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4 reasons why you should join us at the 2017 Perth Hair and Makeup Artist Awards Expo

While you might not actively think about it, behind every talented movie star, television actor, pop star and model lies an equally talented make-up artist. From the special effects make-up you see in movies like Avatar to the high fashion looks sported by models in catwalk shows – and everything in between – make-up is a glamourous business that takes hard work and commitment.

But you don’t have to go all the way to Hollywood to find some the best make-up artists in the business. In fact, you can find them right here in Perth – at the 2017 Perth Hair and Make Up Artist Awards Expo.

Created and organised by make-up artist and hairdresser Shelley Meyer, the Perth Hair and Make Up Artist Awards Expo is the premier showcase of make-up artistry in the state.

On Sunday July 30, the best of the best of the Perth hair and make-up industry will come together at the Perth Town Hall to exhibit their incredible talent – and we’re going to be there, too!

So what’s it all about? Here’s four great reasons you should join us at this year’s Perth Hair and Makeup Artist Awards Expo:


See our talented trainers and students in action

Come and see our incredible trainers compete in the 2017 Perth Hair and Makeup Artist Awards!

Showcasing their skills and experience alongside Perth’s best, the incredibly talented Priscilla Walton and Shannon Murphy will be competing in the Avant Garde Hair and Creative Make-up category of the awards.

They’ll be available to chat if you’re keen to find out more about what they do and how you can get into the industry yourself. You can also catch some of our talented students from the TSA College of Creative Arts in action at the event.


Soak up the work of Perth’s best make-up artists

As part of the expo, Perth’s best hair and make-up artists will be competing against one another to take out top prize in a range of categories, including runway trends and avant garde hairstyling.

Their ‘blank canvasses’ will be some of Perth’s best models, who’ll show off their work in a professional catwalk show. This year also features a new body painting category, where talented make-up artists will be painting models head to toe – right before your eyes.


Learn more about our courses

As part of this exciting event, our TrainSmart career counsellors will be available to meet and chat with attendees.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our CUA51015 Diploma of Screen and Media, as well as the make-up industry in general. It’s an invaluable opportunity to gain in-person career guidance, and it could be the beginning of an exciting new career in the field.

Come and find us at the TrainSmart Australia stand in the lower foyer – we’d love to say hello!


Enjoy the free beauty expo

The event will feature a range of hand-picked boutique beauty businesses, where you can learn about the latest in beauty treatments and products.

You can have your hair done by hairdressing students, see live make-up demonstrations and much more. On top of the free expo, there will be also a ticketed event held in the main hall which will feature runway shows, speakers, a VIP makeover lounge, and live hair and make-up exhibitions.

So come along and get a taste of the best of Perth’s hair and make-up industry – we’d love to see you there!

Welcome to flex-learning, where you study online and in the classroom

We’d like to introduce our students to the concept of flex-learning here at TrainSmart Australia which has huge benefits as it’s a mixture of face-to face teaching and online learning.

Three of our students who have just started their diplomas, are now spending a day every fortnight at our Sydney learning centre gaining more knowledge from lecturers in a classroom environment as part of this flex learning initiative.

Maddison Henson, Toni-Lea Buhagiav and Sally Cole are studying either the Diploma of Community Services and the Diploma of Counselling Services.  As some of the subject units overlap, they could be offered tutoring together. Trainer, Stuart Barrett says feedback has been really encouraging.

“The best thing about this flex learning is that students don’t feel isolated, they are able to interact with each other and bounce ideas off one another.  It is encouraging them to ask more questions and is really motivating them.”

All three students are undertaking the course through the Government’s Smart and Skilled program. This scheme means students can enrol on courses at a fraction of the usual cost because of financial subsidies.  Courses offered are those where there is deemed to be a lack of suitably qualified people in this type of industry already.

To find out more why not call TrainSmart Australia today?

Why a move back to Australia prompted Garry to return to study

Garry Law is proof that you are never too old to study. At the age of 50, he decided to sign up with TrainSmart Australia to study a Diploma of Leadership and Management after receiving several knockbacks in his job search.

“I’m an Australian Citizen, but had been living in Hong Kong with my wife and family for twenty years,” Garry said.

“I had a successful career as a surveyor and knew lots of people within the construction industry in Hong Kong, but that counted for nothing when you move countries. In Sydney, I found myself struggling to secure any job interviews.”

Garry applied for thirty positions and even though he had a BSc degree in surveying and many years’ experience under his belt, he didn’t get any responses to his job applications and was starting to feel frustrated.

“Job Active suggested that I might like to do a course. I said I’d be interested in leadership and management and that’s when they put me in touch with TrainSmart Australia,” Garry said.

“The course appealed to me as I could access a VET loan and fit study around a part-time job, which I managed to secure in a restaurant kitchen.”

It took Garry 18 months to complete that course. He had two mentors, David Bunney and Michael Phillips, who offered support and guidance throughout his learning journey.

“I spoke to them every Tuesday and then I would participate in webinars; we would do role playing and other students would be involved. It was a great way to make my learning experience more interactive,” explained Garry.

“These two trainers were able to offer me support and guidance whenever I needed it, it was reassuring to know that I could call on their help whenever I needed too.”

