September 13, 2017
Muddy Hands Spark a Passion for Teaching Grade R
By Nana Zuke
“Lyceum taught me how to plan properly, working full time and studying isn't for everyone It really takes hard work and dedication, but it's the best feeling in the world when you look on the student portal and see you passed with a distinction,”
Cherise Muller, a grade R teacher at Dirkie Uys Primary School is absolutely crazy about what she does. According to Cherise, she was walking out of an interview at the school where she currently teaches before she got the vacancy and a child walked up to her with muddy hands and hugged her. That moment shaped her future because she instantly knew that she wanted to teach kids for a living.
She then decided to get a formal qualification and enrolled towards a Diploma in Grade R with Lyceum College. She is currently working with teachers that taught her as a kid growing up and she too is nurturing and grooming the little ones to be future leaders. The field she is in requires her to understand how to manage children with different personalities.
“Studying through Lyceum has helped and taught me how to work with different learners that come from different cultures, ethnic groups, races. I want to always show diversity in my class and make use of multicultural education,” said Cherise.
According to Cherise, it is very important to be inclusive when working with young children at a tender age. The learners have unique strengths, weaknesses and abilities. Lyceum has given her the ability to know and understand that each child is special and as a Grade R teacher, she plays a very important role in their lives, which is helping to build the foundation of a child.
She adds that what she loved about the college is that the study material that she was provided with is exactly what she is using in her class to teach her learners. She is prepared for every aspect of teaching. The modules are in accordance with the Department of Education. Also she attributes her success in her teaching career to the guidance she got from her student adviser, Precious Moyo, who always gave her assistance and support.
The next move for Sherise is to further her studies in order to up skill herself in the field of teaching. She wants to study towards a B. Ed Degree so that she ends up teaching children from grades 1 up to 3.
Like other alumni, she also wished Lyceum well as it celebrates 100 years. She said it’s an absolute pleasure being a part of a college that opened a door to her future. “Lyceum is one great college to study through. The college and its staff have been a great help with everything, the service they provide and the material given is of high quality. I am proud to say I studied through Lyceum. Congratulations on your 100th anniversary and may you celebrate many more.”
September 06, 2017
5 Tips to grow your Start-up into a Successful Business
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Initiating a business start-up is a brave decision that gives you the freedom to pursue your passion
Becoming a business owner comes with many fulfilling benefits, however, like any new project, it is inevitable for your start-up to face challenges. The positive part about facing challenges is that you can prepare for them and you can choose how you respond to them. By preparing for challenges you are able to survive any tough period you face as a business owner. Being successful in your start-up consists of multiple principles and practices that lead to success.
Through adequate business planning and business advancement, you give your business longevity in the industry. This includes having good branding concepts, practicing potent business values and other innovative business action.
It also is crucial to study a Business Management qualification that will benefit you as a business owner. This management course will prepare you on how to efficiently run your start-up and use innovative business concepts to expand business profits.
Build Brand Consistency
‘Your personal brand is a promise to your clients, a promise of quality, consistency, competency and reliability.’ Jumoke Awe
Consistency is the principle that gives a brand identity and authenticity. There must be a consistent flow between your brand on all platforms including print media and digital media. This includes the visual concept logos, the branding on your products and other media. It is vital for your business production to have a collaboration that matches the brand’s concept.
Your brand must also be constant in repeating good business practice daily. This means constantly delivering business targets, the manner in which your business deals with clients and in other areas that contribute to business growth.
What are the benefits of your business being consistent in branding?
- Consistency helps your brand to be easily recognisable on different platforms.
- Consistency moulds your business into a trusted brand that is known to always deliver effectively to clients.
- Consistency creates competence and quality in your business production.
Invest in Customer Experience
The success of any brand is in the quality of their customer experience. Most businesses credit their success to the loyalty their customers have to the brand and the ability to attract new customers.
Having positive customer feedback is beneficial for business as it increases brand advocacy and attracts new customers to the brand. This is why successful businesses invest in customer care and reap the benefits of doing so. Here are some ways in which your business can invest in good customer service practice:
Being attentive to clients- ensuring a system that will build constant interaction with your brand through social media and other immediate ways to respond to customer’s needs.
Ensuring that your product meets the customer’s needs- you can do this by constantly improving your main product and offering, based on customer’s experience and feedback. By doing this you will keep your customers satisfied and expand on more customers.
Personalised gifts- There are many innovative ways that you can use to thank your clients for using your services or products. You can do this through social media or you can arrange personalised gifts and specials that show you have them in mind.
