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Commerce Bursaries in South Africa for 2018


Commerce is about the study of economics, markets and policies, it is also about the understanding of business elements. The faculty is very broad and offers a wide range of career options, including the following:

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Business administration and management
  • Business/ market analyst
  • Economics
  • E-commerce
  • Finance
  • Investment banking
  • Marketing
  • Stockbroking, and many more




Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

– Accountants thoroughly record, analyse and provide interpretations regarding financial records or transactions. They are involved in forensic accounting, financial reporting, corporate finance, auditing, taxation, business recovery, business insolvency and accounting systems. Accountants conduct a variety of finance-related tasks involving figures and statistics.
– Auditors are specialists within the Accounting field – they review company accounts to ensure that all financial records are valid and legal. Auditors can also be advisors for companies, by recommending cost savings and possible risk aversion measures to take. These professionals look for fraud, mismanagement and waste of company funds, property or time.
– Tax advisors provide consultancy and advisory services to their clients, to ensure that their taxes are paid in the most efficient way and to ensure that they benefit from any possible exemptions or tax advantages.
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General Commerce

The Commerce field is a large one, with many career opportunities. In brief, Commerce is about figuring out the inner workings of a business, managing staff personnel, tracking tax schemes, tracking the stock market, increasing a companies sales turnover and so much more.
Commerce students will gain an understanding about financial policies, economics, markets, as well as other business and industrial policies. As part of tertiary coursework, those who work in the commerce field will also have a basic knowledge and understanding of business administration, advertising, sales, marketing and other core business aspects.
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Human Resources

A career in Human Resources (HR) means you will be responsible for interviewing, screening, recruiting and placing workers within a company. You may also be required to deal with payroll, employee relations, training and benefits.
There are various career options available within HR, allowing room for growth as you gain more knowledge and working experience. Some of the career paths include: HR Administrator/ HR Assistant, Recruitment Coordinator, HR Officer, Training Officer, HR Manager.
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Marketing, Sales and Retail

– The marketing field usually attracts individuals with creativity and drive, however there is more to a marketing career than just an eye for detail. When you first enter a career in marketing (Marketing Coordinator or Marketing Assistant), you will be involved in all marketing aspects – such as administrative tasks, analysing and researching your companies target market, developing product packaging, advertising, sales promotion, point-of-sale and public relations.
– Sales is the core of every single business, whether you are selling a service or physical product. A career involves selling your companies goods and services to customers. Sale careers often involve commission-based salaries, so if you have a knack for sales this would be a good career path.
– Working in the retail industry does not only mean working on the shop floor and in customer service. In fact, most retail jobs are “behind the scenes” – you could be designing new products, ensuring that stores stay profitable or helping to attract customers.
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Most commerce educated students possess the following qualities:

  • Thoroughly enjoy working with numbers
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Ability to evaluate numerical data
  • Hard working and willing to put in the hours
  • Prepared to learn new things and willing to change work approach
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creative and able to think “outside the box”
  • Accurate and neat
  • Able to work as part of a team, but also as a team leader
  • Good decision-maker
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • High rational/ logical thinker
  • Superb intellectual ability


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