“Each unit would take around five weeks to complete and my personal favourite units were managing innovation, maintaining continuous improvement and the one on finances.”

Garry received his certificate a month ago and is now looking for his first position.

“Check that you can afford to do it financially as it takes time — and make sure you have the support of your family behind you,” he said.

“I’m looking for a position in management now, not necessarily within the construction industry. I’d be just as happy with a position in the retail sector.”

And as for studying when you’re more mature?

“My advice to anyone is to go for it, whatever your age. I found it easier as you are actually more disciplined. Age shouldn’t be a barrier.”

University compared to TAFE: Which is better?

It’s a common question many people starting a new career ask themselves: should I go university to do a degree, or enrol in TAFE for vocational training?

Vocational training is often perceived as a lesser alternative to university, relegated to those who didn’t receive high enough marks to get in.

However, according to a new report by the Skilling Australia Foundation (SAF), VET training in Australia offers students comparatively huge advantages over university – and not just for people with low marks.

So how do you know which one is right for you? Here’s some of the important differences between Uni and VET/TAFE courses:


According to some experts, universities don’t equip students with enough practical skills to succeed in their industries. In fact, two-thirds of students surveyed in the 2015 Future Leaders Index said they believe their degree didn’t adequately prepare them to find a job in their field.

And because of that, a 2014 Daily Telegraph article reports that a record number of people who already have postgraduate university qualifications are now ‘flooding’ VET/TAFE courses because their degrees didn’t give them enough practical skills to find employment.

The blistering pace of change in many industries also means many people graduate with university degrees that are outdated before they’ve even used them. But according to the SAF report, VET courses are much more dynamic and respond quickly to industry changes and trends, meaning students graduate much more job-ready.

Employment outcomes

Research conducted on behalf of SAF has found that graduates of TAFE and private vocational training colleges have better job prospects than university graduates, with 78% of VET graduates finding employment after training.

But for university students, job prospects have been steadily declining over the past few years. Research shows that between 2008 and 2014, the number of university graduates who secured full-time work dropped from 56.4 percent to 41.7 percent.

Meanwhile, the SAF report says the VET sector currently provides training courses for 9 out of 10 of the occupations predicted to have the strongest jobs growth over the next five years, included aged and disability carers and accountants.


According to SAF, people who’ve completed vocational training have higher starting salaries than their university counterparts.

In fact, on average, VET/TAFE graduates enjoy a starting salary of $56,000 – that’s almost $2,000 higher than the average starting salary of a university graduate.

Time and money

So considering the poor job prospects many university graduates face, it raises the question: is a university education worth the money? Undergraduate degrees can often cost $30,000 or more – and the cost just continues to go up.

On the other hand, VET/TAFE is far more accessible and cost-effective, with many courses also subsidised by government schemes and incentives – which means you pay less.

On top of the financial cost, the investment of time in a university course can be expensive, with the average undergraduate degree taking three years full-time to complete. Meanwhile, most VET courses range in duration from six months to two years – which means you’ll be able to kickstart your career sooner.

Want more information about the dynamic VET courses TrainSmart Australia offers? Our career advisors can guide you on the best course option for your goals and needs.

How to become a qualified make-up artist?

Most people follow a career path because they have a passion or interest in a certain area. That’s certainly true of make-up artists, who have a natural skill in using a bare face as a blank canvas on which to create a masterpiece.

It’s both satisfying and rewarding to alter someone’s appearance using modern cosmetics. By applying foundation, eye shadow, kohl, mascara, blusher and lipstick, an individual can be transformed into someone markedly different.

Anyone interested in becoming a make-up artist should consider studying a related course. They’d also be advised to practise their skills on family and friends, and think about working in retail on a make-up counter, so they can become more familiar with the latest products.

There are a range of courses on offer in Australia, including retail cosmetics, air-brushed make-up and specialist make-up. At TrainSmart Australia, we offer a Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialisation in Specialist Make-Up Services) under the TSA College of Creative Arts. Head of Department is Priscilla Walton.

artistic make-up

“This course is very popular as it is practical and you learn so much about dramatic make-up, from liquid latex to wigs and special effects,” Priscilla explains.

“Students use these skills outside of the studio so they get real-life experience. We have done the make-up for a local theatre group and for our own events, including a Halloween themed pop-up show in Fremantle.”

“I myself studied make-up artistry at what is now the Australian College of Make-Up and Special Effects (ACMUSE). I learnt a whole range of artistic skills including airbrushing and wigs. I went on to work for the Cameron Mackintosh Broadway musical ‘Miss Saigon’ and at Fox Studios in Sydney.  Studying our course really does open doors for future work opportunities in this area,” said Priscilla.

Courtney Hollins, a guest lecturer, has branched out into body art make-up.

qualified make-up artist“I am a fully trained specialist make-up artist, which means I can work in the theatre, television and movies applying make up to actors and actresses,” Courtney says.

“But my passion is body art, which is slightly different. I have won some top international awards in this area. It’s exciting because it’s personal and visually stunning.”

If you want to whet your appetite and find out whether make-up artistry is for you, you could always consider a Diploma of Beauty Therapy, which will give you a broad introduction to make-up. This is also offered here under the TSA College of Beauty Therapy. Cheryl Taylor is the Head of the Department and has more than twenty-five years’ experience.