Having great deals for clients- Your marketing team can work out discount deals that clients will enjoy. You can also create purchase benefits that customers can receive by using your services.
Keeping in contact with customers- The business should ensure they keep the customer’s contact details so that you can communicate with them about new deals and other developments.
Grow your Target Market
‘Your business will struggle to grow without specific, targeted knowledge of your business’s market positioning.’- IDiscover Consulting
Firstly you need to know precisely which group of people use your products and services. Their information will help you determine the kind of people who are most interested in your business.
Although this is usually determined in the beginning before a business starts offering a product, it is important to conduct market research on your consumers. This is a perfect time for your business to benefit from research and plan how they can offer products that will attract other audiences. Here are ways in which you can expand your target market.
Find out about the new audiences you want to target- You can determine this by learning what they love, what they use and why they use it. You can create products and services that cater to their needs and appeals to them.
Contact potential clients and do a launch for the new offering- This idea will work if you are able to reach these audiences by communicating to them on your various media platforms. You can build up a campaign to promote the launch of this new offering and get them curious to know more. At the launch, you can give them thoughtful gifts that can be branded. In that way, you promote your and you are also giving them something special. You can then follow-up through social media and other ways that will make the new audiences fall in love with your brand.
Keep the communication- By following up on your new customers and their experiences you will keep the buzz going about your brand. You can follow through with offers to use more of your services and nurture relationships with them.
Consider a Partnership
‘Create an honesty policy & have an awesome internal communications plan.’ Business partnership tip- Juxta Communications
Although partnerships can be tricky, if it is a partnership that is beneficial for the business then it is something to consider. There are key characteristics that you need to identify in a potential investment partner.
Trust your gut- Most times we become excited when there is a potential interest in our business. However, it is vital to be discerning about who you go into business with.
Needs to be someone with integrity- It is essential to work with a partner or a brand that is notable and shares the same values your business does.
Their vision must align with yours- This is an important aspect that determines if the partnership will work. Their vision either needs to complement your vision or be a vision that is related and will help grow your start up.
Determine the terms of the partnership- You have to make it clear how far the partnership extends and what the terms of ownership include. You need to make clear the role that your partner will be playing in the business, discuss ownership terms and financial benefits between you. This will set clear boundaries and an understanding between you and your partner. This will help you avoid conflict and clashes later on in the partnership.
When you have examined all these aspects you can discuss how you can contribute to business growth. Determine exactly what each person will be inputting and what’s expected from both your roles. Ensure that signed agreements are made for legal protection and then you can go ahead with the partnership.
Get the Right Investment
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As your business grows and more people learn about what you are doing, you will attract more clients and investors. Investors are people who see potential in your start-up and may offer you help to expand your business. It is essential to be selective about investors and not be merely swept over by a deal that sounds amazing.
You have to ask yourself these crucial questions to see if the investment proposal suits the vision of your start-up:
What power will you be giving to the investor?
How will it benefit business growth?
Does their proposal conflict with your business vision or goals?
Are you happy with their terms and conditions?
All these questions will help you make your decision on whether to accept the investment proposal. It will help you make a sound decision. At the end, every decision is a risk and for business to grow it is important to take risks. However, you should take wise risks that will create superb expansion and success in your business.
Spread the word through Social Media
Using your social media presence effectively is a strategy that works and has substantial business benefits. Having a powerful social media strategy will grow the influence of your business and you will have more people aware of who you are.
Through social media, you can build your digital presence and cultivate relationships with existing customers. This is also a chance to use sponsored and promoted posts to introduce yourself to potential customers.
Social media has powerful tools that can help your business gain exposure and it allows people to find you according to what they need. Through impactful posts, your business can gain a lot of inquiries from people interested in what you have to offer.
When you implement these winning tips to your business start-up you are able to see it grow and prosper. As your business expands you are able to build it into a lasting legacy.
September 01, 2017
Lyceum Alumnus Strives to Lead and Inspire
By Nana Zuke
“Lyceum exposed me to the challenges and limitations facing global and local business environments. I now have the capacity to make constructive and sound business decisions in my operating activities,”
These are words of Caleb Udoh, one of the many Lyceum alumni who have made a success of themselves and are proud to share their stories about how their qualifications have shaped and positioned them to be key players in the organisations they are working for.
The environment and support structure that Lyceum provided played an essential role in producing the kind of student he is. According to Caleb, he was provided with all the essential tools he needed to get good results in his studies, as a result he graduated with eight distinctions.
“Lyceum created a stimulating quality learning environment for me, that played a key role in my success,” said Caleb.
