Choosing the right course for your lifestyle

If you’re thinking about education, it pays to consider your lifestyle. This is because you’re more likely to succeed when your course fits with your circumstances.

Whether you work full-time, part-time or not at all, there is a wide range of course styles and structures available to suit any lifestyle and career goal. Read on and you’ll be well on your way to choosing a course that suits you.

I work full-time

Maybe you’re working as a full-time employee, parent or caregiver to a family member or someone else and you’re looking at new career ideas to sink your teeth into, but realise you need a particular qualification to help you get there.

Online study is great solution that can fit around your schedule, not vice versa, allowing you to upskill while you’re working. Learning online also provides the flexibility to dial up and down your hours each week, which is great if your work commitments tend to vary.

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I don’t have any experience – or the right grades

Have you recently finished or left school, or entering the workforce for the first time for another reason? We all have to start somewhere. The good news is there are actually plenty of career courses available for those of us with no experience; it just depends on what you want to do.

There’s a wide range of nationally recognised courses with no pre-requisites that will give you the confidence and the qualifications you need to get the job you want.

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I live in a rural or remote area

Once upon a time living outside of a major city could make it very difficult to study, forcing you to uproot your life and relocate in order to successfully complete a qualification.

Nowadays, as long as you have a computer and a good internet connection, you can learn just about anything online, from personal training to horticulture. And with videos, forums, emails and online social communities now the norm for online learning, there’s plenty of interactive support available for students who live remotely.

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I need support with my course

All of us need a bit of help or guidance at some time or another to be able to achieve our career dreams. And whether you lack confidence in your abilities or aren’t so strong academically, there are support networks available to ensure this doesn’t become a barrier to accomplishing your education goals.

If face-to-face support is key for you, blended courses or those with 100% on-campus delivery may be best.

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I already have some experience or qualifications

If you’re looking to change or build your career, chances are you may have some transferable skills from your previous work or study experience that you can put to use.

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (or RPL), or gaining ‘course credit’ for previous study. Alternatively, a short course or postgraduate course may be all you need to make the transition.

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