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Entrepreneur extraordinaire: Online Participant, Kim Messina

USB-ED Human Resource Management online short course testimonial.

After completing high school, Kim pursued her studies in Food technology. However, as many of us can attest to, life doesn’t always take us along our planned path. Kim currently runs a successful business with her husband and they have a son Josh, who keeps them on their toes.

She recognised early on in life, that in order to reach her full potential, both personally and in business, she needed to stay current and keep her skills relevant. She, therefore, undertook a course in Human Resource Management, as she currently looks after all the HR and Payroll requirements for their business, as well as handling the account management of the businesses top clients.

We asked Kim what some of the benefits of studying online allowed her in her daily routine:

“Working full time and being a mum, I needed the flexibility that studying online gave me”. Studying online allowed Kim to keep running her business and spend important time with her family, all whilst gaining new skills.

Kim describes herself as a real hard worker that tries to please everyone! A natural born human resource practitioner, it seems. She was delighted with the fact that the online course gave her real-time, practical working skills that she could implement within her daily tasks almost immediately. She is striving for very specific goals now and said that she would ultimately like to place the perfect staff member within their business to achieve maximum productivity.

It wasn’t all roses and sunshine though, as she explains learning while working can be challenging.

This was Kim’s first online learning experience; she says it’s vital for anyone that wants to study online to “plan everything ahead of time and allow for extra time if necessary”. She also added that many distractions on the internet were a concern for her.  MasterStart’s unique course structure, with weekly tasks and assignments helped her to become diligent and concise. What drove her the most was her desire to prove to herself that she can achieve her Stellenbosch University certificate.

Being an extremely busy lady, Kim, unfortunately, has no time for any hobbies at the moment. She does insist that she would definitely take the opportunity to study online again, if and when the right course presented itself.

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