Recognition of Prior Learning – Protecting your Career
Concerned about losing your competitive edge in your job?
Why Recognition of Prior Learning may be what you need.
Have you worked hard for years, but yet, when you stop to look at your career, you realise you don’t have a single piece of paper that gives your skills and experience the credibility they deserve? Anything that really shines a light on what you can offer to your employers and gives you that sense of self-worth you really deserve?
Have you noticed younger, less experienced colleagues gaining promotions and climbing the career ladder at an incredible speed, simply because they have the ‘right’ qualifications against their name and on their resume?
When it comes down to it, that lack of qualifications is your biggest weakness when either your current or future employer needs to compare your value against others’.
It may seem unfair, but protecting your career can have a lot to do with the professional qualities you have. Without a way to communicate your skills, you can be at risk of being left behind by other, formally qualified colleagues, regardless of the depth of their experience.
Take Trish for example. Although Trish had many years of experience in her field, she felt vulnerable against younger people entering the workforce. So she decided to formally recognise her skills through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to cement her confidence and her position:
I’ve been in communications now for well over 20 years. In the last 15 years I’ve worked as a Technical Expert in Communications. I’ve done Project Implementation; I’ve been a Team Manager and then an Operations Specialist/Manager.
My driving force behind obtaining a Diploma (through RPL) was for future job prospects, whether they’re internal to my current company, or external.
I did investigate other institutions. I did find some far more expensive and the timeframes to complete it seemed quite drawn out, even though I had an abundance of evidence. It didn’t seem quite right to take that long to get recognition for what I had learnt or to find out what I did need for future modules.
Once I spoke to a representative from Churchill, I found the process so much easier. I sent through all the required documentation and evidence. It was evaluated very quickly. As I said, it was so easy and the communication was very good.
I didn’t need to complete any extra units of study. My experience was quite sufficient and I did have quite a lot more!
Even though people can have a lot of experience, they can have some self-doubt. It does creep in.
Obtaining the Diploma has given me a lot of self-pride and I know that it’s going to be helpful in my future.
I’m probably in the older age group now and there’s a lot of young people in the workforce and you’re in competition with them going for jobs, but when someone has a wealth of experience they can move into a role, take in on and have the confidence to do so. I think that speaks a lot. I’m hoping that a lot of people go for the Diploma just for their own gratification, in some respects.
I do know that prospective employers look for qualifications and it’s achievable for so many people.
If you would like to know more about how you can clearly and easily communicate your experience and skills in the form of a nationally recognised qualification WITHOUT the need for study, then give us a call on 1300 793 002.