“I studied a beauty course which covered elements of make-up artistry. A general beauty course is a great way of deciding whether make-up is for you, and if it is then you can undertake a more specialised course,” Cheryl says.

“There’s a skill in picking up a brush and making someone look stunning. For example, not everyone can make a bride look beautiful on the most important day of her life, but with a bit of training and some natural ability there’s potential to excel within make-up. It’s a very exciting industry.”

If you’d like to find out more about our Diploma of Beauty Therapy and Diploma of Screen and Media , why not speak to one of our trained career advisors today? They can offer guidance and advice as to whether either course would be suitable for your needs.

What are the top IT skills an employer wants?

Believe it or not, the internet has only been around since the late 1980s. Its invention means there’s a wealth of information to be found online, which almost all of us access every day.

Technology is changing at a rapid pace with new job titles and descriptions emerging on a weekly basis.  Unemployment rates in the IT industry are at historic lows. But what are the top IT skills employers like the most, and what will help you to secure a new role with a rewarding salary?

Technical Support

All companies and organisations rely on technology to keep their operations running successfully. IT forms the backbone of any good business structure – that’s why a general all round person who can offer a broad variety of technical support will be in demand.

Many employees have not grown up with the internet and struggle with general computer skills, so anyone who can offer support will be greatly appreciated. Growing companies have ever-expanding technology needs and if you can communicate well and are people-led, this could be the career choice for you.

Network Administrators

There’s also a strong demand for network configurators who can look after whole systems and ensure they are maintained and well-run. Looking at all the components of a computer network and when it needs modification or upgrading, an IT networker will determine the best course of action to take.

Network administrators and network engineers are involved in analysing, designing, installing and configuring network infrastructures to ensure they meet company requirements. They will look at both software and hardware processes to achieve specific tasks.

Programming Specialists

Technology may touch everyone’s lives, but it’s programmers and developers who write software programs. They manipulate the program designs made by software developers into a language a computer can understand and follow.

Often working alongside software developers, programmers will look at the design, writing and testing to come up with a code a computer can understand.

Everything is becoming more technology-focused – think of all the modern cars that have computerised systems on board. That’s precisely why programming specialists will be in great demand in the future.

Software Developers

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. They develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks and oversee development processes. Some may also develop underlying systems that run devices or control networks.

Software developers need to understand the core function of the software program. They are at the sharp end of coming up with solutions and, as such, will always be sought after in the foreseeable future.

Information technology is here to stay and the above positions attract some of the best salaries, so why not investigate the courses on offer with the TSA College of Information and Communications Technology to explore your future career options?

6 ways to help your community

Community is a label given to a group of people with something in common, whether it is a shared location, agenda or values.  In fact, you may be a member of many different types of communities at any one time.

We have a choice whether we are active members of these communities or if we prefer being observers, by standers in this collective. Being an active member of those communities relies on a level of involvement or action.  There are those types of people that we describe as “good community people”, there are those that speak out when their community is treated negatively but don’t actively partake in action.  There are those people that have no interest in being part of any community.  Interestingly, this in itself means you are part of a community.

Why do we feel a sense of community?  Human beings typically rely on social interaction to derive a sense of belonging, we as a species thrive through connection and something in common with another.   We like to feel a sense that we are not alone.  It helps us feel supported, “normal” and active participants in our own lives.

There are many benefits to feeling this sense of belonging, this connection to others similar to ourselves.  We build a support network, joining others with a shared passion or position on a particular social theme. Being connected to others creates friendships, provides opportunity for our own gains and in many cases leads to a positive emotional response on some level.

How often have you felt pride, respect or admiration when seeing a group of people working together to achieve something positive?  This ranges from legal class actions righting a wrong, standing up for what’s fair to speaking up for those who cannot speak up for themselves.  There is a sense of justice, achievement and purpose. Being part of something bigger than ourselves provides a personal growth experience that is hard to put a value on.

Being a member of a group or community working towards a shared goal to achieve a positive outcome is one of the most uplifting and rewarding experiences of our lives… and often costs us nothing but our time and effort.

From a professional perspective, engaging in community activity helps you build a career profile that most employers are keen to have join their team.  You show yourself to be a valued member of a community and employers want this type of personality in their work force.  You can build networks that lead to further job opportunities. How many times do we take the recommendation of someone we trust? We find mechanics, hairdressers, builders in this manner all the time.  It works in the same way for community services.  You start participating in your local community, you hear that a local centre needs volunteers, this leads to professional networking, reputation building and the next time a paid employment opportunity presents itself you have already laid a solid base as to who you are and established a rapport with the decision makers.

Consider the communities that you may be part of – a sporting group, a work team, a family member, a charity organisation, or a club.  Why are you part of that community? What do you feel when you are connected to this group?  There are so many ways in which we can create this positive feeling, and it can start from the smallest of actions.

Check out the following ideas for ways to help your community in the midst of your everyday activities.

