Is 2022 the year of the short course?

It’s that time of year again. While we scroll in the summer heat and call it ‘relaxing me-time,’ a hoard of posts crop up declaring “New year, New me,” and “List of new year’s resolutions,” and the pressure feels on to make big changes in our lives. To think we have 365 days ahead of us and to decide what we do with every single one of them can be a daunting task. 

It becomes a question of “What am I able to change about myself?” instead of “I like what I’ve got right now, why not grow some more?”. Sometimes you can feel yourself believing you just don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything you want to. We understand that it’s increasingly difficult trying to balance work life, social life, family life whilst somewhere in between trying to find some down-time to relax and take a breather. It can be hard to find time between all this to learn something new.

Among the issues of time, there is always going to be that fear of trying something new when trying to expand your mind. This fear is something that we develop increasingly with age. When we’re kids, we try new things just about every day. Whether that be learning to read or walk or talk or even how to colour between the lines. Although as we get older, we tend to lose that ability to seamlessly take steps into trying something new. We can develop a fixed mindset. A growth mindset is something that we have to constantly work at and develop as we get older.  

It can be daunting to remember that everything could change for you tomorrow. In terms of becoming a better you and expanding your mind, it can be difficult to see yourself signing up for a 2-3 year programme when you’re not sure how much free-time you’re going to have, or what your financial situation will be in 6 months, let alone 3 years down the track. 

The thought of entering another three years of full-time study may feel insurmountable, but taking small steps can add up to a big change without you even realising it. With the world so uncertain, especially nowadays with the pandemic in the mix, it’s hard to imagine planning so far in advance when so many plans and ideas have had to be put on hold in the last year. 

Short courses and micro-credentials allow that space for uncertainty and embrace it with open arms. It’s an 8-10 week period of your life that if you find that down the road, you have more time to continue to learn and grow, you can now develop that into a Masters degree.

One of the most important aspects to these micro-credentials is that they have been created to address an industry need and this industry need has to be proven annually. This means that if there is something up on offer that is of interest to you (such as, Digital & Collaborative Teaching & Learning, Digital Skills for the Workplace, Leading Beyond Sustainability), this micro-credential of interest is relevant to the industry today and will continue to be relevant tomorrow. On top of the relevance of the course, learning is implemented immediately into action in your context. It’s also a frictionless move into learning, especially if you haven’t sat down for structured learning in a little while, as you begin expanding what you know the moment you enter the course. Micro-credentials are delivered entirely online so you can learn wherever it suits you – and from anywhere in Aotearoa. 

What better time than 2022 to get out there and choose to strengthen your mind with a short course? It’s not a lifetime of commitment, it won’t break the bank and the learning will fit around your lifestyle and commitments. 8-10 weeks of putting your mind to learning and developing it into something that can take you into your future.

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