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The missing links in your professional development

Ever have to Google something new before a big meeting, new project, or first shift in a new role? Wade through confusing and conflicting resources?  There’s a better way. Online short courses are your key to learning what you need to know as quickly and effectively as possible. And they work a heck of a lot better than experiential learning (learning by doing) alone.

Non-accredited courses have an important place in your professional development. Thanks to agile development, they’re incredibly up to date and reflective of contemporary conditions. Short courses directly address the learning outcomes and constraints of the individual student. In other words, they’re not too long, and not too short.

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Adrian Shaw
Adrian Shaw
Trainer
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart"
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Drawing on nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, I lecture in Investments and Financial Services at the University of New England (UNE) and work with businesses to enhance the way they get things done. As subject coordinator for UNE, I recently developed the first Financial Services Simulator in Australia, and post-graduate subject offering students practical, real-world experience.

I’ve also worked with law firms, financial service providers, accountants and bookkeepers helping them streamline business operations and improve client experience.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

My dog and the desire to help my Monarch students!

Cynthia Shannon
Trainer
"If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in
life, you’ll never have enough."
– Oprah Winfrey

I hold a Bachelor of Economics (Monash) and a Master of Commerce (Hons) (Uni Melbourne). I’ve lectured at the AGSM, University of Melbourne, RMIT University and Whittier College in California over a period of 35 years. I’ve taught accounting and finance in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, and financial planning in Australia and Singapore. I have worked for BBL Funds Management Ltd, a specialist index fund manager, providing training and education support to financial planners. To top that all off, I’ve also held a Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation while practising as a financial planner.

I am currently the Head of Teaching and Learning at Monarch Institute. As a trainer, I hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. I have written a chapter for an Australian text book titled Personal Finance, first published by John Wiley and Sons in 2001. My other publications include written course materials for the RMIT Master of Finance and Monarch Institute.

Despina Karatzias
Trainer
“Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information.”
- Albert Einstein

I’ve worked in various digital marketing and business development roles for regional airlines, hotels and cruise liners. I managed a hot air balloon business, Global Ballooning Australia which took me around the world as I helped launch the experience to the international market.  I penned what I learned in a self-published book, Adventures of a Balloon Girl.

In 2014 I followed my calling to teach and became a certified trainer and assessor launching my own training and mentoring practice. Since launching I have developed over 30 online and group training programs specialising in digital, social media marketing, and tourism. Creating and delivering these programs to empower business owners and marketing professionals to be their own media and step up their marketing greatness fills me up.

What gets me out of bed in the morning?

Igniting excellence in people! I love spending time with my family and using all the digital tools available to help business and careers grow. What really gets me out of bed most mornings though is my 4.30am alarm. I love to start the day with a morning run or strength training to keep me fit and energised.

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Which online short course would you like to study?

You deserve a professional development option that suits your busy schedule. Whether you’re upskilling, retraining or just staying curious, Monarch Institute’s online short courses are a great fit. They’re packed with practical strategies, templates and case studies. Plus they’re free of all that industry jargon and academic waffle.

Check out your micro credential course options below. Can’t decide where to get started? Get in touch with a Course Consultant now to discuss your next move.

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Not ready for a full qualification? Need specific professional development? Want just-in-time training for an upcoming project? Whatever’s driving you, congrats on taking the next step in your learning. Short courses are perfect for focusing on the specific skill sets you need to get ahead.

Monarch’s short courses are developed in consultation with industry stakeholders, and constantly refined to stay up to date. For example, our marketing courses are developed by the best in the digital marketing business – our partners at the Digital Marketing Institute. You’ll find what you need here.

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