Things to consider before studying a course in Aged Care or Childcare

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Embarking on a new career journey and studying to secure your dream job is an exciting endeavour, particularly in the childcare and aged care industry. These dynamic fields offer the chance to make a lasting impact on lives, and selecting the right course is your compass to navigate these growing industries. To make the best choice, it’s important to consider the following insights when selecting your course in aged care or childcare:

Nurture Through Passion and Strengths

Are you naturally inclined toward caregiving and providing unwavering support? Do you radiate empathy, patience, and possess remarkable communication skills? If so, the vocational courses in aged care and childcare could unfold a world of opportunities perfectly aligned with your nature.

Prepare for Industry Demand

As populations age and the significance of early childhood development gains momentum, these sectors stand as beacons of growth. Opting for a course in these fields ensures you step into a realm where your skills are highly sought after.

Trust in Accreditation and Credibility

When selecting your educational path, ensure the chosen vocational course holds accreditation from respected industry bodies. Seek out Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) renowned for delivering top-tier training with strong industry connections in aged care and childcare.

Hands-On Learning for Real-World Skills

Aged care and childcare courses require students to complete practical training. Seek out courses that emphasise exceptional placement opportunities, provide experienced tutors and have positive relationship with providers. Hands on learning not only enriches your learning journey but will be vital to securing a job after study.

Mapping Your Career

In aged care, you could secure roles ranging from a personal care assistant to aged care facility managers. Within childcare, avenues extend to becoming an early education educator, an advocate for early learning, or even an enterprising childcare entrepreneur. Familiarising yourself with these trajectories empowers you to envisage your long-term potential.

The path to Success

By recognising your own strengths, staying attuned to industry shifts, and opting for a reputable training provider, you’re on the path to success. Remember, success is a journey, and embracing new challenges will empower you to seize opportunities and achieve your goals. At Embracia Education our philosophy revolves around empowering individuals to achieve success through tailored learning plans the best practical training on offer. You can find our upcoming Childcare and Aged Care courses at our Courses Page.

5 Free Things to do in Melbourne This Winter

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Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, has many fun and free activities for students – even during the cold winter months.

Don’t let the chilly weather dampen your spirits! Here are five fantastic free things to do in Melbourne this winter that will keep you entertained, warm, and inspired.

1. Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Spanning 94 acres, this urban oasis is home to an impressive collection of native and exotic plants. Take a leisurely stroll through the picturesque landscapes, spot native wildlife and stop by the Shrine of Remembrance for an amazing view of the city. During winter, the gardens showcase their winter-flowering plants, offering a unique and colourful experience. Don’t forget to bring a picnic blanket and some warm beverages for a cosy outdoor experience.

2. Discover Street Art in Hosier Lane

Melbourne’s vibrant street art scene is internationally renowned, and Hosier Lane is the epicentre and must-see spot. This iconic laneway boasts ever-changing murals, graffiti, and street installations created by local and international artists. Stroll along the cobbled lane, marvel at the creativity, and capture Instagram-worthy photos. The dynamic and colourful atmosphere of Hosier Lane is an immersive cultural experience, all for free.

3. Visit the National Gallery of Victoria

Step into a world of art and culture at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). Australia’s oldest and most visited art museum, the NGV showcases an impressive collection of local and international artworks. Wander through the wide-ranging galleries and admire renowned masterpieces, contemporary installations, and thought-provoking exhibitions. The NGV often hosts free exhibitions, talks, and workshops, offering visitors the opportunity to engage with art and culture without spending a cent. Warm up your winter days with a visit to this cultural gem.

4. Explore the State Library of Victoria

Escape the winter chill and dive into the rich history and knowledge housed within the State Library of Victoria. Admire the magnificent Victorian era architecture while browsing through its extensive collection of books, manuscripts, and historical artifacts. Join a free guided tour to learn fascinating stories about Melbourne’s past or spend time reading in the infamous domed reading room.

5. Wander Through Queen Victoria Market

Take a trip to the Queen Victoria Market, the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. From fresh produce to clothing, jewellery, and crafts, this bustling market has something for everyone. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the aisles, sample delicious food, browse the stalls and experience the true essence of Melbourne’s cultural and culinary diversity.

Melbourne has a wealth of free activities to keep you entertained during the winter months. Whether you prefer exploring the city’s natural beauty, immersing yourself in art and culture, or indulging in the vibrant market atmosphere, you won’t be disappointed. Make the most of your winter in Melbourne with these five fantastic free experiences that will leave you with lasting memories.

Your Working Rights as an International Student in Australia

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Moving to another country for study is an exciting opportunity to meet new people and experience new things, while investing in your future. Like domestic students, most international students will need to work in some capacity when they study to afford basic living costs.

