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What are the best subjects to study online?

by Amanda Collins

The popularity of online courses is undeniable. They are ideal for busy people because there are no classrooms to attend, you can learn in your own time and at your own pace – effectively fitting study around your life. But with so many courses on offer, how do you choose the best one?

The answer is simple. The best course to study online is one that meets your needs, be that a career change, a career boost or just feeding an interest.

Once you have narrowed down what it is that you want from online study, you can begin to look at your options.

Below are four student categories. Each of the categories provides you with the best online study options to suit your needs.

So which student type are you?

Career Changer

You’re looking for a career. Perhaps you are returning to the workforce after a break or you want to change careers. Either way, online study is the perfect way to get the skills to launch an amazing career.

Childcare

As for your best study option, consider childcare. At present, according to the Australian Skills Shortages List, there is a need for qualified childcare centre managers.

This means that employers are actively seeking people for this rewarding career!

A Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care from Open Colleges will give you the qualifications required to fill this gap.

This course prepares you to look after children, teaches you to manage staff and how to create a safe working environment for everyone. Check out Open Colleges’ range of Childcare courses here.

Animal Care

Another alternative for Career Changers is working with animals. This is an ideal career for people who love animals and would be happy to spend their days helping their four-footed and feathered friends.

A Certificate IV in Vet Nursing from Open Colleges teaches you the theoretical knowledge you need to work in a vet clinic or an animal hospital, while its work placement component gives you the practical know-how to successfully put your knowledge into practice.

It’s the best of both worlds, whilst still offering you the flexibility to fit study around your busy life! Check out Open Colleges’ range of Animal Care courses here.

Career Booster

You’ve been working in cafes, restaurants or in customer service to pay the bills, and now you’re looking to take that next step.

Hospitality

Consider a Diploma of Hospitality. Not only does this fantastic course give you the skills to step up into management roles, but it also allows you to select where you want to end up: Front of House, Food and Beverage or Small Business Management.

The course is also perfect because the flexible model fits around your work. Check out Open Colleges range of Hospitality courses here.

Counselling

Another option would be to utilise your people skills from customer service and change direction, moving into a different career, but one with many options.

A Diploma of Counselling from Open Colleges is a fully comprehensive course which teaches participants to assist people with their problems and issues in a caring, non-judgemental way. This career path affords you with many job opportunities, including counselling, government support services and working with community organisations. Check out Open Colleges’ range of counselling courses here.

Ladder Climber

You like your job, you are good at what you do, but it’s time to get the qualifications you need to get ahead.

Leadership and Management

Consider a Diploma in Leadership and Management. Nationally recognised, this course will give you the skills to not only manage individuals and teams effectively, but also to develop a project plan, manage budgets, seek out opportunities for further business improvement and liaise with stakeholders. Check out our Leadership and Management courses here.

Training & Assessment

Alternatively, you may like to climb the ladder by passing on your skills and knowledge as a certified trainer and assessor. A Certificate IV in Training & Assessment will give you the skills you need to effectively educate and assess others. Check out Open Colleges’ range of Training & Assessment courses here.

Hobbyist

You have always had an interest in a particular subject, but never pursued the passion, until now. The problem is, it’s hard to know where to start.

Photography

A Certificate in Photography is perfect for beginners and will teach you essentials like how to select and use a digital camera, how to use light to the best effect, how to use image processing software, and importantly, guidelines for basic photographic composition. Check out our range of photography courses here.

Creative Writing

If you have an interest in writing, then a Certificate in Creative Writing is a great place to start. Designed to provide a solid introduction to the craft of writing, this course will equip you with the skills to match your writing passion. Check out Open Colleges’ range of writing courses here.

Whichever study path you chose to go down, with Open Colleges you will not only get high quality education, but you will also get the support you need to succeed. You can enroll at any time, and enjoy a flexible learning model where there are no deadlines and no classrooms.

Check out our 100+ courses here.

So what are you waiting for? Today is the day you open up a whole new world!

Need skills to create the career of your dreams?

Open Colleges has over 100 courses, so you are sure to find the ideal study option to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need launch your successful, brilliant career.

8 Responses

  1. John Fisher says:

    I am very interested in counseling. What can I do?

    • Amanda Collins says:

      Hi John,
      Thanks for getting in touch with your question – we’re here to help you! We have a dedicated team of course and careers advisors who are experts in their course area and will be able to talk you through your options which are best suited to the career outcome you want to achieve.
      We offer the CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling. This course can be your first step towards a career in this sector or can formalise skills you are relying on for a current role. Here is the link to the course: http://bit.ly/1yUaSiU, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of the page to receive a free course guide.
      I would also recommend having a Enrolment Consultants. They are able to talk you through your potential options and there’s no obligation to sign up. You can reach them on 1300 365 137, or click this link http://bit.ly/OC-contact and we will get back to you.
      All the best, Amanda, Open Colleges team

  2. Iram says:

    I would like to know the cost of child care course with course duration

    • Amanda Collins says:

      Hi Iram,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      The CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care has a maximum course duration of 24 months. We also offer the CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. This course has a maximum course duration of 18 months.
      To download a free course guide with more information, click here and simply fill in the form on the right hand side of the page: http://bit.ly/1s2Q5dH.

      The main point of difference between studying with us and a traditional TAFE is that we are an online provider, so study fits around your life not your life around study. You can study at any time of the day as all of the learning materials are within our online portal OpenSpace, which can be accessed from anywhere you have an Internet connection! There are no deadlines or timetables, so you can set your own pace – study as quickly or as slowly as you like.

      We have different promotions and payment plans available for our courses. The best thing to do is to contact one of our Enrolment Consultants to talk you through your potential options. You can reach them on 1300 365 137 or contact us here http://bit.ly/OC-contact.

      Best of luck, Amanda, Open Colleges team

  3. amanda jones says:

    I’m interested in a few courses but I can’t find them In the list I want to do massage therapy aromatherapy beauty nails and make up/ facials

    • Sarah MacDiarmid says:

      Hi Amanda, thanks for getting in touch!
      Please find below a list of the courses you are interested in. For more information, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of the page to receive a free course guide.
      Certificate in Massage: http://bit.ly/15DCf7K
      Certificate in Aromatherapy Foundations: http://bit.ly/1OZWe1d
      Beauty Courses: http://bit.ly/14YAHFy
      To discuss any of our courses in detail call one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants on 1300 365 137 or click this link http://bit.ly/OC-contact and we will get back to you.
      All the best, Sarah, Open Colleges team

  4. Misty says:

    Im intrested in the vet course is it online study

    • Sarah MacDiarmid says:

      Hi Misty, thanks for getting in touch and taking the first step.
      The main point of difference between studying with us and a traditional TAFE is that we are an online provider, so study fits around your life not your life around study. You can study at any time of the day as all of the learning materials are within our online portal OpenSpace, which can be accessed from anywhere you have an Internet connection!
      We offer the ACM40412 Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, here is the link which contains detailed information about each of the subjects: http://bit.ly/XbtZIG. For even more information and a detailed description of the course, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of the page to receive a free course guide. You can either enrol online by clicking ‘Enrol Now’ or you can have a chat with one of our Enrolment Consultants who can give you more information about the course and discuss current promotions and pricing plans. They can be reached on 1300 365 137, or click this link http://bit.ly/OC-contact.
      Thanks, Sarah, Open Colleges team

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