Why Goal Setting is so Important

We all strive for success, it’s in our nature, but few people are lucky enough to have it fall into their laps.  So, if you want to perform at your highest level, or get somewhere you want to be, you need to have a clear vision of what you want and set goals in order to get there.

A goal can be anything you’re looking to achieve, whether it be something big, like developing the next Candy Crush, landing your first job, or joining your dream career, or something smaller, such as studying for two straight hours. As long as you know where you want to go, you can plan accordingly to make sure you get there; this is the crucial part of goal-setting. Having a broader goal allows you to break it down into smaller goals, making it easier to obtain your dreams.

Goals keep you motivated

Let’s say your goal is to start a career in criminology. Setting this goal gives you a long-term vision of what you want to accomplish, and importantly, the short-term motivation to get there. Now let’s look at breaking this down into smaller goals to help you reach the big goal; for example, finishing your Diploma of Arts at SIBT.

To do this, you might set yourself a task to study for two hours every day in the leadup to the exam period because you know that it will help you reach your overarching goal of getting into a Bachelor of Social Science, and from there, a career in criminology. Having smaller goals like this is a great way to stay motivated because every time you complete one you get a sense of accomplishment, encouraging you to keep going. As you complete goal after goal, you’ll also build on your self-confidence as you realise your own ability.

Goals keep you focused

When you have a specific goal in mind you know exactly where you want to go, helping you to stay focused on the tasks at hand. For example, let’s say you just completed your Diploma of Media at SIBT and you’ve got a job interview at a local newspaper. If your goal is to get the job, you’re going to do everything you can to be as prepared as possible. You’ll be focusing on researching the company and its core values, and remembering everything you learned during your diploma study to give yourself the best possible chance.

Goals help track your success

In breaking your bigger goals down into smaller ones, you’re making benchmarks that help you track your progress. This lets you check your progress to see how far you’ve come towards your goal, or if you’ve been slacking, how much you must complete to catch up. These smaller goals that you tick off along the way to your ultimate goal are a measurement of your success, showing just how much you’ve accomplished. They also help prevent procrastination by laying out your next step. If you know what you need to do next to stay on-track for success, you’re less likely to stray from the path and fall behind.

Final thoughts…

Whether you write them down or keep them in your head, having goals to strive towards helps focus your life in the direction you want it to go.  A lot of the time goal setting is unconscious, you realize something you want and go for it, but for longer term goals it’s helpful to create a plan to get there, hitting smaller goals along the way.

If your goal is graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Western Sydney University, then that’s where we can help. Fast-track your degree and your goals by completing a Diploma at SIBT, with guaranteed entry into year two of your bachelor’s program at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. Our first-class student support will ensure you put yourself in the best position to accomplish all your goals, big and small.

The BEST Way to Get Ready for an Exam

Exams are only a week away here at SIBT, and for some, there’s only a week left until they’re ready to start their journey at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus (this could be you!). But even for our most experienced SIBT veterans, exam weeks can be some of the most stressful and challenging times of the year.

But don’t worry!

There’s still time left to prepare. To help you out, we’ve put together some of our favourite strategies to get yourself ready to ace those exams. And remember, if you’re ever feeling stuck or overwhelmed by the stress of your studies, our Student Counsellors are always there for you. Now, how about those top tips?

Make a study plan!

To avoid cramming everything last second, spacing your study out over a longer timeframe with a study plan is a no-brainer. Not only will this decrease your stress levels the night before an exam, but it also leaves you time to double-check anything you’re unsure of with your teacher.

Obviously, the earlier you start planning, the better, but it’s also equally important to be realistic with your planning. The last thing you want to do is make an unreasonable schedule with heavy study loads in short periods of time.

It’s also helpful to plan your study by topics rather than subjects. Don’t just say, “I’ll study Intro to Software Design for 3 hours on Thursday”, have a specific topic in mind to review and break it up into manageable chunks of time. Make sure to take your attention span into account; you don’t want to be sitting around “studying” one subject for ages.

