It’s time to get real and enrol in that course. But how do you work out which course to invest in? Which qualification is the one that will really help you get ahead? and which provider is best?
Check out our tips on how to best choose the course for you:
Why are you doing it?
The most important consideration when choosing your course is asking yourself why you are looking to study. It may be to get a head start after leaving school, or you may be moving careers and this is the first port of call. Understand why you want to take the course. Are you looking to acquire a specific skill, advance in your career, explore a new field, or pursue personal interests? Clarifying your objectives will guide you in selecting the most suitable course.
Research, research and then research again when it comes to the provider of your qualification. Read reviews from past students, understand what you’ll get when you pay your course fee, and make sure you know what level of trainer support you’ll be getting.
Check accreditation and credentials
If you’re seeking a course for professional development or certification purposes, ensure it’s offered by a reputable institution or organisation. Accreditation and the credentials of trainers or institutions can impact the value of the course. In Australia, our govering body is ASQA, so check them out to ensure the course aligns with their education framework.
Consider your learning style
Reflect on how you learn best—whether through video lectures, interactive quizzes, reading materials, or hands-on projects. Choose a course format that matches your preferred learning style to enhance engagement and comprehension.
Assess prerequisites and difficulty level
Determine whether the course has any prerequisites, such as prior knowledge or skills required for enrollment. Additionally, evaluate the course’s difficulty level to ensure it aligns with your current proficiency level and learning pace.
Where will it lead?
Read up on the employment projections of that industry – the more you understand, the more likely you are to make an informed decision. Does the industry have a demand for workers? Or is it declining? What type of salary can you expect?
Make sure it works for you
Juggling kids and a job? Working in a part time job and looking for a new career? Make sure you find a course that suits the way the want to learn, and fits in with your lifestyle. If you don’t want to cut back on your work hours, a self-paced online course that you can schedule around work may be the best fit. Choose a course that suits how you prefer to learn (eg: in a classroom, via videos, on your phone) and also how quickly you want to finish (eg: part-time, full-time, self-paced).
No experience? There are options.
If you’ve recently finished or left school, or entering the workforce for the first time, you won’t have any experience or pre-requisites under your belt. But it’s ok, you gotta start somewhere. The good news is there are plenty of courses available for those of us with no experience in jobs or study. It just depends on what you want to do.
There are many nationally recognised courses with no pre-requisites that will give you the confidence and the qualifications you need to get the job you want. Start by having a think about what you want to do, then speak to your training organisation to get more advice.
Need more advice on which course may suit you? Speak to Course Consultant on 1300 738 955 or check out our courses here.