Caleb studied a BCom Degree in Management with Lyceum and is now working as a Project Manager in a large construction company. His role as a Project Manager includes the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, execution and monitoring as well as the conclusion of a project. This includes assessing the risks that may come with the project and how to better prepare for challenges.
“As a team leader, I maximise the use of my creative leadership skills and corporate communication skills to influence and address issues at my workplace,” said Caleb.
Caleb is not a man short of dreams and ambitions. He adds that his journey in the corporate world has just begun. He has aspirations not just to be a team leader but to climb the ladder into management positions. He wants to one day create opportunities for other people with his management skills. The goal is to inspire and support young Africans in the field.
Caleb is very comfortable in the business environment and can adapt easily to the challenges it brings. He is able to quickly strategise and come up with solutions when he and his team are faced with obstacles. He added that in a fast paced environment, it is very important to always be able to react to different scenarios that could either add value or potentially harm the business.
He shared to future students in celebration of the colleges hundred year celebrations “Continue to create an environment that will promote an equitable society and offer more accessible opportunities to individual development of all its staff,”
Lyceum College is committed to providing practical learning opportunities and quality student service by offering courses that are innovative and flexible. To find out more, visit http://www.lyceum.co.za
September 01, 2017
5 Benefits of receiving a Higher Education with Lyceum
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A higher education qualification can stimulate your imagination and ignite your career
There are countless reasons as to why individuals may choose not to continue studying after completing high school. Perhaps some don't realise the value of higher education or it may be that they are unsure of which career path to pursue. It could even be due to financial constraints and many other reasons.
This decision not to pursue further studies can lead to a limitation in opportunities and restricted growth. Although it is true that there are self-made successful individuals who have not obtained a qualification, it has been proven that the more you study the more knowledgeable and resourceful you become. Let's learn more about the profits that higher education through Lyceum can bring.
With Lyceum you can enjoy higher education through the various course offerings designed to advance careers
Lyceum allows you to choose convenient methods of studying that best suit your lifestyle, through distance learning.
The higher learning institution also has an efficient student support system to help you through the duration of your programme. Once you have completed your qualification through Lyceum you can feel optimistic about enjoying a successful future.
As you choose a career path, you first have to go through an education programme in that field. A higher education qualification provides you with that access you need in the working and business world. It brings forth job choices in your career as you ‘wow’ employees with the techniques you've acquired in school.
Gives you competence for the workplace
The industry is always in search for talented individuals in their respective fields. Companies need these proficiencies to fulfil business functions and ensure growth. The capabilities you gain when you train in college programmes are beneficial to these companies.
In every field, there's always a need for savvy individuals who stand out. It is important to study a course and gain the right skills that are valued in the industry you are going into. When these skills are in demand you become a suitable fit for the job.
Employment opportunities and graduate salaries
Most organisations are looking to hire intellectual individuals that have the expertise to take on job functions. When you have studied a higher education programme you become a top preference for employers in that field.
You also have the power to choose between the job opportunities you get as opposed to staying at a job where you are unsatisfied. With a qualification, you have high earning potential which is a benefit that most individuals look for.
Contributes to health and personal development
Research has revealed that education has positive health benefits. It shows that educated people, live in the best environments, have the best medical access and are the healthiest. Education gives you better opportunities and it reduces the stress associated with economic hardships.
Higher education means gaining critical thinking skills and other communication and social skills. It broadens your perspective on what can be achieved and it opens up your mind to ideas and creative thinking that is needed in the work market.
Education grooms and develops your personal capabilities as an individual and improves your communication and social skill.
Inspires you to become more
Education enlightens you to see that your dreams are attainable. It encourages you to break barriers and not be a mediocre person in society. You stand out because you are a thought leader and have the potential to drive influence in your field. When you have education you have the power to use it to inspire change in issues affecting society in different ways.
Education instils a seed of inspiration that builds into a powerful contribution that society needs. It causes you to realise your passions and explore the benefits you can gain.
Contributes to society
Having a society that is educated means that we have better businesses and proficiencies to offer the world. We have more ideas and more thoughts to generate profits and boost the economy. It means that more people are employable and have job security. It also means more people are motivated to start their own businesses.
It means more people pay tax to meet the social needs of society. An educated society means more opportunities to societal development and alleviation of social issues such as poverty and insufficiency.
Education allows you to discover more and you begin to dream of infinite possibilities. It motivates you to desire a successful career or to pursue an entrepreneurial passion. Choose education with Lyceum and build a prosperous future for yourself.