To learn is a never ending cycle. As one famous writer once said, and I quote “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go” (Dr. Seuss). The truth in this statement has never been so correct, as everybody learns everyday through various methods. The most traditional way to learn something new is by feeling, tasting, seeing, hearing and smelling; utilizing all five senses to fully understand the purpose of what you are learning, in some cases. Other scenarios require the attention of sight and hearing, to be able to understand a concept.
As you grow, this is the form of learning you become accustomed to, while you sit in class and learn different ideas face to face. You have someone teaching you and supporting you and it’s great! So why is it that the older you become, the more likely you are to refrain from enrolling into classroom based learning? Hopefully, the below reasons will bring reason to light!
OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS – THERE ARE NO LIMITS
With the gradual progression of technology and its abilities, the education industry has been transitioning from a traditional form of learning to a more generation friendly form of learning – by introducing the internet; and implementing it more and more in the way we learn. You can also learn whatever you want online! Anywhere you want! You can learn anything from anywhere in the world. For example, you can learn about Calf Rearing, or how to read Tarot cards, all online. You can learn about starting up a franchise, or a small business. You are also now able to complete entire Bachelor programs online. There is no need to be anywhere but in the comfort of your own living room, which brings me to point number two
Why bother physically getting dressed and leaving the house to go to class, when you can learn from the comfort of your own home, in your pyjamas? The benefit of not needing to leave the house is ideal for those who simply just can’t. If you are a stay at home mother, somebody who is injured, a stay at home carer or just plain lazy…maybe the online method is the way to go! It is often more than not, that the reason for not being able to study due to different circumstances, is the need to physically leave the house to get to class. The beauty of online learning is that it takes that aspect away, and invites a more comfortable approach, at your own pace; which takes me to reason three…
THE ABILITY TO PACE YOURSELF
One of the benefits of studying online is the ability to complete tasks and activities in your own time. Normally you would be expected to plan around your own time, plan trips to the local library, and print out required readings to take with you. With online study, you can access your portal anywhere, download your course material and access readings online. Better yet, you can plan your studies around your schedule! This is conceived as a much better option for those who are kept busy during the day and would rather study at night, or vice versa. You have the ability to tailor the amount of work you complete in a week around your hectic schedule and not the other way around.
USER FRIENDLY – MORE AND MORE INTERACTIVE
With the current technological advancements, online learning is now more than just a platform where you can access course material. It is a creative space for you to learn and engage with others who are studying the same course as you. Activities have become more inclusive so you gain that classroom feel, from the comfort of your bed. Discussion boards are mainly used to fulfil this requirement. The portals are becoming more user friendly, as you can freely navigate your way around the material, update your profile and personalize it to be your own. You may even be lucky enough to choose an avatar that will guide you along the way. As a bonus, most online providers have assessors/tutors readily available to help you with any queries you may have about the course or an assignment; so you are never left without support to get you through!
COST AND CAREER – 2 FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
Another benefit to online learning is that it costs nearly half of the cost of studying face to face. Programs are available from as low as $50 for really short online courses, to approximately $3,000 for the Australian online Diplomas. It’s considered to be one of the most cost effective ways to advance in your career or add qualifications to your resume. Some students undertake courses that are in line with their field of work so as to put theory into practice, and this can also assist with writing assignments. Others see it as an opportunity for professional growth/development, which leaves very few gaps between achievements on your resume.
The opportunity to study online can enable one to become more qualified, better at time management skills, and a little more tech savvy as their exposure to the internet increases. Bonafide Certified are proud to be partnered with registered training organisations who offer such online courses. Our full list can be found on http://www.bonafidecertified.com/online.html and as you will realize, you will be able to enrol yourself into the course of your choice and receive full support from the beginning to the end. All courses offered are nationally recognised and comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework.
If you feel the need to advance in your career, then please give us a buzz on 1300 033 222 and speak to our friendly staff today!
Many have undoubtedly heard all about Australia and the wondrous sights that the country has to offer. From the famous fauna and flora in a land so vast, tourism in Australia never fails. There is; however, a lot more to Australia than meets the eye. The number of international students studying in Australia has risen by 11 percent as of 2015. With so many courses available, and even more courses being added to the list, there are more opportunities accessible for students to enrol into institutions based in one of the best countries in the world.
Quality Education is Key
Australia is known for its valuable education, having a long standing history of being home to some of the best research institutions in the world. As education is protected by Australian law, the Australian Qualifications Framework is well-known among providers as the system that maintains the consistency and integrity of Australian qualifications. So, you can be sure that the qualification you enrol in is nationally recognised. To be able to see if a VET qualification is legitimate and can be nationally recognised, keep an eye out for the below symbols:
Between an average of 40 universities and approximately 1,100 institutions, the study options are endless. Courses are available from Certificate I right up to the Associate Degree level for VET and Bachelor right up to the Doctoral Degree for tertiary based studies. Most students would love to gain the most out of their studies, and therefore opt to enrol in packaged courses that cover different entry levels of the chosen industry. Scholarship options are also available to those eligible students who apply.
Studying in Australia alone, means you have to spend some money on your tuition. Tuition normally depends on the course you have elected to study, the duration of the course and the type of qualification, i.e. diploma of bachelor degree. Therefore, costs can vary between $4,000 to $23,000 for Diplomas, $10,000 to $34,000 for Bachelor Degrees and between $20,000 and $37,000 for the Master Degree.
As a student living in Australia you will also need to cover your other expenses such as rent, groceries, and transport, just to mention a few. Plus, you cannot forget the sight-seeing you will be doing! According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, you will need at least $19,830 for your first year in Australia. You may be able to earn some money while you study by working; however, you are only permitted to work 20 hours a week, as per the condition of your student visa, and full-time during the holiday periods.
Your Overall Experience
Loving where you’re studying is key to maintaining a sound mind that is able to focus on success. As an international student, you will experience and learn so much about the Aussie way of life while you are in the country. You will experience culture, fantastic weather which is suitable for adventures and you will learn about the history of such a great nation.
With the help of Bonafide Certified, we can help make your dream come true! Your next study option is one enquiry away.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available to VET students who need to formally recognise their acquired skills and years of experience, in order to obtain a Nationally Recognised Qualification. This has been a preferred method of assessment for those who are too experienced and too busy with work, to actually attend formal classes; and this is why:
So, you can already see how the benefits can work in your favour; and as a legitimate method of assessment, it is one of the best ways to become qualified.
How do I Get Assessed?
RPL, as a method of assessment, is endorsed by the Australian Qualification Framework, following the guidelines for vocational training and education. This is why providers can assess a candidate based on their skills, prior learning and experience. As the method is flexible, there is a range of evidence you can supply to secure your eligibility. Evidence can range from work documents, video recordings, photos, prior qualifications, payslips, one-on-one interview with the assessor, work references, work contract; the list is endless.
Who Provides RPL?
Bonafide Certified works together with reputed VET providers in the education industry who offer candidates with the opportunity to embark on such a personal and fulfilling journey. We work with reputed providers because we understand the industry and look out for our candidates, to ensure they gain the full support needed throughout the process, from start to finish.
If you are looking at your current situation and wish to improve, or you are needing to qualify yourself to fast track your studies, you should definitely look into RPL, and get your skills recognised through Bonafide Certified.
RPL is one of the most effective and beneficial ways to give yourself more options!