Fast-tracked qualifications are helping time-poor workers formalise their skills.
Using real-work scenarios and having their existing skill sets recognised, students are minimising the “extra” work they need to do and obtaining qualifications in a quarter of the time it usually takes.
Julia Mei Chen and Mark Devereaux, from Computershare, undertook a fast-tracked Diploma of Management. They say the intensive nature of the course allowed them to manage work and study.
“I won’t say it was easy. It required a lot of time management,” software development team leader Chen says. “(But) we learnt a lot of tools that helped me prioritise my workload, set achievable goals and maintain a work-life balance.”
Devereaux, an information technology team leader, says linking the study to his work had enormous benefits.
“Many of the assignments had practical applications within my team and, in fulfilling the course requirements, processes were improved,” he says.