finished my high school career being given an opportunity to grow and express myself.

I wake up early to get to the office as soon as possible which allows me to get ahead of my work and respond to students as immediately. I am a student, and I understand the need for explanation and assistance in the shortest amount of time. I love my gym and the healthy body healthy mind aspect that it gives me, then I typically have an online lecture at 6:00 pm, do projects until midnight and sometimes have to wake up at around 02:00 am to attend a lecture or do a Q&A amongst our peer group, as we are from various time zones worldwide.

I love the international exposure I get from my current studies.  In both contexts of academia and perceptions of international peers, it allows for significant learning experiences and individuality, and provides me with enormous confidence.

My students drive me! I have had several interactions with students who have completed their qualification or who were just completely unsure of a specific topic or work relating to their module(s), and I provided them with sufficient clarification. The amount of joy that it brings me to know that one of my students has successfully completed his/her qualification is priceless. Or if they were able to complete an assignment where they once thought that it was impossible.

I believe that Boston is world-class when it comes to student support and interaction and genuine to its vision of enhancing, uplifting, and continuously improving the quality of education and training in Southern Africa.

Furthering one’s education can provide extensive knowledge of the ever-evolving world around us and develop yourself to accommodate the changing world. Additionally, my mother used to tell me that “Knowledge is the key to success,” which it truly is, as is a true reflection of myself. I also believe in continuous learning. It is like the great physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

The international application process was an absolute breeze. It was enriching to receive my acceptance letter and knowing that the class was only limited to 40 individuals from across the globe.

It is very rare to find an institution in South Africa such as Boston, where students have the ability to be internationally recognised because of their qualification’s accreditation status. This gives students the ability to work internationally and transnationally.

Additionally, as the Fourth Industrial Revolution is coming into full-swing, and the covid19 pandemic only accelerating this process, the need for international business and corporate structure is at an all-time high. The borders that separate countries “magically” disappear once you hold an International qualification. The opportunities are endless.  Lastly, if you decided to stay in South Africa and hold an international qualification, your significance to employers is much higher than candidates with a local qualification.


Graduation Message – SemB-2020 Dr Hendrik Botha & Dr Rob Stegmann

Graduation Message – SemB-2020 Dr Hendrik Botha & Dr Rob Stegmann

Dear Graduates, families, sponsors and significant others:

The world has never been as uncertain as it is now. Over the last seven months, South Africans have had to navigate the various levels of lockdown and with it, the fears and anxieties of the unknown. This period in our collective history has revealed remarkable resilience and adaptability, but it has also laid bare the fractures and fissures of our past that continue to challenge our country. Now in level one, as the economy begins to open more, as we figure out how to remain vigilant in the face of the ongoing risk of COVID-19, there is greater urgency to reimagine the world.

In the wake of considerable loss—of lives and livelihoods—we step forward and take hold of the fragments and begin to rebuild. We dust ourselves off, and we dare to get back into the arena, more aware of our vulnerabilities, more attuned to the frailty of the human condition, and more conscious of the needs of others. Hope springs, not as an act of wishful thinking, but as an act of audacious imagination.

The courage to reimagine our lives in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world sets the stage for the graduating class of 2020! While we are still unable to gather together to mark this moment in the lives of you, our graduands, we nevertheless signal with this virtual ceremony that we will overcome the odds stacked against us. And, so on behalf of the Directors and the Academic Board, I undertake the sacred charge to graduate you, our valued graduands, in absentia.

In place of a physical graduation ceremony, with this letter, as the Academic Head, I formally graduate you with all the honours, rights and privileges accompanied herewith. I do hereby release your Degree, Diploma or Higher Certificate qualifications and transcripts.

It is a great joy for us to recognise the achievements of 955 unique individuals whose lives have been changed throughout your studies. Included in this number, we note with much excitement the graduation of the first cohort of the Postgraduate Diploma in Management.

While it is important to celebrate the achievements of our graduates, we do want to acknowledge the crucial and supportive role played by the mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and guardians. Their perseverance and commitment to stand by you has made the obtainment of your awards possible.

By choosing Boston City Campus, we are reminded of the fact that you, now our graduates, have entrusted your vocational futures into our hands. We are grateful and honoured by your choice. It is a choice that carries gravitas, motivating us to ensure we do everything in our power to give you the best foundation for your careers. We take to heart the importance of this decision and know, too, that your experience echoes out into the world. From the positive feedback we’ve received on our international accreditation to the service delivery and provision of all course material and textbooks at the start of every semester, all confirming that we really do embody a student-centred approach to higher education.

