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Faerie (April 12, 2011, 10:38:36 AM):
I'm Varsity hunting for my eldest for next year, and by gods, Karma and good Faeries, what an emotional battle it is for me... :-[

He's an average student, no distinctions for him, but he is studious and gets fair marks, his big aspiration is to become a CA, but damn, although this mother will never say it to him, I have my doubts about whether he is going to manage to achieve that particular dream, the entrance requirements are stringent, and places limited and it states on all the sites that since it is a specialised field, they will select only the best.... which leaves my boy far behind.

I'm chewing on the Unisa route, and to enrol him at one of the Boston colleges instead. I know nothing about them though, and whether the quality of education (oh the irony), is acceptable. Does anybody know anything about the Boston colleges offering the Unisa degrees?
GCG (April 12, 2011, 11:35:18 AM):
since i (literally) wrote the book about it.
herewith:
Quote
ACCOUNTANT
An Accountant is there to ensure that a company's books are in order. That means, that all financial transactions are correct, and that the taxes are paid correctly according to the records that the company keeps.
The majority of an Accountant's time is taken up by entering tranactions into the financial books, like sales, payments, credits and debits. It's a job that demands attention and concentration, as each entry needs to be accurate, so that the accounts balance at the end of the month. So attention to detial is very improtant.
Part of the Accountant's job is too allso keep record of all assets, liabilites and monies, and prepare reports to indicate the company's financial health, and help the owner to make informed decisions.
Accounts usually starts off as an assistant in the Account Department, but through training and studies, you can grow and expand, to qualify as a Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant in the Building sector, Tax Specialist or Auditor.
Every single company needs a bookkeeper of some kind. From the smallest corner shop, to the biggest corporation. The demands of the career are universal, and there are no specific variations within the different industries. Many accountants choose to work privately, doing the books of several smaller business.
You will have to be relatively computer literate, as very few businesses do their books manually anymore. Being an accountant is a lonely job, as you spend your days doing concentration intensive work, and the environment needs to be quiet and free of disturbance.
The accountant needs to be good with figures and match, be very honest and trustworthy, and work with precise detial.

Requirements: Senior certificate needed for Tertiary Studies, but many bookkeepers receive on-the-job training while occupying lower positions such as PA or secretary.
School subjects needed is Mathematics and Accounting, Business science and economics can be helpful too.
Training and studies are often part theoretical, and part practical, and depending on the Institution of study you choose, you can do 1-2 year Accounting courses, or study for 5 years to become Chartered Accountants. You can work and study part time as well.
All Universities and Technicons, and a lot of Colleges and Private Institutions offer varying degrees of training, from the basic bookkeeping in Colleges, to Chartered Accountant Degree at University.


Boston is more, as I can figure it, a media related study institution. Unisa would be difficult, coz there are no classes to attend. And with this stuff, i would imagine, it would be a good idea to attend classes.
other institutions to consider:
Exercise Training Academy (eta) - www.exerciseacademy.com/
Johannesburg - 011 791 6565, johannesburg@etasa.co.za

College SA - www.collegesa.co.za/.
Pretoria - 0800 21 23 22, student@collegesa.co.za

The Skills Academy - www.skillsacademy.co.za.
Pretoria - 0801 21 23 22, student@skillsacademy.co.za

Damelin - 031 2519300, www.damelin.webhouse.co.za
Boksburg - (011) 878 5800, boksburg@damelin.co.za

Varsity College, http://www.varsitycollege.co.za/
Sandton - (011) 784 6939, sdtn@varsitycollege.co.za

Technicon SA
Johannesburg - (011) 331-2046

Gordon Institute of Business Science
www.gibs.co.za/
Sandton - (011) 771-4000, info@gibs.co.za


Regenesys Business School
www.regenesys.co.za/rbs
Gallo Manor - (011) 603-0501, info@regenesys.co.za


universities will be the only place that will be able to give him the CA degree. maybe he should consider other fields of accounting, like bookkeeping instead. then he will have better avenues for studying. you should have him assessed to see what he is inclined towards. no point in spending bucks, and he is simply not gifted in that field. what other interrests does he have?
BoogieMonster (April 12, 2011, 12:13:20 PM):
He's an average student, no distinctions for him, but he is studious and gets fair marks, his big aspiration is to become a CA, but damn, although this mother will never say it to him, I have my doubts about whether he is going to manage to achieve that particular dream, the entrance requirements are stringent, and places limited and it states on all the sites that since it is a specialised field, they will select only the best.... which leaves my boy far behind.

A lot of guys in varsity who got in with top marks will fail quickly and be left emotionally scarred. A lot of smart kids score average in school because school is simply boring and not stimulating. So it went with the people who stuck through with me to the graduation ceremony and beyond.... they were average students in school, disinterested in what it had to give. However in university, instead of going from an A student to a F student, they pretty much maintained their average performance from school... I think this is because they were used to working for their grades.

