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Lifestyle : Enhance Yourself Special Report
1HERSA1 A066 Q-Med Suite 4, 13B Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085 SMOOTH WRINKLES SOFTEN LINES REFRESH SKIN RESTORE VOLUME ...IN 30 MINUTES No one will know. Everyone will notice. Ask your Cosmetic Practitioner about the 30 Minute Refresh or visit our website. www.wrinkleclinicfnder.com.au The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) prevents adver tising the brand names of treatments that are prescribed by doctors. Please speak to your Cosmetic Practitioner for fur ther information. Log on to solve work-study problems Various forms of technology mean mature students can 'attend' classes wherever they are. Online education earns top marks for time-poor workers, Jason Mountney writes. School's in . . . and it's out ADULT EDUCATION is subject to fashion trends, with courses falling in and out of favour. And Julia Gillard and global economic uncertainty may have a role to play. Terri Cammell, program manager of art and business at Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Community College, says television can affect enrolments, "especially lifestyle and arts type courses. When MasterChef was on, we had a surge in cooking courses. Dancing shows impacted ballroom and social dance classes." She says ukulele classes are popular, possibly thanks to a music festival held in the Blue Mountains. Cammell predicts the federal government's signal it wants more focus on Asian languages may boost numbers in Mandarin-language courses. In recent years, job insecurity has seen more people improving their work skills Despite government cuts, TAFE is still the biggest further-education provider in NSW. www.tafensw.edu.au WEA is one of Sydney's largest private education companies. www.weasydney.com.au Sydney Community College is one of the biggest providers of night classes. sydneycommunity college.com.au Adult learning can conjure images of grown people sitting at night in a class- room, hunched at tiny desks surrounded by the work of the classroom's daytime inhabitants. But for many people, acquiring new skills does not mean sitting in a chair designed for a teenager and looking at amateur art on a class- room wall. The owner of marketing strategy company Business Propul- sion, Vivian Yang, says she does "about 10" courses a year. "About half are for work, the other half are for personal interests," says the Ryde businesswoman. Increasingly, she doesn't even leave home for a class, as more and more are offered online. "As a busi- ness owner, I'm strapped for time," she says. "Online study means I'm not leaving the office. It's great. I also save on travel. "Another advantage I enjoy is the ability to multi-task. I can cook or do housework while attending some courses. And sometimes I get to fast- forward the portions where I am familiar with the topics, so it becomes more time-efficient. ''Also, some of these courses have an online forum, which enables me to connect to a bigger group of people with similar interests that may not reside locally. ''They could be in other states or even other countries." Jon Lang, chief executive of train- ing organisation Upskilled, says online training suits many of his stu- dents, particularly as many of the courses offered are taken up by mining-sector employees in far- flung parts of the country. "While we've run lots of courses in regional areas, it can be hard to reach everyone," Lang says. He says the unpredictability of mining shifts means many students are happy to learn online, where they can get though more work during time off and not fall behind when they are doing longer shifts. Of course, not all courses can be replicated online. "Many of the courses and workshops I do are still in person," says Yang. "You have the face-to-face interaction that is not present in the same way for an online course. If I think I might have a lot of questions to ask the tutor, I try to attend in person if time permits. ''I especially enjoy workshops and courses that have a limited number of attendees." 66 ENHANCE YOURSELF SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2012 THE SUN-HERALD
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