On this occasion, during this extraordinary moment in our history, I want to consider what words of inspiration, what message of encouragement, I might offer the graduating class of 2020.

Having watched David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet recently, I was struck by two things: First, we are complex creatures inhabiting a fragile ecosystem. Second, we are both the problem and the solution to the challenges we face.

As humans, we are both blessed and cursed. We are both free and bound. We are both hopeful and hopeless. We are forward-moving and backwards-looking. This moment in our collective history has us straddling how it is possible to be blessed with health, family and a sense of vocation, but also fearful, unsure, and anxious about the future. And, while we often think of our fears, anxieties and uncertainties as things to be avoided, I am reminded that fear confronted leads to courage; that uncertainty wrestled nurtures robust faith; and, that anxiety faced invites us to let go of what we cannot control.

Even as we begin to rebuild, it feels like the very fabric of our existence is fraying around us. But it is also revealing new opportunities to reimagine the world, the economy, and education. It is beckoning us to lay hold of a priceless treasure. We can allow fear, anxiety and uncertainty to overwhelm and paralyse. Or, we can recognise that what stands in the way of that priceless treasure is ourselves.

There is no way to predict the future or anticipate what challenges lie ahead in a post-COVID world. We can, however, choose to participate and audaciously engage in creating the future. Abraham Lincoln said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” As difficult as that may prove to be, and it will continue to be difficult, I want to remind you that you have each overcome immense obstacles to complete your qualification under extraordinary circumstances. You have triumphed over the naysayers, the inner voice telling you you’re not worth it, the negative external voices.

In life, there is no final exam paper or summative assessment. Life is one formative assessment after another. As you complete one and move on, you encounter a new opportunity in your journey, and then another, and another after that. It might be preparing for a job interview which assesses your fitness for an organisation, or the submission of a business plan to secure funding for a start-up. There is no pass or fail in life. There is only the opportunity for ongoing formation. With each embraced ending, a new beginning is permitted, one formational moment after the other that will require maximum flexibility and adaptability.

In this respect, we at Boston do consider ourselves somewhat at the forefront of technologically mediated teaching and learning which has now come of age and more so than what could have been predicted. Your honed skills and experiences with independent learning; participating in digital teaching moments; interacting with educators at a distance via email, telephone or Skype; navigating online learning management systems, regularly using databases to access research, and completing assessments and projects using modern software suites and apps will also come to stand you in good stead.

Within each challenge lies the opportunity for growth and the potential for ‘new doors’ to open for both personal and professional advancement.

So, build step by step on your success, conquer your fears, and overcome what is holding you back from entering the next stage. This VUCA world will need your audacious imagination to cast a vision of a different world; a world in which we honestly assess both how we can be the problem and the solution; a world in which the delicate balance is restored for the flourishing of all life.

Without further ado

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika


Kind regards,

Dr Hendrik Botha

Head of Institution

Please view full Graduation in Absentia SemB 2020 video message here

Graduation in Absentia Booklet  – download here.



Ways to reduce Stress and Anxiety

Ways to reduce Stress and Anxiety

Headlines such as “Experts warn of low matric pass rates for 2020” are now in the media, and adding fear into a situation that already feels tense, as well as causing anxiety to students who have had so much to cope with already. Students have had less support and less school days, yet are heading towards matric exams on which their futures depend. Students may have to adjust their end goals, and parents must be supportive of the process as well as the goals and the outcomes of all exams.

Below, we note some quick and effective study tips from an interview with Dr Linda Meyer, Operations and Sector Support at Universities South Africa.

“Covid19 does not contribute to our contextual stability, we are in a volatile and unconstructive environment which has resulted in higher stress levels. We have to cope with exam stress as well as the uncertainty of what is to come.

Stress is a feeling of emotional and physical tension – we are being judged by our peers and parents, and we then see ourselves as success or failures. We are self-critical.  Also, as human beings we often leave things to the last minute, which creates more stress.

Students who prepare and plan will feel less stressed.

Focus on positive self-talks. Be personal and be honest open and frank, understand what it is what we want to achieve. We mustn’t be too harsh on ourselves or judge ourselves to harshly. If we fail, we must readjust our goals.

How do we control our stress levels? We must decide motivates us, and set goals. We must not be too harsh on ourselves. Failure in one thing eg grade 12 doesn’t mean you yourself are a failure – it means you didn’t prepare adequately or didn’t have adequate support. That process didn’t work for you. In having positive self-talk, you need to say things like: “I have an end goal I am motivated to achieve and I am going to achieve”. Set yourself some motivation and be clear about what it is you want to achieve.

What are some unique and basic study tips?

