Kaplan Professional Blog

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 […read more]

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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 […read more]

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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]

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Six ways to revolutionise the way you study

Losing focus while trying to read through notes? Struggling to find the attention span for course content and lectures? Sometimes it’s important to review the study strategies you use to ensure you’re performing in the most productive manner. To support you in your student journey, we’ve compiled six of the best study techniques to get you started.
 

 
1. Learn with visuals
We all have different optimum methods of learning acquiring information. However, the most difficult part of studying is discovering what method works for you. Rather than continuing down the path of forcing yourself to use traditional methods of learning, why not be more creative in your approach? Visual learning is one of three very common learning styles.
Visual learners respond to different elements like tone, brightness and colour. There are a range of ways you can […read more]

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Returning to study

FASEA’s new professional standards mean many experienced financial advisers will be looking to fit study back into their busy lifestyles. While this can seem like a tough burden to bear, returning to study isn’t as hard as you think. Here are our top tips to assist you in navigating study while working.
 

 
Apply your knowledge 
Undertaking further study related to your field of work means you’re building on your existing knowledge; use this to your advantage. The practical skills you gain through further formal education are often best retained when applied to your day-to-day role. This not only assists you in the workplace but supports you in understanding the course content. Making an active effort to apply practical course material to your professional practice can create a more engaging and positive student experience.
 
Study in your own […read more]

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The advantages of studying online

Online education is the future for working professionals who wish to upskill, strengthen their knowledge and technical ability, and ultimately, further their career. It’s growing in popularity too, particularly over the past five years. According to the latest IBISWorld report1, “technological advancements and faster internet have made the online education model an increasingly viable option for learning. With more individuals and businesses recognising the benefits of online education, student demand for online learning has soared.”
As one of Australia’s leading providers of online education, we’re able to offer you a flexible and immersive experience that allows you to study what you want, when you want, anywhere in the world.
 

 
Flexible
The flexible nature of online education enables you to fit your study schedule around your life. With no classroom attendance necessary, you can study in the morning, […read more]

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Seven tips to help you climb the corporate ladder

Are you looking to climb the corporate ladder? Many people have the ambition to excel within their company but need a master plan to move forward. We have seven great tips to turn your career wishes into goals, and those goals into accomplishments.
 

 
1. Stay ahead of industry change
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking
Staying ahead of an industry that’s constantly changing can be challenging yet rewarding. Dynamic fields like financial services or finance can provide you with opportunity to prove yourself to your employer and colleagues. One of the best ways to stay ahead of the curb is to keep up to date with industry trends through further education. Undertaking a higher qualification will not only refresh what you already know, but will help you learn new skills […read more]

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The Art of Time Management

Have you ever glanced at your clock and questioned where the day has gone? Time is our most valuable resource and we have some tips to ensure you make the most of it!
To help you peruse this list, we’ve broken it down into four key categories:

Managing your workload
Getting started
Removing distractions
Finding balance

 

 
1. Managing your workload
 
Know your goals
People who succeed in life know where they’re going. It’s important to set yourself regular short-term and long-term goals; list and pin them up or have them prominently displayed. You should keep track of what you’ve achieved and what you’re yet to achieve, so you’re constantly inspired to accomplish more.
 
Use an organisation system
Struggling to keep on top of your schedule? Get an app to do it for you! In a day and age of technology, apps […read more]

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Managing stress

Have you ever found there’s not enough time in the day to complete everything on your to-do-list, and ultimately it makes you feel stressed and panicked?
Stress can often be described as feeling overloaded or anxious often resulting from demanding circumstances. It can result from situations of pressure we place on ourselves. But it’s part of our everyday life. We all feel stressed at some point, whether it’s stress in a positive or negative way.
How can being stressed be a positive? Well, in tiny doses, stress has its advantages. According to Daniela Kaufer, PhD at UC Berkeley and John Whyte, the former chief medical expert at Discovery Channel, it can help motivate you to reach your goals in a more efficient way, increase your self-awareness and it may even boost memory!
 

 
However, most of us associate […read more]

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Fitting postgraduate study into a busy life

The modern-day student has many double lives. They can be a working professional, a parent, an avid traveller, carers, and much more! You may then ask yourself ‘how do they have time to fit studying into their daily routine?’ Whether you’re returning to study after a long break or continuing on to postgraduate study, it can be tricky finding the time to balance your study with your other commitments. However, the reward will be worth the challenge.
Many postgraduate students constantly challenge the belief there’s little time to fit postgraduate study into an already jam-packed schedule. In this article, we’ve put together some tips for balancing study and work to help guide you.
 

 
1. Plan ahead
Plan months ahead. Check what social events and work obligations you have coming up and how they’d fit in with your […read more]

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