• Location: Fraser High School
  • Start Date: Wednesday 17th Feb, 2021.
  • End Date: Wednesday 7th Apr, 2021.
  • Time: 6.30 - 8.30.
  • 8 Weeks.
  • 2 hours per week.
  • Course Fee: $79.00.


Tutor: Ursula Edgington

Post-Covid19, the global ‘lockdown’ forced most of us to stop what we were doing, or change it dramatically. Lockdown gave us a new perspective of our everyday ‘normal’ lives: lives we previously often took for granted. Inside our ‘bubbles’ and without those usual distractions, lockdown also gave us space and time to reflect on the ‘big picture’ - what is and isn’t important to us, personally. For some, that has led to making some changes. Alongside getting those long-delayed chores completed and tackling new technologies, our ‘new normal’ might mean a kind of ‘reset’. This could mean striving for a better work/life balance, improving our well-being, perhaps finding a new job, changing an existing role, or setting-up a new venture or learning journey that had previously only been a dream. 


This course aims to assist students to reflect on the concept of change and take positive steps towards a chosen ‘reset’ – individually, as whanau and as a society more widely. With the broad aim of holistic self-improvement, the course will provide fun opportunities to learn about and share our unique individual learning styles and what kinds of work (or pastimes) might match our skills and experiences. Help with the practical steps of resetting and personal change, like creating a new CV and/or writing a professional online profile will be included, alongside developing effective feedback strategies for any ‘difficult’ conversations at home or in the workplace. Budgeting skills in relation to case studies of wage subsidy, redundancy or salary payments versus priorities and outgoings can be explored. Students will also have an opportunity to practice presentation and/or interview techniques in a friendly atmosphere and investigate the use of various technology platforms that are used for meetings, shopping, wellbeing and education. Overall, this course aims to help students gain in self-esteem and confidence for greater success in the ‘new normal’ of our post-Covid19 Aotearoa New Zealand. 


About the Tutor: 

Ursula Edgington enjoys facilitating adult learners to reach their potential through using fun and culturally-relevant strategies. Ursula is a qualified tertiary teacher and experienced social science researcher and has published multiple academic and creative texts on topics connected to adult education, culture and social justice. Her interests are founded in the transformative nature of learning and the use of quality, innovative resources, including technology, to enhance learning outcomes. 

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This course is supported by the TEC (Tertiary Education Commission) to assist with literacy and numeracy needs of students. You must attend 80% of the class. At the same time we hope you will learn other useful and interesting skills and have a lot of fun learning with us.