  1. Shop with locally owned businesses, saving time and money. Many locally owned businesses offer services and products that you need regularly, why travel to get what you need when you have many of these business at your doorstep. It keeps the local community thriving by keeping the money within, supporting growth an opportunity.
  2. Attend a local festival or other event. Many have free admission and activities. Many festivals are actually fundraisers for non-profit organisations and you may be surprised at how much you learn about who and what is in your local area.
  3. Take left over dinner to an elderly neighbour. If you have a family of four, cook enough dinner for five one night and deliver a plate to the widow next door. Your delivery helps you to get to know your neighbours better, police promote knowing your neighbours as the best way to fight neighbourhood crime.  How nice to have that feeling of making someone else feel valued.
  4. Look for opportunities to give in your community. Many schools collect items, such as like canned foods, toys and clothing for less fortunate families. Donating loose change may not necessarily negatively impact your budget, but knowing that you have just helped someone achieve their dream is priceless.
  5. Get involved as a volunteer. There are plenty of opportunities out there if you look out for them. Most states in Australia have websites that list all the volunteer opportunities available in your local area and wider afield.  Consider for Australia wide opportunities, you can select the areas that you would be interested in and search for that common interest that provides the feel good moments.
  6. Our Diploma of Community Services and Diploma of Mental Health Online have been designed to give you the right skills and knowledge to work with people experiencing mental and psychological issues, and assist them in seeking solutions to a range of problems.

Whether you are looking for a way in to the Community Services sector or just feeling the urge to connect with likeminded people, taking some steps towards action is always beneficial.  Tune it to the type of community member you are and make a decision on what level of action you might be willing to take.  You may just be surprised at how it makes you feel.

Megan Bird

How do I choose a college to study an online course?

We are living in a world where we are faced with choices every day. It’s nearly impossible to say how many decisions we make day-to-day but a Google search shows that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions over a 24-hour period, while a child makes only about 3,000.

Your brain makes dozens of decisions every single second through chemical reactions. Decisions are made based on brain development, experiences, and activity and can include a multitude of choices about:

Each choice carries certain consequences – good and bad.

The problem is that when we make choices, there is inevitably someone who will want to add their advice to a prospective choice which can make it harder to reach a final decision.

Here are some simple steps when thinking about choosing a college or course online and planning your career:

Choosing the right college is probably one of the most important decisions you will ever make, so choose carefully and wisely.  Remember your career choice should make you happy until you retire.  Retirement age is creeping up higher and higher, so think carefully before you make your final decision.

Remember there are three things you can’t recover in life, the word after it’s said, the moment after it’s missed, and the time after it’s gone. That’s why you need to make a well thought out informed decision. Our career officers will be happy to give you free career advice online.

Gerhard Kock

What work opportunities are there in the beauty therapy industry?

Do you enjoy using your creative skills, meeting new people and making them feel fabulous? Imagine, being a qualified beauty therapist and having the opportunity to


Career pathways

If you study beauty therapy, there are many career pathways within this industry.  By studying a broad qualification which encompasses different areas, numerous roles are open to you.

You can become a beauty therapist, skin therapist, day spa manager, salon manager, nail technician, makeup artist, massage therapist, mobile therapist, receptionist, salon owner, cosmetic counter consultant, and even run your own beauty business from your own home salon.  It’s a flexible role and you can work as much, or as little as you like.

There’s the option to be full time, part time, casual or contracted. This career path means it can work well around your family and children and fit in with other commitments.

As a beauty therapist you will perform facial, body and nail treatments including reflexology, massages, advanced facials and aromatherapy. Waxing is another treatment, especially in the summer months and incorporates the removal of facial or body hair.  Lash and brow treatments which include eyebrow shape, tint and lash lifts have become popular in recent years.


Connecting with your clients

Women like to feel involved and as a beauty therapist, when you are applying make-up, you will be able to advise clients on the selection of products available and what colours suit their skin and the way it should be applied.  There’s also the opportunity to sell these products to clients so they can use them at home.

Every beauty therapist can build a rapport with each client, and it’s this relationship which can build over time and make the job more rewarding and satisfying.

If you decide to work in a salon, then you can expect a regular income and can learn from others who work alongside yourself.  These colleagues can have many years’ experience which means they can pass on their skills having mastered certain techniques.

Working in a salon, gives you the opportunity to progress within that organisation.  You may want to obtain a more senior role and there are always opportunities for promotion.  You can work up from a beauty therapist to a senior therapist to a managerial position.


Getting started with a traineeship

Beauty salons and organisations also offer traineeships which is a great way of starting out in this industry.  A good traineeship is worth its weight in gold as you will gain invaluable knowledge and receive hands on experience, while studying at the same time.  To succeed, you must have the drive, passion and commitment.  For those who are prepared to learn and embrace the industry, there is plenty of job satisfaction and career prospects.

TrainSmart Australia offers a variety of courses including the Diploma of Beauty Therapy in Perth and Online. Our trainers have extensive experience in the beauty business, so why not give us a call today to find out more on 1300 855 517

What does a beauty therapist do?

A beauty therapist specialises in beauty treatments for the face and body and is responsible for helping clients make the most of their physical appearance.  These treatments help clients feel more confident about themselves and less stressed.

What makes a good beauty therapist?

Being a fantastic beauty therapist involves far more than being able to simply administer beauty treatments and interact with clients. They must be able to portray the following qualities;

What sort of treatments will a beauty therapist administer?

