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MBA in Australia 2016 [Infographic]

Are Australians aware of the MBA? How many have completed one? Why haven’t they, or why won’t they?  MBA awareness and aspirations levels were the topics of interest in this national survey conducted by skills recognition & RPL specialist Get Qualified Australia. The following infographic reveals the surprising results of the study.



About the Researcher: Get Qualified Australia is the nation’s leading skills recognition & RPL Specialist, helping Australians achieve nationally recognised qualifications in a cost and time-effective way. Learn more about the Fast-Tracked MBA Program today. 



5 factors to help you choose the right MBA

There was a time that a Masters of Business Administration required great commitments of time, money and effort. Attending a bricks-and-mortar university in a major city was the only way to complete the degree. Those lucky enough to enrol received not only skills and knowledge, but also prestigious networking opportunities with other top students.

However this traditional two-year MBA was a commitment that was out of reach for many potential students. As a result, there’s been a number of alternatives spring up, from online study to ‘fast track’ programs.

All this innovation is the sign of a healthy management education market.  Enrolments continue to grow rapidly. The MBA is highly prized by employers, and MBA graduates achieve significant pay increases. It is perhaps the most globally recognised qualification; a qualification that provides a recipient with an edge in a competitive work environment.

However, with all the new options, how do you know which MBA is the right choice for you? There are several considerations to think about:

  1. Cost

Study in reputable Australian institutions averages around $2500 per unit. There are twelve units in a typical MBA. Fortunately, today the mature student has an opportunity to have their prior work experienced recognised and credited to their MBA through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

The MBA lends itself to RPL more than most qualifications, as there are no technical credentials needed to become a manager. That means many people have substantial experience before embarking on their MBA. Enrolling into introductory units can seem like a waste of time and money for managers who already know what is being taught and, indeed, practice it daily.

Look out for an education provider that will assist in ensuring that you receive credit for any relevant previous experience. For many mature students, this could mean exemptions for up to half of your units, or upwards of $15,000.

  1. Time investment

On a similar note, RPL can significantly reduce the time required to complete the MBA and mean you start reaping the rewards of a higher qualification sooner. With enough work experience, a student can halve the time it takes to achieve their degree.

An institution that offers remote learning options will also save time as you can study any time, anywhere. For the truly motivated, being able to study evenings and weekends means they can take on more units at once, further reducing the time it takes to finish their MBA.

  1. Effort required

Acquiring a qualification as prestigious as an MBA will require effort. The important thing is to avoid wasting time and resources attending classes scheduled to suit the education provider, to learn subject matter you already know.

Flexible delivery options are vital for the busy mid-career student. The course should be tailored to the needs of the individual, rather than the student having to make compromises and adjustments for the course.

  1. Networking opportunities

A good institution will provide you with networking opportunities with your fellow students. An organisation that attracts like-minded students at similar points in their lives can provide great introductions and networks that can be valuable later in your business career.

  1. A reputable provider

A reputable organisation will understand the needs of the mature student and work with you to achieve the advanced standing you are entitled to. The provider will not waste your time and money training you in subjects you already know.

Taking the first step towards an MBA

The MBA is far from an obsolete qualification. It is a valuable addition to your resume and LinkedIn profile and remains highly prized by employers. But the modern MBA is being delivered by more personalised and efficient methods. It is up to educational institutes to adapt and offer the qualification in a modern, innovative ways.

Want to learn more about using your work experience to save time, money and effort achieving your MBA, or see if you’re eligible? Find out if fast-tracking the MBA is right for you.

Get Qualified Australia is the nation’s leading Skills Recognition & RPL Specialist, with over 40 partner institutions across 29 different industries. They can help determine which experience counts towards exemptions and which institutions offer the right learning environment for you. 


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How virtual reality is set to reshape education

By Adam Wadi

In this increasingly technological world, no industry is immune to disruption. Airbnb has given hospitality a wake-up call. Uber has rocked the taxi trade. Menulog revolutionised the way we order home delivery. These innovative start-ups listened to customers and have dramatically changed established industries.