If you are planning on coming to Australia for study, then it’s important to understand your working rights. Knowing what you’re entitled to makes life easier and leaves more time to enjoy everything our beautiful country has to offer.

To make your transition to a new country as smooth as possible; we have answered some common questions about student-life in Australia and provided some resources for anyone who is already working and studying here.

Why should you study in Australia?

There’s plenty of reasons we are a top destination for travellers, professionals and students.

Australia has leading educational institutions and anytime spent studying here is going to boost your resume and provide the best training possible. Our education providers also have lower tuition fees than other English-speaking countries like the US and UK.

Did you know that Melbourne has been voted one of the best student cities globally? It’s no surprise, Melbourne is a vibrant and multicultural city with endless cuisines to choose from, weekly cultural events and hundreds of different languages spoken.

Melbourne was voted one of the best student cities based on:

·        desirability by students

·        affordability

·        diversity

·        safety, and

·        employment opportunities after graduation

Working as an international student in Australia

From July 2023, student visa holders will be entitled to work up to 48 hours per fortnight or 24 hours per week, and during semester break students can work unlimited hours. This means you can work as much as you want during the break to compensate for the reduced hours during the semester!

Please note that international students already working in the aged care sector are exempt from the 48 hours per fortnight work limit until 31 December 2023.

Your working rights

In Australia, employers have the responsibility to treat international students fairly and pay them according to government standards. Regardless of your visa status, all workers in Australia have the same basic rights.

In most cases, employers and workplaces in Australia are relaxed and fun places to work. They treat their employees fairly, provide good pay and the opportunity to make friends.

Resources for international students

Due to Australia’s large student population, there are plenty of resources and support services in place for international student workers. If you are interested in Melbourne, read the Embracia handbook for international students, we answer common questions like where to live and how to find an Education Agent.

Did you know that skilled workers are needed for both the Aged Care and Childcare industry in Australia? Embracia Education offers accredited courses in Aged Care and Childcare that equip students with everything they need to secure employment after graduation. If you want to start a rewarding career in a new country, check out the courses we have starting soon.

Did you know that skilled workers are needed for both the Aged Care and Childcare industry in Australia? Embracia Education offers accredited courses in Aged Care and Childcare that equip students with everything they need to secure employment after graduation. If you want to start a rewarding career in a new country, check out the courses we have starting soon.

Embracia Education: New Industry Partnership with Childcare Centre

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Are you interested in a career in childcare? Embracia Education is now offering first-class training in a Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Practical experience and hands-on training are essential to pursue a career in childcare, and both of our industry courses require mandatory placement hours in a childcare centre. To meet this demand Embracia Education has forged a unique partnership with Embracia Childcare & Kindergarten, located in picturesque Kyneton in the Macedon Ranges Shire, providing students with an unparalleled opportunity to complete their mandatory placement and secure employment in the industry.

Embracia Difference

One of the standout features of this partnership is the emphasis on practical learning and skills development. Students are immersed in a real childcare environment, working alongside experienced Embracia educators and caregivers.

Embracia Childcare and Kindergarten is a part of the Embracia Victoria family and offers ongoing mentorship and guidance to students, providing them with valuable insights and support as they navigate their career. Unlike most childcare providers, students have the option to work while they study and complete their placement at the childcare.

Embracia Childcare Centre Director Jen had this to say about the partnership,

“I believe in guiding and helping all Educators achieve their goals – trainees will have the unique option to get paid while they study and complete their placement. This is all under the guidance of our Education Leader and Director plus you will have the ability to create the outcomes needed for study while working!”

Our partnership with Embracia Childcare represents a new milestone in our quest to provide comprehensive and immersive learning experiences.

Students can benefit from online and face-to face learning options, guaranteed placement hours, increased employment opportunity and learn from Embracia staff who truly care about each individual student. By undergoing their mandatory placements at this brand-new childcare centre, students gain firsthand experience in a state-of-the-art facility.

Ready to start your career? Look at our upcoming childcare courses!

Student Story: Jocelyn Toma Cruz

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Embracia Education Student Jocelyn

We sat down with a former Embracia Education student to talk about her student journey and experience studying with us. Jocelyn agreed to share her story and we couldn’t be prouder of her success since moving to Australia for study.

Jocelyn has a background in healthcare and previously completed her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in her home country. Jocelyn explains that despite having a university degree, it was still difficult to secure work in the Philippines.