Super serious; It's a crapshoot who will make it past the 1st year and who won't. Yes some highly gifted guys stuck around and took the top student awards, but they were also the HARD WORKING highly gifted kids. We were there, we arrived there average, but had the determination to stick it through. Interest and hard work is what you need in varsity, the syllabus is usually too high-grade to be just "sailed through".

I AM contradicting myself in saying "I had it easy" in varsity (ADD thread) and then saying "hard work will get you through, I was average...". I was average, my grades in varsity weren't what they should've been, and my major was my LIFE PASSION, so I knew a lot going in, and my courses were mostly re-hashing what I knew.... But I knew what I had to do to pass, and that is actually all that matters there. No-one will ask for your marks unless you wanna put "cum laude" on your CV. In fact, in most of my jobs nobody even bothered to check if I could produce an actual degree. Putting it on the CV was enough. I MAY be completely wrong when it comes to CA's though, they may be more stringent.

If he qualifies (and freck me you should TRY as hard as your little heart can to get him into the BEST institution you can, do NOT harm his chances before he can even roll the dice... his entire life depends on it), the secret to passing is this... Go to class, take notes, come home, go through it again, read the book, do the work. Go to sleep, tomorrow you do it again. DO NOT GET 1 DAY BEHIND! Your first day of varsity, if you fall behind THAT DAY, you're screwed. Perhaps his chums will be out partying. But they may fail because of it.

.......

Not to be stupidly obvious or "rub it in" inclined.... I'm just sad to note your lack of belief in the guy. What brought me where I am today was my parents' attitude from day 1: "What is good for the rest of the class simply does not count for you, push harder, do better, you have to believe that you CAN be the best, and when you do something DO IT THE BEST, the class is not your baseline. YOU are your baseline, and you should exceed it. That is the secret to having a job for the rest of your life. Do whatever you like, doesn't matter, but be the best."

I am not the best by my own admission. But I strive to be, and that makes me aim so much higher. My perception of average is not what the real average is. And that has made me stand back at times and go: "Whoa, how did I get HERE?!, in all my blindness of chasing greatness I have surpassed all those who were with me, and barely noticed, eye still on the prize".

That is the greatest gift my parents ever gave me, or my sibling. Pure unqualified unfettered and absolute belief. Don't do it lip service. Believe it. (Yes I'm channeling the secret but I've seen it change people, including myself)

At times some people probably think this makes me an asshole, but I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Rigil Kent (April 12, 2011, 12:30:29 PM):
Ah, GTG your write up brings back old and deliberately burried memories of debit columns, journals and a Std VI boy driven nuts with boredom. |-O I take my hat off to accountants. They can't pay these guys enough.

But money ain't everything, and life's to short to live in plush agony. Why don't you bully you're son into rekindling his interest in science and technology?

Mintaka
Today only offering his 2cents worth at an incredible 50% discount!
Faerie (April 12, 2011, 12:58:21 PM):
Not to be stupidly obvious or "rub it in" inclined.... I'm just sad to note your lack of belief in the guy. What brought me where I am today was my parents' attitude from day 1: "What is good for the rest of the class simply does not count for you, push harder, do better, you have to believe that you CAN be the best, and when you do something DO IT THE BEST, the class is not your baseline. YOU are your baseline, and you should exceed it. That is the secret to having a job for the rest of your life. Do whatever you like, doesn't matter, but be the best."

Here's the thing about this particular boy, and a bit about his mother as well. He was diagnosed ADD in Grade one, failed the year, was placed in the Aid class and languished there for two years. In Grade 3, he was placed into a first year teachers class, who had stars in her eyes about clever little children that all did well and she would be the brilliant little teacher, instead she got 6 ex-aid class kids with learning disabilities. She wrote me a letter end first term, explaining to me that my child was "dumb" (she actually used that word), and that she would recommend that he was removed to a remedial school. What got me going though, was the three spelling errors in her letter to me....

I set up a meeting with her, the principal and the department head (a brilliant old teacher who had me as a student MANY MANY years back), and all hell broke loose, with accusations of stupidity abound. I then bought my son into the meeting, and did the cruelest thing I have ever done to anybody. I told him that these people think that he is stupid, and that they wanted him to go to a different school, and I offered him a choice, he can remain and prove them wrong, or he can go. He was 8 years old. He looked the departmental head in the eye and said "Mrs Williams, do YOU think I'm stupid?" She went down to his level and did what only an experienced passionate teacher would do, and she told him that two people in this office did not think it was the truth, and that she and I (his mother) believed that he was brighter than all his classmates put together and that if HE believed it, he could move over to her class and together we can prove them wrong.

He received honours that year and for every year in primary school. But he worked his ass off, and he still does.

I do believe in my child, he is a serious person, and a bit of an introvert (although not shy), he is the type of person that will achieve whatever he puts his mind to, simply because he wants to. I KNOW he can do this, what I dont know, is whether I can get him in at varsity, which is why I'm despondent, its not that I doubt his abilities, he's proven himself at a very young age, I'm doubting the system allowing him the opportunity.

ah-gods, now I'm all snotty again, bringing up kids aint for sissies.

and by the way, all his ex-aid class friends went to a remedial school on this snotkop teacher's recommendation.

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