In the same way, tertiary education is crying out for modernisation and a better customer experience, especially for students who are mid-career. Adult education is a unique opportunity for the next major industry disruption.

The needs of adult students are different to those going to university straight from high school. When I started my first diploma I had a full time job and a family to support. There are plenty of others in the same boat. They may want a qualification to help obtain a promotion, a payrise or to change industries, but face big barriers in obtaining the appropriate certificate, diploma or degree.

The two most significant barriers for adult students are:

  • The cost of a qualification
  • The amount of time involved in study

If we want to continue to prosper as a smart country, we must allow people to obtain qualifications in a way that is both cost and time-efficient, without sacrificing quality. So how do we do that? I see two major disruptions set to shake up the education industry:

  1. A customised course structure for every student

It is no longer appropriate to present potential students with an old-fashioned one-size-fits-all pathway to gaining nationally recognised qualifications. We all seek customisation in everything from phone plans to holidays to cars. Students are the customers of educational services; so how long will they accept demands that they fit into a uniform learning and assessment regime?

It is the institutions that need to adapt to meet the needs of individual students, not the other way round. Half of this challenge is recognising the prior experience of a student and converting this into advanced standing (through Recognition of Prior Learning). The other half is delivering educational services at a time and place, and in a manner, that suits the student, rather than the provider.

  1. Real collaboration in the virtual classroom

Physical classrooms are old hat. There is little reason to be physically present in a lecture theatre in order to learn. People returning to study later in life usually value flexibility over the benefits of attending class. They don’t need the clubs and social activities, and are likely to be able to motivate themselves to study.

But online learning does have its drawbacks. It can be impersonal and isolating and may not provide the opportunity to interact with other students and share ideas. Many people like the traditional classroom experience that you just don’t get online, but they are unable or unwilling to fit into a typical university schedule.

That’s why there’s a race to see who can perfect the online classroom experience. Clever education providers are investing in creating the ideal ‘virtual classroom’ to attract and engage students.

The VR classroom overcomes many of the obstacles that prevent people from chasing a qualification. It provides remote and overseas students an opportunity to participate in world-class education. International students can easily attend Australian classes. People in remote areas will have the same experience as their classmates. Students can collaborate on projects, teachers can provide feedback in a custom-built virtual environment and everyone can ‘attend’ sessions hosted by guest lecturers and specialists without leaving home.


Addressing the pain points: The future of adult education

A combination of RPL, flexible delivery and improving the online experience for students will deliver lower cost, more time efficient study. The lower overall cost comes thanks to exemptions from some units of study (where appropriate). The reduced time commitment is a result of fewer subjects and less travel time to the virtual classroom.

I started GQA with an ear to the ground and an eye for innovation. Now I have 40 partner institutions offering 400 nationally recognised qualifications across 29 different industries. Personally, I am always driving the team at Get Qualified Australia to be the improvement we want to see in the industry. We will forever be developing and refining our products and services with a view to making sure as many Australians as possible can get the qualifications they deserve.


It Takes a Village: Community Service and RPL

If you’ve been working in community service, helping local or neighborhood groups, non-profits, or public interest groups, there are valuable skills recognition programs ready to award formal credit for what you already know. RPL, recognition of prior learning, can provide the accreditation you deserve based on a documentation of your skills in stories like these:

Olivia’s On-the-Job Volunteering

Olivia’s company, a successful tech and communications firm, wanted to give back to the community that had welcomed them in as a struggling new business. The company teamed up with a hospital, deciding to do more than just contribute financial support.

As a way to fulfill her company’s goal to engage employees in community service, Jenna volunteered to help with event organisation for a 10k run benefiting the hospital. Her duties included recruiting and managing a team of volunteers to select suppliers to help with event day safety, parking, registration, and supplies.

On the day of the event, Olivia directed her team to set up the route and aid stations, and arrange for last minute registration. She also hired contractors to take photos, play music, and offer directions and information to participants and spectators alike.