The range of treatments and services a therapist can provide varies hugely, depending on training and experience. Most common services offered by a beauty therapist are:

A therapist has a duty to keep all equipment clean (to maintain high standards of hygiene) and make sure it is in working order (to ensure procedures are successful and prevent injury to staff and clients). They also need to manage stock, replenishing products when necessary. A junior therapist working in a salon might also be required to greet clients, answer the telephone, make bookings, serve tea or coffee and fulfil other reception duties.

If you are creative and like making people look and feel good, then a course in our TSA College of Beauty Therapy in Perth may be for you. 

Renee Kelly – Beauty trainer – TrainSmart Australia

What is the best course to study for the future?

The way we live is changing. And as the world evolves, so do career paths and job descriptions. But while it’s important you choose to pursue a career you’re passionate about, it’s also critical to know whether your future role will be in demand in years to come. Imagine investing a lot of time and money into a course, only to find you can’t get a job as a result?

It’s an unfortunate reality for many people. That’s because many jobs and industries are shrinking – and many have disappeared altogether. Librarians, newspaper reporters and travel agent roles have all been on a steady decline in recent years. And it’s estimated we’ll see a reduction of around 28% in postmen over the coming decade as more people send emails rather than letters.

Beyond this, the path you take to reach your career of choice can also have a huge impact on what transpires after you graduate. Research conducted on behalf of the Skilling Australia Foundation has found that graduates of TAFE and private vocational training colleges have better job prospects and higher starting salaries than university graduates.

Experts say this is because VET providers equip students with the practical skills that prepare people for the real world better than university courses do – and these skills are absolutely critical to employers.

So to guarantee the best chance of securing a well-paid, long-term position in a sustainable industry, you need to be careful about selecting the right course to land that future job.

Careers in demand



Thanks to a number of factors like declining birth rates and improved health care conditions that mean longer life expectancy, Australia’s population is ageing. In fact, there are more people over the age of 65 than children under 16 – and the number of older Australians is expected to grow even higher, from around 3.5 million in 2014 to 6.2 million in 2042.

As a result, there are hundreds of thousands of new jobs being created in the aged care sector. The government’s National Disability Insurance Scheme reform is also stimulating significant jobs growth in this sector. Aged care, community services and mental health are areas which will all see substantial growth over the next few decades.



The health charity Sane says at least 20% of Australian adults are affected by mental illness every year, with the most common disorder being anxiety followed by depression. Further, 45% of Australians are expected to experience a mental illness during their lives. This means there’s an increasing need for health specialist and counsellors – one that is only expected to grow into the future.

If you want a career in the caring profession helping to address these issues, you may want to study for either a Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Mental health or Diploma of Counselling.



In any 12-month period, 5% of Australians will experience a substance abuse disorder, with men twice as likely to do so than women. Methamphetamine use – including crystal meth and ice – has tripled in the past five years, and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation says prescription drug abuse is Australia’s fastest growing drug problem.

That means the need for specialists to help treat people caught in the spiral of addiction is high. In fact, jobsearch site Seek reports there will be almost 20% more workers employed in this field in 2020 than there were in 2015.

If you would like to help people experiencing drug and alcohol issues, you might want to study Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs.



Technology is transforming at a dramatic place. The world relies heavily on digital technologies to run smoothly, computers have become an integral part of everyday life, and the internet is ubiquitous in both our personal and professional lives.

What does this mean? There’s a greater demand than ever before for IT specialists, with many companies finding they are unable to find enough people with technology skills to fill their vacancies. Software and web developers, along with general IT managers, are all expected to grow in demand.



The face of accountancy is changing. The industry is now heavily regulated and, as such, more people are needed within this profession. In fact, the Australian Government’s Job Outlook initiative reports that in the five years to November 2019, the number of job openings for accountants is expected to be high, while the average proportion of jobs available at any one time is higher than average.

That’s partly because the accounting industry has seen a dramatic shift in practices and procedures. The rise of online cloud software is freeing accountants up to spend more time with clients.  Every business needs an accountant who can help with tax queries and balance the books.


Want to make sure the career you’re studying for offers strong job prospects and an excellent salary? Take at look at these careers mentioned – they’re all expected to experience growth over the coming years.

Need more information? Speak to one of our TrainSmart Australia career advisors. They can offer advice and support to ensure you study the right course to land you the career you’ve always wanted – both now and in the future.

3 Simple steps for online learning success

Okay, so you signed up for your course and your head is still spinning with the endless possibilities on completion. After all that was the main reason you took that leap of faith to study online. Yet there you sit staring at the screen with that chill creeping up the back of your neck, “How am I ever going to get through this?”

Take comfort knowing thousands of other online students share the same anguish daily. Learning is a journey and studying online starts with the first step of gaining the knowledge to get started and achieve your goals successfully. Let me share some insight that will help with that.

MINDSET: Yes, it starts with your thinking. In particular, your readiness to receive new learning with an open mindset. Clarify your goals and motivation. Set a framework for your learning plan that includes expectations, time, and workflow. Focusing on the outcomes and benefits of participation drives both motivation and energy. Preparation is indeed the key to learning success.

MECHANICS:  Here is where you figure out all the ‘How-to stuff’ Setting up a study routine that fits your lifestyle. An organised filing system, study area, your own reference library. Take the time to fully explore the mechanics of how you intend to breeze through your studies, whilst staying highly motivated. Remember, “Motivation only comes from doing what is important to you.” Your job is to know what that is.

