Look Ahead (First Steps)

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This 20 hour course could be the first step in making changes towards the future you want.


This programme is organised on request, please contact us for upcoming dates and times.

  • 9.30am - 12.30pm (first 5 sessions)
  • 9.30am - 2.30pm (final session)
  • This course is offered at our Ara Connect sites

Course Content

Look Ahead covers:

  • Knowing yourself and what you want
  • Improving your self confidence
  • Setting goals
  • Personal management
  • Communicating with others
  • Making changes

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Please note: You may be charged a portion of the Compulsory Student Services Fee that supports our services available to students. For full information on the Compulsory Student Services Fee, visit fees and finance.

How to apply

To apply for one of our short courses, fill in a copy of the application form, available here, and email to info@ara.ac.nz or mail to Enrolment Centre, Ara Institute of Canterbury, PO Box 540, Christchurch Mail Centre.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and plan to implement a personal life change
  • Use some simple techniques for self-organisation
  • Use everyday communication skills to identify strategies for personal well being
  • Master basic numeracy and literacy skills and apply these to lifestyle choices and readiness for work
  • Use technology for learning and work readiness
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