🔥🔥 We are delighted to announce an exciting collaboration with top rated Coventry University 🎓

2020 Mid-Year Reflection: A Look Back on a Crazy Rollercoaster Ride

The South African national lockdown was announced nearly three months ago. Very few individuals could have predicted 2020 to go the way it has so far. And those who did would have been labelled as crazy.

So far, this year has faced raging fires in Australia, members of the royal family renouncing their duties, a United States impeachment trial, the United Kingdom officially leaving the European Union, the declaration of the Rand as junk, and a global pandemic locking down almost the entire world.

That all happened within the first 100 days of the year.

Needless to say, 2020 will be featured in the history syllabus as a year that rocked the world.

What Good has Come from 2020 So Far?

While it may be difficult to find positives in mostly negative circumstances, it is important to note the silver-lined goodness that the year has offered so far. Beyond the massively popular and inarguably bizarre Netflix series about Joe Exotic, there have been several things the world has enjoyed this year.

The second person in the world who has been cured of HIV

As a result of a stem cell treatment in the United Kingdom, London resident Adam Castillejo has been successfully cured of the human immuno-virus. While the treatment is high-risk and subsequently not available for wide offering to patients, the success does mark a massively positive step towards a future cure for the disease.

Environmental benefits from people staying at home

As people stay home, both the individuals and the planet stay safe. Quarantining, remote work, and less mobility across the globe has meant that Earth has had a chance to catch its breath. With fewer carbon footprints making their mark on the planet, there have been fewer harmful gas emissions, reduced coal use, and better air quality recordings. 

Read More: How the Internet Benefits the Environment

The acceleration of technology in everyday life

As businesses have adapted to remote work, the powerhouse that is technological development has had a massive spotlight shone on it. With such a strong call to take advantage of the internet, volumes of eCommerce sales have increased, shares for decentralised services (such as Zoom) have shot up, and the focus has shifted to online resources. This is an undeniably crucial move with considerable perks. 

Remote work, for example, has numerous benefits ranging from increased employee productivity to lower costs without overheads and rental space. Moreover, employees have better opportunities now to upskill without having to worry about the time and cost of commuting. Online learning has seen a massive increase in popularity, as people are driven to train and improve their skills in different industries. This uptick offers insight into how valuable online learning is. 

Whether for your career or for a productive way to maintain sanity, consider taking a Digital Programme and put a positive pin on the year 2020 in your own personal history notes.

Related Stories

MasterStart x MD2MD LeaderFest 2021: Developing leadership skills

12th October 2021

As we look forward to the much-awaited face-to-face return of LeaderFest’s annual event, community members will have the…

Read More

Why your business needs Business and Management Development training to thrive in the 21st century

7th October 2021

It has become increasingly evident that business and management development training is crucial for any organisation, big or…

Read More

MasterStart and Coventry University launch landmark microcredentials to improve access to key skills in Africa.

22nd September 2021

Today, we at MasterStart have announced our exciting collaboration with Coventry University – a UK-based institution that was recently ranked best in the world for online courses.

Read More

The Accidental Academic

13th August 2021

MasterStart chief innovation officer Faryn Pearson talks to Silicone Cape co-chairperson Professor Sumarie Roodt Professor Sumarie Roodt is…

Read More

MasterStart, Cambridge Spark offer online tech training courses

11th August 2021

South African edtech platform MasterStart has partnered with Cambridge Spark to offer data analysis and technology training courses…

Read More

MasterStart and UK-based Cambridge Spark collaborate to bring data analysis and AI training online for African professionals

11th August 2021

South African startup MasterStart and UK-based AI specialist Cambridge Spark hope to bridge the gap between hard technical…

Read More

Asking your company to pay for your course

15th June 2021

Whether you are thinking about doing a course, browsing or finding your dream one, we know that oftentimes,…

Read More

Tackling South Africa’s Youth Unemployment Crisis With Online Learning

14th June 2021

The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey made for sobering reading for those concerned with youth unemployment in South…

Read More

5 Ways companies can improve their inclusivity & diversity

8th March 2021

Recent news headlines, and frequent public faux pas, show that corporate South Africa has a long way to…

Read More

The era of feminine leadership has arrived

8th March 2021

COVID-19 has placed demands on people and organisations in almost all aspects of their daily lives. From going…

Read More

What are you doing for yourself?

24th February 2021

If you want something done, ask a busy woman. There’s reason to believe that reliability and busyness go…

Read More

Women in Leadership

27th January 2021

Have you ever been standing in line patiently waiting for the till, and your senses are suddenly bombarded…

Read More

Triple Crown accreditation and what it means

26th January 2021

“Triple Crown accreditation” is a term found in business school and reputable academic institutions of professional and career…

Read More

Project Management Skills: The Most Important

12th January 2021

Project management is the process of facilitating teams and coordinating resources to achieve a particular business objective; it…

Read More

The 7 Important Steps of Strategic Management Process

15th December 2020

The Strategic Management process is an approach to business which dictates everything from planning to execution and ensures…

Read More

What You Need to Know About the Project Management Process

15th December 2020

Project management as a process is not simply overseeing assignments or projects in place. Instead, the project management…

Read More

Have You Taken the 3 Tests for Success?

10th December 2020

We all know that knowledge is power, and one of the first steps to success is knowing yourself….

Read More

GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION

9th December 2020

Finding the perfect festive gift for your loved ones is always a challenge. Luckily, we’ve got you covered…

Read More

Must-read Business Books for a Post-Covid World

9th December 2020

What will the business landscape look like in a post-COVID 2021? What changes will you need to continue…

Read More

WIN up to 100% OFF your USB-ED course!

25th November 2020

TERMS & CONDITIONS When does the promotion start and end? The promotion starts on 26/11/2020 and ends 30/11/2020…

Read More

View More