Lastly, make sure to include some down-time. You don’t want to risk burning yourself out by overstudying, so set a goal to study for a few hours and then reward yourself with some well-earned rest. Make sure to schedule in this time to relax and maybe watch a show, take a nap, or go for a walk. By building this time into your plan, you’ll be less likely to overload yourself with an unrealistic workload. If you decide you’d like some help getting a study plan going, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Learning Support Officers!

Mix up your study methods

Some people spend all their time reading, re-reading, and re-writing their notes, while others just skim their notes once and go straight to some practice questions. When studying for a final exam, it’s important to blend these methods and do a bit of both.

Try starting out by re-reading your notes, and re-write all the important details together in another spot. This way you’re focused on what really matters, and can take all the fluff out to highlight the most crucial information. Once you’ve done this you can move on to practise questions and past exams to put your understanding to the test, making sure you’re really getting what you’ve learned.

Keep on top of your health

Your physical health can have an enormous impact on your concentration, answer speed, and memory, so make sure you’re staying healthy in the leadup to exams. You might feel like you don’t have time for it, but don’t slack off your workout routine! Physical activity helps clear your mind, so you’re more likely to feel in control of your situation. Also, try to eat healthy, vitamin rich “brainfood” and stay hydrated, particularly on exam days and the days before. 

Just as important as exercise and food choice is SLEEP! Often, and tragically, overlooked by students, a good night’s sleep helps ensure that your body and mind are rested and ready to take on whatever you throw at them. It might be tempting to load up on caffeine right before an exam, but if you walk in tired or crash off coffee halfway through, you’ll struggle to remember things that would have otherwise been easy. If you’ve made yourself a good study plan, and followed it well, you should have no problem getting a good night’s rest before an exam since you won’t need to cram until 3 AM.

In the Leadup to the Exam…

It’s important to know when to stop. If you’re up at night panicking that you’re not ready right before an exam, take a deep breath and be realistic; if you don’t know your stuff by now, a few more hours of late-night study isn’t going to change that. It’s better to get some rest and recharge your brain to make the most of what you do know rather than lose sleep over what you don’t.

Final thoughts…

While everyone has their own study style that works for them, incorporating some of these strategies can help reduce stress and keep your studies under control. Even if you’re a caffeine warrior who needs no sleep, making a study plan, mixing up your study methods, and staying healthy are great places to start when exam time rolls around.

Exams can be stressful, especially for our diploma students on the 8 month fast track program, but with these tips and the extensive student support we offer here at SIBT you’ll be able to go into those exams more confident than ever.

If you are ever feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our student support staff, because SIBT is here for you every step of the way.


Making the Most of Summer in Sydney

With restrictions easing and things slowly getting back to normal in Sydney, it’s finally time to discover everything this great city has to offer. From a beach day at Manly, to the bars by The Rocks, or a game of cricket in Centennial Park, Greater Sydney has so much going on you’d be hard-pressed to find yourself bored. All these choices can be overwhelming, so don’t worry; we’ve put together a shortlist of activities to help you make the most of a summer in Sydney!

The Sensational CBD

Keeping it close to home, there’s always loads of things to do in downtown Sydney. Just up the road from SIBT’s campus in the heart of the CBD is the Westfield shopping centre, home to countless shops and hallways to get lost in. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, you can’t miss The Rocks. Here, you’ll find not only more bars and restaurants than you can count, but on the weekends you’ll also find the iconic Rocks Market, a vibrant collection of stalls and booths selling foods and local crafts you won’t find anywhere else.  

With Australia Day just around the corner, we can’t forget about one of the hottest events of the summer: Australia Day at the Sydney Opera House. On the evening of January 26th you’ll find our nation’s most iconic landmark glistening with laser shows, stage lights, and fireworks as we come together to mark the day with spectacular musical performances by top Aussie talent; and plenty of food and drink! If you can’t make it to the Opera House, the party continues across Circular Quay in The Rocks, with more live music and entertainment, pubs, and special events throughout the day. If there’s one day you can’t afford to miss in downtown Sydney, its Oz Day!