MENTORS:A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.” – Chinese Proverb.

It is true, a mentor will fast track your success. The surest way to achieve anything is to follow the success of someone who has done it. Connect with the people who will inspire, educate and encourage you in your endeavour.

This system, Mindset Mechanics Mentors® has helped thousands achieve what they first thought was impossible, and it will work equally well for your online studies. Consider this your first step on your leaning journey. Enjoy it and have fun!

David Bunney is an International Best Selling Author. His latest book is, “Success Leaves a Trail” – Fast-Track Your Success In 3 Simple Steps. For information about his book and the author, please visit his profile HERE.

Why study a project management course?

It’s rare that any two projects in any one company are the same which makes a career in project management both varied and rewarding.  As the world of business becomes more competitive, senior directors and CEO’s are looking for people who can motivate, inspire and lead a team to get first-class results.

Is a Diploma of Project Management worth it?

There’s been an increasing demand for project managers which means that this career choice is rewarded with an above average salary. It’s now ranked as one of the fastest growing professions in the world. Bonuses are often given out to those who meet deadlines and deliver a project on time.

Large scale projects require an effective leader who can motivate people and delegate the work to those who concentrate on the details.  A good project manager is expected to run many activities at any one time and while they may strive for perfection, they need to be realistic about their expectations.  Stuart Barrett who trains and guides those on business related courses at TrainSmart Australia says project managers need to possess many attributes.

“Project managers must have excellent communication skills. They can spend as much as 90% of their time communicating with groups and individuals, from assigning tasks to team members to providing status updates.  This is a key skill and will amplify the effectiveness of any group or team and will increase the likelihood of a project meeting or exceeding expectations set down by stakeholders.”

In the past, employees who excelled well in a business role progressed onto becoming a project manager. Nowadays people have become more aware of the benefits of completing a project management qualification so they can acquire skills to produce successful outcomes.

What do you learn?

A Diploma in Project Management will enable you to learn how to prioritise workload to achieve results when you are faced with time and budget constraints.  The key to being a good project manager is recognising possible risk and being able to delegate tasks. The course incorporates units on how to manage meetings and to ensure quality control reaches certain standards.  The qualification is recognised throughout Australia as Stuart Barrett explains.

“This Diploma of Project Management has been developed by industry professionals and endorsed by industry bodies and will ensure you are equipped with the practical knowledge to ‘hit the ground running’ in small, medium or large organisations across all industry sectors. Experience alone is no longer enough, potential employers are looking for proof of vocational competency via a formal current qualification.”

Government funding available for project management

The government is keen to see more people train in project management and is offering incentives to encourage more people to enter this field.  A Vet Student Loan is available to those who want to complete the Diploma of Project Management through TrainSmart Australia.  This course is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the country and the units of study match today’s industry requirements.  A VET Student Loan means you can study now with minimal financial outlay. You can tap into $5,000 worth of funding which covers a large part of the cost of the course, and this loan needs to be paid back when you are earning above a certain threshold.

Job opportunities

There’s currently a shortage of skilled project managers.  Large-scale, complex projects are becoming the norm, and project managers are wanted more than ever before.   New compliance and health and safety regulations have also contributed to the demand for a project manager. One of the main advantages of becoming a project manager is that your skills remain the same across different industries which means you can move between jobs fairly easily. One estimate suggests that more than 40 million managers will be needed globally by 2020 and 375,000 of these will be in Australia. Industries singled out as having a growing demand for project managers include energy, healthcare, construction and information technology. Stuart Barrett says as well as having a rewarding salary, a career in project management means you’ll be making a real difference and helping a company to be more efficient and successful.

“In the discipline of project management, anything which can be done to generate more outcome for less input is considered to be a good thing. Organisations have to continuously change in order to survive.  By definition, projects are temporary, unique and complex and when they are managed properly, profits increase and businesses grow which means project managers will always be in demand.”

How you can benefit from NSW Government funded courses

Do you realise that you could receive training in general office skills at minimal cost because of heavily subsidised courses being made available by the NSW Government?

What’s more, these nationally recognised courses are being offered here in Sydney. TrainSmart Australia has been delivering high-quality training to thousands across Australia. These qualifications are offered and funded through the Smart and Skilled NSW Government Program.

Take your pick from the following qualifications:

Certificate II in Business (with computer skills), Certificate II in Customer Engagement (with computer skills), Certificate II in Information, Digital, Media and Technology and Certificate III in Business (with computer skills).

If you can’t attend the course in person, there’s also the opportunity to study online or through a blended learning program. These qualifications are being held over a period of nine to twelve weeks, depending on which course you select. The first one starts mid-March.

TrainSmart Australia guarantees that you will learn specific skills directly related to business or information technology. Each course also incorporates work experience which could open doors to future employment opportunities.

