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Visual Obsession has been involved in training and education for over 10 years. We are committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology, exploring new ways of teaching from Interactive Whiteboards to Social Media and even remote training using Skype and Webcams.
Visual Obsession developed a 9 minute corporate / marketing DVD presented in both English and Chinese Mandarin to promote education and the benefits of studying in Cairns to the Chinese market. Visual Obsession also produced a website promoting Tropical Expertise for Australia and the International market.
Advance Cairns is a not for profit organisation jointly funded by Cairns Regional Council and Ports North and receives some funding through its patron program.
Advance Cairns is the peak coordination agency for economic development in tropical north Queensland promoting employment, economic and social growth to the region.
Cairns National News, Channel Seven, aired a report on special needs employees in the workforce, highlighted during Disability action week. The federal government will spend nearly 7 million dollars in a bid to get more employers hiring staff with disabilities. Visual Obsession is leading the way and has been nominated for a National Diversity At Work award. The report features one of Visual Obsession’s main website developers in the multimedia team, employee Kyah Rindlisbacher.
I finished school in 2006, and started my traineeship with Visual Obsession in January 2007. I completed my traineeship in November 2009.
Throughout my traineeship and to date, I have learnt numerous things such as; animation, graphic design, video editing, office administration and reception duties, project management, basic coding, and some parts of website development.
Whilst at school, I did complete a lower level certificate. And I understand how difficult it is going from the school environment to the workplace environment.
I feel that is has been very beneficial completing my traineeship in the workplace environment, rather than going through University or TAFE. I have always found that I’m able to retain more information through ‘on the job’ training rather than theory (i.e. text books). I have been able to learn quicker, easier and better when under the pressure of working to real life deadlines and the demands from actual clients in the work industry.
My current role at Visual Obsession is Office Administrator, and I work with students that come into Visual Obsession for work experience. I see how they struggle in applying the knowledge they’ve learnt to the industry standards.
My suggestion is if you’re looking to complete a traineeship, if possible, complete it in a work place. You will learn and retain information much better when under the pressure to get things right. In a work place it’s not just you, you are working with a team and everyone learns to work together.
Instead of only learning the information relevant to your traineeship, you learn so many other things that you wouldn’t learn in a classroom.
I have worked on many indigenous communication projects, including voice over and character design for the HITnet - University of Queensland - Queensland Health "Risky Business" project.
I started work experience with Visual Obsession in 2006 where I completed my Certificate 4 in IT – Websites traineeship, I am currently working full-time at Visual Obsession as Graphic Designer, Office Administration and Onsite Talent.
I find it much easier to work hands on and interact face to face with clients. I’d prefer that than just studying at TAFE or University straight out of text books. It also gave me a better idea of what it’s like in the real workforce. I have noticed that students that have come in from TAFE or University looking for work don’t have some of the basic skills needed in the workplace.
I’d definitely recommend to anyone a traineeship in a workplace, it is a great way to achieve a certificate in multimedia. My traineeship was competency based therefore it is marked completed and signed off depending on my ability to perform a certain task. The time frame all depends on the trainee’s knowledge, dedication and ability to learn.
Multimedia and Social Media is ongoing and relentless in the rapidly changing industry. I have learnt many skills at Visual Obsession not only multimedia but also skills I use in day to day life.
When the Interstate Remote Desktop Training concept was first proposed to study Certificate IV in Websites I had never used Skype, Interactive Whiteboards or Remote Desktop technology. I was not confident of my ability to use them, however it has been extremely easy to both learn and work with them all.
At the start of each day we simply log onto Skype which allows me to have face-to-face contact with my teacher for tutorials or demonstrations & to transfer assignment files. We often use instant messaging to keep in contact through the day if I have any questions. To save time and reduce communication problems, my teacher can also remotely operate my laptop to view & correct my work.
It has been a huge learning curve, but I have a great teacher and I'm enjoying on-the-job training while still at home.