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Celebrate Adult Learner's Week!

Friday 3 September 2021

This week we’re celebrating Adult Learner’s Week, and the theme this year is ‘Change your story.’ Whether it’s changing career paths, pursuing a new hobby, or using what you know to help others, here's some ways you can get involved this week!

LinkedIn Learning

Looking to learn a new skill or get started on searching for a new job? LinkedIn Learning has all the short courses you need to get a fresh start.

Get the skills you need to grow your network, write a resume, interview, get a job, and get promoted! Some of our favourites are:

LinkedIn Learning

10 ways to stay motivated while job hunting - this course helps you craft a successful job search plan while also being realistic about the hardship of the job search market. Learn how to stay motivated and focused while giving yourself the best chance of securing your dream job.

Linked In Learning

A career strategist's guide to getting a job - with excellent resources to help you write a winning cover letter and resume, this course also provides the best information on networking to secure positions, performing your best in an interview, and how to start your job with your best foot forward.

LinkedIn Learning

Job searching, interviewing, and negotiating salary - taking you through all the crucial steps needed to boost your confidence and negotiation skills, this course equips you with invaluable life advice that you need to get the job you want.

Want to find more great courses on job hunting? Make sure to check out LinkedIn Learning's full range!

LinkedIn Learning has courses beyond just job hunting. Explore a wide range of courses including arts, technology, and marketing. Whether you want to learn how to use image or video editing software, start programming, or even how to do accounting for your own small business - there’s a course for it!

To get started with LinkedIn Learning, all you need is your library card number and PIN. If you don’t know either of these, contact us.

Studiosity

If you’re searching for a job or already in university/TAFE, then Studiosity is your secret weapon to success. With trained professionals at the ready to assist you, you can submit your resume, cover letter, or other work-application materials to be checked and edited before sending them to potential employers. And if you’re studying, Studiosity teachers will help you with essay writing and checking, or research questions that you might have.

Open 24/7, Studiosity returns your submissions quickly and with flexible chat options, it’s never been easier to get ahead. All you need is your library card number.

Mango

Learning a new language is a great skill to acquire as an adult, and there’s no easier way to learn than with Mango. Choose from over 70 language courses, all with just your library card!

You can get started by going to the Mango website, or watch the tutorial below for how to sign up and get started:

Illawarra Stories

Learning doesn’t always have to be in a formal, structured way – we can learn new things by listening to other people’s stories and experiences. The Local Studies team are always hard at work updating the Illawarra Stories page with new oral histories from members of the public that document the social and cultural history of the Illawarra.

We have a wide selection of histories to start listening to, such as that of Aunty Lorraine Brown:

Illawarra Stories

You can listen to more Aboriginal Community Member's stories here, or you can browse oral histories by suburb.

Beyond Empathy

Local podcasting group Beyond Empathy have a suite of podcast offerings that are recorded and produced in the Illawarra. Whether you’re looking for something to listen to on a long commute or just want to pop something on while walking the dog, we highly recommend the podcast SHIFT (Shaping How I Feel Today) – an honest discussion of health and how we can become the person we want to be.

Tech Skills

Keeping up with technology can be one of the biggest barriers to video chatting with loved ones, borrowing an eBook, or downloading an exciting new smartphone app. If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed, the Library has you covered! Check out our bite sized tech help videos to learn how to get jump into the digital world.

Improve Your English

The Library also has resources to help improve your English. Get you started on your IELTS journey with the Road to IELTS website, which is free for library members. You will need your library card number – please contact us if you don’t know it.

Get started with some general training, which will give you tips for speaking English, increasing your vocabulary, and practice exams based on the real IELTS.