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12 Workplace Stress Management Tips

Stress and anxiety can occur at any time in the workplace, sometimes without a triggering moment or event, although in these cases, it may be due to the accumulation of stressors and a lack of coping skills or resources, according to Lysn Psychologist, Gabrielle McCorry. Workplace stress and anxiety can become all-consuming and not only affect work performance

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9 Industry Expert Tips on Restaurant Management

Have you ever been to a restaurant that seems to operate seamlessly?  If so, it’s a good indication that an effective restaurant manager is at the helm – a position that requires juggling many complex processes. We asked Tim Lepoutre, restaurant manager at Bistro Mosman, to give us his top tips on how to be

9 Ways to Engage Stakeholders for Project Success

If you’re a project manager, or if your role requires project management, it’s important to understand how to engage critical stakeholders successfully. Identifying and engaging essential stakeholders and interested parties, including external, internal, senior and influential stakeholders, will ensure the best possible outcome for a project.   What is a Stakeholder? A project stakeholder is

9 Creative Writing Prompts (to Inspire Your First Novel)

There’s at least one ‘bestseller’ in all of us (so they say). Could you be the next Liane Moriarty? There’s only one way to find out – write! There are many ways to switch on your ‘novel-writing’ brain, from taking creative writing courses to joining a writer’s group, but these creative writing prompts are sure

Food & Fitness Online Training Courses: 5 Career Ideas!

The health and wellness sectors are growth industries, generating billions of dollars every year in Australia, so it’s a profitable career choice. But to be successful you’ll also need a passion for improving the lives of people through fitness and nutrition. So, if you do have the passion what are your career options? There are

18 Vital Skills of a Lifestyle Support Worker

If you work, or plan to work, in the health, community or disability sector in a support role, then this list is for you. You may not have all the skills, and that’s okay, but it is important to think about whether you can acquire these skills through professional development if they don’t come naturally.

7 Reasons to Make Transcription Your Career

There are many benefits to career as a transcriptionist, including flexibility in working hours, working remotely, starting a business and unlimited earning potential. And while there are low barriers for entry, it’s not a career for everyone – you need exceptional listening, typing, grammatical, analytical and language skills to be successful. You can take transcription

9 (Scientific) Ways to Improve Your Focus for Online Study

There are many benefits to online study, but with so many distractions at our digital fingertips these days (Facebook newsfeed, The Iconic sale) it can be hard to stay focused. As a result, finishing an online study course can take longer than it should. So, how do you remain focused and graduate faster? The following

6 Steps to Creating a Personal Development Plan

If you want to progress in your career and achieve personal goals, it’s important to have a personal development plan. After all, those who fail to plan, plan to fail! It’s been proven that those who write down their goals are more successful. In a study, reported by Forbes, only 3% of Harvard graduates wrote down

The Recruitment Career Path. Where Will it Lead You?

If you’re interested in a recruitment career there are multiple career paths and types of agencies to consider, from person-centred roles to business management positions. But first, the most important decision to make is whether to pursue recruitment at all. It takes a certain type of person to enjoy and excel as a recruitment consultant

5 Ways to Convince Your Employer to Pay For a Course

If you feel you could improve at work, you’re probably right. Most of us have jobs that keep evolving and professional development is important to stay abreast of the competition. This fact alone may sway your employer to foot the bill for your education expenses, but if not, you’ll have to be tactical about your

How to Write a Formal Email for a Job Applications

Today communication is fast and diverse. We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to communicating in writing in both our personal and professional lives, from Facebook Messenger and LinkedIn Messaging to text messages, email and more. It’s not always necessary to be formal so you may have developed a habit of writing quickly and casually,

6 Great Reasons to Study Developmental Psychology

Studying developmental psychology will help you in your personal and professional life. So, what do developmental psychologists do? They study the physical, cognitive, social, intellectual, perceptual, personality and emotional growth of people across their lifespan, from infancy to old age. Whether you want to take a short online course or dedicate your entire career to