Limited places are available, so why not sign up today so you can smarten up your skills to be job ready for tomorrow? Find out more about Government funded courses on our web page NSW SMART and SKILLED 

Telephone (02) 9410 1880 or ring Pam Gum direct on 0414 765 634
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Top marks for TrainSmart Australia from Double Diploma student

We always like to receive feedback from our students as we like to find out about their learning experience. We recently heard from Angela Surtees who was enrolled into two separate qualifications, a Diploma of Business and a Diploma of Leadership and Management. She was very enthused about both her course and trainer as this letter demonstrates:

“My enrollment was the result of a chance phone call at a time when I needed extra skills to expand on my reasonably unattractive resume. After 5 years out of the workforce, I needed to do something which would show employers, that while I had not been working, I hadn’t remained stagnant.

I was hesitant in starting, as my previous encounters with online training were less than ideal, but that was until I met my trainer, Lorraine. She was knowledgeable and capable and it was very clear she knew what she was talking about, but at the same time, she was real.

In the two years, I have known Lorraine, she has been extremely supportive. I have never been made to feel inferior over my lack of knowledge and have always felt nothing but support and friendship from her.

Even though I have 5 children, and run a photography business, I always enjoyed our regular training sessions. I was highly motivated to find the time for these sessions. As well as helping myself to achieve future career goals, I wanted to make Lorraine proud of me, so that she felt she was succeeding in her job.

I have nothing but respect for TrainSmart Australia and what they are trying to achieve by making everyday people like myself, better equipped with essential commercial tools. In my case, I now have the confidence to meet with potential clients and investors to expand my photography business.

I now conduct my business in a different way having learned so much on the Moodle learning platform. In 2016 I secured bookings for three weddings whereas previously I had none. I have made another four bookings in 2017 and it is only February.

I would recommend TrainSmart Australia to my friends. Online training has worked for me. TrainSmart Australia always made me feel like completion was possible. Being at home and studying online, felt no different than studying in a classroom.
My score for TrainSmart Australia 10/10.”

Angela Surtees

Is beauty therapy a good career?

Beauty therapy is an extremely popular career choice and the industry looks set to grow over the next five years.  The demand for talented, devoted creative individuals to take up beauty positions has never been so strong What’s more there’s real job satisfaction from making people feel good about themselves.   So what is it that makes this industry so appealing?  

Why do beauty therapists enjoy their jobs?  

Everybody should consider their pastimes, passions and interests when they’re thinking of a suitable career to pursue. If you’ve always been at the front of the queue to do your friends make up for graduation balls or special birthday parties, then you could be a beauty therapist in the making.  Beauty trainer and therapist at TrainSmart Australia Rowena McLeish-Smith says her role gives her job satisfaction every day. 

“I am a social person, and love meeting new people from all walks of life.  Everybody has a story to tell.  In this job you always see results, take for example a makeover.  I really enjoy seeing someone’s appearance change with the application of make-up.” 

Ellena Frisina, is also a qualified beauty therapist and a trainer who works alongside Rowena. 

“I enjoy making people feel far more confident about themselves, if they’re happy with the treatments they receive, then I’m happy knowing that I’ve lifted their spirits.” 


Why did you want to become a beauty therapist? 

Many people can often remember an event or moment which prompted them to train in a specific career. Therapist Rowena McLeish-Smith explains that her love of make-up and beauty started at an early age. 

“My Mum sent both my sister and I to a modelling academy when we were young, about 7 years-old. I loved this, as it encouraged us to make the most of our appearance.  I have always liked Barbie dolls and been a girly girl and so I suppose it was inevitable for me that I’d become a beauty therapist.” 

Fellow TrainSmart Australia beauty therapist and trainer Tamara Hunter says her fascination with nails made her drawn to this career. 

“I had a passion for nails, gel acrylic, painting them and even though I was a tomboy I loved ensuring my nails looked good.  Funnily enough, once I started the course, I realised that there were other treatments out there which I really enjoyed doing as well.  My favourite is massage, as it’s relaxing, healing and lifts peoples spirits. 


What are the best steps to becoming a beauty therapist? 

All our beauty therapists agree that its best to study and obtain a qualification as it offers real hands on experience.  It’s also a good opportunity to network while you are studying.  Many of the visiting professionals who speak to students have extensive contacts within the beauty industry.  This could be beneficial when you qualify and looking for work. But our beauty therapists have some other tips too. 

“Definitely do a course like the Diploma of Beauty Therapy, but also try to get some work experience while you study.  If your interest is make-up, see if you can work on a branded make-up counter at a large department store or in a pharmacist,says Rowena. 

Tamara Hunter says don’t let an opportunity pass you by. 

“Remember practise makes perfect, so offer your friends and family some complimentary therapies, try out some massages or a facial scrub.  This will help sharpen your skills and encourage a wider circle of friends, trust me they’ll be only too pleased to help.” 

Whichever way you look at it, beauty therapy is definitely a good career choice. You can specialise in different areas,  work for yourself or in a salon and connect with customers to forge long lasting relationships. 


Find out how we brought real- world industry experience to our students

I have several years’ experience in creative make up, it’s my passion and I love sharing my knowledge with others. I wanted the screen and media students to appreciate what it’s like creating theatrical designs within time constraints and that’s why I came up with the idea of a special effects make-up live art show for the students.

I knew this would give them invaluable real industry experience and for them to acknowledge the skills and techniques of being a successful professional make-up artist. We decided to hold this event at the Fremantle Markets on the 16th of October 2016 just ahead of Halloween, to encourage students to be extremely creative with ghoulish and ghostly designs.

