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Experts Share: Workplace Communication Hacks

Communication is a powerhouse that keeps any organisation moving forward toward business objectives. A lack of effective communication, whether between teams, leaders or employees will bring a business to a halt. Career Coach Catherine Phan says effective workplace communication is a combination of understanding yourself and that of your co-workers. “Communication starts with self-awareness and

Can Managers Learn Emotional Intelligence?

People skills can make all the difference when it comes to carving out a successful career, according to psychologists and career counsellors. In fact, emotional intelligence (EQ) may be more important than IQ when it comes to getting ahead in the workforce. So, what is emotional intelligence? How do you know if you’re emotionally intelligent

Resignation: How to Make a Smooth Exit

A graceful exit is the only way to go for professionals who want to avoid burning bridges while progressing their career. A graceful resignation also puts you in a favourable position when it comes to receiving excellent references.   How to Write a Resignation Letter When you accept a new position, it’s time to write

5 Tips on Becoming a Successful Mentor (And Why It’s Life-Changing).

If you’ve been considering becoming a mentor, you should think about what you want to get out of the relationship, because mentoring is not about managing, it’s about guiding, according to Gayle Fitzpatrick, a mentor with Raise Foundation. “It’s not about giving the answers, it’s about empowering the mentee to come to their own conclusions.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is an exciting area of complementary health that involves stimulating pressure points on the feet, hands and head to promote wellness in other areas of the body. According to the philosophy of reflexology, all the parts of the body have representing reflexes on the feet, hands and head, which are believed to stimulate the

12 Professional Development Courses for Teacher Aides

If you work as a teacher’s aide (or aspire to be a paraprofessional educator), you know the importance of inclusive education to support children with a variety of needs. That’s why the following professional development courses are essential for all teacher aides in supporting children with additional needs, including those with autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia and

6 Body Language Mistakes Managers Make (Are You Guilty?)

As a leader, it’s important that your communication is sincere and authentic, explains leadership and communications consultant Catherine Hollyman, as your body language will give you away. “Body language is primal. It automatically reflects our core emotions. Because it is instinctive, our body language tends to reveal our truth. So, if we’re lying, it is

10 Reasons We’re So Popular for Professional Development

Australian Online Courses is an online, professional development provider with a difference – we genuinely care about your career development and offer unlimited student support. But that’s not all, we’re also popular for the following reasons, too!   Easy and Convenient We provide a learning environment that fits with your lifestyle. Australian Online Courses (AOC)

10 Smart Foods that Boost Your Learning | Australian Online Courses | Blog

We know students need proper nutrition to cope with study schedules, but choose ‘smart foods’ to support brain function, and you’re one step ahead according to Clinical Nutritionist Sarah Spann.   Study snacks to reach for to help support brain function include protein and healthy fats which provide sustained energy and improve focus, says Ms

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

Autism Resources: 9 Tips for Teachers

Teachers who support children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can benefit from undertaking autism courses and autism training to facilitate engaging and inclusive classrooms. A lack of funding for specialist autism training in mainstream schooling is a common barrier to accessing autism resources. But overcoming these obstacles is important to improve school attendance, behaviour and

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

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

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

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

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