5 Career Fears That Hold Us Back

To be successful you’re going to have to take some risks, whether it’s applying for a job, asking for a pay-rise or promotion, studying to enhance your professional development or even making decisions about what’s important in your life. Fear can be debilitating and it’s not uncommon for fear of failure and fear of success

6 Ways to Make Every Minute Count

If you feel there aren’t enough hours in the day you’re not alone: life’s busy! There are some people, however, who seem to achieve a lot despite this time deficit; but how do they do it? They know the importance of time management strategies. Health and lifestyle blogger, Amy Darcy, is one of these people;

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Writing Skills

If you’re looking for simple ways to improve your writing, whether you’re an aspiring novelist, business writer or blogger, you’re sure to be inspired by these ten tips. Read, Read, Read! Reading other peoples’ writing is one of the best ways to improve yours. If it’s blogs you aspire to write, subscribe to blogs of

8 Bizarre Careers You’ll Want to Share

These careers prove that thinking outside the box is a great way to explore unconventional job opportunities.   Voice Actor Toby Ricketts has been behind a microphone for over two thirds of his life. He works in four different accents to provide world-classvoiceovers for clients worldwide. Working out of a custom designed sound-proof cedar cabin

Have Expertise? Become A Consultant.

Could there be a lucrative career in consulting in your future? If you have expert knowledge or a specific skill that is valued by businesses or individuals it’s possible. Start by identifying your niche, research necessary licenses, set business goals and consider a professional development course in business consulting. Consultants are generally independent contractors who

6 Careers That Are Good For You

We spend a third of our lives working, so it makes sense to choose a career that makes us healthier and happier. That said, almost half of Australians are dissatisfied with their jobs. So, if you’re ready for a change, take a look at six careers that improve physical or emotional wellbeing.   FITNESS INSTRUCTOR

5 Big, Little Social Media Mistakes That Cost You

Recruitment expert Anna Hodges, of Purple Squirrel, says once you post on social media, you can’t take it back. “If you want your personal life to remain private, either don’t post it or keep your settings private on platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.” However, she says when you use social media to expand your

10 Ways to Find Work as a Freelance Writer

So, you want to be a freelance writer? It can be a hugely rewarding career for those who have a way with words. It’s also highly competitive so success will be determined by persistence. Of course, it helps to have an education in writing and some experience but it’s possible to get started without a

Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant. If you haven’t heard of the term it might sound a bit sci-fi, but virtual assistants are real people that provide professional, administrative, technical or creative solutions to businesses remotely. They are generally self-employed, independent contractors using modern technology to perform business tasks from anywhere in the world. This alone will appeal to

Procurement at the Highest Level – What’s the Reality?

If you’ve ever considered working in the procurement industry and wondered about the career trajectory, then set your sights on a position as a procurement specialist. A procurement specialist has extensive experience in procurement or purchasing in addition to academic qualifications in a related field. Procurement specialists develop, complete and undertake the whole procurement process

New Online Salon Management Course

Take your salon management career to the next level. Take your career in the beauty services industry to the next level with this new course, developed to equip you with the skills you’ll need to succeed in management or business ownership. On completion of this professional development course you will gain skills and knowledge to

Do You Have a Passion for Wine? Become a Sommelier!

Head Sommelier Gavin Wraith’s passion for wine has taken him around the world, from the United Kingdom to Australia, working at exclusive venues, including Hotel Du Vin, Melbourne Supper Club and Shannon Bennett’s Vue Group. His current position as Head Sommelier at Bohemian Wine Bar & Restaurant, in Melbourne’s South Wharf percent, offers guests sharing

You’re Hired! 10 Ways to Outshine the Competition

You’ve spotted your dream job, you fit the selection criteria and the company’s a good fit with your work history –you’re all set, right? Wrong, says recruitment specialist Renee Porter of Kingfisher Recruitment. You may have the qualifications and experience for an advertised position but if you don’t adhere to recruitment etiquette and social expectation

