Did you know? Soccer is the most popular sport in South Africa, with an estimated 2 million of the population being soccer players.
However, the unfortunate reality is that many young South African soccer players come from the poorest communities, as the sport often offers a much-needed escape from the troubles of their home lives. Understanding this, the Cape Town division of Amsterdam’s Ajax Football club run a youth development programme for promising young soccer players in the hopes that they can help to maximise the benefits of the sport for them.
The programme did not get off to an easy start, though; because of the disadvantages many of the players faced at home, their progress with the club was made difficult. Many were undernourished and lacked focus, and because they lived in areas with such a high crime-rate, their equipment would often get stolen, resulting in a constant weight on their morale.
Not only this, but on average less than only 1% of soccer players go on to be recruited by professional teams in the upper leagues. This meant that even though Ajax FC could help these young athletes during their time on the programme, it had no way of ensuring their continued progress should they leave.
Ajax FC’s team of up-and-coming soccer stars
In 2018, Ajax FC therefore set out to launch a high-performance academy to provide even more help to those who needed it. This academy provided players with good food, safe accommodation and regular training, and to ensure their continued success, Ajax FC even enrolled its students onto a series of Online Business School’s Business Management courses through a local partner college.
Ranging from school to university level, these courses will help these young athletes to achieve success no matter where their futures take them. Ajax FC has provided a way out of a tough situation for these young men, and in supporting them in both their sporting and academic lives, the club has opened up career paths and higher education opportunities that might have otherwise remained unavailable.
It’s the first month of 2019, which means three things:
Now, this last one might not be you – some of us are lucky enough to have landed our dream jobs already, and if you’re one of that lucky minority then good for you! You’re probably heading back to work with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. If you’re not one of that exclusive group, though, you’re probably returning from the festive season with nothing more than a fresh resentment for your old job and a pack of new socks from your mum.
This is only natural. It’s a brand-new year and for all your plans for a sparkling new you, its hard to start moving forwards if your job’s keeping you stuck in the past. It dictates your daily routine, facilitates the way you live, and it determines what is and isn’t a possibility for you. You can plan to do all the yoga you want, but it’s not going to change the fact that your career is a part of you, and its time to find a way of dredging it out of that dead-end swamp.
That’s where Online Business School comes in. We offer a range of career-enhancing courses that will work for you. You might have been putting off getting the qualifications you need to get that dream job because they’re expensive, but our course fees start from as little as £1,400, and can even be paid in manageable monthly instalments. You might even have been putting it off because you don’t have the time, but our courses can be studied from anywhere at any time, allowing you to work towards a fully Ofqual accredited diploma whilst managing even the busiest schedule.
Enrolling at Online Business School is the best choice for anyone looking for a way to work their way up the ladder without interrupting their career or encumbering themselves with piles of student loan debt. It’s flexible, affordable, and our top-up progression routes can even help you mitigate the costs of acquiring one of a range of university degrees.
So what are you waiting for? It’s 2019, and Online Business School has everything you need to stop feeling guilty about your new year’s resolutions and get your career rolling again. Find out more at www.onlinebusinessschool.com.
All you need now is a better kind of sandwich.
The global job market is becoming an increasingly competitive place, and beginning a new career – whether you’re looking to make a change or just getting yourself off the ground – can be an incredibly daunting prospect.
However, this certainly doesn’t mean that it’s not possible, especially not with the right preparation! Here are 3 ways to get yourself ready for a new start!
1) On-Campus University Study
Benefits: In-depth regimented study with regular access to expert academics. Dedicated spaces for uninterrupted learning.
Drawbacks: All these advantages come with plenty of strings attached: the rigid structure and constant pressure of on-campus study has been linked to a worrying increase in student mental health problems, whilst full-time and even part-time study can often require students to put their lives on hold to facilitate the demands of their course. Even the dedicated learning spaces can cause students to feel disconnected from the rest of the world, hence the ‘University Bubble’.
Cost: High – a full-degree in the UK can often cost as much as £9,250 – or £35,000 for international students! This is to say nothing about the costs of repaying maintenance grants, relocation to the university’s location, and expensive course materials either.
2) Work Your Way Up
Benefits: Get started straight away, entering your chosen field immediately and building experience in relevant areas. If you can find the right job, there may be no need to take any time off work to prepare yourself for your new career as you’ll have already started it.
Drawbacks: With enrolment in Higher Education on the rise, it can be difficult to stand out as a candidate for advanced positions without significant experience or relevant qualifications, meaning that starting out like this often means working your way all the way up. Even then, some companies have been known to withhold promotions from non-graduate employees, regardless of their merit or hard work, turning once promising career paths into dead-end jobs.