Even on a normal day, you’ll still find plenty to do in the CBD. After just a 10-minute walk from SIBT you can take on the challenge of an escape room at Escape Hunt Sydney, working together with your mates to solve one of many exciting, themed mysteries. But if you want to take it easy, why not go for a movie at one of the outdoor cinemas near the CBD? Down by Darling Harbour you can take a seat on the water for a screening at the Mov’in Boat Floating Cinema, or if you’re more of a land-lover, you can head over to the Westpac OpenAir cinema by the Royal Botanic Garden and enjoy a movie with a view of the Harbour and Opera House. Or how about a picnic at Hyde Park? Right across the street from SIBT lies Australia’s oldest public parkland, with acres of exotic and native trees, monuments, and water features, making it the perfect spot to take a break and relax.

Greater Sydney

Action Stations!

Moving out into Greater Sydney opens up a range of new and exciting opportunities. If you’re not afraid of heights and are up for a challenge, TreeTops Adventure Parks are a great way to get your adrenaline pumping. With flying foxes, Tarzan swings, tightropes, and more, you can swing through the trees and put yourself to the test at over 10 metres off the ground!

Climbing back down, why not make the most of Centennial Park? With plenty of fields and open space, it’s the perfect spot to bring your mates for a game of footy, cricket, a walk in the park, or even brunch. If you head west into Penrith, you’ll find loads more activities from ice skating, to go-karting, to wakeboarding! Or, if none of those do the trick, you can give skydiving a shot at iFLY Downunder indoor skydiving.

Take it Easy

Of course, we can’t forget the beach! Summer in Sydney would hardly be complete without a swim at on our pristine beaches. With warm sand and sun, and plenty of waves, taking it easy with a surf or sunbathe on one of Sydney’s many beaches is a great way to relax and take in the natural beauty. But if you’re looking for something a bit closer to home, the Cook + Phillip Park Pool, just across Hyde Park from SIBT, is the perfect place to cool off.

Last, but certainly not least, we have the hikes and nature walks through all the national parks in Greater Sydney. From bushwalking through the mangroves of Ku-ring-gai Chase, to the rainforest and beaches of Royal National Park, there are enough trails around Sydney to keep you walking for days. Perfect for hiking, cycling, or surfing, Sydney’s national parks offer refuge from the hustle and bustle of Australia’s most vibrant city.

Final Thoughts…

With so much to do in both the CBD and Greater Sydney, you’d have to try to be bored this summer. From shopping, drinks, and movies downtown, to the beaches, bushwalks, and go-kart tracks of the suburbs, Sydney’s got everything to let you make the most of these next few weeks before Uni starts.

But don’t worry, there’s no rush to do everything! Because with SIBT’s central location in the heart of the CBD, Sydney is at your fingertips. So, whether it’s a short walk to the Westfield, or a train ride to Penrith, you can make the most of your time at university and experience everything Sydney has to offer with SIBT.

Life With a Diploma: Where Can it Take You?

Everyone knows that completing a diploma or university degree is a great way to get ahead and take your career to the next level, but what exactly do you do with your diploma once you’re done? SIBT graduates can use their diplomas for anything from Uni entry to job applications, and with the variety of courses we offer, from Arts to IT and more, they can end up in any number of careers. So, with so many doors open to you at the end of your study, what can you do with a diploma?

Progression into University

By far the most popular choice for an SIBT graduate is to take advantage of the guaranteed entry to a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus, that our diplomas offer you – something that 90% of our over 25,000 alumni have done.

Not only does this let you continue straight into second year of Uni study, but it also lets you continue study in the heart of Sydney’s CBD with all the mates you made during your diploma courses! This way you can complete your bachelor’s degree in just 3 years, enjoying all the excitement that downtown Sydney has to offer, but still have the flexibility to enter the workforce if Uni isn’t for you. Speaking of, what career options can a diploma offer you?

