Preparing for Work Placement For Your Childcare Course

Preparing for Work Placement For Your

Childcare Course

Preparing for Work Placement For Your Childcare Course

Early Childhood Education is one of the most popular and diverse fields of study we offer at SSBT, and each year we proudly support students navigating their way into the professional childcare workplace.


Before a student completes their childcare course, whether it be through our online options or at one of our beautiful campuses, they experience firsthand what it’s like to be an active employee in the childcare industry through workplace placement. However, while some students thrive in this experience, others find it daunting, and we have prepared our recommendations on how to accurately prepare for this important endeavour.


Understand the balance with your existing life


The majority of our students already experience highly diverse and active lives outside of their studies, and an extended period of work placement can be disrupting for some. During this time, it’s essential to create a balance between your short-term placement commitment, with what you have existing. This could include:


– Work Commitments – if you hold a full time or part-time job, you may need to apply for leave or reschedule your work hours accordingly

– Home Commitments – if you have children, you are a caregiver, or the every-day expectations of running a home may need reorganising to suit your altered hours

– Study Commitments – assignments, ongoing projects, and study for other coursework will still need attention during this time


Find the right centre for you


The work placement experience will be a far smoother and enjoyable one when you are working at a childcare centre that you have hand-picked, and that suits your current commitments.


With so many childcare centres spread across the country, there will no doubt be one close to you, or your work, allowing you to manage your time between your commitments better. We highly recommend you visit the childcare centre before you begin placement, to introduce yourself, tour the facility, present your resume to them, and familiarise yourself with the staff.


Understand Your Expectations


Following on from the above recommendation, visiting the childcare centre before the beginning of placement will ensure you are prepared for the centre’s expectations of you during this time.


Every centre will be different; some centres will require you to work certain hours, wear particular clothes or uniform, present yourself in a certain manner, and provide certain details about your background and medical history.


Understanding what is expected of you will ensure a smooth transition during this time, and will allow you to get the best learning and development experience.

2020 Vision: Upskill to Stay Focused on Future Employment

2020 Vision: Upskill to Stay Focused on Future


“Change is the only constant.” So said Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and it’s as true today as it was in 500 BC – especially when it comes to the job market. New technology, our growing population, ever-evolving trade deals – everyone must plan for the world of tomorrow, and, with the cost of living not going down anytime soon, it’s vital we start by future-proofing our careers.


So, what skills will be in most demand?


The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which predicts the number of new jobs created in a field over the coming decade, predicts that IT professionals, Business Analysts, and Marketing Specialists will be most valuable to future employers. Specifically, businesses will be looking for candidates with multiple skill sets that combine complementary disciplines, so investing in courses such as an Diploma of Information Technology and Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Business Analysis could stand you in good stead tomorrow.


As for marketing, understanding data is key: software is evolving all the time to enable product developers to better understand their customers and pre-empt their needs – but without humans to communicate meaningful insights that come from data, gathering information is only half the battle. For this reason, a qualification such as a Certificate IV and Diploma of Marketing and Communication might be worth considering – after all, algorithms can gather – and even interpret – data, but companies will still need real people to turn those findings into products, services – and messages – that matter to customers.


Generally speaking, the future looks brightest for people who consistently upskill – even while already employed, and for those who ‘think global’ – that is, embrace the world’s multicultural economy. (Speaking more than one language is a definite plus, too!) The employers of tomorrow will seek worldly candidates who study vocational courses in their spare time and see education as an essential tool not just for securing a job but retaining it as it evolves. Now more than ever, deciding what to study is more than just learning more about what you love – it’s about looking at the future of businesses, and the roles within them so that financial security can be a constant in YOUR life!

Recognising the importance of study breaks

Recognising the importance of study breaks

Taking a break from your study mightn’t seem as important as the study itself. However, it can play a vital part in maximising your learning. Whether you’re studying online or at either our Sydney CBD or Burwood campuses, study sessions can be intense. A relaxing break reduces stress while enabling you to retain information better. So, what’s the best way to take that break? Here are 4 effective ways to approach it.


  1. Short, regular breaks are best

Completing assignments or studying for exams can raise anxiety levels. Short breaks every 60 or 90 minutes will turn that stress into positive energy, giving you recharge and a refocus. We’re all different so you can be flexible with the length of those breaks, they can be a little shorter or a little longer. Some studies suggest 15 minutes is a good length.


  1. Be active.

Move, stretch, go for a short walk, take a shower. Gentle activity during these breaks, after long periods of sitting still, will give you that extra added boost.


