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Goal Setting is an important part of success. Do you have a vision of what you want to accomplish? If you look at the CEO’s and creators of this world, they all have an end goal of what they want to accomplish. Amongst that end goal, they most likely had smaller short-term goals that led them to their success towards their final goal. Even then, they will continue to create more and more goals to help themselves achieve what they want in life.

Goals can help keep you on track and establish what you want to do in life in order to achieve the final goal. The final goal could be to “learn how to swim freestyle”. The question now, is how? This is when you will establish smaller goals of how you are going to achieve the goal of learning how to swim. Smaller goals could be to “Go to the pool twice a week” or “Get private swimming instructor lessons”. Creating a time or date of when you want to achieve that particular goal will also help you stay on track. Be specific.

What is something that you are wanting to achieve? Having short term, medium term and long term goals can help you focus on the thing you want most to improve or to achieve. It could be anything from health, your career, your education or family goals. 

Just make sure when you are setting goals, keep them realistic. Ensure that you are able achieve them your set time frame. Also, do not have too many goals because that can stir you from the main goals you are wanting to achieve.

 

To put it in steps:

1. What is your vision/dream/end goal? 

2. What is it you want to achieve?

3. Write them both down. 

4. How are you going to achieve that? Write down your short term and medium term goals that relate to what you want to achieve plus your vision. 

5. Choose to share them with someone in relation to what you want to achieve. This will help keep you motivated.

6. Go over your goals often in order to help keep you on track and accountable.

7. Make it happen!

 

Here’s an example:

•Vision/Dream/End Goal: “I want to finish writing my book”

•How? “I will write for 3 hours every week”

•Complete goal

•Review goals as a reminder

•Complete goal


Now that you know the steps on how to create goals, get goal setting and make your dreams happen! 

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Are you confused at what nationally accredited/recognised and professional courses are? We break it down for you right here.

According to the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA): 

“A VET accredited course has been assessed by ASQA as a compliant with the Standards for VET Accredited Courses 2012 and the Australian Qualifications Framework 9AQF)

Accreditation is formal confirmation that the course:

  • is nationally recognised
  • meets an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need
  • provides appropriate competency outcomes and a satisfactory basis for assessment
  • meets national quality assurance requirements
  • is aligned appropriately to the AQF where it leads to a qualification. “

This means that the courses that are offered and prescribed at a standard set by ASQA and must keep to that standard to be a complaint RTO. If an RTO is non-compliant, then that RTO is at risk of ASQA’s penalties 

If a course is nationally recognised, look for this symbol on our website or on other websites where they offer nationally recognised courses.

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You can also check training.gov.au to check if the course a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is the latest training package.

Australian College offers the latest training packages for the nationally accredited/recognised courses listed on our website.

What is a Professional Course?

Professional courses have been developed and designed by industry professionals specifically for Australian College. Professional courses are great for increasing your knowledge in the chosen field where you are learning from someone who is currently working, or has worked in the industry for years. 

 

References

https://www.asqa.gov.au/course-accreditation/accreditation-asqa

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Getting creative is a great way to distress and calm your mind. Creativity is also linked to positive mental health benefits as well as increasing your brain flexibility and also increase creative thinking. It’s great even if you don’t think you are creative. It doesn’t have to be drawing. Try out some of the activities below and feel the benefits. 


Drawing

Doodling is said to express how you feel. The great thing about doodling is that you can be free with what you doodle. Try doodling at work or while studying if you feel stuck on something or you just feel blocked. 

Painting

Grab your favourite colours and start painting with acrylics, oil paints, watercolours, whatever suits your mood and expression at the time.

Writing

Need to let go of some anger or just want to tell someone and log about your day? Write your way through it. Writing is a great release of thoughts. Don’t bottle it up, write to release.

Music

Try listening to a different genre of music and see how it makes you feel. Maybe even create some music. Pick up an instrument or compose some beats on your laptop using a free program. 

Cooking

Don’t know what to cook tonight? Good. Grab whatever is in your fridge already and cook something from those ingredients. It could be something amazing or something that is somewhat edible. Let’s stay positive here. You could create a breakthrough dish.

Dancing

What more can I say.  Dance the night away in your own style. Just go at it with all the energy and enthusiasm you’ve got. Dance like no one is watching. You’ll feel better for it.

Read

Reading opens up your mind to new and interesting things and also helps create your own ideas. It’s also one of the best ways to get inspired and excited about the world the writer has created. When you are exposed to different worlds and ideas, you are able to formulate your own creative opinions on different topics that you have read. How is that for your next dinner conversation?

