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Student success in project management

Reece and Andrew had big aspirations for their project management careers. Find out how Learning People helped them get on the right track.

Reece WatkinsLearning People| Reece Watkins project management student

Reason for enrolling

Reece was working as an Electrical Contractor and Foreman but wanted to take his career to the next level. He wanted the right internationally recognised certifications to ensure he was confident in the most relevant and up to date project management methodologies.


StudentCareTM provided Reece with a bespoke study plan and supported him with time management to help him stay on track with his studies alongside his full-time job.

Career Services

Career Services began supporting Reece early on in 2020, alongside his studies. His current job contact was coming to an end and he wanted to start looking towards his first project management role.

Reece followed the Career Services team’s advice to help boost his employability. He learnt how to write a professional CV and how to best utilise LinkedIn. This allowed Reece to begin building a local network alongside his job search. He successfully gained interviews and was offered a suitable role during the pandemic.

The results

  • Passed the Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Passed the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Secured the new role of Project Manager at Mitton Electronet 

Reece says:

“I felt supported from day one by all at the Learning People. The advice I received from Career Services helped me gain the confidence I needed to push and progress my career forward into a new and exciting role.” 

Andrew WilliamsLearning People | Andrew Williams project management student

Reason for enrolling

In March 2020 we connected with Andrew through our relationship with Southern Rehab. He had been out of work for over 18 months, following a workplace accident.

Andrew had extensive experience in road contracting but could not go back into a manual role due to his injury. Realising he wanted to move into management or project related positions Andrew began his journey with us.


Andrew initially enrolled as an apprehensive student who lacked self-confidence. After the first few sessions with StudentCareTM, the support encouraged him to realise his potential. Weekly 1 to 1 study sessions helped to reassure and push Andrew to success.

StudentCareTM provided Andrew with a study planner and worked together with him on his time management. He managed to juggle time with his young family through the COVID-19 lockdown and his studies with support from the team each week.

Andrew had some self-doubt around his exam readiness, and StudentCareTM offered multiple mock tests and offered extensive revision support. This really helped Andrew feel prepared.

Career Services

Career Services offered dedicated support to Andrew, early on in his student journey. This was a daunting process for him, as he had not worked for some time after suffering from his workplace injury, so his confidence was low.

Andrew was the perfect student and took on the Career Services team’s advice of how to update and optimise his CV. The team also helped Andrew to build a stand-out LinkedIn profile and shared some top tips on how to network using his contacts and through recruitment agencies.

Quickly, the career opportunities presented themselves as Andrew secured 4 interviews. Career Services taught him to effectively prepare for interviews and how to answer behavioural based interviews.

Andrew ultimately secured a new project management role in Whangarei and they are even paying for his relocation costs.

The results

  • Passed the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
  • On track to pass the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • Secured the new role of Project Supervisor position at Fulton Hogan 

Andrew says:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Learning People for your support as I went through the CAPM training course. 

“As a kid I hadn’t had success with education when going to school. You gave me confidence in taking on this course and getting through the course content. Learning People provides a course that’s easy to use and I could progress through the content without feeling pressured. 

“The extra support from Laura and Julia made going through the recruitment stage easy, from writing a cover letter and CV to preparing for an interview both in person and with Skype. Without your support I honestly don’t know if I would have completed the course content. So once again thank you very much it’s been a really positive experience for myself and I gained really useful skills that will help my career to move forward.”

We’re really excited for the next generation of students as they navigate the industry. Discover more about a career in project management, and feel free to arrange a consultation call with one of our experts today to find out how you can start.