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Do Qualifications matter?
Well, of course they do depending upon the job you're going for you or the career you're pursuing.
If you're applying for a job as a nurse, you certainly have to have the requisite qualifications.
Getting qualifications also means that you have acquired additional skills and knowledge which can help you progress in your chosen career.
Whether it's a degree, post-graduate work, diplomas or qualifications from other recognised bodies, the pursuit of new learning is always a plus.
OK, but what if you don't have any qualifications?
We have a successful colleague who likes to boast that he only has eight O levels and that's the sum total of his qualifications.
Now that's true in terms of his 'formal' qualifications, but his life experience, the number of training courses he's taken and his own professional development are all excellent credentials that make him utterly qualified to do what he is doing.
However, many people are concerned that even though they may be progressing well in their careers, they feel they may be judged harshly because of their lack of recognised qualifications.
This is where a really good CV comes into its own. A well-crafted CV should be constructed in such a way that by the time someone gets to the last bit where most people include their qualifications, it's simply not relevant: all the good stuff will have been highlighted.
In other words, what you have done in your career will be far more important than the 'official' pieces of paper that say you can do it.
This is why it's important that your CV isn't just an historical record of your job history but is shaped so that the reader gets a real sense of what you can actually do.
If you have done a number of training courses, even if you haven't received a certificate for them, add those to your CV. Not only will they indicate that you have gained additional skills, they will also show that you like learning. Good employers like to see that their employees want to keep learning.
It's why so many companies have Learning and Development Departments included in or alongside Human Resources; because they want their people to keep exercising their 'learning' muscles.
Many companies believe that it's far more important to have a healthy attitude to learning and development than it is to have shiny qualifications.
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