10 Wanderlust-Inspired Careers for the Adventurous

So, you want to travel the world but you don’t have a bottomless bank account. Have you considered a career that takes you places – literally? There are many jobs that whisk you off to exotic destinations. Here are our picks for the most practical and exciting careers for living the wanderlust-life. Flight Attendant Do


If you’re ready to take your career to the next level (a promotion, pay rise or business opportunity) these five strategies will take you there faster, according to Career Coach, Carla Egan. Know your Goals Most people spend more time planning their holidays than planning their career. Successful people are goal setters. They apply goal


There are five skills that give small business owners the best chance of success, according to Jacob Aldridge, Director of Strategic Advisory at businessDEPOT . “In my experience, the top five skills are sales, technology for efficiency, self-drive, perspicacity, and an innate sense of value,” says Aldridge.   Sales Every business is a sales business,

8 Skills You Need to Succeed as a Legal Transcriptionist

If you’re thinking of embarking on a career as a legal transcriptionist these are the skills that will make you a success.   Knowledge of Legal Terminologies Understanding legal terminology, judicial procedures and legal systems is important to the legal transcription occupation.   Excellent Typing Speed and Accuracy You will need to be able to

5 Secrets to Better Time Management in the Workplace

Time is precious in our busy workplaces and following these tips will help ensure you are maximising the productivity of your day. Plan your day … every day You know the drill – you get into work, check your emails and you are then dictated to for the rest of the day by your inbox.

6 Reasons Why We Love Online Training (and you should too)

Enrolling in an online course can give you the skills to pursue your personal and professional dreams. The world of job training and education has changed remarkably in the past decade, but one thing hasn’t. Employers demand professional, skilled people to fill a vast range of roles. Training is still the key to success –

How to do it? The ultimate cheat sheet for online study.

Enrolling in an online course is the first step towards advancing your skills and career, but following some smart advice will improve your chances of success. In a fast-paced world, we want to be able to access training when we want it. Online education is a great way for self-motivated learners to ramp up their

Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations Aaron Dowling (NSW) and Jenny Field (VIC), the winners of the March Free Course Competition! Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this contest a success! Stay tuned for our next contest in August!

New Course: Sustainability in Education

Sustainability in Education is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to identify and apply current sustainability education principles and practice to learning and teaching programs. View Course Outline

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Kick start your career with a free course! Answer a simple competition question to be in with a chance of winning a free course of your choice up to the value of $2399! Click here to enter  

New Course: Online Advanced Certificate of Logistics

The Advanced Certificate of Logistics is an online professional development course that will provide you with a thorough understanding of the history, perspectives, strategies and key areas of logistics, inventory and supply chain management. Advanced Certificate of Logistics

New Course: Online Marketing Psychology Course

Introduction to Marketing Psychology is an online professional development course that will help you understand the psychology behind the consumer decision making process and explore consumer behaviour that applies advertising and marketing.

New Course: Certificate of Professional Writing and Editing

The Certificate of Professional Writing and Editing is a comprehensive online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to write and edit copy for a wide variety of formats, across different writing styles, publishing media and audiences. The professional writing component of this course will give you practical, step-by-step

March Competition: Win a Free Course!

In 200 words tell us which course you would like to win and why.’ Terms and Conditions (Skill-Based Competition) General Information on how to enter and prizes form part of the Terms and Conditions. Entry into this competition deems acceptable of these Terms and Conditions. Who can enter? Entry is open to all residents of

New Course: Certificate of Occupational and Organisational Psychology

The Certificate of Occupational and Organisational Psychology is an online professional development program that will provide you with the psychological knowledge and skills required to improve organisational effectiveness and the quality of work life in organisations. In this online organisational psychology course you will learn how to improve the performance of teams and individuals and

Updated Course: Certificate of Business Writing

The Certificate of Business Writing is an online professional development course that will equip you with one of the most important skills in business:  the ability to write clear, concise, well-structured and well-written business documents. The Certificate of Business Writing will help you improve your business writing skills and improve the effectiveness of your letters,

