Origin stars doing some great work

Fogs photo  I had the pleasure of visiting the FOGs (Former Origin Greats) Indigenous Employment & Careers Expo yesterday in Townsville.

I had never been to one before and I must say I was impressed at the quality of the displays and the attendance at the event. I think this a great initiative as it exposes our young people to many fantastic options in the career, employment and training fields.

While not delving into the enormous social problems of indigenous Australians in this post I for one think that these sort of activities do more to help solve the biggest priority in my humble opinion. Putting indigenous people into meaningful employment.

There are probably as many solutions and opinions as people in Australia on how to fix these problems. It was great to see the Origin Stars there as role models to show that hard work and smart thinking can place the world at your feet.

Thanks for the opportunity of attending.

Cheers Michael

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How To Be Rich in Your 20s

The inspirational Kayla Cruz aka Gen Y Girl writes another great post on becoming financially independent.

Cheers Michael

Gen Y Girl


Most twenty-somethings have no money. Actually, most thirty-somethings are pretty broke these days too.

It’s always been a goal of mine, to be financially stable. Probably because I’ve known way too many people who’ve struggled with money issues.

To feel like you’re drowning every day? Um, that can’t be fun.

So that’s why debt and I are not friends.

I’m extremely fortunate to not owe any money. Believe me, I know how lucky I am. But that didn’t entirely happen by accident.

Instead, it’s taken a series of smart and sometimes really difficult decisions to get to where I’m at, financially.

So I figured it’d be nice share a few tactics that I’ve used over the past few years to save money. Because if you strategize and prioritize correctly, you really can be rich in your twenties.

1.    Trick Yourself Into Thinking You’re Poor

I lie to myself every day…

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Do you know that I provide free advice for anyone wanting to get information on Training including qualifications, school based trainees, funding for businesses and many other things.
I have access to many products and services for life issues including personal development, financial independence including planning and wealth creation, accountancy services with a difference and the very best life coaches and mentors available in Australia for individuals and businesses.
You have a challenge, I find solutions.  www.tallagencyaustralia.com

Cheers Michael

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RPL— Are you missing out? Extract 3 from my new eBook

Learn Lead EarnRecognition of Prior Learning or RPL is a process to award eligible people a Certificate or Diploma without the need to study or do training. RPL recognizes skills and knowledge gathered over the years of working, serving the community or other training and studying undertaken.

In this extract I describe some of the process and important information you need to know if you think RPL might be for you.

(Please also note that RPL can be very cost effective as well with qualifications costing in the range of a few hundred up to around a thousand dollars depending on the qualification. Email me at Michael@tallagencyaustralia.com or visit http://tallagencyaustralia.com for more information)

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) and RCC (Recognition of Current Competencies) are processes or methods used to recognise the skills and knowledge someone has gained through previous studies, work and life experiences or through a current workplace role.  Qualified and experienced RPL coaches work with you to assess your existing knowledge and skills to determine if you are already competent in some of the subject areas or competencies covered in your desired qualification. The RPL system significantly reduces the time, money and effort required in the achievement of a Nationally Recognised Qualification for eligible candidates.

This process recognises the skills and knowledge that you may have gained on-the-job, in your life experience and through formal training. Some people have worked successfully for years in occupations but have not completed any formal qualifications, despite having all the required skills and knowledge.

An RPL /RCC assessment process might include a review of the following:

  • Any paid or unpaid work undertaken
  • Work undertaken for a community or voluntary organization
  • Experience gained in Australia and overseas
  • Formal or informal on-the-job training
  • Work experience in occupations not directly related to the qualification you are seeking
  • Experience gained from hobbies or sport and leisure activities.
  • Formal qualifications from a TAFE, university, school or other Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Australia
  • Qualifications gained overseas may be carefully considered but need to be certified and must be in English or translated into English.

A student may apply for recognition of up to and including 100% of a qualification or course. Where Skills Gaps are identified, the student is required to complete the relevant units of study prior to completion of the qualification

Benefits of Recognition

There are many benefits to undertaking an RPL program including:

  • Recognition for what you already know
  • Obtain a qualification in a shorter period of time
  • Reduced training workload or requirement
  • Potential for 100% Course Recognition
  • Obtaining a Nationally Recognised Qualification

RPL is a great option if you are an experienced employee or employer.

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My new eBook— Extract Part 2

canstockphoto10046714Another extract from my eBook Choosing the right qualifications for individuals and business success”.

Cheers Michael

Taking the step to do a qualification is a life changing decision. Many students find their world opening up with a new sense of wonder and exploration knowing that they are capable of studying and that the process is enjoyable and confidence boosting.

Study also brings with it skills that you can apply in your life. In the business and administrative area many of the units are in the area of people skills. Understanding how to deal with customers, face unpleasant experience, work in teams and developing a learning environment are skills and knowledge that can help you in your own life.

Gaining an understanding of business is also valuable as it teaches you the principles of income and expenditure. Knowing this knowledge is also applicable in your own life. In a nation where debt and uncertain employment can have a detrimental effect on your future treating your economic life as a “business” gives a different perspective on your finances. What are your assets? What investments in your future should you be making? What do I need to retire?

