They’re quick, a lot cheaper than university and can make you more appealing to employers.
Choose carefully, and you really can’t lose with a short course.
Depending on your field, there may be hundreds to choose from. Short courses have become big business.
Whether you’re looking to upskill or just develop a new interest, here are some of the best short courses around, chosen with help from online jobs board SpotJobs.
Where: National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), Sydney
When: All year
Been repressing that creative streak? NIDA is infamously difficult to get into, but not if you’re just after a short course. Courses included Screen Acting, TV Presenting, Improvisation Essentials and Acting for People with an Intellectual Disability. Courses range from two days to a month long. Enquire here.
Digital Copyrighting Essentials
Where: Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA), Brisbane
Cost: $898 ($665 for ADMA members)
When: 18 November
So many jobs now require some online writing of some kind, but most of us don’t have media or technology degrees. This one-day course teaches you how to write copy for the web, for search and social media, plus how to make sure your marketing emails actually get read (and not stuck in the spam folder). Register here.
Creating a Successful Marketing Plan
Where: Australian Marketing Institute, Adelaide
Cost: $850 ($650 for AMI members)
When: 22 October
Perfect for small business owners, marketers or those with big business dreams, this course teaches you how to come up with the profitable and creative marketing plan that could make or break your brand. Register here.
Where: Brisbane Institute of Art (BiA), Brisbane
When: 26–27 September
So what if your artistic style is more stick figure than Freud? This introductory course is for everyone. Once you’ve mastered the essentials, move onto one of the BiA’s many other classes, such as watercolour, cityscapes in palette knife and acrylic. Register here.
Where: Holmesglen, Melbourne
When: 22 October–19 November
For the budding nutritionists or wannabe health gurus, this five-week course could be a gateway to a career in health science or just to a healthier you. Focuses include health as prevention for disease and the environment’s influence on health. Register here.
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