Diploma of Business Administration

Once you’ve completed your Diploma of Business Admin, you’re ready to take on a corporate career. This could mean becoming an Office Manager, taking responsibility for the day-to-day operations that keep the company running smoothly. The exact responsibilities may vary, but they always involve maintaining an organized and efficient support system; perhaps managing customer service engagement, admin officers under your supervision, and more.

If you progress to Uni and finish your Bachelor of Business, a position as a Financial Planner could be just what you’re looking for. In this role, you would be responsible for organising finances, predicting investment returns, and creating plans to reach specific financial goals. 

Diploma of IT

The IT field has been booming in recent years, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down soon. This is great because it means there are plenty of positions for a Diploma of IT graduate to take up. One such role is an ICT Systems Administrator, where you work to ensure a company’s database management and operating systems are working at maximum efficiency. This involves designing, configuring, and maintaining database structure and architecture, while performing constant maintenance, monitoring, and troubleshooting to keep things running smoothly.

Another role with high demand is that of an ICT Support Officer, where you’re responsible for assisting with the installation, upkeep, diagnosis, and repair of both computer hardware and software. Both of these roles require extensive knowledge of computer systems and software, which your Diploma of IT will help you gain.

Diploma of Media and Communication

The skills you acquire during your Diploma of Media and Communication study can take you into a variety of industries, from advertising and PR to journalism and publishing. For instance, you could take up a position as a Digital Marketer, using various methods like social media marketing, search engine optimisation, and other campaigns to help drive consumers towards your company and increase sales.

You might also find work as a Public Relations Officer, working to manage the reputation and image of your clients or company. In this role you would be planning events and publicity campaigns to boost the image of a business or organization, while working to build strong cross-organisational networks to help support your efforts.

Diploma of Arts

Having completed a Diploma of Arts at SIBT, you can then move on to a Bachelor of Social Science degree at Western Sydney Uni, Sydney City Campus, and major in criminology. This opens doors to exciting careers in law enforcement, criminal investigations, and social research.

You could become a Community Corrections Officer helping to make a difference in people’s lives by working intensively with offenders after they are released from custody on parole, challenging your skills in assessing and influencing behavioural change. You might also become a social researcher, studying human behaviour and institutions from past and present to develop a more detailed picture of humanity.

Diploma of Engineering

With a Diploma of Engineering, you’re qualified to tackle roles as a technician in a variety of fields. You could take a position as a service/maintenance technician in anything from the oil and gas industry, to construction, or even the defence industry. However, with guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program at the Western Sydney University Sydney City Campus, you can continue to specialise in either mechanical, civil, or electrical engineering.

As a mechanical engineer you can find employment in nearly any industry designing, building, and testing things like mechanical hearts, ground-breaking new vehicles, and more. Or, as a consulting civil engineer, you could get to work designing structures in any number of environments, from skyscrapers to dams and tunnels. Should you specialise in electrical engineering, you’ll find work designing and creating the power systems and equipment to power the modern world. With so many opportunities available, the SIBT Diploma of Engineering can take you almost anywhere!

Final thoughts…

With employment opportunities in law enforcement, ICT systems, a range of technical industries, and more, life with a diploma is full of exciting opportunities. No matter what challenges these positions throw at you, you’ll be prepared to tackle them with the collaborative, critical thinking, and communication skills you learn during your Diploma study, and any Uni study beyond.

If you’re really keen to get going in one of these options, then graduating in just 8 to 12 months with an SIBT Diploma is the perfect way to show you’re qualified and start getting your hands dirty in your new career. If you’d rather keep going for the full degree, no worries! You can continue on a guaranteed pathway into Uni with the flexibility to still enter the workforce qualified if university isn’t for you.

New Year, New Career – How to Improve Your Employability

Whether it’s a position at the shops, on a job site, or in an office complex, competition for employment is fierce right now. With so many applicants and so few openings, employers can cherry-pick the best-of-the-best to fill their vacancies, so it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re competitive.