New Course: Corporate Social Responsibility

Course Overview Corporate Social Responsibility is an online professional development program that will explore sustainable corporate social responsibility. Throughout this online social responsibility course you will discover the concept of the organisation as a ‘legal entity’ and the responsibilities it as to a range of stakeholders from a legal a social perspective. Course Topics Organisations

New Course: Health and Safety Incident Management

Course Overview Health and Safety Incident Management is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and critical skills required to foster a strong safety culture and improve WHS outcomes in the workplace. Using a critical set of steps to properly manage safety incidents, you will learn how to effectively investigate

New Course: Successful Internal Audits

Course Overview Successful Internal Audits is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to evaluate organisational information and assess an organisation’s risks as part of an internal audit process. In this online course you will learn how to develop audit objectives, learn how to gather and analyse

New Course: Conducting Successful Interviews

Course Overview Conducting Successful Interviews is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for conducting successful interviews. In this online course you will discover the different interview formats, you will learn critical questioning techniques, develop your active listening skills and learn how to conduct a range of

New Course: Microsoft Office Access 2013

Course Overview The Certificate of Microsoft Office Access 2013 is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to design and create databases using Access 2010. In this course you will learn how to create a database, create relationships between tables, create lookups and queries and use database

New Course: Emotional Intelligence

Course Overview Emotional Intelligence is an online professional development course that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to develop and apply emotional intelligence for personal and career success. In this online emotional intelligence course you will explore the tools and techniques required to understand and apply emotional intelligence in the workplace through managing your

Updated Course: Certificate of Strategic Planning

The Certificate of Strategic Planning is an online professional development program that will teach how to create a strategic plan that is aligned with an organisation’s values, vision and mission. Throughout this course you will learn how to create a meaningful SWOT or PEST analysis and apply a range of other tools and techniques to create

New Course: Certificate of Online Business Sales

Course Overview The Certificate of Online Business Sales is an online professional development course designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to develop effective sales strategies for online business success. This online business sales course is ideal for new online business owners, or those online business owners who need to extend their online

Updated Course: Certificate of Financial Management

The Certificate of Financial Management is an online professional development course designed to provide you with knowledge of financial management as it applies to the environment of business and finance. Throughout this course you will gain the knowledge required to analyse and report on a broad range of financial and business performance information and encompasses assessing

Updated Course: The Art of Negotiation

The Art of Negotiation is an online professional development program that will provide you with the techniques required for successful negotiation and provide you with the tools to enable cooperation and successful negotiation outcomes. In this course you will be equipped with influencing skills, expand your emotional awareness, use active listening and learn how to

Online Make-Up Artistry Course

Make-Up Artistry is an online professional development program that will introduce learners to the exciting world of make-up design and application. In this online make-up course you will learn the foundations of make-up artistry, including the tools, materials and products you will be working with. You will discover skin structures and conditions, how to conduct

New Course: Online Addiction Studies Course

The Advanced Certificate of Addiction Support is an online professional development program that will address the serious challenges addiction poses to society. This online addiction studies course will explore the theories of addictive behaviours and the practical and social issues of substance and alcohol abuse. This course will help you understand the major theories of

Updated Course: Online Franchising Course

The Certificate of Franchising is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to establish a franchise from the initial research phase through to finalising a franchising agreement with the franchisor and opening the franchise for business. This online franchising course will help you successfully manage a franchise

New Online Executive/Personal Assistant Course

The Executive Assistant Program is an online professional development program that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to develop your career as an Executive or Personal Assistant. Throughout this course you will learn how to communicate effectively, how to manage yourself and others and how to implement strategies for your career success.

