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New year, new career? Be inspired by these fantastic courses

by Craig Boyle

The new year is all about opportunity. It’s a chance to transform your life, change your directions and start working towards a more fulfilling career. The new year is a great excuse to put doubts aside and really focus on moving towards bigger, brighter things.

But what if you’re not certain on what you’d like to do? Making the decision to study something new is hard enough – and choosing which career you’d like to move into is even harder.

Don’t worry – the new year is a great time to reflect on what your passions are, and subsequently use them to start studying towards an awesome career.

Here are a few of the fantastic options available to study online at Open Colleges.

Why Study…

Beauty therapist


Flexible work hours, job satisfaction and a chance to indulge your interests make a career in beauty a great choice for those who love the industry. With a SHB50115 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, you can qualify to become a Beauty Therapist and administer treatments from facials to make-up and massages.

Want to see what’s going on in the industry this year? Here are 5 celebrity beauty lessons for budding beauty therapists.

Mental Health Worker

Mental Health

A rewarding career sector that sees you offering first-hand assistance to people struggling with mental health conditions, this is the ideal job if you want to make a real difference in people’s lives. Whether you choose a CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health or a CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling, you can get started with Open Colleges.

In 2019, mental health workers are more important than ever. Check out these 4 reasons to study and support mental health in 2019.

Youth WorkerYouth Work & Education

If you enjoy working with children, you’ll be pleased to know there are lots of opportunities to interact that aren’t all teaching-based. You can become a Youth Worker, tasked with helping children in difficulty receive the social care and assistance they need. You can be a Teacher’s Aide, helping those who struggle in the classroom. You can even offer individualised support in early childhood. Essentially, this means you can work with children in a rewarding role regardless of prior experience.

Learn more about the great careers you can study towards with Open Colleges that involve working with children. Get started with a CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work.

Aged care worker

Community Services

If you’d like to work in a fulfilling role where you make a real difference to people’s lives, a career in community services may be the ideal choice. There are a range of roles available that involve helping improve people’s lives. Whether you want to work with those suffering from drug and alcohol issues, the elderly or communities in general, you can start studying today.

Social workers are forecast to have a bright 2019 with great career growth and are included in our list of 2019’s hottest industries. Start studying today with a CHC52015 Diploma in Community Services.

Individual Support Worker


Health is arguably the most important factor in someone’s life. As a healthcare worker, you’ll be assisting people with health issues and offering support. If you’ve always wanted to work in healthcare, have you considered helping someone living with a disability? You can enter the field with a CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability and really improve the lives of those who need it.

Discover the top 5 reasons to start a career in disability services with this article.

Ready to make this new year the one in which you start working towards a new career? Don’t let a fear of change hold you back. We can help you find the perfect course and even help advise on the careers you might enjoy. If you’re still unsure, why not take our career quiz? It’s a great way to see which field suits your personality.

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