Students: Have a routine – this is something you must do daily. Very important.

  • Use the breathing technique (to control anxiety). If you are feeling highly stressed take 6 or 7 deep breaths for 5 or 6 seconds, in and then out, to stabilise your cortisol levels.
  • Cut out distractions e.g. social media.
  • Take regular breaks, go for walks once a day to get your heart rate up.
  • Talk about your stress and anxiety with those around you
  • Getting enough sleep cannot be overemphasised. Do not cram through the night before. Do not put yourself in an utter exhaustive state. You will hit a blank during your exam.
  • Prepare adequately
  • Have a positive self-talk

Parents – be supportive, lead by example, set routine. Have your own routine and a family routine.

Keep in mind that even if the students fail, they will have other opportunities, make sure not to criticise them. Life is hard, we need to be able to fail and get up again.

Make sure students have structure, get enough sleep, eat a high protein food, and minimise screen time. Create a balanced and supportive environment. Motivate them and make them feel safe and secure.”


Job Opportunity at Kingsley Heath


Holidays provide an excellent opportunity for vac work. We know, you have worked hard and had a stressful year, but consider the benefits of vac work:

  • You are networking with colleagues, students, and customers.
  • You make your worth known to employers.
  • You add value via a reference to your cv.
  • You show commitment and perseverance
  • You earn money!
  • You keep busy and motivated.

This opportunity for vac work posted below is national – please apply as per the instruction below.

Go for it! Good Luck!

Want to join the tribe?

Kingsley Heath is looking for students to work in its stores during the varsity holidays.

Stores located in:
Cape Town and surrounds – V&A, Canal Walk, Cavendish, Tyger Valley, Somerset West
Durban – Gateway
JHB – Eastgate, Fourways, Mall of Africa, Rosebank, Sandton
Pretoria – Brooklyn, Menlyn, Woodlands

Send your CV and a recent picture of yourself to



Coping with retrenchment – a ‘how to’

2020 can basically be summed up as “The year of living differently”. Every year we have upheavals, natural disasters and other events that have to be made sense of so that we can lead normalised lifestyles. We cannot make sense of 2020, so we have to work on getting through each day and adapting our goals. 2019 was a year of major retrenchments, 2020 has seen even more retrenchments, businesses closing, and people losing their profession eg travel agents, pilots, CEO’s.

In a time of uncertainty with the added change in daily routine and the insecurity of needing to earn an income, setting new goals is very difficult. “However, take control of your life and plan ahead.  Proactive steps will empower you and put your more in charge of the situation,” says Taryn Steenkamp, Head of National Sales at Boston City Campus.

Steenkamp provides the following advice:

Your employer

Have you been let go? Remember, this is a worldwide event, do not take it personally. Engage with your company.  Find out about your pension and provident fund, and the Unemployment Insurance which is SUPPOSED to help you for up to 6 months, taking away some of the pressure.

Find out if you have an income protect policy which will pay you out.

Communicate with your creditors so that you can make the necessary arrangements to avoid falling into bad debt.

Use backup

Use your network of family and friends for advice, coaching and support.  This is especially important if you have children, you will need to be able to leave your kids in a safe place while you go off to an interview.

Keep busy

Finding a new job is your new job. Don’t allow yourself to fall into a slump. You need a daily purpose, and a schedule. Keep your mind active.

Enrol for a short course or even a degree that enhances your skills and adds value to your CV, increasing your employment eligibility.  Boston has payment plans and is modular based so now is a good time to get qualifications that put you ahead of the rest in the unemployment queue. Boston also has qualifications that will help you set up your own business, consulting in IT or selling a product or service. Studies will open your eyes to new ideas and give you the confidence to set out on your own. Volunteer some of your time – either at a business which can use your skillset or a non-profit organisation or schools.

Find ways to start over

Be open to taking other jobs to get you on your feet again.  Be creative in terms of your resources.  From looking after kids, taking to and from school, becoming an Uber driver.  Recruit -my -mom is an outstanding source of funds and temporary work.

Leverage your LinkedIn network to offer your services.

Re-skill yourself.

Coping emotionally

“Keep in mind that this is happening to you.  It’s not who you are.  It has everything to do with the economic environment,” says Steenkamp.

Focus on the things over which you have control.

  • Get up and get dressed early every day.
  • Go to job centres and register with the department of labour.
  • Keep yourself busy with tasks
  • Try earn money taking on odd jobs to help you avoid losing your self-value.

“Manage your expectations.  While there are opportunities, this process can take 6 – 18 months to find a job comparative with the one you lost,” says Steenkamp.

