MATRIC in South Africa brings with it loads of anxiety and tension, especially for those who put huge amounts of effort into their studies, and ultimately their futures. So to commit to further studies is daunting – you feel like you need a break, parents included! However, the benefits of a higher education cannot be emphasised enough. says Kerry Damons of Boston City Campus & Business College.“A recent US Bureau of Labour Statistics report showed that the median weekly earning for high school graduates was the equivalent of R9 000, while the weekly earning of an individual with a bachelors was R14 863. For starters, it looks great in Rands.However, what we are pointing out, is that on average, someone with a three year post matric degree has the potential to earn nearly 60 percent more than his high school graduate counterpart. This is a great starting point for degree or diploma studies,” says Damons.Damons says that we are spoilt for choice these days. No longer do you choose between a BA or BCom, or a technical diploma. Higher education today addresses specific needs with corporate and industry. “What we are looking to produce is graduates with skills that will enhance the workforce of an organisation, and increase productivity, “ she said. “To ensure that this stakes place, our degree and diploma course design was completed only once sufficient discussion with successful businesses had taken place. This addresses the concern of unemployment, as the above bureaus stats on unemployment showed that for those with a three-year post school qualification, the unemployment rate is nearly half that as for school leavers with no higher education.”Along with these benefits, there are many others associated with Higher Education. Graduates are more likely to have career satisfaction, will probably be able to change careers more easily, be less likely to live in poverty and be better able to stimulate the economy. A side benefit for communities is that graduates are more likely to volunteer help the communities in which you reside.There are other personal and social benefits from a higher education. It may be from networking with peers and colleagues on campus. Either way, it does open you to working with different cultures, and different personalities. You learn proper team work from your campus class mates. And for whatever reason – increased earnings, increased knowledge or increased job satisfaction, graduates tend to be healthier people.“At Boston we have taken all these reports and statistics into consideration. It has always been our aim to produce strong graduates who are work ready and willing to give back to their communities and to their country. At the same time as building their own careers. We continually update course material, and we introduce new courses regularly,” said Damons.Boston’s detailed prospectus explains the various course categories that exist; how students can climb the education ladder through a full course or one module at a time; how credits work and answers frequently-asked questions that students have.According to Damons, a wide range of study opportunities are available at Boston, as well as a range of course level. So you can select from a degree, various diploma and higher certificates, or short learning programmes in careers such as IT, management, HR, accounting, marketing and more.Boston caters for students fresh out of school that want to study full-time as well as students that are presently employed and want to study part-time to update their skills. Course and learning programmes are modular, which means students can enrol for only a few modules or particular skills such as Bookkeeping or graphics if they so choose.You can find out more about the various available course either online at www.boston.co.za or personally at a Boston support centre near to you. Applications for 2017 are open, with no application fees payable. To apply, obtain the ‘application for admission form’ online, fill it in and submit it with the necessary supporting documents. Note that minimum entry requirements and closing dates vary from course to course.Contact Boston Stanger on 032 551 5566 or visit the branch at Stanger Mall,55 King Shaka Street, Stanger. - Supplied.