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Embrace the power of the written word and discover how your flair for writing could lead to an exciting new career as a journalist, magazine editor or children's author. Australian College of Journalism is part of Open Colleges, Australia's leading provider of online education. Read more

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Have you got an eagle eye for grammar, punctuation and perfect prose? Like helping writers refine their craft and get the best possible message across? Then Editing and Proofreading could be the right path for you, whether you want to work towards working as a freelance professional, or just sharpen your own way with words.

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Journalism

Got a nose for news or a way of telling stories about current affairs, travel, sport, or more, that engages audiences? Want to learn the business side of journalism and photojournalism as well as refining your techniques and talent? Then a journalism course with the Australian College of Journalism might be for you. 

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Writing & Communication

If you've got a way with words, we've got courses that could help you turn your raw potential into a profession. With courses across creative writing, script writing, and non-fiction writing, and specialist courses in writing fantasy, romance and writing for children, we'll help you find and refine your style, and bring your stories to life.

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  • A Day in the Life of a Professional PhotographerRead More

    By Rebecca Jee

    There’s a lot more to having a career as a professional photographer than taking great photos. The way your day looks will vary depending on whether you’re a studio photographer, a portrait photographer, a landscape photographer, or an events photographer, and whether you work alone or as part of a team.

    Another thing to bear in mind is that there is never a ‘typical’ day and you almost certainly won’t be working a standard 9-5 job! Every shoot is unique, and there is also a lot of work involved before and after the photography session. To thrive as a professional photographer you will need to be motivated, disciplined and flexible about your work.

    Let’s take a look at some of the things you might do in a day as a professional photographer

    On the shoot

    Depending on the kind of shoot you’re doing, you may have to get started very early to make sure you’re on location and set up to make the most of your shooting time and the available light (if you’re working outdoors or with natural light). Alternatively, you might be working late into the evening, depending on your client’s requirements.

    Before you set out for the job, you’ll check and double check your equipment—especially confirming that you have enough fresh memory cards and fully charged batteries!

    When you get to the location, as well as setting up your equipment, you’ll most likely meet with the others involved in the shoot (client, model, assistant) to discuss what will happen during the session. It’s good to have a plan so that everyone involved knows what to expect in terms of time, breaks, and what sort of images you are trying to capture.

    Now for the fun part — getting behind the camera and getting some great shots. As well as composing your photographs and thinking about light, aperture and F-stops, you’ve got to relate to the people being photographed, getting them to relax and take your direction.

    Depending on the type of shoot, you could be working for one hour or several. But once the photography and pack up is finished, there is still plenty left to do!

    After the shoot

    First of all, you’ll back up everything! Then it’s time to sort through the many photos you’ve taken. Once you’ve selected the best of the bunch, you’ll do any post production work required in Photoshop, then send the final images to the client.

    Getting down to business

    If you work on your own and don’t have anyone helping with admin, there are the nuts and bolts of business that have to be attended to, including reading and answering emails from potential/current clients, handling bookings and scheduling in work for the weeks ahead. You also need to invoice clients and possibly chase up unpaid invoices.

    You’ll also put some time into planning your next shoot, working on and updating your portfolio, and making sure all your expensive equipment is maintained with cleaning and servicing.

    As you can see, being a professional photographer is a full and busy job, but it can be incredibly rewarding when you get those great shots and fantastic feedback from happy clients.

  • Make a Career Change into Child CareRead More

    Open Colleges interviewed child care experts and students to find out what they think and know about working in the industry.

    Has someone told you that they think you should work in child care, but you’re unsure? Perhaps you have little or no experience in the industry but feel you can really make a difference? The truth is, if you believe you have something to offer, you should take the next step.

    The child care industry is always looking for talented and passionate professionals who see duty of care as a calling, not an occupation. Perhaps you are a mother who wants to use your skills and life experiences to benefit others, or maybe you are looking to make your first career leap into helping other young people to reach their potential.

    When looking to enter any career it is beneficial to speak to those who know that profession best, the people currently working in it. People like Kathy Walker, Founding Director of The Walker Learning Approach & Early Life Foundations has made children her life, both as a mother and as a career professional. She really does believe that children are the future and is happy to share her experience with those interested in making the positive change she did.

    In discovering a path to better understand what children need to grow, coupled with her passion to improve lives; Joanna O’Brien, Owner/Director of a the Platinum Preschool has become a leader in her chosen field. By sharing her story Joanna hope to encourage others to make that career change and offer tips on how to save yourself sometime during those initial investigations.

    There are many stories like Kathy’s and Joanna’s available to you, each with their own hints and tips on getting into the industry. Getting the information and insight you need to make a change into childcare isn’t easy, but by giving to access to real-life stories you will be able to make the right decision for you, safe in the knowledge that someone has already successfully made that change before.

    Hear what educators working in the child care sector have to say about one of the most rewarding professions, in this series of interviews with child care experts.

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