Suntosh Pillay says that the Pandemic has caused an emotional Tsunami. Add to that the outcome of retrenchment, “leaves people in a perpetual state of stress” he says. “Taking proactive steps can help you manage this challenging time,” says Steenkamp.  “Get sleep, exercise and keep your mind active.  It is a difficult time but keep on reminding yourself that this too shall pass, and you will soon be back on your feet”.


The power of the pandemic – digitisation of our workspaces

The power of the pandemic – digitisation of our workspaces.

An interview with Nadine Botha, Registrar Academic of Boston City Campus.

    1. How has the pandemic changed the workplace in terms of fast tracking digitisation? Imagine shifting a physical office into cyberspace. That’s what we had to do virtually overnight. Hold meetings at a digital table, share documents digitally, communicate efficiently with email and WhatsApp, and ensure products were digitised. In the case of a tertiary institute, it means lectures online, and lecturers available online too. Whatever your business, you had to make sure to continue to service your customer needs seamlessly.  We had to learn apps like Teams and Zoom.  Let’s take an example of travel agents who were simply shut down, long term. Pivoting their business was not even an option, they had to develop new businesses from the bottom up. Many have gone into sales of either their own produced goods or they have sourced goods to sell. Either way, they had to immediately become digital sales people. They had to market themselves and their product (marketing) create an online presence (branding, web design, knowing your market and how to reach them) and find a way for safe payment and delivery.
    2. What new digital skills are employees going to need in order to be able to add value in the digitised work environment? We no longer have the luxury of putting a digital skills course such as social media, web design or digital communications on our bucket list or to do list, we were thrown in the deep end and needed these skills immediately!

    Digital skills are essential skills for everyone, and also lifelong skills that need to be updated. All employees need to be computer literate, they need to be able to promote business, service and products. They need to function on LinkedIn, and all social media. They will need a combination of new skills such as social media, search engine optimisation, presentation skills and project management, together with ‘older’ skills such as marketing, brand management and reporting.

    Team leader and management skills have to be learned and adapted to remote working environments, and a way of ‘socialising’ digitally as this is an important aspect of productivity in the workplace.

    1. What is the significance of upskilling employees rather than letting them go and how can businesses go about doing that? Do what is best for your business. That is increased revenue and increased productivity. How do you achieve that?
    • Decide how you can pivot your business, based on what you have available to you, and include employees in this discussion. They have been on this pandemic journey too and they will have excellent ideas of market place demands as consumers.
    • Decide what skills will be needed to put the new business plan in action.
    • Assign roles to people,
    • Upskill the personnel.

    The advantage of upskilling existing employees is that they know your business and your product, and they are already a team who know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. They will be able to work together, assign tasks, and work towards the overall success of the company rather than individual success.

    1. What are some of the new jobs demanding digital skills? Social media, online sales, web design, project management, presentation skills, communication, supply chain management and logistics, graphics, IT security, networking, A+ and N+, CCNA  (cisco certified network associate) , mobile app development
    2. How can people future proof their job or career? We used to say that IT was a career of lifelong learning, and that if you didn’t want to always be learning, that you shouldn’t do that career. We have now realised that EVERY career is lifelong learning. To future proof your career you should always be doing a new skill and a new qualification.  The fourth industrial revolution skills and traits that were already in demand before Covid19, (as seen in the skills in the Bachelor of Social Science), are more in demand than ever. These include flexibility adaptability; critical thinking, creative problem solving and people management.


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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.



CISCO CCNA – Certified Cisco Network Associate

CISCO CCNA – Certified Cisco Network Associate

Holding a CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate certification can be game-changing for IT professionals. The certification expands your career choices and exposes you to the latest available CISCO technologies. So says Kobus Olivier, Head of Course development in IT at Boston City Campus.

Kobus continues that “In a world where our every move is ruled by a pandemic, the most important goal any employed person or consultant should have is to upskill and remain relevant, while also having the traits of remaining adaptable and flexible”.

What are the advantages of this particular Cisco course? “Well, you can start any time, this course is not semester-based, so you can make the most of working from home and the time saved in travel to and from work,” says Olivier. “being that the course and registration is fully online, you literally get started when you are ready, study in your own space, in your own time, and at your own pace” he continues. “In this course, even the practical elements are online – we have adapted being fully compliant with social distancing!”  At the same time, Olivier reinforces that students are not simply left to their own devices. “There is a lecturer available online, via email or telephone or skype, teams, etc to ensure that we will support all student queries”, he says.

