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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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VET FEE-HELP Needs Help to Create Real Careers

The recent media spotlight on a number of high volume VET FEE-HELP providers begs the question – why do we spend in excess of one billion dollars on tax payer funded courses each year when there appears to be, more often than not, no clear career outcome for the candidate?

The real solution to this lies in a refocusing of the provision of vocation training on real employment outcomes, and not just what has become a government funded ticketing system with no checks and balances. When the qualification has become the end, and not the means to get a job or further one’s career, then the point really has been lost. Vocational colleges need to have real links to career and employment data and have processes for matching skills and interests of candidates with existing jobs and careers in the field.

Unfortunately, there appears to be little effectiveness in the government’s response to this disconnect between training and employment. For the future of our workforce we hope that the government will find a way to promote career focused training providers and spend our money more wisely.

 

Author: Tim Morrissey (RTO Manager, Career Life College)

Listen to StartUp – A Podcast About Starting a Business

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Alex Blumberg and Matt Leiber, the owners of Gimlet Media

Podcasts are on the rise. And the amount of high quality, informative series on every topic from film reviews to economics are growing with it.

Our core philosophy at Career Life College is the importance of life-long learning and we try to impart that philosophy on all of our students. Learning doesn’t end when you finish your degree or apprenticeship.

For those who aren’t aware podcasting is similar to radio, but it’s split into episodes available for streaming or download straight from the browser or apps such as the iOS podcast app, or an aggregator like Stitcher.

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Book Competition – What Titles Are Up For Grabs

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This competition is open to anyone, all you have to do is enrol in any of our courses before the end of 2015. This includes workshops, certificates and diplomas, post-grad, and short courses. Competition closes 31/12/14 11:59pm and winners will be drawn on 19th January 2015 and the lucky few will be able to select their chosen title from the books listed below which will be posted out soon afterward.

The eight books up for grabs are as follows.

 

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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

Reality Construct and Career Success

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The cornerstone of the career coaching training we do at Career Life College is based upon the philosophy of ‘reality-construct’.

These ideas are not new but have been around 1000’s of years and inform much of the thinking around positive psychology and some cognitive therapies.  At the end of the day, we need to take full responsibility for the way we think, feel and behave for these set us in motion towards or away from the outcomes we want in our life.

Life will continue to throw up multitudes of challenges – but ultimately, it is not the challenge but our perspective of it which determines the progress towards our own self-defined success.

These ideas are not new, for instance see:   Stoic Philosophers

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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The Benefits of Online Learning

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I strongly believe that the future of higher education lies with online learning. Increasingly, colleges and university students now find themselves with other obligations beyond that of getting a degree. Jobs and family commitments make equal demands on their time. Having the option of taking online classes and studying on their own time is critically important. At the same time, many state institutions are unable to accommodate all those who want to take classes on campus, escalating the demand for online learning.

Finally, lifelong learning must now be a part of everyone’s career plans. In today’s job market, taking online courses help workers remain competitive and they don’t need to take time off from their jobs to do this.

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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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Why Study Online?

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Studying online has become an increasingly acceptable form of education, working around the schedule of students.

With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online degree programs  and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree program, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. The continually improving reputation of online learning has also helped fuel its expansion, as initial skepticism has faltered in the face of evidence that shows that online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face education.

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