Her status at the company was enhanced by her pro bono work, and gave her a new avenue for learning and enrichment. Through skills recognition, her experience proved worthy, broadening her opportunities both within the company and the larger employment environment in community service.

William’s Grandfather and the Community Center

William and his grandfather had become very close over the past several years, doing many things together including helping the aging man get to the community center near his lifetime home. There, a group of old friends met to play cards, talk about life over coffee and a snack, or go for a swim in the pool. Then William’s grandfather passed away.

William found that he missed the camaraderie of the group of elderly folks at the center, and decided to see if he could be of help to any of the others. He was hired at first to help with cleaning and yard work, but proved such a positive force with many who spent time at the center, was given additional tasks.

Soon, William was helping with social events and teaching basic computer skills. His engaging approach earned him new credentials through Recognition of Prior Learning that enabled him to apply his skills in a professional way, receiving formal recognition that improved his employment options.

Mia’s Approach to Getting Things Done

Mia found her neighborhood a wonderful collection of individuals and older homes, but in trying to feed her children and her extended family, felt that basic food options were unhealthy and comparatively expensive. She learned from a friend about community gardens, and thought that perhaps she could engage the schools to use a portion of their grounds to begin a community garden.

She learned how to organise her plan, describe the benefits, and get people on board with the project, finding support with neighborhood preschool and primary schools, with assistance from middle school students as a qualification for their matriculation. Mia collected donations from home improvement stores, engaged those with gardening expertise, and scheduled meetings and work sessions to create a garden full of vegetables and greens to be shared with students and the surrounding community.

Mia’s garden proved a successful project that was repeated throughout her city, earning her not only Recognition of Prior Learning formal credentials, but also friends grateful recipients outside of her neighborhood. Enjoying a new career organising community projects, Mia expanded her professional, financial, and social horizons.

Your Turn

What skills have you developed through community service? Whether volunteer, paid, in fulfilment of qualifications for a school or job-related goal, you deserve credit for what you already know. Put your expertise to work for you today by scheduling a skills review, and look forward to a brilliant future helping communities and the people they serve.

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Go to the Head of the Class: RPL Early Education Diploma

If you’ve been working to nurture and educate children as a career, your experience may earn you an official qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). The care and keeping of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers requires valuable skills, ones that RPL as a program is equipped to both recognise your skills and rewards your accomplishments, based on the merit of what you already know. Through RPL, earning your Diploma in Early Education and Care is a real possibility. You’ll boast your credentials quickly and easily, at a cost of thousands less than earning a degree through a traditional diploma program.

Experienced child care staff are hard working, multi-tasking, managers of multiple entities in an early education classroom. Keeping an eye on safety and hygiene while ensuring good nutrition and hydration, teaching basic skills to children in this setting requires patience, planning, and flexibility. These skills are in demand, and those holding an appropriate child care qualification often earns preferred status when applying for the best positions.

Whether you’ve learned these skills raising your own family at home, taking responsibility for other children, on the job, as a volunteer, or even in a formal classroom setting, your knowledge is key to advancing your career with the enhanced status this qualification provides. Isn’t it about time you got credit for the things you already know?

Writing lesson plans, scheduling field trip outings, and collecting materials for special projects, your days are full of important details that must be completed with skill. Keeping the classroom clean and tidy requires both good time management and knowledge of cleaning methods most appropriate to the task. Keeping the children in line, engaging their attention and inspiring their learning environment requires an experienced hand tempered with a little psychology.

If you’ve been working in this arena, you know the challenges, but you also know the rewards. There is nothing like the big hugs and lovely smiles from children that you’re mentoring, giving them skills as simple as tying a shoe, stacking a block, or counting with numbers to keep your day on track. Similarly, knowing how to turn contentious situations into helpful, positive, teachable moments is invaluable as children learn about social interaction.

Skilled early education and care workers know the drills and truly keep chaos at bay on a daily basis. If you are good at what you do and this is your chosen career field, why not boost your status and improve your employment prospects with this important credential. Your Diploma of Early Education and Care through an RPL program awaits, ready to elevate you to the next level. It’s time to graduate, so schedule a review for an RPL assessment today.