“In 2010, there was an influx of nursing applicants, there was little opportunity in the Philippines, especially for those who just graduated. Because of this, I decided to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to look for job opportunities. I worked as a sales associate for four years. Although the work is not in the nursing field, it gave me an opportunity to experience service delivery in a foreign country.”

Moving to the UAE was an important step for Jocelyn who describes herself as a passionate and adventurous person. She was able to gain important skills and insight into what living in another country was like. Jocelyn eventually returned home to pursue nursing and secured employment at a hospital in Laguna.

“After I finished my UAE work contract, I went back to the Philippines and pursued my Nursing profession. I worked in Global Care Medical Centre of Bay, one of the leading and technologically advanced hospitals in Laguna. I handled the medical records under the support services department for three years.”

This is when Jocelyn discovered her passion for aged care. She wanted to know more about a professional career in aged care and what health services the elderly needed most. In order to work in the industry, she decided to embark on another overseas adventure.

“When I was working in the hospital in my country, I saw a lot of elderly patients visit the hospital. Seeing them made me remember why I took up nursing. It restored a lot of my drive and passion and made me realise I wanted to learn more about aged care.”

Jocelyn researched aged care in Australia and then contacted an education agent about where to study in Melbourne. Education agents help international students find the right education provider before they move to Australia. Agents are a free service that provide expert knowledge, assist with visa applications and offer advice on the best option for you.

“My agent gave me three providers to choose from, I researched all of them. Embracia Education was my first choice because they have their own facility. I thought that would help a lot with my studies and enhance my skills.  I started the course online in February 2021. I was granted a student visa in April 2022 and arrived in Australia on May 17, 2022.”

After Jocelyn arrived in Australia, she had already completed some learning units online and commenced her placement at an Embracia home. This was the perfect opportunity to apply her new knowledge and get hands on experience. Her Trainer also worked in this Embracia home and provided extra support during the placement.

“The quality of Embracia Education is very good because they have their own homes that further shape your learning. The staff in management, the other carers and especially my assessor were so supportive. You understand the importance of taking care of the elderly.”

Jocelyn graduated from Embracia Education in late 2022 with a Certificate IV in Ageing Support. She looks forward to continuing her studies in aged care and is currently enrolled in a Certificate III in Pathology Collection. If all goes to plan, she hopes to complete a Diploma of Nursing and become an Enrolled Nurse.

“I am looking forward to achieving my goals and I’m very much eager to continue my study in Australia and complete a Diploma in Nursing to become an Enrolled Nurse. My favourite part about working in aged care is when you help residents with tasks or when they want someone to listen to their stories and thoughts to reduce the stress they feel.”

Lilian is our lead educator for aged care courses and had the pleasure of teaching Jocelyn. Lilian also recommended her for a job position at the Embracia Moonee Valley home while she was studying. Lilian continues to support Jocelyn in her studies and career at the Moonee Valley home. She has this to say,

“Despite the challenges of Covid-19, this did not deter Jocelyn as she committed to all her study requirements. I was impressed with her work ethic; she is a very hardworking student. She was doing her course on top of her full-time work in the hospital medical records department. We saw a bright future for her and employed her as an unqualified assistant shortly upon arrival.  She is a valuable staff member and she has proved us right. I advised her to continue with further studies as I can see a great future ahead for her.”

If you are interested in starting a career in aged care, you can find information on the courses we offer here.

Teacher Profile: Lilian

Lilian assists two residents outside the Moonee Valley home

Meet our amazing tutor Lilian, who teaches both the Certificate III in Individual Support and Certificate IV in Ageing Support at Embracia Education. Lilian has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and worked in acute, hospital and aged care settings – in clinical and management roles.

Lilian started work at Embracia Aged Care in 2008 as Manager then Regional Manager and finally Liaison Manager. Due to her passion for learning and specialist background in aged care, Lilian took on an exciting new role as the Registered Training Organisation & Education Manager for Embracia Education in 2020.

This role would see Lilian provide one-on-one teaching to students and extra support during their mandatory placement. Lilian has taught both international and domestic students since then and believes Embracia is truly unique as a training organisation.

“It is not a one size fits all …we truly care about each student’s future and their career. I love being able to deliver person-centred training. Lessons with me are customised and scheduled to suit each student’s requirements. Some have work and children outside of study. A lot of students start work at Embracia while they study with me on other days.”

Lilian explained that students can often secure work in the homes while they study and that there’s a high chance they will be employed when they graduate. They also have the option to study part-time and full time and complete learning modules online.

One of the best things Embracia Education can offer international students is the option to start their coursework overseas while they wait for a visa. This is very popular, and a lot of students begin to study in their home country while they wait to move.

