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5 Reasons Child Care Workers Need Professional Development

There are many occupations that require continuous professional development to ensure relevancy and safety in the workplace.  Arguably, child care is one of the most critical. After all, the responsibility of caring for babies and children is significant. Continuous professional development is a lifelong process of learning. In education and childcare, it’s important to create

6 Traits of Exceptional Counsellors

If you’re considering a career in counselling, you should think about whether you’re a good fit for this occupation. Counsellors are professionals who are trained to be objective and whom build a trusting and therapeutic relationship with clients through talk-based therapy. So, what type of person becomes a counsellor? And what are the traits that

7 Tips to Mediate Workplace Conflict

If you’re in a management or senior position, a large part of your job probably involves mediating interpersonal issues. Resolving conflict and disputes in the workplace can be a difficult and stressful process, especially if you don’t have counselling or mediation skills. When you have the skills to mediate conflict it reduces the risk of

5 Powerful Ways MS Office Helps Your Career

Over the years Microsoft Office (MS Office) has become a must-know for everybody, especially if you have an office-based job. In fact, most employers will assume that all job applicants have a working knowledge of the programs in the MS Office Suite, including: Excel for spreadsheets, Word for word processing, Access for database management, PowerPoint

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

10 Ways to Create a Positive, Personal “Service” Brand

When your business product is invisible, it can be difficult to become the go-to expert in your field. We’re talking about business coaches, career counsellors, wellness practitioners, personal trainers, key note speakers, consultants and anyone working in the services industry. This makes creating and maintaining a positive personal brand essential. So, what is a personal

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

What’s It Like to Be an Accountant?

Accountants get an unfair deal when it comes to stereotypes; there’s this notion that they’re loners who sit doing mathematical equations all day, but the reality is much brighter. Of course, accountants should have a solid grasp on mathematics, economics and business-related subjects, but they also need to be able to build rapport with a

Want to Study Smarter? Check Your Habits.

Why is it that some students breeze through exams with good grades, while others study like it’s going out of fashion only to end up with mediocre results? Is it simply, intelligence? The answer is perhaps, but smart study habits play an essential part according to teaching and productivity experts. Former Secondary School Teacher turned

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 Must-Read Books to Inspire Your Success

Whether you’re seeking comfort or a well-deserved kick in the pants, we have compiled a list of self-help books that will help you make 2018 the year of self-improvement and success. These books impart knowledge and enhance your mindset, so you can achieve goals; whether it’s to calm down, motivate or turn passions into businesses.

6 Surprising Benefits of Lifelong Learning

So, why is it important to be a lifelong learner? Jill Weeks, retirement author of 21 Ways to Retire, Where to Retire in Australia and Retire Buzzi, understands the importance of lifelong learning; she says people who embrace learning later life report: Enhanced mental stimulation and focus; Meeting new people and enjoying new experiences; Adding

10 Foods for Fast Fitness

If you want to get fit faster, include these ten foods in your diet immediately. THR1VE’S Nutritionist, Shannon Young, shares her advice on fuelling and fast-tracking your fitness. Salmon. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon have been linked to a list of benefits, more recently proving to be a potent muscle

Study Advice for Migration to Australia

If you’re an international student wanting to live and work in Australia there are some study pathways that may lead to in-demand occupations; however, it pays to study to your strengths and interests. Three Australian migration agents tell us why.   Ariel Brott, Accredited Specialist Immigration Lawyer & Registered Migration Agent at Global Mobility Immigration

7 Inspiring Ways to Fill a C.V Gap

You don’t need to worry about that two-month break you took back in 2001, but if you’re headed for a significant employment gap, whether via redundancy or to raise children, consider the following options to keep your C.V in top shape.   Education Could you up-skill with a certification or professional development course that relates

10 Ways Online Study Beats the Classroom

If you’re unsure about taking your studies online, here are ten convincing reasons to choose e-learning over traditional study environments.   Convenience The only commute you’ll have to deal with when you choose online study is the walk from your bedroom to a study. This is a huge advantage to online learning as not only

10 Best Creative Writing Careers

Creative writing is a wonderful hobby but writing every day can be a challenge. What if you could incorporate it into your career? People have probably told you to study for a “real” job, but there are legitimate career paths where creative writing skills are essential. Here are ten of the best.   Advertising Copywriter

