Confused what to study? READ THIS!
Many people get confused about what and where to study.
You have so many choices.
What Content Should my Course have?
- Broader studies are better in the long term. Graduates from broad based certificates and study programs tend to forge better long term careers than those from highly specialised courses.
- Is it up to date? Most courses are designed by committees over a period of years, and then run with little change for a period of years (commonly 5 years) according to content specified. This traditional approach often means content is out of date.
- Is the focus on your short term needs, or long term needs? Some colleges focus of developing a capacity to grow and adapt within a chosen discipline, others consider “continuous retraining” as being inevitable; and aim to develop skills for today in today’s course, then expect the student to keep returning to gain skills for the future through a lifelong program of learning.
- Knowing, Doing, Understanding, and Remembering are all different. Some attempt all four, others focus on one or two only. Decide whether you want to be able to do something without understanding and remembering it well into the future? ACS focuses on all!
What about Recognition and Accreditation?
- Recognition & Accreditation is often misunderstood.
- It’s significance has changed over the past decade in many ways.
- Formal accreditation is today only critical in a minority of situations. To get a work license (some professions such as doctors and lawyers, and some trades, etc). For many jobs the only thing that matters is an ability to do a good job.
- The best courses are not necessarily the accredited. It costs money to accredit courses, so accredited courses have less of your fees to devote to actual teaching.
- Accredited qualifications can often be obtained without any study at all. Under many modern accreditation systems, it is relatively easy to be assessed and given an accredited qualification without doing any study at all.
WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT:
QUALIFICATION OR WHAT YOU LEARN?
Many institutions and students assume that without a qualification, you won't succeed in a career. Research and common sense however shows this is simply not true.
What is true is that you need knowledge, skills and a good attitude toward work if you are going to reach your full potential in the workplace.
A qualification can sometimes help get an interview and assist you in starting a career, but a year or two later, it will inevitably be the knowledge, skills and attitudes that formed during your studies which will count most. We often hear of less qualified people who did a good, non accredited course who are forging ahead in a career while others who did poorer but accredited courses have got stuck in a low level job with little chance of advancement.
A good course should:
1. Increase your knowledge of the subject
2. Give you a more realistic understanding of the industry and opportunities in that industry
3. Connect you with the industry (build your networking - and that can lead to opportunities)
4. Motivate and inspire you.
5. Feed your passion
DANGER - Avoid doing study just because you feel obligation.
People who are driven to study by obligation are more likely to drop out, fail, or not use what they studied.
People who are driven to study by passion are more likely to complete a course, use what they learned, and be successful afterwards.
THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT - THAT SHOULD BE THE STARTING POINT FOR CHOOSING A COURSE.
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