The students were very excited to participate in this event. They all have their own individual artistic flair and we wanted to celebrate that and to show off their unique talents to the public.

The Halloween theme gave us plenty of opportunity to be creative. I performed a demonstration to the students and they then planned their own designs using many different types of mediums. Their enthusiasm and excitement was clear to see and from then on, I knew it was going to be a great day. We discussed products and working within a budget. I demonstrated how to use normal house hold materials to create gory effects and awesome additions to their designs.

We decided to divide the day into two parts. In the morning between 8am to 12 noon, the students had time to apply the make-up on themselves and make any further adjustments before the show. This midday deadline, gave the students a real sense of urgency and was good industry experience about time management. We all managed to finish our designs by midday and set off for our destination by 1pm.

We arrived in Fremantle and spent 30 minutes setting up our stall. We hired a photographer and videographer for the day so we could record everything that happened. These professional images could then be used in future portfolios.

Each student was interviewed and asked to introduce themselves and explain their own make-up creation. We received lots of comments from shoppers and tourists who were impressed with the level of artistry.

The day made us more aware about planning, preparation and budgeting. It also made the students think about time constraints and the effectiveness of the cosmetics which they were using. The way the students displayed themselves in front of the camera and their high level of professionalism to the general public was exemplary. They learnt how to work in high stress situations and how to problem solve. The team was fantastic and both staff and students worked very well together. It was such a success that I’m hoping we’ll be able to repeat this Halloween special effects make-up live Art Show again.

Image; The students and myself show off our artistic abilities and pose accordingly in front of this tree for the photographer, videographer and onlookers. The students gained a lot of attention and admiration that day in Fremantle.

Courtney Leigh Hollins

Tracey-Lee goes from wedding organiser to wedding make-overs

Tracey-Lee is extremely creative and keen to learn, she is already organising her home salon. She’s been telling us why this course suits her on so many levels.

Here at TrainSmart Australia, we pride ourselves on the positive feedback we receive from our students.

Tracey-Lee Thomson

“I have always enjoyed putting make-up on my friends and when my friend joined up to do this course, I decided to study with her.

What has amazed me is the variety. I thought I’d like the make-up but I am really enjoying the massage element of this course. When you are giving someone a massage, you get into the zone, it’s like you get into a mediative state yourself which is extremely relaxing.

I suppose I do have a creative streak, prior to undertaking this course I was a wedding decorator which meant I was involved in preparing venues for weddings, looking at decorations etc. I really enjoyed my time doing this and only left when the owner sold the business.

Long term I’d like to run my own beauty therapy business from home. Believe it or not I have bought a caravan and intend kitting it out to make it my own salon. I’m already practising on my Mum. She is a carer and as she is on her feet all the time she appreciates some doing some reflexology.

No two days are ever the same, I do enjoy this course, and it’s great being in the city with the views of the river.”

Corrol proves you’re never too old to study

Corrol Wood is currently studying a Diploma of Beauty Therapy and a Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up) in Perth. Corrol is returning to study in her forties but is enjoying both courses. She was happy to share her story with us and to explain why she’s enjoying the course.

Here at TrainSmart Australia, personal recommendations and praise speak volumes about the high level of training we offer.

Corrol Wood

“I am one of the more mature students here at TrainSmart Australia. For many years I worked in the community, I used to be the co-ordinator for a kid’s after-school group and then I worked for a government organisation helping those on a low income, but the job wasn’t very stable and there were always concerns that funding would be withdrawn.

I have always enjoyed make-up and speaking to Matt one of the career counsellors here, I soon realised that you’re never too old to learn a new subject. I am studying both the Diploma of Beauty Therapy and the Diploma of Screen and Media, so I am learning so much and I love it.

What I really enjoy is how make-up can make people feel so good. It gives them the ‘wow factor’ a boost which gives me a lot of satisfaction.

Priscilla is one of my trainers and is extremely knowledgeable.

Long term I’d like to have my own salon. My family has been very supportive of my desire to retrain in later life. My 26-year-old daughter has given me a spray tanning unit and my sister has given me a waxing kit, so there’s no stopping me now.”

Natalie’s nailed it! Why she loves manicures and make-up

Natalie Kilpatrick is currently studying a Diploma of Beauty Therapy at our campus in Perth. She was happy to share her story with us and to explain why she’s enjoying the course.

Here at TrainSmart Australia, personal recommendations and praise speak volumes about the high level of training we offer.

If you’d like to be part of our success story, please do give us a call on 1300 855 517.

Natalie Kilpatrick

“What appealed to me was that I could access this course using STUDENT LOAN. This meant I could start immediately and pay back the loan when I was earning a certain income. I have always been fascinated by make-up and this course has been great.

My favourite part of the course is the make-up element, especially bridal make-up where it is subtle and not too extreme. I really have to think about the colours I am applying and concentrate on eyebrows and eyelashes. I also like doing manicures.

All the trainers have such patience and are really accommodating especially as I consider that I am on a steep learning curve.

My long term aim is to get a position within a retail store and eventually work for myself from a home-based salon. I would also like to experience life as a beautician on the cruise ships.

Every day is different and I do enjoy studying with TrainSmart Australia, we have a lot of fun and that’s a bonus.”


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