Tempus fugit, isn’t that right? But tempus is seriously lacking in today’s fast-paced life. Once we leave school or university and enter the real world of work and semi-personal lives, we don’t really have time to carry on with formal learning. But, sometimes we have to find the time because our jobs demand continuous professional development or our careers shift in subtle directions and we need additional training. And so the universe created short courses: short bursts of intensive learning designed to upgrade our skills quickly and efficiently.
Short courses are great for a number of reasons but the three most important must be: they cover virtually all subjects from IT to photography; they give you a professional leg up; and they give hobbyists a chance to indulge their passion.
Professional Short Courses
Nothing in life stands still and, while certain professions will always remain largely unchanged, all industries evolve to some degree to accommodate new technology, new ways of living, new morals, principles and changing regulations and standards. Short courses help busy professionals keep abreast of these changes so that they remain competitive and can continue to operate within the letter of the law.
Financial services professions are particularly subject to changes, as international organisations refine best business practices and local governments tinker with tax laws. This means that those in bookkeeping, accounting and insurance have to attend short courses at least once a year; more if there has been significant financial upheaval.
Jobs that are heavily reliant on technology are also subject to frequent change and, unsurprisingly, frequently updated short courses. Obviously this means that IT guys have to make a concerted effort to know about the latest developments, but other careers are also affected. For example, people in graphic design, engineering and even healthcare should be on constant alert for upcoming short courses in their fields.
Even if you work in a field that isn’t subject to a great deal of change, new software can come along and completely change the way businesses are operated. In this case companies arrange for in-house short courses or send their entire marketing or admin departments off for training on the latest versions of Microsoft Office or MYOB.
Recreational Short Courses
It’s not all work and no play as far as short courses are concerned. Many of the top TAFE institutes in Australia offer short courses designed to help people learn more about their hobbies and, possibly, turn their hobbies in small side businesses. For example, Chisholm has short courses on cupcake art and drawing; Monash has short courses on the scientific principles of ghost research and acting; Holmesglen has short courses on beauty therapy and makeup.
Some personal interest short courses can lead more in-depth study, for example, someone with an interest in photography might take one of the short courses from RMIT in Melbourne and then decide to sign up for an online TAFE diploma so they can open their own photographic studio in Sydney. Or someone in Brisbane who just wants to learn how to give great massages to her friends might move from head and relaxation massage short courses to a university degree in sports therapy, specialising in sports massage.
Whether you want to improve your creative writing skills for your own interest, or you need to update your project management skills to land a new job, or your boss wants you to learn about the latest graphic design software, there are short courses all over Australia, from Brisbane (QLD), Sydney (NSW) and Canberra (ACT) and Melbourne (VIC) to Adelaide (SA), Perth (WA), Darwin (NT) and Hobart (TAS).
Use TafeCourses.com.au’s education portal to find the course that’s right for you.