Students have queried how exams work with this type of online course. Olivier says that the course has been designed in a way too continually assesses internally to facilitate and enhance learning.  On successful completion of the final online assessment, students will receive an official CISCO certificate. “We further encourage students to also write the international exam (Cisco Certified Network Associate – 200-301) at any Vue testing centre” he says. In a world where every company is part of a global economy, and jobs are available on an international scale, this is an important add-on for graduates.

So how much time would you have to invest in order to gain these skills? The course requires a minimum of 210 hours of study time. Students may extend their learning experience over a longer time period.

Because these are advanced skills included in this course, there are specific entry requirements.

CompTIA A+ or/and CompTIA N+ is advised as prerequisites to the course. Students with no prior networking learning experience can attend the CISCO Networking Essentials course (70 Hours).

What skills will you get from this CCNA course? Network Technician, Network Support Engineer, Routing and switching specialist, Networking security.

“In terms of what type of person you should be in order to be a success with these skills, you need to be technically orientated, patient, and analytical.

To complete this course the fees are R6 505, which will include your textbook, but exclude the international Vue exam)

This is a complex course and includes more than one individual qualification. A graduate of the course will receive:

Cisco certificates for each of the completed 3 sections of the program:

CCNA 7: Introduction to Networks

CCNA 7: Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials

CCNA 7: Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

International certification: Cisco Certified Network Associate – on completion of the Vue exam.

What kind of employment will it give you – estimated salary, what type of company?

Because CCNA skills are required by any company which has an internal network structure, there are a few job opportunities that will open up for you. These include Network Technician, Network Support Engineer, Routing and switching specialist, and Networking security. In addition, CCNA skills will contribute to setting up your own business.

Call Boston now on 011 551 2000 for more information, or see



Loving adversity: the secret to success

Loving adversity: the secret to success

Whether you find obstacles in your career, studies, or personal life, adversity has the potential to be a powerful catalyst:  it can make you strong or render you helpless.  Ultimately, your approach to facing adversity, and your response to unexpected outcomes, is a deciding factor in whether adversity will propel you forward or stop you in your tracks.

“No one escapes difficulties.  Setbacks may have the power to temporarily derail your journey, the aim at Boston is to get people to see them rather as gifts in the form of a learning experience. This gives our learners the opportunity to create empowering beliefs and recommit with greater determination in order to achieve their goals,” says Natalie Rabson, counsellor at Boston City Campus.

Natalie shares 5 key strategies to leverage the power of adversity for your greatest success.

1. Loving the negative association

“Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience,” says author Mark Manson.

While it is easy to fall in love with our end goal, we need to travel the journey to reach it. And the journey may have bumps, hardships, even failure. It is unrealistic to think that there’s a direct path to getting to that destination of success.

“From the outset, we have to know that there will be hard moments, difficult exams, and problems.  Focussing on one step at a time, for example, one module at a time, enables you to manage each challenge instead of feeling overwhelmed by the big picture,” says Natalie.

2. The Obstacle is the Way

While obstacles may appear threatening, they can also be the very thing that catalyse our growth.  The pandemic has been a huge obstacle, but some have turned it into a lucrative opportunity. Others have changed the direction of their business 180 degrees. Hotels in Cape Town were offering drop off laundry services, catering, and work stations for daily rental.  Choosing to see each outcome or event as an opportunity to learn and develop further, makes you a stronger person.

3. Power of Inversion

Inversion is a practice of thinking the opposite of what you want.  It may go against common sense but highlighting mistakes and issues you want to avoid bring inciteful wisdom into what not do along the way. Seeing this another way, imagine the worst that could happen, then go for it. You’ve already faced the obstacle in your mind, and if failure happens, it won’t come as a shock and it won’t feel so bad.

4. Learn to love the “Nos”

“You can achieve virtually anything you want–if you’re willing to hear ‘no’ often enough,” says Andrea Waltz, co-author of Go for No! While it is human nature to want to avoid the rejection associated with “No”, the fact is that hearing a ‘no’, brings you closer to getting your yes – be it for the job, the relationship, or the life you want to have. No’s should hopefully motivate you to work harder and achieve more.

5. Take action

Former Canadian professional ice hockey player, Wayne Gretsky said, “You always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Forget about telling yourself all the reasons why adversity is holding you back from going for that job, that relationship, or that degree; if you don’t try push past the setback you will never know what’s possible.  And even if Plan A doesn’t work out, you will probably learn how to do it better and apply it to Plan B, C, D ….continuing to take action down the line until you achieve what you want.

“Encountering adversity may be inevitable, so you need to choose how it will dictate your actions”, says Natalie.  “Expect adversity, use it to alter your course or behaviour, and continue towards your goals”.