We live in a world that’s constantly on the go, always looking for the fastest option to give us what we want – faster food delivery services, quicker internet speed, express check out queues. So it’s no surprise that when it comes to education more and more students want to get qualified sooner. Short courses are a great way to build your skills, knowledge and industry recognition in a fraction of the time of a full degree.
Whether you choose a short course that runs for one day or one year, it’s important to ensure you dedicate your time and money to the right course – click here for a breakdown of each qualification.
Your decision to undertake any sort of tertiary study is important and staying motivated can be a challenge. Choosing the right course can take time and the last thing anyone wants is to graduate from a course that won’t lead you down your desired path. To help ensure you find a course that’s right for you, we’ve put together a few short course checkpoints.
What industry are you passionate about?
Are you a people person? Do you want to get outdoors and get your hands dirty? Perhaps you like a more corporate office environment? From accounting to animal care, construction, marketing, childcare, youth work and more, the world is your oyster; all you have to do is find what sparks your interests and triggers excitement.
As the old saying goes, “do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life”.
Where will the course lead you?
Having your end goal well thought out is one of the first things you have to consider when on a short course hunt. By knowing what you want to achieve and the direction you want to take will help you determine what course to start.
Need to fill in a gap and boost your personal or professional development? Check out single-unit courses. Are you just starting out and what to get your foot in the door? Perhaps a Certificate is the way for you! If you’re gain more complex, in-depth training then consider a more advanced option like a Diploma. Have a look at the career outcomes section to get a good idea of what road your course will lead you down.
One of the best things about studying a short course is that it’s a great way to test the waters for a field you’re interested in. So should you choose to advance your studies and undertake a Degree you can be confident in your chosen field, plus use your completed units can often be used as credit – bonus!
Once you enquire about a course with ShortCourseFinder, a dedicated advisor from your chosen provider will get back to you with all the information you’ll need and help ensure the course you enquired about will put you on the right track for success.
How long will it take?
A short course means a smaller study load and less impact on your current schedule. Short courses can range from just a few hours of study to up to one year, so you need to consider your current lifestyle and how much time you want to and are able to commit to studying.
Online Vs On-campus
Know what study more works best for you. The study mode you choose will depend on a combination of factors including your level of dedication, the convenience of campus location, and what your current schedule permits.
Are you living in a remote area where travel to campus is time-consuming and difficult? Perhaps you’re working full-time or juggling family life and prefer to study after hours? Log in and learn online! Many providers offer online courses that are reputable and give the same great content as on-campus classes, so if you’re sceptical you won’t get a valuable learning experience if you choose to study online – don’t be!
On the other hand, if you thrive in a classroom environment, enjoy bouncing off your peers and your schedule permits, then on-campus learning seems to be the way to go.
Some courses may require you to do work placement, record a video or attend a workshop, so it’s important you take the time to read through all the information and requirements before you commit to a course.
Chat with someone
As simple as it may sound, the best way to get real insight into a course is to chat with someone who’s done it! Students, tutors, industry professionals who’ve taken the same path…. they’ll all be able to provide you with the best advice.
Have you got all that down? Here’s a recap of your checklist to help you find a short course that’s right for you:
- Find something you’re passionate about and gets you excited to learn
- Know your end goal and where this qualification will lead you
- See what study mode fits best into your lifestyle
- Speak to people who have done the course and are working in your industry