It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and 2016 promises to be one filled with opportunities for those committed to improving their lives. If you’re interested in kicking off the year by enrolling for a course that will help you on your way toward your dream career, but you aren’t sure which study direction to choose, we’re here to help!

Here are our top 10 study directions for 2016:

Information Technology

The IT industry is expanding at a rapid pace – and this is especially evident in developing countries such as South Africa. From basic computer literacy to working with more advanced computing concepts and information systems, you can choose to study a wide variety of courses depending on your current skills and your personal goals. View our computer courses here.

Did you know? Almost all jobs now require you to have at least basic computer skills before you will even be considered for the position. And even if the job itself doesn’t require you to use a computer, having the necessary computer skills will make it much easier for you to search – and apply – for the job you’ve always wanted.

Accounting

A career in bookkeeping or accounting can be a fulfilling one – provided that you have the right skills and qualifications for the job. Employers across all industries need employees with financial skills, which means that there will always be job opportunities available in this line of work.

Additionally, if you want to work in a managerial position, or if you want to run your own business, you will need to understand fundamental financial principles, including how to draft a budget and how to manage cash flow.

Interested in studying an accounting course? Find out morehere.

Engineering

Skilled engineering professionals and technicians are in short supply in South Africa, which means that there are plenty of job opportunities available for individuals who are skilled and qualified in this line of work. From electrical engineers to quality assurance technicians, the range of opportunities is wide in this field of study. View our engineering courses here.

Beauty Therapy

The beauty industry is expanding at an incredible pace, with beauty shops popping up in malls across the country, as well as in many local neighbourhoods. If you have a passion for beauty, studying a beauty therapy course can equip you with the skills that you need to work in a salon or cosmetics department, or even to start your own beauty business.

At Oxbridge Academy, we have beauty courses that cover subjects from make-up application to massage techniques. Click here to read more about these courses.

Occupational Health & Safety (OHS)

In South Africa, the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers who employ more than 20 employees to designate health and safety representatives. This means that the majority of businesses in SA need an OHS Representative, and studying an OHS course will provide with you with the skills needed to land this role.

Once you have some experience in the OHS environment, you could even study additional courses that will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you need to take on more specialised OHS roles.

Tourism & Hospitality

The tourism industry in southern Africa has been booming over the past few years, and 2016 looks to be no different. Studying a tourism and hospitality course can give you the skills you need to work as a hotel manager, catering manager, or even a travel agent. Click here to view the tourism and hospitality courses you can choose from.

Childhood Development

When studying a childcare course, the subjects covered should equip you with fundamental skills in various aspects of childcare, including child nutrition, health and safety, and childhood development. After studying a course in this field, you could become an au pair, nanny, or even a day care centre manager (depending on which course you choose to study). Interested in working with children? Click here to read more about our childcare courses.

Business Management

When you study a business management course, you are not only improving your business and management skills, but also your ability to be successfully employed in almost any industry. The skills you learn in a business management course will benefit you in any working environment – so go ahead and read more about our business management courses here.

Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship plays an important role in South Africa’s economy, and if you’ve ever dreamt of starting your own business, studying an entrepreneurship course could help you turn your dream into a reality.

An entrepreneurship course aims to empower you with the skills you need to make a success out of a new business. Interested in realising your dreams? Click here for more information about our entrepreneurship course.

Health, Wellness & Social Care

When you study a course in health, wellness and social care, you will learn the skills you need to help the community through improving quality of life, acting as a link between communities and local authorities, and bringing about positive social change. If you have a passion for helping others and would like to make a positive change in your community, have a look at our Understanding HIV/AIDS & Commumunity Development courses to see how we can help you achieve your goal.

What are you planning to study this year? Let us know in the comments box below!