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Get the Most Out of a Conference, Seminar, or Workshop

By |February 23rd, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

To stay on top of your career and ahead of your competition, you have to make learning a lifelong, ongoing process. Conferences, seminars, and workshops are acknowledged forms of training, information-gathering, and networking. They are usually short, practical, and up to the minute. But such events must be more than just a day away from the office. If you want to take full advantage of these opportunities to invest in yourself, you’ll need to be aware of the following advice... 1. Prepare yourself beforehand. Your attendance and participation are investments in yourself, so don’t leave preparation to the last minute or allow ‘emergencies’ to limit your pre-event preparation… Study the agenda, and focus on what you want to get out of the event. Talk to your boss about the program and find out whether there is information you should concentrate on. Do any pre-reading, recommended or otherwise, that will increase [...]

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The Value of Asking Questions

By |February 20th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Ever been in a position where you have been asked to present something and you know you’re not prepared? Ever been involved in a discussion where you don’t feel you can contribute constructively? What do you do when you are put in a position to speak or contribute to a discussion and you have no idea what to say? Ask a question. Mark Twain said, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.” So how does question asking stop you from looking dumbfounded and unprepared? The focus is immediately taken off you and placed onto the participants, listeners or conversationalists. Others feel valued by allowing them to input their ideas and opinions. By listening to the answers, you can launch yourself into a conversation, speech or more questions, using their answers as stimulus! Excited to ask some questions yet? [...]

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How to Manage Conflict

By |February 18th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Resources, School of Business, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training, Workshops, Workshops|

Our previous blog provided 5 handy hints to avoid causing conflict within the workplace. Here, we continue our hints to help you manage and maintain a healthy workplace. Read, learn and then manipulate them in your managing courier and become a better team player! 6. Criticise with caution. You will be required from time to time to point out mistakes or critique the work of your staff. This should be undertaken in a spirit of support: never criticise anyone's work unless you can make practical suggestions for improvement. 7. For the sake of argument, don't. Arguing is a needless waste of energy and time. A battle between two closed minds only results in both parties clinging more tenaciously to their positions. It is far wiser to listen to the other point of view, understand the stance being taken, and attempt to guide the other party towards your point of view [...]

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Accomplish More with a Personal Achievement List

By |February 13th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In our previous blog post we spoke about the benefits of having and maintaining a personal achievements list in order to make this year your year of success. Personal Achievement Lists are often overlooked in our busy lives, however the value of knowing what you want to achieve and being able to tick them off as you see each one come to pass is priceless. Don't let this year get away from you! Make the most of each day by knowing what it is you want to accomplish. We have compiled some information, stories and quotes to further your understanding on the topic. Viewpoint "I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish all tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of [...]

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Effective Personal Achievement Lists’

By |February 11th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Too often managers modestly, and often unjustly or even unwittingly, hide their success from others - and indeed from themselves. They fail to understand that the simple strategy of recording personal successes can motivate, increase self-productivity, and support career advancement. The compilation of a personal achievement list can have a considerable effect on a manager's professional life... 1. Acknowledge your achievements to date. Most managers see themselves as 'modest achievers'. They're so accustomed to doing what they do and what is expected of them that they rarely, if ever, class any of their accomplishments as 'achievements'. Indeed, when people are impressed with something they've done - something that perhaps seems rather ordinary to them - they're surprised. As a manager, you can use your past achievements more positively to motivate you to greater heights. To shrug off those achievements modestly, as most professionals are prone to do, or to forget [...]

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Assessing Training Needs for 2015

By |February 9th, 2015|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Short Courses, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

As we begin a new year with new employees and new job descriptions, are there new training needs within your organisation? Are you a supervisor or manager than can see gaps in employee skill sets? Do you feel that the direction of the business requires further training or more specific training? It’s important to Assess Training Needs when thinking about what type of training to implement within your organisation. If you are looking for appropriate training for your organisation there are a couple of things you need to consider, including: –          Identifying what the business needs –          Identifying what the employees need –          Identifying and Recognising what skills already exist If you can recognise that training will greatly benefit your business, then it’s time to find out what training is needed to fill the gaps. To do this, an assessment of the skill and knowledge gaps within your business will [...]

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Why Team Building is Vital to your Success

By |November 19th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, Schools, Shortcourses, Training|

Great teamwork is one of the most important keys to your company’s success. The more harmoniously people work together, the better it is for your company. Teamwork is the way that things get done these days – and if you don’t have a cohesive team, you’re seriously handicapping your company out in the marketplace. Team building is necessary for success because it’s unnatural for people to come together in a new group and immediately begin to get along. Throughout history, building a team has been the function of shared experiences and history. When that experience and history is lacking, it’s difficult for a group to share a common vision and goal, or to function together in a way that promotes the best qualities of each team participant. In other words – to function as a team. Getting your employees to stop thinking of each other as competitors and start working [...]

