What are short courses and are they worth it?

What are short courses and are they worth it?
14 May 2020    Claudia Anisse    0 comments
There are many options when it comes to studying, from full-on Uni degrees, apprenticeships and traineeships to a range of short courses that can help you get a foot in the door of your chosen field of learning. As we continue to sit at home and wait until life goes back to what we once knew, there is no better time than now to think about upskilling. 
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. While uni degrees and short courses each 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. 

In response to COVID-19, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government are offereing fee-free short courses, which can be completed in days or weeks and will provide you with practical skills across various industries. See if any suit you by clicking here.

 
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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 have been thinking about is the right one for you. 

Thinking about doing an apprenticeship or traineeship? Pre-apprenticeships or pre-traineeships are another avenue you can look towards if you aren’t sure about committing to one full-time just yet. These introductory units allow you to get a taste of the industry and if it’s something you are still keen to take on full time: plus they are fee-free (which makes it a no-brainer).

Basically, these short courses give you a chance to stimulate your mind (especially after bingeing on Netflix during quarantine) 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 or you have little to no motivation after couch sitting for the last month.
 
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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.

Don’t think you have any skills that are job-worthy? Check out how to transfer your iso skills into a real life job!

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. Most short courses are quite flexible, and you’ll have the opportunity to organise your workload as you see fit, and now that we all have more time than ever, this type of learning proves to be the best method as it gives you the control of doing whatever you want, whenever you want!

But, when things do go back into full swing, this type of option is great for those who constantly feel time-poor.

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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, these 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, build your skill set and challenge yourself to reach your full potential.
 
For more information on short courses that may suit you head to your state or territory websites or visit TAFE’s website: tafecourses.com.au/courses/


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