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Getting a Professional Qualification

It is nearly impossible to secure a well-paying, stable job without relevant training. Our modern, industrialised world is focused on specialisation. To succeed you must be certified through intensive coaching that hones your competency expansion in your preferred career sector. Awarded by professional bodies, they give you the chance to gain valuable on-the-job experience through vocational preparation. Some courses follow on from a degree or equivalent qualification. However, an abundance of jobs in today’s society doesn’t mandate schooling in said field. It’s more about transferable skills and professional propensities. There are hundreds of awarding licensed professional bodies in the UK, each accrediting numerous courses at locations nationwide.

The elite ones are ICAE, Accountancy and Financial Management (ACA) and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).

Getting a professional qualification:

It is nearly impossible to secure a well-paid, stable job without a relevant training. To sa ucceed in the modern, industrialised world (which is focused on specialisation) one must be certified through intensive coaching that hones on competency expansion in your preferred career sector. Awarded by professional bodies, they give you the chance to gain valuable on-the-job experience through vocational preparation. Some courses follow on from a degree or equivalent qualification. There are hundreds of awarding licensed professional bodies in the UK, each accrediting numerous courses at locations nationwide.

The two elite awarding bodies are Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)and Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).

Other bodies focus on a particular career:

  1. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  2. Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH)
  3. Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
  4. National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
  5. Institute of Sales and Marketing Management (ISMM)
  6. Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  7. Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)

Chartered bodies are the societies that encourage you to populate a job sector. They influence your career path by pointing out the enticing pros of job ‘x’ and support you with relevant training.

When you join a graduate programme in a company that offers training with one of the Chartered societies, rest assured that your instruction will be top notch. The institute will make sure that your company has the resources, experience and infrastructure in place to comprehensively coach you to success.

To gain a professional qualification, you will have to take external courses to develop your specialised subject expertise and take exams at fixed intervals. The professional entities are concerned with maintaining the standards of qualification in their field, so you will also need to keep up to date with the latest research.

Once you secure, for example, an ACA qualification, you become a member of a professional body (a member of a Chartered Institute). This not only adds sheen to your CV, but it sends to the employers a clear message: you are a highly qualified individual, determined to contribute to the sector.

July 12th, 2017

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