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

5 Ways Creativity is Good for Your Brain

When was the last time you were creative? Whether it’s writing, baking, gardening, painting or playing music – creative pursuits are therapy for your mind. Here are five reasons you need to tap into your creative side.   Reduces Stress A study in published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, found

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

7 Ways to Land That Entry-Level Job

You’ll need a competitive edge to start your career according to a new report by Anglicare. Across Australia, there are now an average of 4.8 jobseekers for every entry-level job advertised (ABC News report). So how can graduates and new jobseekers give themselves the best chance of success? Australian Online Courses spoke to Darleen Barton,

8 Biggest Myths About Making a Will

Where there’s a will there’s a way – unless you don’t have one. If you’re unsure about making a will or wonder about the validity of your will, two solicitors specialising in estate planning and wills set the record straight. There are many misconceptions about making a will according to Solicitor Carrie Payne of Business

7 Ways to Manage Angry People at Work

The workplace is a melting pot of personalities with a full range of human emotions, making it impossible to avoid negative situations. “At some point most managers will need to address an employee with inappropriate behaviour or aggression,” says Psychologist Dan Martin of Personal Enrichment Services. Martin’s expertise in anger assessment and counselling makes his

8 Charity Careers That Make a Difference

If making a difference is important to you, you might find your calling with one of the 54,000* registered Australian charities. That rare feel-good factor charity work offers makes an excellent career choice and contrary to popular belief most professional roles pay well. The following roles are important to charity and not-for-profit organisations. Administration and

4 Critical Mistakes to Avoid on LinkedIn

Your social media footprint is critical, irrespective of the position you’re applying for, according to Sue Parker, Founder of CV Dynamix.  “LinkedIn is the go-to social media platform used by human resources, recruiters and hiring companies,” she says. If you have Facebook, set your account to private and keep in mind your profile picture and

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

4 Interview Formats and How To (F)Ace Them!

You may be an excellent candidate but if you get it wrong in the interview you don’t get a second chance. Bernadette Innes, Director of Proven Recruitment Results, says in addition to rehearsing answers to standard questions, understanding different interview formats is the key to success. Standard Questions to Expect Can you tell me something

10 Benefits of Professional Development

Professional development is the advancement of skills or expertise to succeed in a profession through continued education. Australian Online Courses is an education provider offering quality online,  professional development courses to provide unique learning experiences. The courses are affordable, flexible in delivery and can be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. Here are

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

8 Inspiring Career Break Ideas

Whether your career break is forced, in the case of redundancy, or you have the means to step away, or are “burned-out” to the point where stress or unpaid leave is necessary – make the most of your time. This could be a turning point in your professional and personal life. It’s an opportunity to

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

10 Compelling Careers in Procurement

Procurement is a diverse and exciting industry with positions available across many organisations from government departments to private enterprise. There’s also ample opportunity for career advancement for hard working procurement professionals. What’s the Difference Between Procurement, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management? Procurement, purchasing and supply chain management are often confused but, while roles can overlap,

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

Study Smarter: 20 Expert Learning Tips!

We know getting through your course quickly and successfully is important, so we asked three learning experts to share their advice on enhancing study sessions for better outcomes. Rik Schnabel, of Life Beyond Limits, is an internationally recognised and nationally accredited Australian life coach and author with over 20,000 training and clinical coaching hours. As

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

Bespoke Courses Now Offered – Design Your Own Course

Australian Online Courses now gives you the opportunity to create your own course by selecting from hundreds of business, ICT, hospitality, tourism, travel, financial services and logistics units offered exclusively online. The chance to tailor your professional development course to suit your career direction and interests means your study is as unique as you are.

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Successful Counsellor?

If you’re considering a career as a counsellor there are four questions you should consider before you enrol in a training course, according to Dan Auerbach, Sydney-based psychotherapist with Associated Counsellors & Psychologists Sydney. A good counsellor requires a specific mix of skills and personality traits, says Auerbach. “First, it helps to be genuinely interested

12 Careers That Make Introverts Happy

It’s difficult to be an introvert in an extrovert’s world – a world that can’t stop talking, according to author Susan Cain who started a  Quiet Revolution with her bestselling book Quiet. The book highlighted the power of introversion. It put a positive spin on traits such as shyness, sensitivity and seriousness. Suddenly being an