“I’m with the students the whole way through the course – online and in person. I really want them to be holding their certificate at the end of the course because that’s their future. Class sizes are either small or one-on-one with me. Students get a lot more attention and learning opportunities than a traditional classroom. It’s really industry specific training that’s happening in the home, and they come to me with any questions during their placement.”

Embracia Education is in a unique position because students have a lot of flexibility throughout their course, with access to tailored learning plans, small classes, and industry connections. We asked Lilian what the best part about teaching at Embracia is,

“The best part is seeing my students grow and become confident in looking after our residents; knowing the students can expand their knowledge and skills as they progress to the next step in their career in aged care like I have; and they have opportunities and all their hard work can pay off.”

We would like to thank Lilian for taking the time to sit down and share her passion for teaching and what students can expect. If you are interested in studying with Embracia Education, you can contact Lilian to discuss your options here. There’s also more information on courses and resources for prospective students on our website.

5 tips for learning a new language

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People learn a new language for different reasons, some want to move overseas, increase their job prospects, or have an interest in a different culture. Whatever the reason – there are proven ways that help people learn and retain new language skills. Like anything in life, learning a new skill takes time. But with enough practice, commitment and some planning your language goals will become a reality.

1.     Set Goals

In order to make your dream come true you need to set goals. A learning goal allows us to plan effectively, manage expectations and measure success. Because learning a language takes time and persistence, you need to have clear expectations of what you want to achieve. Is it a short- or long-term goal? Do you want to be fluent or just able to hold a conversation?

Don’t be vague, start by thinking about your end-goal, set a timeframe and organise this into smaller actionable steps. This way you can begin to build your knowledge and tick off progress.

2.     Find the right app

There are plenty of language learning apps on the market, some are subscription based while others offer free basic features. Language apps often specialise in a style of learning or a particular language.

The app Duolingo is considered an all-rounder for beginners, while Babbel is like an online language course with a structured curriculum. There are some apps that focus on casual conversation and others that emphasise visual cues and interactive features for learners.

There’s even an app called Lirica that specializes in Spanish and German, it uses popular music to teach students the meaning of words in song lyrics.

Thanks to the abundance of apps, there is something for everyone. Just make sure to research and read customer reviews for the one that could be right for you.

3.     Learn in context

In a language learning setting, context helps us understand what someone is saying and why.  As listeners we use background knowledge of the speaker and environment to create meaning. It’s the process of connecting new knowledge with something we already understand.

The vocabulary you learn weather through an app or language class should apply to a real-world situation. It is easier to remember new words when they are connected to our own experiences or at least familiar ones.

Context could be learning words about a topic that already interests you, introducing yourself or how to order at a restaurant.

4.     Watch a variety of media

Most languages follow the Pareto principal, with the 1,000 most common words making up 80% of everyday speech.

Language teachers recommend students watch movies or television shows in their target language and use subtitles in their native tongue to begin learning common words.

Movies provide context, and an introduction to slang, expressions and cultural references. The on-screen dialogue helps develop basic conversation skills and assists with pronunciation and tone.

Watching Netflix is engaging and fun way to learn – it doesn’t always reflect reality but it’s still a useful resource for beginners.

5.     Conversation

Conversation is learning by doing and develops important skills you cannot learn in a textbook. Find a native speaker to have regular conversations with. There are plenty of online resources to connect with native speakers online or in your local area.

One study found that conversation practice was the ‘bridge’ between grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. It connects all linguistic elements and develops our cognitive ability to form sentences.

Conversation also helps us practice active listening. If we actively listen to what people are saying to us, we start to understand elements like pronunciation, vocabulary and culture. You’ll be surprised just how much you pick up when you’re really listening to the people around you. Make sure to be willing to ask questions when you need or have a lexis handy.

Practice and routine

There is no one size fits all when it comes to finding time to practice a language and develop a regular routine. It must be what works best for you and needs to fit into your schedule.

Many people ‘stack habits’ to develop a new behaviour like regular practice while you learn a language. This could mean you listen to a language app on the way to work, watch a movie in another language before bed or practice new vocabulary while you make dinner. It helps to take an existing part of your routine and add some language practice on to it.

Study In Australia

Are you learning English and want to study in Australia? Melbourne has been voted Australia’s most student-friendly city!

This was based on real student feedback about affordability, quality of education, safety, jobs after graduation and lifestyle. The City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government provide ample resources and free services for international students. You will also meet many like-minded students and get to enjoy Melbourne’s thriving food, music, and festival scene.

Embracia Education has a dedicated Student Support Officer who can talk to you about your study options and time in Australia. Our team assists students every step of the way and can offer increased employment outcomes after graduation. Contact our friendly team to find out more.