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Writing an Impressive Resume

By |October 29th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Are you wanting to write your resume but don't know where to start? Perhaps you would like to update your resume after years of it lying dormant? Here is a simple resume template for you to use as a guide in building your own impressive resume! JOE SMITH _____________________________________________________________ 205 Smith Drive, Smithville NSW 2008 Home PH: 02 9000 5000 | Email: [email protected] CAREER OVERVIEW A sales management professional with seven years' experience in the media industry, I have worked on newspaper, web and television products. I have a proven track record of developing new business and motivating a team to consistently exceed targets. I've recently completed a Masters of Business Administration and am now seeking a new professional challenge. KEY STRENGTHS The aim of the section is to give the person reading your resume a quick snapshot of what you have to offer in the hope they instantly place [...]

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Online Study Tips!

By |October 27th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Have you just started studying online? Are you part way through your course and struggling to maintain the discipline to get it done? Maybe it's been such a long time since you studied that you don't remember how to sit in one place and work for too long! Studying online can be really difficult and it's important to know what YOU need to make your study time valuable. Here are some important study tips for those who are studying online. Be clear about the reason that you decided to do your online course. Write down why you are doing it and display this where you will see it regularly.If you have a clear vision about WHY you are studying then you will feel more motivated to push through when it gets tiring or stressful. Nothing valuable is ever easy, so don't allow yourself to become discouraged. Always keep your eye [...]

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The Keys to Success

By |October 8th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Training|

Success… We all aspire to it, talk about it, envy those who achieve it, we think about it, fight for it. It is really worth it. Success comes with reaching our aims and it brings us incomparable satisfaction and happiness. That gives us a unique opportunity to be happy every day, if we achieve small goals every day and step by step we will be approaching our GREAT dream. Recollect your studies at college, when you had to combine work and study; when you had a very tense schedule, when your only solution was a custom term paper to get through the semester. But you stood it. By achieving mini goals every term, at last you reached the main aim – successful graduation. And that is why you are a successful person. But one of the qualities of a prosperous person is that he is always striving for perfection and [...]

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Pinpoint Your Dream Career

By |September 29th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Have you ever felt stuck in your career?  Employee stress and burn out can account for a lot of dissatisfaction in your life.  After all, you are at work some 8 hours a day or more.  That’s 1/3 of your day if you don’t count sleep.  That’s a long time to be dissatisfied. If you feel stuck, here are 6 great ways to find your ideal career:    1.   Brainstorm on a sheet of paper - I’ve talked about this before and it’s a strategy I use all the time.  Take a pad of paper and write down at the top your objective in question form.  Then, simply list out 20 answers to your question.  For example, you could write “What should I be doing with my time and life?”  Then stay seated for a half hour to an hour coming up with answers to that question.  The key to [...]

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The Benefits of Online Training

By |September 26th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In this fast changing world where skills are constantly adapting to technology advances, people are changing the careers more frequently and employers expect job seekers to be equipped with skills already, how can you ensure that you will be secure in the marketplace? The competition now is so cut throat that being educated means actually going out of your way to update yourself with the current business trend, software, theory, medicine, etc. The answer...Education! Those who refuse to stop learning are the ones who will succeed. It's important to be aware of gaining new skills, learning new techniques and being aware of the changes in your industry at all times. Currently there are various means to get that vital education, one form is via the internet through an online qualification. First it has to be asked, is this an effective and is this the best way to get a qualification? [...]

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Flexibility with Online Training

By |September 24th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

Need to Gain More Skills? Online training could be just what you need! Earning one of the many available accredited online qualifications enables you to graduate from some of the nation's highest ranked training colleges without ever leaving your home state. Graduating with a bachelor's degree or certificate from a Registered Training Organisation by going through any of their online courses is equal to attending class on their physical campus, except you can live at home, and keep your full time job. Many adults are working professionals who struggle balancing family, work and other obligations or commitments. However, with technological advancements in the last decade in education online, many are choosing to earn their accredited online qualifications simply because they can do so without being constrained to the restrictions associated with a classroom based program. You can now obtain a high-quality and prestigious accredited degree online. With so many accredited [...]

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Choosing a Career for Your Personality

By |September 22nd, 2014|Qualifications, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make—but how do you decide what is right for you? You may take a career path that uses the skills you have or the education you’ve gotten. You may even choose a career based on what you think you “should” do—because of what your parents or teachers have told you is right for you.  But you may not know that you are naturally more suited for some careers than for others. Why? Each of us has an individual personality type that affects how much we’ll like a job. Think, for instance, about a carpenter versus a counselor. A carpenter works with concrete objects, according to specified procedures, and has a tangible result. A counselor works with people and their feelings; she has to judge success and the results of her work based on abstract concepts. Which of [...]

