Kaplan Professional Blog

Why you should consider a career in mortgage broking

For some of us, choosing a career isn’t an easy decision. Whether you’re just starting out or making a change, mortgage broking is a career with opportunity and may be the right move for you. Firstly, what do mortgage brokers do?
Mortgage brokers are finance professionals that work as middlemen between their clients and lenders to source the best loans suitable to their client’s financial situation. Mortgage brokers require great customer service, numerical, communication and organisation skills to balance multiple clients and lenders.
Now you know the basics of what a mortgage broker does, here’s why should you consider a career in mortgage broking.
 

 
Career progression:
Starting a career in mortgage broking won’t cost you thousands in tuition fees and you can generally establish a career within a couple of years. To become a mortgage broker in Australia, […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Career, Personal Growth, Motivation

How to balance your career, life and study

For most people, studying and education doesn’t stop at the end of school or university. Expanding knowledge throughout different stages of life is vital to upskilling in a career and professional and personal development. Whether you’re a new student or furthering your credentials, balancing study with your life and career can sometimes be overwhelming. While it’s natural you’ll feel the pressure juggling these important aspects of your life, the good news is there are small steps you can implement to help you manage.
Here are our best tips on how you can balance your career and study.
 

 
Plan in advance
Planning in advance is imperative to avoiding unwanted surprises when balancing study, life and career. It’s important to know your deadlines, appointments and social commitments in advance to plan your time efficiently. An up-to-date calendar highlighting important […read more]

Categories : Professional Development, Work-life Balance, Career

Why insurance is a career for life

Being an industry of diversity and opportunity, it’s clear why insurance is an appealing career. Insurance is essential to everyone throughout life, making it a demanding industry with a variety of career opportunities worldwide. From working in life insurance, as an insurance broker or underwriter, there are numerous career paths to pursue.
Eager to know more about this rewarding industry? Here are our top reasons why insurance is a career for life.
 

 
Variation
The insurance industry has a variety of job opportunities and qualifications to start or advance your career. This provides you the potential to pursue an extensive range of career paths throughout your work life. There are opportunities to work in general insurance, life insurance, insurance broking, underwriting, claims, plus more. Within these categories, there are a variety of roles to suit different people and […read more]

Categories : Career

Kickstart your study goals in 2020

It’s the start of a new year. The holidays are over, you’re feeling confident about your New Year’s resolutions, and your motivation is at an all-time high. Although you’re feeling optimistic by a fresh start, sometimes getting back into studying after a break can be challenging.
To help inspire you for the year ahead, these are our top tips to kickstart your study goals in 2020.
 

 
Set your goals
Goal setting plays an important role in long-term success and the New Year is an ideal time to set your goals. No matter how big or small they may be, it’s important to set goals to achieve daily, monthly, and even for several years, to stay focused on what you want to accomplish throughout life.
No doubt you’ve heard this before, but one of the most valuable methods of […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Preparing yourself for a new year

With the new year just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to get a head start on planning and preparing yourself for 2020. Whether your goal is to start studying again, take up a new hobby or to be healthier, being mentally prepared and having clear goals can help you along on your journey for next year and beyond.
We’ve outlined some of the best ways you can prepare for the year ahead.
 

 
Review and reflect
Reflect on the year that has passed. Perhaps think about:

What was successful and what wasn’t successful?
Did you meet some, if not all the goals you set for yourself?
What could’ve you done better and what can you change for the new year?

Giving yourself time to reflect can provide insight to what works for you and what you need to improve on, […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Why it’s ideal to study over the summer months and end-of-year period

Although it can be tempting to take the foot off the pedal as business begins to slow down, this also presents the ideal opportunity to take advantage of the quieter end-of-year period to make progress on your studies over the summer months and holiday season.
In our opinion, summer vibes equals the ideal study time … but you didn’t hear it from us. To help with your inspiration, we’ve included some of the best reasons to undertake a subject in the final study period of the year.
 

 
It generally tends to quieten down
While we’re not saying it completely grinds to a halt in the final weeks of the year, many financial planning offices around the country do tend to quieten down a fair bit. Clients tend to be focused on their plans for the festive season […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Making the most out of your online experience

Studying online provides you the flexibility to learn on your schedule without sacrificing your career, hobbies or your personal life. No matter where you are in the world, you can still access your course materials and listen to lectures. Some prefer to study at home, work or while commuting … the options are endless. Persistence, self-motivation and dedication is also required to help you get the most out of your studies.
We’ve put together some tips to help you enhance your online learning experience.
 
Maximise online study
 
Online course structure
Before you start any kind of studies, read through the course structure carefully and see if it suits your lifestyle. Ensure the deadlines, timelines and assessments are doable in your current situation. As you’re defining your own schedule and working at your own pace, look at which providers […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Five steps to take after completing your qualification

There’s nothing more exciting than the sense of accomplishment after completing a course. It’s the chance to take what you have learned and apply it to the real world. However, many individuals are often left wondering what to do next. Here are five steps to take after attaining your qualification…
 

 
1. Discover your pathway
Have you got a strategy? No hope, aim or goal is achievable without a plan. Make sure you’re prepared for your next endeavour. Identify where you want to be in a few years’ time and how you’re going to get there. After finishing an entry-level qualification, you may need work experience – look to secure your role by keeping your résumé up to date and actively looking for opportunities. If you’ve completed a further qualification, you could turn to mentors or senior team members for guidance […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Four reasons you should consider further study

Proactive professionals excel in their fields because they find value in every opportunity. Taking steps to deepen your knowledge and gain new skills can lead to a fulfilling career and an enhanced overall wellbeing. One of the best ways to develop yourself is through building on your education. Here are our top four reasons why you should consider furthering your education with a postgraduate qualification this year.
 

 
1. It comes down to lifestyle 
Learning has the power to change the way you look at your role and your understanding of the field you work in, while making your daily processes and activities more enjoyable. Further education will enable you to gain new perspectives and expand your horizons but improve your quality of life too. In fact, a recent Harvard Business Review stated lifelong learning is good for your […read more]

Categories : Professional Development

Finding balance in your life

“We’re always getting ready to live but never living” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. Whether it’s finding harmony between healthy eating and exercise or work and personal life, aiming to keep some sort of balance in our daily life can be challenging. This has only been made harder by advancement of digital technology, which has resulted in us being consistently ‘plugged in’. Other reasons can include overcommitting to tasks or people, putting pressure on yourself to constantly overachieve, and not knowing when to say no.
 

 
The answer could be as simple as creating a calendar and scheduling important tasks and events for the week in advance to avoid being stressed out or forgetting anything. You could also create new habits to help balance your work and personal life.
We’ve pulled together some techniques to help you to […read more]

Categories : Professional Development