New Online Psychology Course

Are you interested in what makes people tick? Pursue your interest in human behaviour and build your career in psychology with the Certificate of Psychology. Whether you wish to launch a psychology career or acquire an understanding of psychology to complement your current role, the Certificate of Psychology will give you the foundation knowledge for

Benchmark A and B – 457 186 Visa Training Requirements – Australian Online Courses

If you are an Australian business wishing to meet training requirements for Visa 457, then you may be aware of the training requirements for your Australian employees. If you are looking to meet Government training requirements, then you can use our training programs to show evidence of providing ongoing training to your staff. Australian Online

New Online Technical Writing Course

Looking to add to your repertoire of writing skills? Australian Online Courses is excited to announce its new online course Introduction to Technical Writing. So, if you’d like to learn how to break complex processes and diagrams into simpler terms for written documents then the lucrative field of technical writing might be for you. If you

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

New Online Speech Pathology Assistant Course

Working under the supervision of a qualified speech pathologist/therapist, speech pathology assistants carry out a range of tasks and provide valuable assistance to help clients overcome speech, understanding and swallowing difficulties caused by conditions such as stuttering, autism, cleft palate, Down syndrome and stroke. With as many as one in seven Australians experiencing a form

5 CLEVER WAYS TO SUPER-CHARGE YOUR CAREER NOW

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

5 POWERFUL SKILLS FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS

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,

10 Real World Careers for Creative People

There’s never been a better time to discover a career in a creative industry. In fact, Australia’s thriving arts, culture, media, and entertainment industry has played a significant role in helping Australia enjoy uninterrupted economic growth (Austrade). Your artistic expression doesn’t need to send you broke either, as many creative careers are ranked in the

6 Careers for Best Work/Life Balance

According to Aiying Law, Director of Mum and Working Australia, most people looking for flexible work hours are parents with school-age children. However, carers and those with a spouse working shifts also seek flexibility in their career. The 2016 SEEK Learning Defining Work-Life Balance Report, found that an overwhelming 92% of Australians say work-life balance

6 Of the Best Work From Home Careers

Whether it’s a job with flexibility or a business opportunity, such as outsourcing your talent as a freelancer, there are endless benefits to working from home. For a start, you choose your working hours and manage your time to suit your lifestyle and priorities. If you’re a parent, you can be there for important milestones

5 Most Rapidly Growing Careers

An employer once told a colleague of mine that she was on the nose of a rocket. This should have been good news, but she hated her job. So, being on the ‘nose of a rocket’ was terrifying. Where was she headed? Moral of the story: It’s important to consider growth industries but make sure

8 Signs You’re Ready for a Career Change

Considering we spend a third of our life at work it’s perhaps not surprising that an unfulfilling career can lead to feelings of hopelessness, overwhelm, resentment and at its most serious debilitating depression and anxiety. Yet as creatures of habit we must summon a truckload of motivation and enthusiasm to change careers. Perhaps your career

New Online Digital Marketing Course

Kickstart an exciting, dynamic career in digital marketing with our comprehensive Certificate of Digital Marketing. This online digital marketing certificate course will strengthen your skill set and progress your digital marketing career with units in digital marketing, marketing communication, data analytics, marketing convergence, consumer behaviour, social media and more. Unit 1: Introduction to Marketing Communication Unit

What Makes Them Tick? 8 Reasons Managers Should Study Human Behaviour

Few managers would argue that employee behaviour and motivation play a vital role in increasing an organisation’s productivity. But how many have the skills to understand and motivate their employees in a positive way? According to Principal Organisational Psychologist Cheryl Adams, of Think Trek Consulting, there are 8 Reasons Managers Should Study Human Behaviour, plus

For the record: Why a Certificate of Legal Transcription is so popular

With thousands of law firms across Australia, they represent one of the most desirable workplaces for office personnel wanting to work in the professional services sector. Key administration roles are crucial to the smooth and efficient day-to-day running of law firms, including the all-important job of legal transcriptionist.  As the name indicates, one of the

20 of the Wackiest Job Titles

We asked multi-national recruitment company Randstad MENA about the most bizarre job titles they’ve come across.  As recruitment specialists they see hundreds of CV’s every day, so it wasn’t a difficult task to come up with the Top 20 List of the Wackiest Job Titles! Director of First Impressions – Administration/Reception Slimming in Charge –

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