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Rewarding

You are someone who absolutely loves being around kids. Working with children and helping nurture the minds of the future can be challenging but also highly rewarding. You are someone who understands the importance of helping develop the minds of the future.

You are a Great Communicator

No matter whom you talk to, you know just how to communicate effectively so that the other person fully understands your point of view. Being someone who can communicate effectively is key in this industry, as you will need to explain things to young children to help them understand and answer their curious questions clearly.

Challenging

Like a lot of industries, the Childcare industry can be quite challenging. As someone who wants to work in childcare, you will need great patience, tolerance, an easy-going attitude, and be a happy, positive person. You will encounter dirty diapers, tantrums, crying plus more, but if you have the patience and tolerance to deal with these sorts of fiascos, you will be perfectly fine.

Always Willing to Learn

The Childcare industry is always changing so you will need to be constantly willing to improve, learn and develop your skills. This includes first aid, which is a compulsory component of every childcare centre. It is important to also note that the training packages update every few years and it is pivotal to stay current in the industry.

Childcare Workers are in Demand

The Childcare industry has great employment aspects, as it is one of the most in demand industries in Australia and also in other countries around the world. This means that this is a reliable and steady source of income in a continuously booming and growing industry.

Flexible Working Hours

If you want a great work/life balance, then childcare is definitely for you. You are able to choose when you want to work based on the childcare centre’s program schedule.




References

https://www.training.com.au/ed/8-questions-to-ask-to-decide-if-childcare-is-the-right-career/
http://www.teachingeducpsych.org/early-education.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zak-mustapha/6-reasons-you-should-choo_b_11850486.html
http://www.earlyyearscareers.com/eyc/careers-in-childcare/choose-career-childcare/
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Eat these foods to help you maintain a healthy brain, increase your focus and boost your memory. Add these delicious foods to your daily regimen and feel the benefits.

 

Blueberries

Blueberries are amazing tasting fruits that contain high antioxidants including vitamins C and K. The antioxidants in blueberries help with blood circulation, which then helps with an increase in focus. Blueberries may also help protect against heart disease and dementia as well as reducing the signs of ageing. 

Avocados

Avocados might have a bad rep for being a fatty food but they’re the good kind of fat – monounsaturated fat. This type of fat helps enhance communication between the brain cells promoting healthy blood flow. Avocados are also full of potassium and vitamin K, which help protect the brain from risk of stroke.

Fish

Fish, especially salmon, is high in omega 3 essential fatty acids that help strengthen the connection between the cells and also contains anti inflammatory substances which ultimately assists in healthy brain function. 

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds are always a good snack when you’re on the run or study snacking. What a smart idea in the first place! Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E and corresponds with less cognitive decline as you get older. Walnuts are mostly known to be sourced with their high level of antioxidants that help with high mental alertness. When snacking, make sure to choose unsalted nuts to keep your sodium levels at bay. 

Dark Chocolate

Yes, we said dark chocolate. Dark Chocolate, especially, can help improve blood vessel function, which then also improves cognitive function and memory. It can also improve your mood and may help to ease pain. The darker the chocolate, the more benefits but remember to eat this one in moderation!

Eggs

One big super food that you should not miss out on is eggs. They contain all nine essential amino acids and are loaded with nutrients including the egg yolk so don’t throw it away! The yolk contains choline and lutein and are both vital for memory, thought and overall cognitive function.

Tea

Tea lovers celebrate! Tea contains many benefits including helping you think clearly and to help starve off mental decline. Your alertness may also increase due to caffeine being present in some tea varieties. Two to three cups will do it me thinks! 

Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables should be eaten daily. They are full of antioxidants and carotenoids which boosts brain power, as well as containing folic acid that improves mental clarity. Broccoli is especially good as it has a good source of vitamin K that helps enhance cognitive function. American Academy of Neurology did a study on the “Associations of vegetable and fruit consumption with age related cognitive change” and concluded that, “High Vegetable but not fruit consumption may be associated with slower rate of cognitive decline with older age”. More green leafy vegetables for me, please!

 

This is general information only. Should you want to seek further proper advice for your nutrition and health, please consult a professional.

 

References

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1212579/A-bowl-blueberries-day-keeps-brain-active-afternoon.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/women-co/foods-for-focus_b_3346875.html?slideshow=true#gallery/300553/0
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/eat-smart-healthier-brain#1
https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/brain-foods
https://draxe.com/15-brain-foods-to-boost-focus-and-memory/
http://alifeofproductivity.com/9-brain-foods-that-will-boost-your-ability-to-focus/#fn2-2781
http://www.neurology.org/content/67/8/1370.short
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10400551 
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