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Writing Effective Resumes to Ensure Success

By |September 17th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

If you ever plan on getting a job or starting a career of some kind, you will have to have a resume. Not just a piece of paper that gives the employer some information about yourself, but rather something that will set you apart from the others applying for the same position. One would like to think that there is one way to write a resume, and that if you follow that exact formula, you're set. But this is not the case. Each employer is different, so some might like one style over another. We can however give you some tips that will turn you in the right direction. One thing that we see over and over again in resumes is an overload of information. I guess there are many resume writers that think quantity will impress people over quality. They are wrong. Employers are busy people, and don't have [...]

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Failure…is it that bad?

By |August 29th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In our Western society we have a never negative outlook to failure. The idea of failing is terrifying and we do all we can to keep ourselves on the track of success. However, perhaps we need to change our way of thinking about failure...   Getting at the source of failure If you treat an employee's failure the right way, you can turn it to your advantage. If a project flops, sit down with the staff member responsible and, rather than assign blame, explore the reasons for the failure. Search for the cause -were the resources insufficient? were they faulty? was the timing poor? was the planning inadequate? was the data erroneous? did failure reside in a personality trait - a tendency to jump to conclusions, or to rely on ambiguous data? Only then can you correct the problem at its root. It's what we learn from the experience of [...]

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Saying No to the Fear of Failure!

By |August 27th, 2014|Leadership, Online Short Courses, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

"The worst possible outcome of trying a work task and then failing is probably transient embarrassment. You might be embarrassed for a while, but that will fade. The residue hopefully will be a valuable learning experience. Trial-and-error learning is a time-honoured process and one familiar to most successful people." Fred Orr, How to Succeed at Work, Unwin, Sydney, 1987, p.30. It's a fact When the famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison wanted to make a nickel iron alkaline battery, we are told he performed 50,000 experiments, and failed 50,000 times. Someone who knew about this asked if all these failures had disappointed him. ‘Not at all,’ replied Edison, ‘for I have learned 50,000 ways it cannot be done, and therefore I am 50,000 times nearer the final experiment!’ And, of course, he eventually did succeed. His failures were simply stepping stones to success.   "You measure the size of an accomplishment by [...]

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What to Expect at your next Job Interview

By |August 15th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Job interviews are a critical step in the achievement of a job offer. Your resume might be outstanding and your experience second to none...but if there isn't chemistry in the job interview, you may miss out on the job. Here are a few more tips and hints on what you should expect when arriving at a job interview and how to make sure that you give it everything you've got! Be prepared for these questions 'Never go into a job interview,' says Mitchell Posner in 'Executive Essentials', 'without knowing clearly your answers to these questions'… An icebreaker question: e.g. So, what do you think of this weather we're having? What was your last job? Why did you leave? What did you like about your past jobs? What did you hate? Those were your duties. What were your achievements? Tell me about yourself (Watch for raised eyebrows.) Now I know your [...]

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Facing a Job Interview with Confidence

By |August 11th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

In applying for a new job, you may indeed be experienced and well qualified, and you may have submitted a wonderful letter of application and a perfect résumé. But today, more than ever, it's that face-to-face interview that really counts. To gain the advantage, you'll need to project a confident image, as the following strategies suggest... 1. Do your homework. If you’ve done your research and preparation thoroughly, it will come across confidently and naturally during an interview. So… Know your résumé thoroughly. Be able to elaborate on each item and to discuss strengths and weaknesses confidently, positively, and honestly. Assemble your résumé, other documentation, and examples of previous work as support material for use when appropriate during the interview. Familiarise yourself with the company and the position you have applied for. You needn't be an expert, but take note of a few important facts. Try to make some global observations based on the [...]

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Networking is Simple!

By |August 8th, 2014|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Training|

Networking is such a big topic with so many juicy tips and hints! We can't resist giving you one more blog post full of different stories, hints and tips for you to become the best net worker you can be! Never eat lunch alone! In 'The Pursuit of Wow!', management guru Tom Peters advises managers never to eat lunch alone. He reasons that there are 49 working weeks in a year and, after subtracting some holidays, you are left with 225 lunches per year. That, says Peters, is 225 opportunities to network and develop relationships with colleagues and clients. Of course, his calculations don't even include power breakfasts - 'a new opportunity for networking', says Peters.   How to mingle Networking at events, whether business or social, can be fulfilling and produce the desired result when done well. Here are some guidelines, with thanks to Ivan Misner, author of 'Networking [...]

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