Author: Team Career Planet

The economic and academic uncertainties created by COVID-19 is causing high levels of anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness and fear. This impacts on the performance of individuals, and can severely affect the skills development and education goals across the whole education sector – our universities, TVET colleges, CET colleges, skill and work-based learning centres, as well as our private higher education institutions. HIGHER HEALTH, as the national agency of the Department of Higher Education and Training dedicated to student and staff wellbeing, is leading a comprehensive post-schooling education sector response to COVID-19. Its latest intervention addresses the mental health needs…

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Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing socio-economic problems in South Africa today, with high rates of unemployment linked to poverty, crime, social degradation and loss of morale. Our young people represent a massive 64 percent of overall unemployment. Young South Africans are desperate for education and work-related opportunities, but struggle to locate this vital information. If they do, it’s often irrelevant, out of date or out of financial reach. Our Purpose: Career Planet is a Section 21 (not-for-profit) organisation that connects young people to career planning assets and opportunities for FREE through our uniquely resourced web and mobi…

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With the right determination and discipline, you can take control of your career path. All you need is an internet connection (check for free hubs in your area) a smartphone or tablet, time and commitment. Check for programmes that offer certification upon completion. We’ve listed five platforms that are offering free online courses for South Africans Alison Alison is one of the world’s largest free learning platforms for education and skills training. It is a for-profit social enterprise dedicated to making it possible for anyone, to study anything, anywhere, at any time, for free online, at any subject level. Through…

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Amazon has announced that it will be hiring for 3,000 new customer-service jobs in South Africa. The jobs are work-from-home, come with benefits, and applications open today. And all you need is matric. “We are thrilled with the talent in South Africa and we are excited… to help keep people working during this unprecedented time,” said the company in a statement. Amazon is calling the positions “virtual jobs” as you don’t need to be in an office, and can work from home. You do need your own, dedicated internet connection, but the company will help pay for that. The…

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Computers use a code (which is their ‘language’) which we have to learn if we want to communicate and make them do anything. The programming code allows us to create computer software, apps and websites. Browsers, apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they’re all made with code. Coding is the place to start and there are dozens of training courses online to help you on your way. But like learning any new language, it is not easy, especially at first, so commit yourself to long-term goals. Programming languages: According to several sources these are the best programming…

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Computer Applications are those programmes designed for the end user. Applications software (also called end-user programmes) include such things as database programs, word processors, Web browsers and spreadsheets. Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Presentation. Microsoft is the leader in the field, but there are others Microsoft 365 Fundamentals   Office 365 Enterprise includes the latest Office apps for your PC and Mac (like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), and a full suite of online services for email, file storage and collaboration, meetings, and more. Windows 10 Enterprise, secure version of Windows with comprehensive deployment, device, and app management. Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS)…

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It is fair to say the internet is a massive universal system coviring everything anybody needs for everything. Here is a very simple overview of how the internet works which is also useful for those who would like a basic refresher! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_LPdttKXPc Browsers Google: Google Chrome is by far the most popular browser and Google Suite – or G Suite – provides a large selection of free instruction on all G Suite tools. This includes advanced email and calendar management, as well as Google Docs and Cloud products/services. G Suite is the ultimate package for businesses that hire remote workers…

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Operating systems are how computers store files, switch between different applications, manage memory, keep secure, and connect with outside devices like printers and cameras. Some of the most common operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Linux, Android and Apple’s iOS. Here are some YouTube videos explaining Operating Systems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AjReRMoG3Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTdSs8kQqSA&list=PL4316FC411AD077AA&index=8&t=0s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBURTt97EkA&list=PLBlnK6fEyqRiVhbXDGLXDk_OQAeuVcp2O Here is an article on Operating Systems https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/computerbasics/understanding-operating-systems/1/ MOST IMPORTANT: Every Operating System (Microsoft, Mac and Linus) has extensive course and material available and you can find useful YouTube videos on the specific Operating System you work with, online. Note: This article refers to online courses only, but…

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Your computer and monitor are referred to as Hardware. Input and output devices (to communicate with your computer) include keyboard, mouse and trackpads are all classified as hardware. This is a very good Youtube video to give you a deeper understanding of the subject. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7bQKGEfMpI The tutorial link below deals with Computer Basics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94lT9Ywuhd4&list=PL4316FC411AD077AA&index=4 MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES TO HELP YOU MASTER TECH LEARNING ONLINE W3Schools.com W3Schools.com focuses on written instruction and coding exercises on their site. They include HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, jQuery, SQL, PHP, Bootstrap, XML It is free for anyone to use. If you prefer video instruction,…

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To prepare for a career in Computer literacy, here are the basic skills which everyone needs to master Plus links to tutorials to help you gain a deeper and more thorough knowledge of the skills required. Typing. You only have to watch a touch typist to realise how much more productive you could be! How long does it take to learn touch typing? 8 – 10 hours, that’s all! You would not be fast, but you would soon improve if you were motivated and dedicated. Here is one Youtube video to start you off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_zfcHlisqc Here is another https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2S3lhm8LaZo There…

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