"...I think that students underestimate the change from final year of high school to university. The level, standard and volume of work is much higher. For the first time, they are independent and need to take personal responsibility-no lecturer is going to monitor their attendance at class. They also need to learn how to manage their time more effectively."- Carin Stern
 
The challenges of education, student finance and graduate employment
 
Getting educated is no joke, a desperate global market is struggling to either get accepted into a tertiary institution, access funding for their studies, dealing with dropping out of a study program and trying to obtain employment. These are hard challenges, choices and decisions for a young generation which have their whole lives ahead of them. The solution is for individuals to tackle these challenges head on, one individual at a time! FirstStep.me spoke with Carin Stern from Ernst & Young (South Africa) about how young individuals need to be better prepared before heading into university and the working world.

Q: I am in need of information on the following areas and was hoping you can assist. I am from Swaziland and looking to further my studies, I am currently employed as a primary school assistant and looking to become a teacher. The options I have looked at is studying in Swaziland, South Africa (at Wits in Johannesburg) and possibly overseas particularly in Ireland. I am in need of information of options along with financial assistance for each.

"Information has to be easily accessible and consumable to the public. I believe that technology and online is going to continue to grow in every sphere."-Ruth Paulsen.
 
The launch of The International Hotel School’s new website along with its digital presence is an illustration of why learning and educational institutions are moving at pace to keep up with the new media market along with current technology trends. We spoke with Ruth Paulsen, Marketing Manager of The International Hotel School about why education setups need to have such dynamic digital mediums.

The International Hotel School 

The International Hotel School
 
The International Hotel School’s website has evolved over the years, what have been the major changes from its first inception? Over the years we have moved the focus of the website from being an online brochure, to something which is more accessible, interactive and easier to use. We also wanted it to be a hub of sorts.

Part 1: The basics
 
Daniel Weston the Australian, who has journeyed his way through investment markets and sizeable funds, is breaking down the industry for young budding individuals looking to tackle the finance world head on. With over a decade of experience in financial markets Daniel introduces a young dynamic mix into a very serious industry!

The Trading Game with Daniel Weston 

Daniel Weston
 
What is a Trader?
 
A trader is someone speculating on prices in the hope of making a profit. A trader achieves this by buying something and expecting it to rise in price, or by selling something and then expecting it to fall in price.

The world of the Rubik’s Cube is on the way back. Years of technology has caused the world to suddenly shift into reverse and engage in that frustrating block of multiple colours. Puzzled? Let's explain further…
 
Throughout our lives we have seen them, twisted them and even thrown them around (out of our own frustration that is). Solutions of the Rubik’s Cubes varied from those who have the brain capacity to nail it in literally a few seconds (commonly called Speedcubing) and then those who take the stickers off the cube and manually re-stick the solution together. Of course online solutions exist but let’s just stop there.