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Top 4 Careers in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jul 6, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Logistics and supply chain professionals integrate and optimise all the steps required to deliver the right product to the right customer at the right time. In other words, they ensure that the customers’ product needs are met.

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Topics: Supply Chain and Logistics

4 Tips for Successful Career in Office Administration

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jul 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Office Administrators are often described as the backbones of the organisations they work at. They cater to the needs of staff members, support those who rely on their unique skill sets, and ensure that seamless communication takes place throughout the workplace.

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Topics: Secretarial, Career Tips and Advice, Business Management

Why Today's Secretaries Are Much More than Just Secretaries

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jul 1, 2015 10:00:00 AM

If I say the word ‘secretary’, does an image like this pop up in your mind?

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Topics: Secretarial, Career Tips and Advice

9 Quotes to Inspire You towards a Career in the Public Sector

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 29, 2015 10:00:00 AM

A career in the public sector  relates to any job that involves earning a salary directly from the government. There are many job opportunities in the public sector — you could, for example, become an educator at a public school, you could become a court official in the local court, or you could become a social worker in the local community.

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Topics: Public Sector Finance and Management

What's Your Student Superpower?

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 26, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Even if you aren't a typical A-student, it doesn't mean you don't have hidden talents when it comes to studying. So take this quick quiz, and find out what your student superpower is!

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Topics: Advice for Students

5 Things Every Business Manager Needs to Know

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: Career Tips and Advice, Business Management

How to Make Your Meetings More Productive [infographic]

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Topics: Career Tips and Advice, Business Management

12 Free Apps Every Student Should Have

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 19, 2015 10:00:00 AM

As a student, you need to capitalise on all the great digital tools available to you. Because, as it happens, some of the best educational tools out there today can fit into the palm of your hand — right there on the home screen of your smartphone!

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Topics: Advice for Students

Top 12 Skills for a Successful Career in the Public Sector

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

South Africa’s expansive public sector contains countless fields in which you can start building a career.

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Topics: Career Tips and Advice, Public Sector Finance and Management

Top 5 Careers in Engineering

Posted by Oxbridge Academy on Jun 15, 2015 10:00:00 AM

"Engineering is a form of art and has filled the world with things of obvious visual beauty but also with subtle forms." ~ Louis Brown

Engineering and other technical industries are often not regarded as cool or creative industries — but the opposite is most likely true. That being said, most people are aware that engineering is currently one of the best-paying careers in South Africa.

Here is a list of the top 5 careers in engineering:


  1.    Civil Engineering

Civil engineering is a practical field where engineers design, construct and maintain infrastructures, as well as upgrade structures to safeguard public and environmental safety and health. 


Duties of a civil engineer include:

  • Inspecting project sites and making sure that design specifications and all other safety and sanitation standards are met.
  • Preparing and presenting public reports, such as bid proposals, deeds, etc.
  • Directing and managing construction and operations on site.

Skills needed for this job:

  •         Strong numeracy skills.
  •         Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  •         Leadership and interpersonal skills.

  1.    Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineering deals with the design and development of electrical systems. Engineers in this field have to be trained to handle responsibilities such as wiring and installation of lighting.


Responsibilities of an electrical engineer could include:

  • Communicating with engineers and clients to discuss performance and future projects.
  • Designing and maintaining electrical equipment and products for both commercial and industrial purposes.
  • Using computer-assisted engineering and design software.

Knowledge areas that are important for this job:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Engineering Drawing (Technical Design)


  1.    Software Engineering

Software engineers deal with the practical and analytical aspects of software design and development. They may also be responsible for the maintenance of software systems.  They essentially come up with improvements for software systems, and provide solutions that are aimed at making more efficient use of technology.


Educational requirements:

Most employers look for software engineers with formal qualifications in computer or software engineering, along with relevant practical training and/or experience.


Skills needed for this job:

An ability to think analytically and an ability to pay close attention to detail are essential for success in this field.


  1.    Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers focus on the design and implementation of systems and processes that control how atoms interact with one another.  As a chemical engineer, most of your time will be spent in the office or in a lab, designing and refining equipment and processes.


Duties of a chemical engineer include:

o   Researching new methods of manufacturing chemicals

o   Conducting tests

o   Designing and monitoring chemical manufacturing systems

o   Collecting data and preparing reports in relation to various processes

o   Considering safety implications, and taking the necessary precautions


Work environment:

Chemical engineers can be found in offices, labs, or processing plants (where they will monitor and manage production). Chemical engineers often work under a lot of pressure, as the expectations of can be very high.


  1.    Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering involves working with moving objects. One aspect of mechanical engineering is product design, which involves designing and manufacturing tangible objects with moving parts, such as engines, personal computers, and dishwashers.


The duties of a mechanical engineer include:

  • Evaluating problems and finding solutions using mechanical engineering principles.
  • Supervising and monitoring the manufacturing processes of various mechanical objects.
  • Conducting tests, analysing test results, and making improvements where needed.


Educational Requirements:

The educational requirements for working as a mechanical engineer vary from one job to another. While a National Certificate may be sufficient for a trainee or entry-level position, a degree will usually be required for managerial and other senior level positions.


Other Careers in Engineering:

Other good career options in the field of engineering include:

  • Air Quality Monitoring Technician
  • Electronic Drafter
  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Telecommunications Technician


With a career choice as physically and intellectually challenging as engineering, it is important that you are certain about the type of engineering course that you are interested in. At Oxbridge Academy, we have Student Advisors on call to help you figure out which option is best for you, depending on your interests, skills, and career goals.

Call 021 1100 200 to speak to a Student Advisor


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Topics: Advice for Students, Career Tips and Advice, Engineering