Personal Development

Study to improve your self-knowledge and identity, develop your talents, enhance your employability or… simply realise your dreams.

 

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Food Preparation/Cooking Wedding Planning

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Stress Management

Personal Energy Management

English as a Second Language

Financial Management

Self Sufficiency I

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Creative Writing

Hobby Photography

Travel Photography

Computer Studies 

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Home Garden Expert

Home Vegetable Growing

Culinary Herbs

Permaculture Systems 

Machinery and Equipment

Environmental Studies

 

  

Why You Need Professional Development

Has your career stalled, or are you finding it difficult to kick on a business, or move to the next level on the jobs ladder?

There are a range of common reasons why people stall:

  • Losing focus. Life can get complex after you start a job or business. It is easy to become absorbed by day to day necessities (eg. complying with procedures and regulations, managing the accounts, dealing with complaints) and never make time to focus on the big picture.
  • Do not try to be like everyone else. Being different is a key to success. Having the same skills, same qualifications, same products and services to offer will simply put you in competition with already successful people. Having something that is a little different makes you stand out.

Ask yourself every day… what will make the biggest difference to moving my career/business forward, and devote at least 10% of your time to doing just that.

Our courses are designed to help you develop a different set of skills to your competition, to sharpen your focus, build confidence, communication skills and unique networks of contacts …. Many schools simply do not do this.

 

MEET SOME OF OUR TUTORS

          

Tracey Jones -Academic Officer & Tutor (U.K.)
B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), DipSW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

Tracey has around 15 years experience within the psychology and social work field, particularly working with people with learning disabilities. She is also qualified as a teacher and now teaches psychology and social work related subjects.

She is a book reviewer for the British Journal of Social Work. Tracey has also written a text book on Psychology and has had several short stories published.

 

 

 
 John L. Mason Dip.Hort.Sc., Sup'n Cert., FIOH, FPLA, MAIH, MACHPER, MASA
Mr Mason has had over 35 years experience in the fields of Horticulture, Recreation, Education and Journalism. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. He has held positions ranging from Director of Parks and Recreation (City of Essendon) to magazine editor. John is a well respected member of many professional associations, and author of over thirty five books and of over two thousand magazine articles. Even today, John continues to write books for various publishers including Simon and Shuster, and Landlinks Press (CSIRO Publishing).

 

 YOU NEVER STOP LEARNING
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning”.
Jiddu Krishnamurti
 

Do you understand what learning is and how important it can be to having a good lifestyle?
 
Learning is not just developing a memory bank of facts which can be regurgitated as and when needed. Learning is far more complex than that. Often people think of learning as something that is done at school and perhaps something that ends after we leave school.
Learning is a process which happens throughout your entire life. Abundant learning can help make you feel happier, more content and like a more capable, confident  person. Learning improves your ability to understand and solve problems – skills which you can apply to tasks and events in your life.
Learning is not necessarily the same as education. Let us be clear on this.
 
Education comes in many shapes and forms. It may be active transmission of knowledge and skills, or it might be a process of  changing a person's capacity to think or perform in a certain way. Education is normally thought of as a pre conceived and planned process. It is usually fairly well structured.

Learning is available to everyone. It is not necessarily structured. It is certainly not restricted by curriculum documents, the most recent research by policy writers, or government education boards. Learning is not institutional nor is its success determined by money or resources. Learning and progression is central to the forward movement of the human race. Learning is an act which takes place within the human psyche. Learning can be likened to absorbing new notions or ways of thinking, the emergence of new attitudes, values or principles, or the acquisition of knowledge or capabilities.

To live independently and successfully we require knowledge. Even for the most basic things, we need to know how to do something - boiling a kettle, making a sandwich, crossing the road, brushing our teeth. We all acquire necessary general knowledge in our younger years. We use this knowledge in our daily lives, and build on it to develop new skills and understanding. Learning is ongoing.

 “Learning is growth, growth is learning”. Rosemary Davies (Tutor with ACS Distance Education)

 

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