Answering the questions raised in this section will help you gain insights into what may be your ideal qualification.  Use your answers in the next section, “Choosing my qualification”

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My new eBook —- Some extracts Part 1

Books_iStock_ The eBook is about helping individuals, businesses and HR managers learn more about the Vocational Sector in plain easy to understand language. In an age when our workplace is in a constant state of change, education and learning is becoming increasingly important for the individual to stay relevant in the workforce. It is estimated that someone in their early twenties may have 6 or 7 different careers during their lifetime. To cope with the constant change it is important that individuals become comfortable with the concept of continuing education. For business and HR managers it is critical that they have an understanding of the Vocational System and all its’ complexity for future planning. This applies to any sized business from the one man operation through to the largest multi-national. Also of importance is to understand that the Australian Federal and various State Governments consider workforce training to be a critical part of our countries future success. With that in mind there are various forms of Government help available that may pay for or offset the cost of training in the Vocational system. This applies to eligible candidates regardless of their work situation, for example:

  • Unemployed 
  • Employees 
  • Small business owners and Directors of Companies

Understanding the vocational system makes you better able to plan your future regardless whether you are an individual or business. Being comfortable with training and its’ processes will be key for future success. I hope you enjoyed this short extract. Contact me at Michael@tallagencyaustralia.com if you would like a copy or visit my website at http://tallagencyaustralia.com/Free_eBook.html  fill in the form and I will get it to you ASAP. Cheers Michael

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Great New eBook ” Choosing the right Qualification for Individuals and Business”

QualificationI have available a great new eBook written by yours truly that gives useful information on the Vocational sector. It is written with individuals, business owners and HR managers in mind and answers all those questions you might have about qualifications.

Sections include:

  • How the vocational system works
  • How to choose the right qualification for you
  • What funding is available to help businesses and individuals pay for their courses
  • What to do once you have selected your qualification.

If you would like a copy email me at either Michael@tallagencyaustralia.com or visit my website at http://tallagencyaustralia.com/Free_eBook.html and fill in the form.


Cheers Michael


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Business Administration— 7 reasons why it is a great all-round qualification

Learn Lead EarnI am often asked what would be a great all round qualification to do. I believe that if you are lacking in skills and want to get employment, or want your skills recognized through RPL ( Recognition of Prior Learning) if you have worked in an office situation, you can’t beat a Certificate in Business Administration.

7 great reasons why !!!

  1. The course covers all the essential aspects of working in any office situation. This includes by way of example advanced computer skills, customer service, creating documents, storing information, using technology, teamwork and understanding people in general.
  2. Almost every business that starts employing people always needs the most help with office skills. Just think how much complexity businesses are faced with and the need to keep track of information, handle enquiries and answer phones and emails. A great office person is a godsend for a business especially one who has the skills to work independently.
  3.  It is a stepping stone to higher education. For those working for a long time in admin they usually wish to increase their responsibilities and their income. If you have never studied a Certificate before,  Business Administration is a great qualification to break you into the habit and processes of study. Afterwards, you may want to move on to a Diploma of Management or Business to enhance your promotion or to get that great new job you have always dreamed about.
  4. The qualification for eligible students attracts funding for lots of people. Whether you a school-based trainee, doing a traineeship, over 50 years of age and in the case of many other examples, funding could mean that your qualification’s cost is either fully or partially offset by Government funding.
  5. It’s online. No more Monday nights (or whenever) in a classroom listening to some boring trainer drone on about heaven’s knows what or having to pace the work to the slowest learner. You can work independently, at your own pace wherever and whenever you want to. Whether at home or dedicated time at work all that you require is a computer and an Internet connection. It’s that simple. Besides online training is interesting and engaging.
  6. You will feel a sense of accomplishment. Having a certificate with your name on it brings a feeling of self-confidence and the opportunity to feel good about yourself. Most of us suffer from “Too Old Syndrome”. You know that old saying about “teaching an old dog new tricks”. Get your skills recognized (RPL) to show what you are capable of and what your skills and knowledge are.
  7. You will find your new skills and knowledge are applicable in your personal life. Training has a deeply personal aspect to it that most people miss. Learning about people, why they do things, handling unpleasant issues, understanding more about team work  and most importantly of all, understanding yourself are great steps towards you growing as a person. “For me learning and growing are the most important things you will ever do.”  This is a habit too many have lost or dismiss as unimportant. Your future happiness is based around your job, your income and your relationships. Don’t you think that this is too important to ignore?

For more information on this great qualification and how you can take advantage of this great opportunity visit my website at http://tallagencyaustralia.com/Qualifications.html and learn more of what I can do for you.

Cheers Michael

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Procrastination In Our Twenties & Why We Need To End It

Another excellent blog from my favorite Gen Y girl Kayla Cruz. Enjoy 🙂
Cheers Michael

Gen Y Girl

I save EVERYTHING for the last possible minute.
And so the award for world’s biggest procrastinator goes to…ME!
It’s a terrible habbit, I know.
But I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re all kind of procrastinators. It almost seems as if society’s making the very act of procrastination quite acceptable.
Especially for us twenty-somethings.
We’re told a lie repeatedly…here it goes…
There’s plenty of time!  Don’t be in a rush!
We’re in our twenties…we have our whole lives ahead of us…no need to be in a hurry.
But here’s the thing…
When we think that we have plenty of time, we tend to do nothing.
Think about it…when we know that we have a week before that paper is due, we sit at home watching 100 episodes of How I Met Your Mother. Imagine what happens…

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Free advice service launched for training activities

Im not driving I'm waiting for a mate Well don’t just sit there waiting for a mate. I have now launched my free advice service for those looking for advice on training. This includes vocational qualifications or informal training.

Visit my website at http://tallagencyaustralia.com/Freeassessment.html for what I offer and how you can access this great offer.

Cheers Michael


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