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Short Courses: 5 Ways to Boost Your Career with Short Course Training

Short course training is an easy, convenient way to advance your career. Ideal for busy lifestyles, flexible short courses are available from numerous training organisations, including TAFE, Universities and other accredited institutions. In this article, we discuss five guidelines to maximise your salary and career prospects with short training courses.

1 – Choose Flexible Study

When you’re working a full-time job, it’s hard to find extra time for after-hours education and training. Short courses make life easier by offering the flexibility to study part time, often at your own pace. When researching your training options, take a moment to seriously assess how much time you have available. Be sure not to overestimate your available time – you want to make sure you can complete the course you start.

Also ask yourself whether you would prefer in-class tuition, an online course or a correspondence course. Many students agree that in-class tuition helps them overcome lack of motivation and procrastination, ensuring quick progress through a course. Other students prefer the self-paced flexibility of online courses, allowing them to schedule study around their busy lifestyle.

2 – Seek Accredited Courses

If you’re going to invest time into career advancement, you want to double-check you sign up for an accredited course. Don’t waste time on courses that receive zero industry recognition. Instead, seek courses provided by industry recognised training providers. Ideally, you want to graduate with a certificate or other qualification widely recognised in your industry.

3 – Apply for Financial Assistance

With a little research, you may be able to reduce your training costs and even receive your training for free, or at a reduced rate. Following are a variety of ways you could receive financial assistance for short course training:
  • Your current employer may be willing to pay for your training, especially if your new skills will benefit the company.
  • Ask your tax accountant about tax deductions, tax incentives and fee reimbursements for work related self-education expenses.
  • Training institutions often recommend finance providers who offer interest-free student loans.
  • You may be eligible for Centrelink benefits if you are studying and working.
  • The Australian government provides fee assistance for some higher education courses.

4 – Accept Career Guidance

Accredited training institutions usually offer a career guidance service. You can choose to pay for formal consulting or accept free counselling services. Either way, a career consultant can help you align your career aspirations with the correct training courses. By carefully selecting your courses, you can reduce overall costs by investing in only the training you need. A good career guidance service will ensure you make fast progress towards your goals.

5 – Customise Your Training Plan

Short courses give you the ability to tailor a long-term training plan to your exact needs. You can complete short courses back-to-back, building your training plan to suit your goals. The result is a comprehensive training package specifically designed to advance you along your chosen career path. This building block approach is a great alternative to a daunting four year university degree or low paid apprenticeship.

Whether you’re looking to brush up your skills, apply for a promotion or embark on a total career change, short course training can help you reach your goals. For best results, seek the help of a trained career guidance consultant before beginning your training plan.

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