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Inspire Children with Good Careers Advice and they do Better at School

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We ask young people to make a lot of life-changing decisions. At 13 or 14 you choose GCSE subjects. Make the wrong choice and you could be ruling out your chance to pursue medicine or a number of other science and technology occupations. At 16, young people make choices about the area that they want to specialise in and whether they want to pursue vocational or academic tracks. At 18, there are still more decisions about whether to go to university or not and again what to focus on.

Think about yourself at 14, 16 and 18. Did you have enough information, experience and direction to make these choices wisely? Would a bit more support and advice have been useful?

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What Happens in the Brain When You No Longer Need the Information You’ve Learnt

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Throughout our lives we have multitudes of experiences that shape how we then behave in the world. Some of these lessons are learnt rapidly, such as why we shouldn’t put our hand on a hot pan on the stove. Other, more autobiographical experiences can be stored and recalled explicitly as our memories.

These memories can be recalled and described, such as what we did for certain birthdays, or experiences from our holidays. We can also learn to perform certain actions and behaviours that are totally new to us – for example, learning to ride a bike and drive a car. These actions can be thought of as muscle memories, or “non-declarative” memory.

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How Motivation Can Lead to Graduation

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Student Attrition

It’s not enough that students are paying to do the online course, but after some time, they are in fact running out of self-control. Dr David Glance from the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Software Practice ran a study into drop out rates in MOOCs classes (Massive Open Online Classes) which are free and open to anyone. In the article he compares doing a course online to going to the gym, or going on a diet. At first they sound like great ideas, but they always end up dropping out due to how easy it is to quit.

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7 Important Rules on Meeting Your Deadlines

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Whether it’s a marketing strategy report to be handed in on your boss’s desk by the end of the week, or whether it’s watching the re-runs of Game of Thrones before the new season begins, setting and reaching deadlines is a part of how we structure our day to day lives.

Because a lot of us live from deadline to deadline, this makes reaching those finish lines all the more crucial. After all, how can you start a new race if you are yet to finish the last one?
Here are some tips that you can hopefully take on board, to assist you in hitting your deadlines.

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Is Your Work-Life Balance Deteriorating? New Report Says Yes.

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A new study by think tank The Australia Institute has shown that the average full time worker is doing 6 hours of unpaid work per week or $9,471 worth of working hours per annum.

The survey of 1,000 people from around Australia found four in ten believed that their work-life balance was worse now than it was five years ago. Respondents also stated that when it came to employer expectations 46% of people believe they are expected to work longer hours and 27% said they felt their position was insecure.

The main reasons for these statistics are stated as employers expectations of longer working hours and job insecurity which are most likely due to slow growth in the economy for the last few years.

When asked what they would change the most popular responses were more flexible hours at short notice, fixed finishing times, and renegotiating hours such as working a nine day fortnight. The least popular suggestion was reduced pay with three quarters of respondents rejecting this option.

One employer, Rob Breaden, a national sales manager for a training and consulting company has a few rules in his workplace to ensure work-life balance such as:

  • Phones in the office automatically switch over to voice mail at 5pm
  • People can work from home, but are not allowed to email anyone after 5pm
  • The company disables people’s email while they’re on holiday to prevent them from monitoring messages

Mr Breaden said longer working hours were contributing to higher levels of depression and anxiety.

Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Richard Denniss, said to improve work-life balance there needs to be efforts not just from employees, but from government and industry groups as well. One suggestion he made was for a requirement of large organisations to survey their employees on work-life balance every year and publish the results to their website.

But what if this is just the world we live in today? Economic growth is sluggish globally and companies are trying to do more with less. So are longer hours something we should learn to live with? Or should businesses and industry groups pay closer attention to positive work-life outcomes for employees and their effect on the bottom line including costs associated with recruitment, retention/turnover, commitment and satisfaction, absenteeism, productivity, and accident rates?

 

Source: The Age

Author: Todd Hannett

5 Tips For Staying Motivated While Studying Online

With the continued growth of online education, the challenge of staying motivated in self-directed study is something more students struggle with. Here’s a few tips to help.

Taking courses online provides flexibility for a wide range of students. Working adults can balance the demands of study with other commitments such as career and family. Students with different learning styles can create their own program of study. Those with financial difficulties can take classes part-time while working to pay for tuition.

While the flexibility of online study creates these options for many students, it can also lead to lost focus and struggles with motivation. Online study is primarily self-directed, and finding ways to stay motivated is key to success. These ideas can help you stick with it for the long haul.

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What Constitutes Success In Life?

 

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Success seems to be the key word that is flung around in today’s society. The Ted talk ‘A kinder, gentler philosophy of success’ by Alain de Botton covers this issue and it is definitely worth watching. He examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments.

How is success defined? Is it always earned?

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Tips On Choosing The Right Course

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Finding the right course for you can be a difficult task, and because it is such a hard task some often put it in the back of their minds and forget about studying altogether. These people are the ones that are missing out on opportunities that arise. In order to counter this, here are some tips on how to choose the right course – taking the first step is often a daunting one, but it can be made easier. Just read on to find out more. The only way you are going to be able to see if a course is the best fit for you, make sure you ask lots of questions and suss everything out.

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Where to next for graduates?

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Graduating from your current course can be daunting, especially in the realm of the current competitive working environment. Here are some of the options for what to do next:

  1. You can continue to study – so if you have completed a Certificate IV, move into a Diploma and if you are graduating from a Diploma, move into higher education (Bachelor). This way, you can continue to refine and develop your skills
  2. Move into another course that you are interested in and develop new skills – broadening your horizon. We as humans never stop learning
  3. Move into the work force
  4. Advance in your workplace

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Every weekend could be four days long, if the will was there

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In a world of iPhones and drones, people are right to wonder why they are still working so hard. The past century saw huge technological advances and yet there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in leisure time: people are working as hard as ever.

The Easter break lasts for four days; couldn’t every weekend be like this?

Proponents of shorter work time have received two pieces of good news recently. One is the announcement of a new law in France to prevent employees being required to read work emails out of office hours. The other is the decision in Sweden to experiment with a six-hour work day for some public sector workers.

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