  1. Healthy diet, healthy mind

Don’t launch into study sessions on an empty stomach. A nutritious snack before you commence is recommended. Keep a glass or bottle of water by your side and keep hydrated.


  1. Music—not TV, video gaming or social media

A TV program, gaming and checking up on social media are mental distractions. They can lure you too far out of the learning zone. Listen to a favourite piece of music instead, perhaps even dance. Once again, you’re releasing tension before getting back to the books.


The short study break is an important part of the overall process.


You are replenishing your mind and body. This, in turn, will enhance your productivity during study, regardless of the subject, whether it’s a childcare course, an English course, marketing and communication, hospitality, or other. No matter the industry in which you go to work, learning to pace yourself and maintain your energy will ensure you perform to your very best. It’s a study skill, but it’s also a job skill and a life skill.


If you want to study vocational courses in Sydney, you can see all of the Sydney School of Business and Technology courses at ( We offer a range of courses, from marketing and communication to commercial cookery, to enable you to upskill.

Marketing and communications for international students

Marketing and communications for international


Looking to study vocational courses in Sydney? Asking yourself if studying marketing and communication is the right option for you? Studying marketing and communication can be of real benefit to multicultural students who are natural-born leaders with outgoing personalities.


Is a marketing and communications course right for me?

Knowing what to expect from a marketing and communications course can give you a real advantage when it comes to choosing your future career path.


Professionals in this line of work are naturally creative, persuasive and competitive people. These individuals will usually have highly developed verbal and written communication skills. The real art to marketing and communications is using these skills to convey a message to influence customers, which can be either direct or indirect.


If you are an international student contemplating a career in marketing and communication, remember that it is a very diverse field to work in. Marketing specialists are team players who convey messages about a product, a service or a brand through a variety of different channels, using many different tools. Individuals in this industry may also be primarily focused on the handling of data about companies and customers, and then thinking critically about how this data can be applied to help you understand the motivations and interests of your customers.


What would I learn?

If you study a vocational degree in marketing and communications as a multicultural student, you will develop a solid foundation in the general principles of business.

You will learn how to solve a range of unpredictable problems which may occur in your profession. Students will learn how to interpret information that they have gathered from a variety of sources, and they will be equipped with a broad range of knowledge which can be used to advise and guide others.


Final word

We hope that this post has given you a bit of an idea of what to expect when studying marketing and communication vocational courses in Sydney. Sydney School of Business and Technology offers multicultural students like you a direct pathway to university. Please contact us for more information.

Three tips to studying successfully online

Three tips to studying successfully online


At SSBT we have many beneficial online subjects and courses, catered to students who live remotely, have pressing commitments professionally and personally, and for those who cannot attend classes at one of our two campuses, in Sydney CBD or our Burwood campus.


We take great pleasure in offering an abundance of courses online, including hospitality management courses, accounting courses, Business Administration courses, Management courses, IT courses , Post graduate programs and early childcare courses. We understand that e-learning isn’t easy for everyone, and we have compiled three tips to ensure your studies online will be highly successful.


1.Dedicate time for your study

Studying online is highly beneficial for individuals with limited free time, as it’s easy to utilise flexibility between other high priority commitments to complete the course work. However, without setting aside regular time for online lectures and completion of both written and practical assessments it will severely disadvantage a student’s progress and ability to complete the course.

We recommend allocating a firm yet convenient time each week dedicated solely to complete course work. This time may need to be extended during parts of the course that require assessment completion, or any face to face assignments, the specifics of which are course dependant.


  1. Set yourself up a classroom

A student will benefit from a space within their home, office or local library that is used solely for study. Courses with complex logic and reasoning, such as our accounting courses, require high levels of focus, attention and regular reviewing of the study material. Without the structure of the formal classroom and the physical presence of instructors, a student can become easily distracted when the need for focus is great.

We recommend creating a singular space that is just for study, that is free of distraction and can be dedicated solely to the student’s work.


  1. Prioritise deadlines and knowledge

Online study is one of the most demanding and rewarding tests of a student’s time management ability. Self-paced learning, as most online study tends to be, means a student needs to be able to prioritise the deadlines of assignments, complete basic homework tasks by the next lecture, and be able to self-co-ordinate this with other commitments.

Basic organisation is key to learning online, a student needs to manage a successful weekly diary of tasks all the while absorbing the content of the course, allowing them to build the skills to successfully work in their chosen industry.

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