New Course: Developing Student Writing Skills

Developing Student Writing Skills is an online professional development program that provides the skills and knowledge required by education support professionals to effectively develop student writing skills. Throughout this course you will learn how to identify what writers do when they write, how to implement and support a student writing program and use a range of

New Course: Write Complex Documents

Write Complex Documents is a short online professional development course designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to plan documents, draft text, prepare final text and produce documents of some complexity. View Course Outline

New Course: Write Simple Documents

Write Simple Documents is a short online professional development course designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to plan, draft and review a basic document before writing the final version. View Course Outline

New Course: Online Training and Assessment Course

The Advanced Certificate of Training and Assessment is an online professional development course designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to effectively and confidently plan, organise and deliver training and assessment. This course will take you through the assessment process, including recognition of prior learning (RPL), in a competency-based assessment system.  You will

New Course: Online Typing and Keyboarding Course

Keyboarding and Typing Foundations is a short online typing course that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to develop keyboarding skills with speed and accuracy using touch typing techniques. A typing test is included; the typing test is carried out under test conditions and is marked according to Australian Standard 2708. View

New Course: Certificate of Community Services

The Certificate of Community Services is an online professional development course designed to give graduates the knowledge and skills required to work effectively in the community services sector. In this online community services course you will learn work with individuals, groups and the community to identify issues and develop cooperative processes to facilitate change.  This

What’s Your Learning Style?

Learning Styles at Work We all learn in different ways and have our own learning styles and preferences. Understanding how you take things in and what style of learning you prefer can help make the whole learning experience easier for you. Understanding your learning style can help you develop skills to help you learn in

Procurement Skills Shortages

As procurement continues to become a more strategic organisational function in Australia, procurement professionals are now required to perform their roles with a much broader skill set. Both within Australia and abroad, procurement professionals are now recognised as being in short supply. There are opportunities in procurement for skilled individuals who have the right competencies. If you

Benefits of Professional Networking

Networking is an essential tool for your career development. Creating a business social network is critical for developing contacts, gathering information and advancing your career prospects. Many business people find business networking a cost effective method of generating new business. Business networking websites have grown over recent years due to the Internet’s ability to connect

Effective Email Management

With the increasing use of email for business it is sometimes difficult to keep your inbox under control. To prevent a build up of emails, try to handle each work related email as soon as you receive it.  This can be done by having multiple folders set up for separate tasks.  This enables you to sort

Email Etiquette

As the world’s most preferred method of communication, emails are sent and received more rapidly and in increasing numbers than ever before. We can spend as much as half of our work day answering and dealing with emails. Making sure that your email message is effective and uses proper email etiquette is essential. There are fundamental

Job Search and Interview Skills

Are you ready to start a new career? Are you looking for your dream job? You may be wondering where to start. The first step is to think about what type of career interests you. Make a list of all the skills you have acquired through your employment experience. If you are unsure, ask close

New Course: Certificate of Workplace Diversity Management

The Certificate of Workplace Diversity Management is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills knowledge required to develop, foster and implement diversity within work teams. This online diversity management course will teach you how to promote the benefits of having a diverse workplace and will help you to reinforce the

Updated Course Online Barista Course Barista Basics

Barista Basics is a short online course that will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to prepare and serve coffee for employment in cafes, or for in-house coffee service for meetings, conferences, special events and catering. In this online barista course you will learn how to prepare espresso, how to froth and texture

New Online Cosmetic Tattooing Course

Introduction to Cosmetic Tattooing is an online professional development program that you will provide you with the foundation knowledge and skills required to design and perform cosmetic tattooing for remedial or cosmetic purposes. In this introductory cosmetic tattooing program you will learn how to design cosmetic tattoos in response to client briefs, focusing on the

New Online Recruitment Consulting Course

The Certificate of Recruitment Consulting is designed to give individuals with little or no prior recruitment experience the knowledge, skills and tools to succeed in the exciting and fast paced recruitment industry. This online course for new recruitment consultants is a sales focused program aimed at helping new recruiters build their desk with a focus

Certificate of Medical Reception and Office Administration – Updated Course

The Certificate of Medical Reception and Office Administration has recently been updated to include the following topics: Maintain patient records Patient recordkeeping Roles and responsibilities Confidentiality, privacy and security Medical terminology Policies and procedures Use medical terms in oral and written communication Provide advice on fees, entitlements and rebates Schedule medical appointments Use appropriate booking

New Online Public Relations Course: Certificate of Crisis Communications (Public Relations)