How to Improve Visa and Migration Prospects Through RPL

If working in Australia seems like an unreachable dream, think again. Through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), many foreign workers are able to gain the necessary visas and migration documents faster, easier, and with minimal expense. Landing that perfect job with one of Australia’s profitable companies is something anyone with skills in a number of different occupations can look forward to by collating evidence of their experience, and documenting their skills.

Allowing your experience to work for you, even if it was not gained in Australia, can earn you the qualifications, certifications, or degrees you need to get hired by one of Australia’s top companies, startups, small businesses, or international firms. All you need to do is seek out the qualification best suited to your background, apply for an RPL assessment, then follow the steps to receive official recognition for things you already know.

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve learned skills on the job, as a volunteer, pursuing a hobby, researching on your own, or through a job in another country, what you know can help you get a big head start by earning the credentials you need. Migration to Australia and award of a 457 Visa, or Temporary Work/Skilled Visa will come to you faster and easier than you ever imagined.

A 457 Visa allows you to come to Australia to work for a nominated sponsor for up to four years. You are eligible for this visa if you have the required skills to fill an open position in an approved business. This visa allows you to bring your family to Australia to work or study, as well as travel in and out of Australia as frequently as you wish. You will also need a valid passport to apply for a 457 Visa.

Migrating to Australia by presenting experience and background along with an Expression of Interest (EOI) on the Australian Government’s SkillSelect site can help match you up with an appropriate company for nomination. Skills most in need for 2016 in Australia, according to several career sites, list accountants, architects, bankers, construction, education, energy, engineering, health care, information technology, legal, oil & gas, resources & mining, and sales & marketing as top categories for prospective employment.

Australia has a need for skilled workers in a number of additional fields. If you have experience in computers, electronics, design, or a trade like cabinet maker, panel beater, or glazier, there are many positions just waiting for your application and many companies willing to help you acquire the necessary documents to fill the position.

You can proceed through the process in pursuit of a skills category, pursuing a Skilled Independent Subclass 189 Visa to fulfill your dream. Or, if you can match your skills to a company job posting, you can enlist their help in speeding approval of your Skilled Nominated Subclass 190 Visa or 457 Visa, getting you to the head of the line, living and working in Australia usually within 6-18 months of application.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, workers in Australia worked 1,656.0 million hours in January of 2016. That is an increase of 10.9 million hours, or 0.7% over the previous month. An RPL assessment and evaluation could put you on your way to becoming a part of those numbers, working in a position that makes the most of your experience. Ready to make your move? We thought you’d say yes.


From bellboy to CEO: How Adam Wadi found one of Australia’s fastest growing startups [VIDEO]

As a child, Adam Wadi dreamed of a career in hospitality, and as a young adult, he made it happen. Becoming a bellboy in Dubai gave him an entrée into the world of five-star hotels. Hard work saw him rise through the ranks to management positions in a variety of first-class locations.

Like many, he saw a career in hospitality as a chance to indulge in a life of freedom and travel. But the truth was being chained to the hotel lobby with long, unsociable hours for low pay. All the best jobs went to those with qualifications.

Adam knew a Masters Degree in hospitality would pave the way to the freedom and lifestyle he craved. Like most people about to start a family, however, he didn’t have the luxury of being able to study full time for the qualification that he would need to make the move into training and education.

Even more frustrating was that half of the units he would have to study (and pay for) dealt in subject matter he knew better than the lecturers; knowledge gained from years working in the trade. It seemed so pointless. ‘Hospitality is my industry,’ Adam says. ‘I knew it backwards’.

Discovering Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Luckily for Adam, he found a mentor who introduced him to the concept of Recognition of Prior Learning, or RPL. Together they navigated the university’s requirements to prove his expertise and gain exemptions for some units of study. Adam was credited for two introductory units. The saving of $5000 and shortening his course by six months gave him the incentive to enrol and eventually achieve his Masters.

‘If it wasn’t for that person showing me how to RPL myself through a qualification that I needed to move to the vocational education industry, I would never have moved,’ says Adam.

