Why Alternative Education Can Be Better
                                 than Traditional Colleges

1. Mainstream education is frequently out of step with today’s fast moving world. 
Courses in most government recognised institutions are weighed down by bureacratic systems, audits and processes that cause courses to often be out of date. If a course is planned for 5 yrs before you do it, how can it provide you with what you need today.

2. Learning takes Time. Our courses recognise that learning cannot be fast tracked; but many colleges mislead students suggesting it can. That may help the colleges finances, but if you think about it, this is not realistic.

  • What you can do is affected by what you learn. It takes 21 days of doing the same thing daily to form a habit. Consider the difference
  • In one course where you  study something for an hour, then repeat it in an assessment test on the same day, and declared competent an hour later
  • In another course, you learn the same thing one week; then learn about it from a different perspective the next week; and review what you learnt again the following week. This process then proceeds for 21 weeks and you are then tested and declared competent.

3. Diversity is a Big Advantage 
Businesses that can offer something different are more successful
Employees who have a different skills set are more useful to employers

4. Different people learn in different ways. This is a well established psychological fact. A course that is teaching in a way that suits one person will never be ideal for everyone. There is a need for diversity in courses being offered, what is being taught and how it is being taught. National or Standardised courses do not work, and despite support from politicians and bureaucrats, any honest and well informed educator knows that.

5. Employers and Clients in today’s world are more concerned with what you can do, than qualifications.

  • Consider the fact that most people who obtain university degrees end up working in industries outside of the discipline they studied.
  • If an employer gets 50 applicants with the same qualification and one with something different; and intends running  5 interviews, most would choose the different person as one of the 5, irrespective of whether the course is formally accredited or not
  • Some of the most successful people in the world are university drop outs (eg. Bill Gates)
  • While some jobs may require certain qualifications for “registration” to practice (eg. Medical Degree) most do not (eg. More people work in the medical industry without medical degrees, than what work in that industry with degrees.
  • The licensing requirements for many jobs should be treated as a separate issue to building a knowledge and ability to work in that industry (Most of the time, people who have the knowledge can sit an exam, RPL,  or do a relatively short course to get licensed. It is a bit like learning to drive a car. Getting a license means you meet “minimum” requirements, but if you want to be a really good drive, you need to go to a good training course and get lots of experience on top of that)

6. Credibility among employers is more important than endorsement by politicians.
We have found government accreditation while sometimes an advantage in a qualification, can just as often be a disadvantage.

Once you have been offered an interview, your qualifications are unlikely to be all that important. The way you perform at the interview will win the job offer, and the way you perform after that will win the promotions; no matter what your qualifications are.
 
 
 
CHOOSE A COLLEGE
 
Every college offers something different.
  • They all have different tutors, with varying qualifications and experiences.
  • Some have higher course fees; but that could be because they offer more extensive support; while others may charge less but provide less services. Some may offer different payment plans to others.
  • The style of teaching and learning; as well as the emphasis upon assessment and the way work is assessed can vary from one college to the next.

 

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