What is anaphylaxis?
What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It may occur when you are exposed to an allergen. Common allergens include food, medicines, and insect bites and stings. Food Wheat, shellfish, fish, sesame, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, and milk are the most common food allergens. They cause 90% of allergic reactions. Medication … Continued
Do I need to refresh my RSA?
About the RSA A Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) certificate is required to sell, serve or supply liquor in licensed premises in Victoria. MSA Training and Professional Development currently offer RSA training online via Zoom on in a face to face class at Monash University in Clayton. Sessions run for 4 hours and certificates are … Continued
What is it really like to learn Auslan?
What is it really like to learn Auslan? Australian Sign Language (Auslan) is the sign language of the Australian Deaf community. Auslan is a complete, unique language that was developed and is used by deaf/ hard of hearing people. Learning Auslan is a great language to add to your professional skill set for a number … Continued
Communication in the workplace
Communication in the workplace Regardless the career field you choose, effective communication in the workplace is one of the essential skills an individual needs to acquire to successfully thrive. It’s a no-brainer. So, what is effective communication? Many are aware that effective communication involves two things: clarity and purpose. The sender’s message needs to be … Continued
Victorian Kindergarten Expansion
Victorian Kindergarten Expansion In 2022, the Victorian Government announced a $9 billion investment for the expansion of kindergarten programs across the state. Over the next decade, the Government has committed to opening up another 50 affordable childcare centres in areas that have an unmet demand. In this expansion, Free Kinder will also be available for … Continued
Why Learn How to Code?
Why Learn How To Code? There is no doubt that technology has paved its way everywhere in today’s modern world, and will continue to at an astounding rate. As technology progresses, coding plays a significant role in shaping the future. We find coding to be a sought-after skill in various industries; from industries in artificial … Continued
How to make your resume stand out
When applying for jobs, you will generally need two things: A resume & a cover letter. In today’s competitive job market, both are essential to get ahead, and stand out from the crowd. But why exactly is a resume so important when it comes to submitting a job application? What is a resume? A … Continued
The benefits of learning a new language
Have you ever considered learning a new language? Whether you seek to expand job prospects or looking for a new hobby, learning a new language gives you the opportunity to engage in today’s increasingly interconnected world in a more meaningful way. While learning a new language can open doors to opportunities, there are many surprising … Continued
The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing for Students
The Importance of Mental Health and Wellbeing for Students Students have a lot on their plates – from juggling coursework, to placements, employment, and social outings- there is sometimes little room for looking after oneself. Prioritising mental health and wellbeing is incredibly important across the lifespan, and while each life stage brings its own challenges, … Continued
Qualities of a good manager
Qualities of a good manager Being a good manager is essential to the operation and functioning of any business. Good management assists in raising team morale, producing sales and hitting other targets. When put in a leadership position, it’s essential to embrace qualities that enable you to be the best manager you could possibly be. … Continued
Early childhood pathways to becoming a Kindergarten teacher
Early childhood pathways to becoming a Kindergarten teacher For educators, there are opportunities to upskill through a university degree to become teachers. In an Australian first, from 2022 Victorian children will have access to 2 years of kinder before school, giving children the chance to enjoy the benefits that come with early childhood education. This … Continued
Why should men choose early childhood education and care?
Why should men choose early childhood education and care? Nationally, men account for less than 2% of early childhood and care educators. They have been turned away, firstly from the lack of male representation, the misbelief that early childhood education is suitable mainly for females and, last but not least, the low pay rates. Those few men … Continued
Risks of Asthma in Children
What is asthma? Asthma is a medical condition commonly found in children. This condition causes muscles in the airways to tighten and narrow, making breathing difficult at times. Roughly 1 in 10 Australian children have asthma, and is one of the leading causes for children to miss school and be hospitalized. Asthma has no cure, … Continued
What is Basic First Aid?
What is Basic First Aid? Have you ever wondered what you would do if faced with a situation requiring urgent medical attention? St John Ambulance has estimated 140,000 people die each year in the UK in situations which could have been prevented with basic first aid knowledge. The ambulance service said this number is equal … Continued
Where Can an Accounting and Bookkeeping Qualification Take You?
Where Can an Accounting and Bookkeeping Qualification Take You? Accounting and bookkeeping are valuable skills required across society. All registered businesses are required to keep track of money owed and earned, as well as pay their staff correctly. Having accounting and bookkeeping skills means you can work in almost any industry of your choosing, or … Continued
How to become a COVID 19 Marshall
Learn how to become a COVID 19 Marshall at MSA Training and Professional Development. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, becoming a COVID Marshall or a COVID check-in Marshall has been a highly sought after role. However, with the need for these key roles increasing, it raises the question: “What is a COVID Marshall and how … Continued
What Does it Take to Manage an Event?
What Does it Take to Manage an Event? There’s no denying that running a successful event is an incredibly rewarding experience. A memorable event makes an impact and ensures its attendees are thinking about it long after its end. The most successful events are often the most seamless, hiding the level of planning required behind … Continued
What Are Negotiation Skills?