The Certificate of Crisis Communications (Public Relations) is an online public relations program that will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge required to  coordinate, develop and implement a crisis management plan in a public relations context to provide an organisation with a planned communications response in the event of crisis. To view the full course outline, please

New Online Information Technology Course

Do you want to learn about computer operating systems, hardware and software? Would you like to understand the components inside the computer, how they function and how they work together? The Advanced Certificate of Information Technology is an online course that provides an overview of computer systems, computer protection and security, as well as introductory

How to Become a Paralegal

Would you like to become a paralegal or legal assistant? Do you have excellent organisational and communication skills? Would you like to develop your research and writing skills in a legal context? The Advanced Certificate of Legal Administration (Paralegal) is an online legal program that will provide you with a solid foundation in legal terminology,

Become a Medical Receptionist

Would you like to work as a medical receptionist in a medical centre, clinic or hospital? If you are interested in pursuing a career that offers variety and the chance to advance your communication and organisational skills, you should consider completing the Certificate of Medical Reception and Office Administration. Thia online Certificate of Medical Reception

Interested in Criminal Profiling? Study Criminology and Forensic Psychology Online

If you have always wanted to work in the exciting and challenging field of criminology and forensic psychology, the Certificate of Criminology and Forensic Psychology will help you launch your new career. The Certificate of Criminology and Forensic Psychology focuses on the complex social phenomenon of crime. This multidisciplinary field of study examines how crime

Become a Payroll Officer

Do you have an aptitude for maths and strong organisational skills? If so, you might like to consider pursuing a career in Payroll. Payroll officers prepare payroll and related employee records and undertake a range of tasks. To be successful as a payroll officer you need to be accurate with an eye for detail and

Updated Course – Certificate of Accounting and Finance

The Certificate of Accounting and Finance is an online professional development course that will introduce you to the principles of accounting, bookkeeping, business finance and taxation. This course is ideal for individuals who need to perform accounting duties such as introducing and maintaining both cash and accrual accounting systems, reporting on business performance, preparing financial statements, and preparing

New Course Coming Soon: Introduction to Company Law

The Introduction to Company Law is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge to apply legal principles in company law matters. This course will take you through the steps required to establish a company business structure and will help you prepare the associated documentation required. The Introduction to Company

Updated Course: Certificate of Family Law

The Certificate of Family Law has now been updated to include a wider range of topics. To view the full course outline, please go to    

Free CV Appraisal Service

Would you like to receive a free professional appraisal of your current CV? At AOC we can offer you a comprehensive critique of your CV and provide detailed feedback from an employer’s perspective to increase your chances of success after you graduate! Once we receive your CV our professional CV writer will critique and detail any areas which

Updated Course: Certificate of Professional Sales

Do you want to understand the principles of professional selling and sales techniques? The Certificate of Professional Sales is a self-paced online sales course which provides the skills and knowledge required to succeed in a professional sales environment. This online professional selling program equips graduates with a contemporary understanding and knowledge of professional selling, the

New Course: Closing the Generation Gap at Work

Closing the Generation Gap at Work is a new course that will explore the different needs and values of each generation in the workplace. This course is ideal for all employees who are looking to improve communication and understanding between generations. Please click here to view the course outline.    

Gift Vouchers Now Available

A gift voucher provides the perfect gift for birthdays, Mother’s or Father’s Day, Christmas, anniversaries or any other occasion. Our gift vouchers can hold any value and can be redeemed for any course that the recipient chooses. When you give a voucher to someone special in your life, you are giving this person the opportunity to

New Online Public Relations Writing Course

With the public relations industry in a state of growth and change, corporate, government and non-profit organisations are always in search for highly skilled public relations professionals. To succeed as a public relations practitioner you will need a range of skills which include effective writing, critical thinking and persuasiveness. The Certificate of Public Relations writing

New Online Body Piercing Course

New Course: Introduction to Body Piercing. Introduction to Body Piercing is an online professional development program that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to assess client requirements and pierce ear lobes and other areas for ornamentation. Click here to view the full course outline