Cost: Free! – whereas university study involves incurring heavy debt, beginning a career in this way can facilitate your earning. However, some employers have been known to require new entrants to their field to start out in unpaid internship positions in order to develop experience, meaning you’ll need to either juggle multiple jobs or dip heavily into savings in order to make this a viable option.
3) Study Online
Benefits: Combine the best of both the previous options whilst ditching the drawbacks. Online study at an institution like the UK’s Online Business School provides students with the opportunity to develop their qualifications in competitive fields whilst also fitting their learning around a schedule that works best for their own needs. These courses are taken entirely online and all contact with tutors can be made by email, video-call, and over the phone, meaning that students can study from home, regardless of where that is. Indeed, students at these institutions often come from all over the world!
Online courses can often be undertaken at a pace that best suits the students, and certain institutions – the Online Business School in particular – have even done away with deadlines entirely to provide an experience that prioritises the students needs first.
Drawbacks: Due to the personal nature of these courses, some students can feel a little overwhelmed during their studies. This is why the Online Business School has assembled a dedicated team of tutors for their students to rely on for any support or guidance that they might need.
Cost: The Online Business School offers courses for as little as £1400, and this can either be paid in manageable instalments or in one up-front lump sum. The savings don’t stop here, though, as students can often transfer their course credits to other institutions, allowing them to finish the final portion of their studies at a discounted rate at one of the UK’s top universities. This means that whilst a university degree can cost up to £27,000 (£105,000 for international students) when studying exclusively through the university itself, an Online Business School course can lead to exactly the same qualifications for as little as £5,000.
So what are you waiting for? Get your career off to the right start by enrolling at Online Business School today!
Rima successfully completed the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management in January 2018. Read what she has to say about her experience with Online Business School.
Why did you choose to study with Online Business School?
I was looking for an opportunity for flexible learning which was also affordable at the same time. I wanted to earn a Level 7 Diploma to further my qualifications and improve my career prospects, OBS was the ideal option for me as they offer university level postgraduate top-up routes. Studying a university pathway programme is a quick and affordable route to a master’s degree.
How would you describe your experience of studying with Online Business School?
The modules were very comprehensive, and a wide list of resources was provided. After completing the modules and the relevant multiple-choice tests, I started working on my written assignments. The entire study mode was online, at my own pace, which was ideal. I had to resubmit some assignments, but the feedback and support was great and meant that they met the ATHE standards and that all learning outcomes were fully achieved. My personal tutor was also extremely helpful, courteous and supportive. I was able to contact him via email and Skype for support when needed.
What did you like the most about the course with Online Business School?
That it was totally online, flexible and self-paced, and at the same time affordable. I was extremely pleased with the level of support provided.
Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?
I would advise them that online studying needs a lot of commitment and perseverance. They need to set aside a certain number of hours every week for that purpose and set their own personal goals and deadlines.
What are your plans now?
At some point in the near future I would love to continue with higher education and top up my diploma to a master’s degree. I have been offered support regarding that and presented with university information for progression routes by OBS.
Read more testimonials here.
Hospitality management graduates are highly employable, applying their skills to careers in events, hotel and conference management, sales and business development.
Top Career Opportunities in Hospitality Management
The hospitality business is a worldwide industry, with many different working environments. Here are some of the career paths you could choose:
Hotels are the heart of hospitality and they offer a dynamic range of career paths. Hotel managers oversee the daily operations of the business; these can include marketing, employee relations, customer relations, budgets and sales. Typical jobs include:
A popular career option for hospitality management graduates is in food and beverage management. It is the duty of the food and beverage manager to oversee all operations of restaurants and on-property food services. This can include human resources, ordering food and supplies, customer service, financial tracking and inventory. Typical jobs include:
By 2020 it is estimated that 1 in every 11 jobs will be in the event management sector. The events industry is a dynamic, fast-paced sector offering opportunities to work on anything from weddings to careers fairs, festivals to exhibitions. This role involves studying the brand, identifying the target audience, devising the event concept and coordinating all the technical aspects before launching or hosting an event. Typical jobs include:
Our Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Hotel and Hospitality will prepare you for a successful career at the heart of one of the world’s most exciting and fastest growing industries. The course is designed to prepare learners with the management and customer service skills required to succeed in a hospitality management career. Upon successful completion of the course, learners can progress into the final year of a bachelor’s degree.