Improving your employability can go a long way in securing yourself a new position, but it’s not just one thing. Your employability is the combination of your education, previous work experience, skills, and even things like your professionalism, motivation, and communication.

Improving just one of these aspects could make the difference that puts you above the rest. Here are just a few ways you can help yourself to stand out.


One of the best ways to improve your employability is to upskill and improve your education. Completing a diploma, certification, or degree shows employers not only that you’re qualified, but also that you’re serious about your career and have the drive to succeed. Upskilling also opens doors to new industries and higher-level positions. For example, upskilling with an SIBT Diploma of Arts could get you into roles in creative industries, NGOs, or media and communications.

Now is the perfect opportunity

With the job market fiercely competitive, now is the time to set yourself up for long-term success. By upskilling and improving your education while employment is hard to come by, you’re putting yourself in the best position for when the economy improves.

This doesn’t mean you have to start an expensive, multi-year Uni journey, though. You can gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in tomorrow’s economy in just 8-12 months with SIBT, with no upfront costs thanks to FEE-HELP. This way you can help put yourself ahead of the rest in just a few months. However, if you do decide a Uni degree is the way to go, you have the option of direct entry from SIBT into Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus, for year 2 of your chosen bachelor’s degree.


Volunteering is a fantastic way to improve your soft skills and gain extra experience, all while furthering a good cause. It also shows potential employers that you’re proactive and eager to contribute; exactly the kind of person they’d be looking to hire.

Volunteering to help raise awareness for a cause is a great way to develop your communication and marketing skills, useful for employment in advertising and PR. Further development of these skills through a Diploma of Media and Communications at SIBT helps demonstrate that you know how to connect with customers and shows companies that you could be a good face for their brand.


Improve your soft skills

Soft skills are crucial to success in any arena. Teamwork, communication, and time management are becoming more important than ever, and as such they are receiving more and more emphasis from employers. These can be improved through numerous methods, but practical experience is the best way to develop them, which is why they’re crucial components of all of our courses.

Final Thoughts…

There are plenty of hot-tips and tricks to help boost your chances of landing a job, but you can never go wrong with a bit of self-improvement. Improving soft skills and experience is undoubtedly important, but improving your education is crucial, especially for entry-level positions.

By upskilling and boosting your credentials you’re setting yourself up for long-term prosperity, ultimately making yourself more valuable to future employers and improving your chances of starting your dream career. Graduating with an SIBT Diploma in just 8 to 12 months is the perfect way to get started on the road to success, and with the flexibility to continue on to a full 3-year Uni degree, there’s no reason not to put yourself ahead of the game. Enquire today!

Experience, Experience – Jobs to Further Your Studies and Career

Retail and hospitality jobs can be great, but they’re not exactly your first choice for a long-term career and they’re not going to give you any experience in the field of your degree. If you really want to get ahead of your mates during Uni, finding a job that will give you industry experience and help out with your studies is the perfect way to get started. So, what kind of opportunities are there for you to get hands-on in your area of study?  

Media and Communication 

If you’re more of a creative person, there are plenty of positions available in marketing and content creation. These jobs could have you doing a variety of things, from writing content for ads and media, planning marketing campaigns, helping with product launches, and more. Roles like these all involve substantial communication and collaboration between teams, and can be the perfect opportunity to gain industry experience and apply theories learned in classes at Uni.  

This practical application of theory can help your grades in Uni and give you a head start on your career afterwards. But if you like what you’re doing and want to go ahead with it full time, you can walk away from Uni and chase your dream after just 8 months of studying an SIBT Diploma of Media and Communication, graduating with nationally recognized qualifications to prove you’ve got what it takes. 


For those interested in engineering, there are loads of opportunities to get your hands dirty with some on-site experience. With the critical thinking and communication skills you acquire studying your Diploma of Engineering at SIBT, you can excel as a field service engineer, performing repairs and preventative maintenance on equipment, and gaining first-hand experience with complicated systems. 

