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Why Study a Short Course? Why Study a Short Course
Posted by Ashlea Masters | June 20th 2011

Thinking of learning how to cook? Or perhaps you want to improve your computer skills? With the thousands of short course options available there really is a course for everyone. Ashlea Masters passes on her reasons for why you should enrol in a short course.

Have you ever considered a short course? Well, there is an array of choices for you to delve into depending on your current skill set or personal interest. There are many reasons for you to consider undertaking a new course; you may be interested in taking on a short course so that your mind is occupied and you can continue to encourage yourself to learn as much as you can in life. Some people just want to advance their existing knowledge on a subject to further their career. You may be looking for a little extra knowledge to take up a hobby, or the hobby could just be learning. Whatever your reasoning may be, there is a course out there for you.

One of the most appealing things about short courses is that there are no pre-requisites for them. They are suitable for people from all walks of life, from school-leavers to mature age, and you are able to undertake one or many without having to present high school or university results. When making your decision there are a number of different institutions that are specifically designed to provide you with short course options.

For a different way of starting your search, you could also begin by searching through any job search website to find a career that could be of interest to you first, and from there look for a course that could give you a taste of the career you are looking at before you delve straight into the job.

Short courses also allow students to develop themselves in a range of areas that may not be found in standard university or other higher education qualifications. So, do you want to learn to bake, practice and teach yoga, build a boat, finish that children’s book, speak another language, become a Microsoft master, play music? Short courses allow for all of that and more. There are a variety of short courses offered through all Australian universities, TAFE colleges, community colleges and private schools.

The benefits of undertaking a short course are that you are able to improve your outlook on life by learning new skills, give yourself a chance to test out a new career path before starting it, expand your social life and strengthen your mind through constant learning. By continuing to learn in any capacity, you are not only benefiting yourself, but the people around you including your employer by allowing your mind to operate at its highest level instead of being bored by repetitive daily actions. As a short course student, you will also be able to become somewhat of an expert in a range of areas, which you can draw on in everyday life, thus making you a more employable candidate.

The flexibility of short courses means that you can learn at your own pace and work it into your current lifestyle so that you can learn online, in class, over the weekend, at night, during the day, at home with attendance, either part time or full time. You won’t necessarily achieve a recognized qualification, however the fun environment of short courses will lead you to possible recognition of prior learning and give you an advantage if you choose to pursue other educational opportunities. Many of the institutions will also provide career counselors that can assist students in further developing themselves and provide guidance on which courses could also be beneficial to you.

Compared to other qualifications, short courses are relatively cheap with a starting cost of around a couple of hundred dollars, which rates respectably against the overall cost of tens of thousands of dollars for degree courses. The only downside would be that you are therefore not always eligible for FEE-HELP assistance. That being said, individual institutions may have their own payment plans, so it is in your best interest to ask your education provider for more information. You can also request information packs on short courses from the various institutions to obtain more in-depth answers to your questions.

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