What Are Negotiation Skills? Life is full of moments where we might disagree with others or not be presented with our preferred outcome. In these moments, the ability to negotiate and overcome differences with others can be a critical skill. Opportunities for negotiation can arise in a variety of circumstances, including at work, with friends … Continued
Learn how to overcome public speaking fear and anxiety
Fear of public speaking is an incredibly common experience. While it may not necessarily be true that most people would prefer to die rather than speak in front of a crowd, studies have shown that a fear of public speaking is the most common type of social phobia. Known as glossophobia, surveys have found between … Continued
Understanding Emotional Intelligence
Understanding Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EI) is a critical aspect of navigating adult life. Despite its importance, our busy lifestyles mean people are often too busy to spend time reflecting on and improving their emotional intelligence. Leading psychologist Daniel Goleman argues that emotional intelligence is twofold. It refers to how well we understand and handle … Continued
How to Get Your Food Safety Certificate
How to Get Your Food Safety Certificate Without proper handling and safety procedures, food can sometimes become unsafe to eat. Because of this, it is essential for all food handlers to have a solid understanding of food safety requirements and know how to get their food safety certificate. Employers in a range of industries, including … Continued
How to Make a Cocktail at Home
How to Make a Cocktail at Home Making cocktails is a fantastic skill that can be used in a range of settings. Possessing a knowledge of cocktail preparation can be a vital element to add to a resume when applying for hospitality positions. Hospitality venues often expect potential staff to possess cocktail mixing skills before … Continued
How to Make a Melbourne Coffee
Did you know Melburnians visit cafes more than any other Australians? Coffee has been a Melbourne staple since the 1830s, when coffee houses and palaces gained popularity. However, Melbourne’s now world-famous coffee can be traced back to the 1950s, when an influx of Italian migrants introduced espresso machines to the city. Melbourne’s café culture has … Continued
How to Get Your RSA
What is an RSA? Before working anywhere in Victoria that serves alcohol, such as a bar or bottle shop, you must first complete Responsible Service of Alcohol training (RSA). RSA training teaches students about relevant liquor legislation when serving and selling alcohol. It also explains the problems associated with excessive alcohol consumption and provides strategies … Continued
How to Improve Employability Skills
How to Improve Employability Skills Searching for employment can sometimes seem like a daunting task. Employers often seem to be looking for a diverse range of experience and skills. Fortunately, there are core skills you can master that will make you employable in a range of fields and industries. What are Employability Skills? Employability skills … Continued
Working as a Teacher’s Aide
Did you know there are a variety of ways to work in schools? Teacher’s aides play a key role in helping teachers to deliver meaningful learning outcomes and pastoral care to students. Large class sizes can sometimes mean teachers are unable to provide the one-on-one learning required by students with additional needs, including disabilities and … Continued
Why Leadership Skills are Important
Why Leadership Skills are Important Leadership skills are being increasingly sought after by employers due to their transferability and benefit to both work culture and output. While these skills are essential for anyone in a management position, they are also important for anyone who wants to stand out in their workplace as someone who is … Continued
How to Become a TAFE/RTO Teacher/Trainer
Why Work at a TAFE OR RTO? Working at a TAFE institution or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) can be a highly rewarding experience for anyone wanting to share their industry skills and knowledge. TAFEs and RTOs specialise in providing vocational education and training (VET) across an incredibly diverse range of employment areas, including business, childcare … Continued
The Benefits of Working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector
Have you ever considered a career in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector? Working in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector is perfect for anyone who loves nurturing children’s welfare while assisting with their development. It is also an incredibly diverse industry, allowing those with qualifications to work in a wide variety of … Continued
Seeking jobs in hospitality with Richard Hands
How to get a job in hospitality Richard Hands manages the Sir John’s Bar at Monash University in Clayton. He has over 20 years of experience in hospitality working in cafes, pubs, clubs, five-star hotels, high end restaurants, cocktail bars and private members bars. He’s been trained by the world’s best, from master sommeliers, leading … Continued
Talking RSA with trainer George O’Keeffe
Talking RSA with trainer George O’Keeffe If you’ve ever thought about working in the hospitality industry, then getting an RSA certification could be a great way to expand your job opportunities. A Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training qualification is legally required for anyone selling, offering, or serving liquor. The purpose of the RSA course … Continued
Learning via Zoom with trainer and assessor Sherry Hayward
Learning via Zoom Sherry Hayward is a dedicated and enthusiastic professional with over 18 years of experience in the VET industry and an MSA Training & Professional Development’s trainer and assessor. She teaches Cert III in Business Administration (Education) and Cert IV in Training and Assessment at MSA-TPD using industry experience to provide an innovative … Continued
How to get rid of the nerves with public speaking trainer Lisa-Jane Bell
How to get rid of the nerves with public speaking trainer Lisa-Jane Bell Lisa-Jane Bell teaches Public Speaking for Absolute Beginners, Public Speaking in Practise and Event Management at MSA Training & Professional Development. She has a long career in event production design and event management and has worked on extravagant and expensive weddings, done … Continued