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Let's talk about Accreditation

Posted by Administrative Career Training and Recruitment Agency on October 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (3)

Let’s talk about: Accreditation. Accreditation generally means that a provider or programme has been evaluated by an independent group, and meets the standards of that accrediting agency. In this day of diploma mills, whereby a student could pay for a degree without lifting as much as a pencil, ACTT plays a vital role as all foreign degrees have to be accredited locally to ensure that the student had actually completed all the course work and that the university/college is legit.

Short courses are generally not accredited, as many are simply career enhancement programmes, such as professional short courses and computer literacy courses. They are not meant to substitute for degree programmes and longer courses, which require more commitment of time and money.

Still, as most job seekers would know, having an accredited degree does not guarantee that you would get a job. For that matter, maybe with the exception of government agencies, private business owners do not really care about accreditation. They would hardly ever ask about it in a job interview. Most of them started their businesses without the benefit of a degree, similar to the world famous college dropouts: Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zukerberg.

Accreditation could never substitute for the most important attributes that employers look for:

1. A good attitude

2. Willingness to learn

3. Company loyalty

 

Having an accredited degree doesn’t indicate if you would be punctual to work or stay away from gossip or not steal company’s stationery or take only one hour for lunch or refrain from texting during your workday or not use the company’s phone to make personal calls. In essence, finding the ideal employee is a lot more challenging to an employer than just reviewing a resume and cover letter.

 

For small business owners, who are closely attached to their companies, a valuable employee is one who actually cares about the business and is committed to its success. These owners generally are wary of candidates with degrees, accredited or not, as many of them go into the workplace feeling entitled to a big salary just because they have a degree. Such workers bring little or no value and are not willing to learn because they already feel that they know everything. As an employer, I would rather hire someone with no CXC who would either save the company money or earn money for the company, above his/her salary, rather than someone with a degree who would just sit on a chair and expect to collect a salary at the end of the month.

 

I am not trying to downplay the sacrifice and determination that is required to complete a degree, but as many of the jobless or underemployed graduates already know, prospective employers are not really concerned about the effort you put in. All that they are interested in is finding the kind of candidate that has the necessary skills that would bring value to the business.

 

Our short courses are practical and provide the type of skills that employers are looking for. Even government institutions send their staff for training. Our recruitment agency receives daily emails from employers seeking the ideal candidate for their businesses. We shortlist our students and recommend 3 or 4 of the most suitable ones. Accreditation has never come up. However, the attitude of the prospective candidates always do.


 

Kick Start Your Career

Posted by Administrative Career Training and Recruitment Agency on October 2, 2014 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (1)

So here’s the deal: you can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. You don’t have to be a mathematical genius to know that something is absolutely wrong with this equation. And it doesn’t matter if you have CXC and CAPE passes or even a degree.

At present, the job market is going through a shift. There are folks with degrees who are working as attendants in gas stations or as cashiers in groceries, waiting till they get their big break. Still there are others who would prefer to be unemployed than underemployed. Before, having good qualifications would guarantee that you get a good job. This is no longer the case. The competition is just too fierce, as there are a proliferation of qualified, as well as experienced, candidates.

Getting back to the equation at hand:

No experience = No job

No job = No experience

How could this problem be solved? It’s not that hard, once you think outside the box.

First, you need to have realistic expectations. This usually depends the area of study. If you did Sciences at CXC or CAPE, your job opportunities are extremely limited. If you have a degree in political science, forestry or some other obscure topic (for the local environment), unless you have connections, I wish you the best of luck! Business management is good, but supply far exceeds demand, which makes the salary not that attractive any more.

Secondly, with no experience, you would probably get an entry level job. Nothing is wrong with that. Instead of hawking over the low pay, just look at it as an opportunity to learn and obtain that “much desired” experience.

The administrative field offers a lot of entry level opportunities. Even with a degree in Chemistry (and additional administrative qualifications) you might be able to get an office job at a chemical plant. Small businesses usual promote from within so eventually you would be able to dazzle them with your skills, talent and, most of all, your professionalism.


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