What are short courses and are they worth it?

What are short courses and are they worth it?
29 November 2019    Lisa Clark    0 comments
There are many options when it comes to studying, from full-on Uni degrees to a range of short courses that can help you get a foot in the door of your chosen field of learning. Here’s what you need to know about short courses.
Short courses can help you to get specific skills training in a shorter amount of time than a Uni degree. They usually lean more towards practical skills than mountains of theory (which you will usually find in a university degree). While university degrees and short courses both have their pros and cons, short courses are a valuable way of showing potential employers that you are proactive and that you value continued learning. Plus, it’s a great way to unlock job prospects and new career ventures.
Here are the top reasons to consider taking a short course.  

Short courses will help you gain valuable qualifications that will set you apart from other job seekers

New skills are always appreciated in the workplace! Employers are increasingly looking for employees that demonstrate initiative and drive, and short courses allow you to not only learn new skills, but also discover new ways of thinking, which will only help you in your future endeavours.
Many short courses can give you credit towards a diploma (if you decide to pursue one) or a nationally recognised certificate, which shows that you attended and completed the course. This is invaluable information to put on your resumé when applying for jobs. Not only will it separate you from your peers, it will also give you the confidence you need to get the job done from the get-go.   

Short courses give you the opportunity to taste test a career path

Most of us don’t know exactly what we want to do with our lives, let alone what we want to study and commit to for the next 3 to 4 years. A short course is a great way to test the waters and see if the career path you are on is right for you. It’s a chance to stimulate your mind and learn something new, and when the time is right it will help you to build a naturally successful career because you know what the study and job involves from the get go. Each and every action you take to improve yourself will eventually pay off, even if it seems a little daunting right now.   

Short courses give you a chance to have fun and further your interests

Have you ever thought about turning your hobbies or interests into a full time job? It’s a viable option! Social media and a vast range of digital platforms make it easier than ever to turn your passions or hobbies into viable careers. It's worthwhile having a think about how you could potentially turn your interests into a money-making venture. Short courses are often perfect for people with an entrepreneurial mindset, providing them with the tools and knowledge they need to move quickly and capitalise on opportunities. There are many that focus on creating your own business, so give it a shot.

Short courses let you study at your own pace

One of the major positives of doing a short course online is that you can choose to study at your own pace. This is great for time-poor people! Most short courses are quite flexible, and you’ll have the opportunity to organise your workload as you see fit.

Short courses offer a unique study experience 

Short courses are adapted to meet the diverse needs of all kinds of students. Unlike your schooling or a university degree, the courses are designed to encompass all learning styles such as auditory learning, visual learning and kinaesthetic learning through different course materials, including print, audio, discussions and written essays.

A short course could offer you the perfect way to kick off your next phase of learning. It will increase your confidence, add to your skill set and let you challenge yourself to reach your potential.
For more information on short courses that may suit you head to TAFE’s website:  www.tafensw.edu.au/short-courses

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