When we get to the end of the calender year, we are between terms and a third of the way through the academic year. It can be confusing to those who work in the real world – the colleges and schools are working to a completely different timetable. It does seem odd that all countries seem to start their academic years in the summer or early autumn. However, with the fantastic number of online educational trainers these days, it matters not when the course is taken. Most big healthcare and medical employers will sign up with an established and recognised training group and between them, formulate the long term e-learning schemes that employees will need to complete to make inroads to the personal development goals. Being able to log on and concentrate in the quiet of a dedicated office or study makes such a difference to the learning achievements. Being able to understand the point of the exercise is so much easier!