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The 4 signs you are ready to start studying

by Yvette Maurice

7 days

Have you been thinking about studying? Research suggests most adults will now have between 4 and 10 careers in their lifetime, so returning to study as an adult is now very common. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 68 – online study can be a great way to gain additional skills.

So how do you know if you’re ready to “take the plunge” with study? We’ve identified a bunch of things that might indicate that it’s time to stop thinking about studying – and time to actually do it!

The 4 main signs you’re ready to take the plunge

1.      You have a good idea of what course area you are interested in

One of the biggest signs that you’re ready to finally take the plunge is that you’ve settled on a particular course area. Some course areas are bigger than others (for example accounting and finance has dozens of available courses at many different skill levels) so if you need more advice, give Open Colleges a call or an email.

2.      You have identified clear goals

Another sign that you’re ready to take the plunge is that you have a clear set of goals! Are you choosing to study to gain a particular qualification? To formalise your skills or for personal interest? Having a clear set of objectives is a great way to be sure that you are ready to study.

3.      You have time available to study

Don’t panic! Everyone (and we mean everyone) feels time-poor! That’s why all Open Colleges courses are flexible, self-paced and online. Having said that, if you have a block of time coming up without as much to do, this could be an indication of the perfect moment to sign on to study.

4.      You feel excited

Deciding to study as an adult is very different to the way we were often forced as children to learn subjects that we had little interest in. Not everyone is good at physics or English! You should feel excited about the course you are considering, after all, it could lead to big things!


4 resources to support your study

1.  Our Enrolment Consultants

Open Colleges has a team of dedicated Enrolment Consultants who work six days a week, manning the phones. They are experts in the courses Open Colleges offers and can give you advice on the subjects, the accreditation and any other information you might need. Call or email them.

2.      Student support

Another team that works at Open Colleges full time to service our students is the student support team. These guys can help you with all your administration enquires including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and more.

3.      Learning support

These guys are experts in getting you moving with your study. If you run into trouble when planning your workload, a pre-arranged appointment with the learning support team might be just what you need. They can advise you on writing guides and skill builder courses if you find you need them.

4.      Online community

Last but not least is the support you will find from your peers in OpenSpace. Open Colleges has custom-created a platform where students can get in contact with other students and even meet a study buddy. Follow us on facebook and twitter too, and meet other students from across Australia.

4 resources you may have at home

1.      A place to study and an internet connection

Got a place to study? These days, all you really need is a computer and a place to work! With online study you can work when and where it suits you. It’s not like school, TAFE or university where you have to show up to a set number of classes, all you need is time!

2.      A supportive partner, friends or parents

Many students who have had success in their studies report that the support they receive from their loved ones is a major factor in their success. If you have someone at home that will support you in your goals, this could be a key factor in helping you achieve.

3.      A study plan

Not all of us are naturals when it comes to study but having a plan in place to get through your work can be a great way to motivate yourself. Consider what you have to do and the time you have available and plot your workload out. Even the biggest task can seem less daunting when broken down into parts.

4.      Drive and ambition

Do you consider yourself to be a driven person? This internal resource is something you can call on when planning your next career or personal goal. If you’re not feeling particularly ambitious, don’t worry – you may find that you get a spark once you get going.

And finally – how to get started

1.      Choose your course (or course area)

The first thing you need to decide on is what to study! Open Colleges offers around 100 flexible, online courses in many exciting subject areas. Each course can be researched online, where you’ll find an outline of the course and some information on the subjects and trainers.

2.      Speak to a Enrolment Consultant

Open Colleges has a dedicated network of Enrolment Consultants. Each one of them is passionate about getting you on the right track to study and can give you all the information you need to know about accreditation, subjects and career pathways. Contact them by email or phone.

3.      Download a course guide

Every Open Colleges course has a comprehensive course guide available. If you know exactly which course you’d like to do, jump onto the Open Colleges homepage and fill in the form to be sent a course guide with all the information that you will need to get going in your studies.

4.      Start studying!

Ready to go? The best part about signing on to study and online course is that you can start any time and day of the year – even Christmas day! You can structure your workload around your commitments, and even take a break when you need to.

Need more information?

Open Colleges hopes that you have a great study break – and remember that you can call us anytime and even enrol in a course over the holidays. If you’re nearly ready to take the plunge, call Open Colleges on 1300 306 595 or send us an email.

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