Firms around Sydney are also hiring university students as manufacturing assistants and interns, allowing you to learn more about the production processes that go in to making the goods you enjoy and helping to boost your understanding of engineering design.  

Business Administration 

If you’re really keen on starting that corporate career you’ve been working towards, then starting off as an administration assistant could be the opportunity you’re looking for. This is a role that will put the collaboration, marketing, and management skills you learn in your Diploma of Business Admin study to the test. An opportunity like this can get you prepared for further adventures into office life and teach you all the ins and outs of corporate operations. 

Final thoughts… 

While these are just a handful of opportunities available to you while studying, the possibilities are endless once you’ve graduated. The skills you develop while studying will help you to excel in these positions, while the practical application of what you’re learning in the real-world can boost your understanding of it and push you even further ahead in both your studies and future career.  

If you’re lucky enough to find a job you really enjoy, then graduating in just 8 to 12 months with an SIBT Diploma is the perfect way to show your qualified for it and to continue working your way up in your new career! But if you’d rather keep going for the full degree, no worries! You can join the other 20,000+ SIBT alumni who have progressed with a guaranteed pathway into university.  

Dealing with the Chaos of the ATAR Release

The big day is almost here! With ATARs releasing across the country this week, you might be a bit nervous about the chaos of what comes next. After all, this number will determine where you might study, whether you’ll get into the course you want, or your future career.

But don’t panic!

Even if you don’t get the score you need for your dream degree, that doesn’t mean you can’t get there, and it certainly doesn’t determine your future success! So, what are you supposed to do if your ATAR isn’t enough?

What to do if your ATAR is too low

Diploma and Pathway Courses

One of the best ways to ensure you get into the degree you want and still attend the Uni you originally wanted is to see if there is a pathway program offered.

Pathway programs are generally offered on the Uni campus like the main programs, and they don’t add any extra time to your degree; so if you’re looking at a 3 year degree, you’ll still finish in 3 years! For instance, the Diploma of Business Admin at SIBT is a pathway program straight into the second year of the Bachelor of Business undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus. So no lost time and you’re on campus with your mates from day one.

Better yet, these programs usually provide extensive student support, which will help prepare you for future success at university. Instead of throwing yourself into enormous classes with hundreds of people, you can get a more personal learning experience with smaller class sizes and support from teachers and staff. This will help you learn skills like assignment preparation, time management, and more.

Better yet, diploma programs like these can not only ensure entry to university, but if you decide that university isn’t for you, you can leave with a Higher Education Diploma after a year and get a head start on your career.

Check for Alternative Courses

If you can’t get into the exact program you want, you should check whether that course is available at a different university. Universities have differing entry requirements (often for the same course), so make sure to do a bit of research on the course you’re interested in. If you can find a course with lower requirements at a different university, make sure to go to UAC, or whichever admissions centre(s) you applied to, and change your application preferences.

Alternative Programs

Not all universities have these pathway courses, so another way to get into the course you want is to apply for a different course in a similar area. By studying a different program with lower entry requirements, you can demonstrate your success in a university environment and use your grades from that program to transition into the one you really want. However, this will set you back time-wise because you will probably have to start from year 1 of the new program.

Educational Access Schemes

If you’re eligible for them, Educational Access Schemes (EAS) can give you a hand by adding extra points to your ATAR which could get you to the rank you need for the course you want.

These are available to students who have been affected by circumstances outside their control, such as financial hardship, personal illness/disability, severe family disruptions, and others.

However, it is vital to note that not every university recognizes EAS in the same way, so make sure you check how the university you’re interested in handles them.

Final thoughts…

No matter what, make sure to stay calm and take a deep breath! Your ATAR doesn’t define you, and if it isn’t quite enough to get you into the course you wanted, it doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in future studies. In our over 20 years of experience in education, we have had over 25,000 alumni graduate SIBT, with 90% choosing to continue to successful university careers. So if you do decide to go for a diploma, or want a pathway to Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus, make sure to join us here at SIBT!