A qualification led to a better life

That qualification opened up a new world for Adam. He got his first training job while still working at a hotel. But after a while he found that his new part-time job paid more than his old full time job, and it was an easy decision to replace his hotel hours with more teaching. He became a full time trainer and assessor.

Adam soon realised that, like him, many people were unaware of RPL and were spending time and money taking classes they believed were necessary to graduate. Even worse were those who never enrolled in a life-changing qualification because they couldn’t afford the investment of time or money.

‘These are smart people, but sometimes they need a little guidance to see their own true potential and the world of options available to them if they hold that piece of paper,’ says Adam. ‘They have no idea that they can turn their skills, knowledge and experience into nationally recognised qualifications.’

That’s when Adam realised there was a gap in the market that he had the knowledge, skills – and the qualification – to fill.

A new start as an entrepreneur

‘I started Get Qualified Australia in my daughter’s room with just a phone and answering machine,’ says Adam. ‘Today I have a hundred employees and we have helped around 10,000 people receive the qualifications they are eligible for’.

He likens what he does to being a coach, guiding clients to unlock their full potential, which gives him immense satisfaction. ‘If it wasn’t for RPL, I would still be working in a hotel,’ Adam says. ‘I just want to give others that same opportunity.’

Learn more about his unique story by watching the video below.


Get Qualified Australia is the nation’s leading Skills Recognition & RPL Specialist, helping skilled and experienced individuals achieve nationally recognised qualifications in a time and cost effective way.  

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How to Get a Qualification Without Putting Your Life on Hold

There’s a great new position opening up and it’s squarely in your wheelhouse. You would be perfect for the job, with all the right experience except for one little detail: you don’t have the required qualifications.

Going back to school after spending a few years, or even a few decades in the working world can seem an impossible plan. Responsibilities at work and home claim most of your time. And then there’s the cost. Traditional schooling can take years to complete, demanding tens of thousands of dollars in the process. There is another option.

Through Skills Recognition and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), all of your experience can earn you credit, advancing your academic status before you’ve even stepped foot in the classroom. The things you’ve learned on the job, as a volunteer, pursuing a hobby, or simply maintaining a home, can help you leapfrog over the coursework in your chosen field, saving both time and money on your way to the credentials you need to get ahead.

Want to know more about RPL? Get the complete guidebook.

Through skills recognition, the knowledge you’ve gained illustrates your level of expertise, proving what you already know. Whether you’ve learned skills on the job, in the classroom, working on a hobby, or simply making your way through life’s everyday tasks at home, those skills are useful in getting recognition where it’s due: on your resume and academic record.

Your experience through the years can help you get credit exemptions. Find out your eligibility for RPL by taking the free Skills Review.

Scheduling a consultation with an RPL Specialist, and gathering up information about your experience into a portfolio, will allow you to confirm your eligibility for a qualification at half the time, effort and cost, without the need for any classroom study or relearning what you already know.

Or perhaps you’re uncertain where all of your expertise could lead. A review with an expert could point you in a new, undiscovered direction with exciting job prospects.

The courses you’ve taken at work, that training you’ve received on the job, or the self-driven study you undertook to solve a particular problem are all valuable in the assessment. The hobby you’ve pursued for years, or the work you’ve done managing household budgets, organising family travel, keeping kitchens stocked and organised, and cooking for a crowd can all help you achieve the status of your dreams.

If you’ve been reading the job posts thinking the answer is “no” because of your lack of education, think again. The evaluation of your portfolio is the first step toward getting to “yes,” as the pieces of your expertise come together, forming a solid foundation from which to launch your career’s trajectory. In less time than you think, costing less than you imagine, you’ll have the credentials you need to pursue the kind of job you deserve.

You’ve been in a holding pattern that’s preventing you from advancing in your chosen field for too long, telling yourself “no” because you lack credentials. It’s time to tell yourself “yes,” learning how valuable recognition is for the important things you do every day.

Are you ready to speak with an RPL Specialist? Discover your options by calling us at 133 775. It’s time to get your career going!