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We may not celebrate Thanksgiving like our American cousins. But that doesn't mean we can't take a moment to reflect and be thankful for the freedoms we are so blessed with here in ‘the lucky country'. Education [quote]Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world - Malala Yousafzai[/quote] Next time you have a whine about ‘having to study'...

It's about truly respecting each other. Because no-one hits anyone or anything that they respect Our current Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and American R&B singer, Aretha Franklin, both understand what it's ultimately about. It's the ‘R' word. As Mr Turnbull, who's also the ambassador for White Ribbon Australia, recently stated; "Disrespecting women does not always...

Your cover letter has a lot of potential for improving your chance of being called in for an interview So you're trying to win the job of your dreams, but first you have to make it to the interview. It's not just your resume that employers are interested in – what you say in your cover letter, and how you say it, is equally important. Stand out from the crowd with these tips for ...

TAFE is a fantastic learning hub that has been skilling students and connecting them to jobs for over 120 years Quick, what do Lindsay Fox, Frank Lowy and Janine Allis have in common? (Apart from being successful businesspeople, that is.) They're all entrepreneurs with no university degree. The idea that you need to go to uni to really make it in the world is over. To run a small...

Everyday life is riddled with unexplained oddities, quirks of human nature and moments of pure absurdity November is National Novel Writing Month . This annual, internet-based initiative has been running for 16 years and encourages registered participants to write a 50,000 word novel (or the first 50,000 words of a longer novel) within the month of November. Not a day before, not...

"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try. -- Dr. Seuss" It's easy to fall into the trap of pigeonholing yourself. I've often thought I'm not artistic because I don't paint or sculpt. But that doesn't actually make me any less creative than a painter or sculptor. It just mean that my creative expression is...

It happens every year in November. Men all around town begin sporting a little more facial hair than usual. And we're not just talking about hipsters. Go the mo! The ‘stash' may be bad for razor sales but Movember , now in its 13 th year, has made a powerful impact around the world by creating awareness of men's health issues, particularly prostate cancer. Go the mo! The...

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently - Henry Ford Most of us want to leave our mark in some way; whether it's through career, family or adventure. One of my personal goals (besides travelling the world, winning a cheese-eating competition and becoming a crazy dog lady) is to make an impact through my career. The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well…...

You will learn how to plan, organise and deliver training, plan and implement assessment activities, and how to design training programs to meet client needs It happens more than you might think. TAFE students who are so inspired by their teachers and by their whole vocational learning experience that they decide to become TAFE teachers themselves. Maybe this desire to "pay it...

Clear out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. - Dee Hock You need to study. Fact. However you also need to keep moving, fill your lungs with fresh air, and absorb the wonderful world around you so you can study with better focus and determination. Check out these four inspirational adventures that will empower you to work harder and achieve results! ...

The basic principles of good governance are clear delegations of authority and effective protocols for communication and decision-making Sitting on a board or committee is more than just turning up for meetings and nodding at the appropriate moments. Carrying out your committee or board member duties effectively requires a particular skillset that involves good communication,...

Leaders and managers are always going to be in demand, regardless of the profession or industry The buzzwords ‘leadership' and ‘management' get thrown around a fair bit. Not just in the professional world but in broader society as a whole. And for good reason. They're both qualities that are highly-valued and sought after. But also, ironically, not always that easy to find. If...

Graduates at the Diploma level will have a broad range of cognitive, technical and communication skills that can advance them in almost any area A Diploma qualification is a great asset for anyone to have. The Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz traipsed all the way down that endless yellow brick road and was almost burned alive by the Wicked Witch's fireball to get his Diploma. But...

You'll further develop the skills you use relating to people with mental health, alcohol and other drug issues There are many professions that deal with people who have mental health or alcohol and other drug issues. These can include social workers, medical practitioners, outreach workers and family and community services employees. Dealing with clients with mental health or...

Some leadership qualities will also come in handy as being a librarian can involve project management work So, you're thinking of being a librarian… This is a vocation that people sometimes like to make gentle fun of - usually with references to dusty old books, brown cardigans and sensible shoes. But modern libraries are awesome information, learning and technology hubs, so the...

These days no modern workplace can really afford to be without a work health and safety policy So, you'd like to work in the occupational health and safety area… Occupational health and safety is a widespread field that can be found in most organisations across most industry areas. Work health and safety professionals develop risk management strategies by identifying workplace...

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it's important to keep your study and social lives in harmonious balance It's happened. Spring has well and truly sprung. The colour and abundance of nature is coming into bloom everywhere. Suddenly the idea of being out and about in this new found warmth is very appealing indeed. But don't forget about your studies. Welcome to...

The activities are designed to show the students what it's like to be part of Defence. What kind of training regimes they can expect. What it's all about. They're based on a military-style delivery Macquarie Fields was the final pit stop in our Great TAFE SWSi Road Trip. It was late in the day when we arrived at the College. The sun had already dipped below the horizon, the shadows...

Our current food supply chain, which is what feeds most of us most of the time, is completely dependent on cheap oil and therefore unsustainable Believe it or not, that's all it takes for a happy chook to produce one organic egg. Now there's a juicy little morsel you probably didn't know. The grasshopper-egg thing is a useful equation for summing up the whole basis of organic...

If you're IT savvy and also concerned about climate change, then IT sustainability is where these two issues intersect What is IT sustainability? Sustainability has become more than just a buzzword – it's a concept that more and more businesses are embracing as a means to save money and resources while also reducing their environmental footprint. And the information technology (IT)...