Student testimonial: Gladstone Hlalakuhle
At Learning People, we measure our success by our student’s success, so we’re always delighted to hear from past students.
Recently we caught up with Gladstone Hlalakuhle, a project management professional and Learning People graduate, to ask about his online learning experience.
Having recently completed 3 qualifications with us – MS Project, CAPM and PRINCE2® – we’re asking him the questions that are on your mind.
What attracted you to the courses?
Having had prior experience working as a project manager, I needed something to formalise my experience by way of certification and help to prove my capabilities. I have had a varied project management career, working as an environmental manager, then an agricultural officer and finally a project co-ordinator for the European Union.
As you can tell, prior to becoming qualified, my experience on the ground had been very strong, however I didn’t have any formal project management training. I needed something to boost my CV and get me noticed by potential employers. Although I had a diploma in agriculture and an environmental postgraduate diploma, they weren’t industry recognised qualifications and I needed something more to prove my ability. I was attracted to the training because I knew how highly regarded it was and how it would give my career the boost it needed.
Why did you choose Learning People?
I looked at lots of different options, but Learning People offered a full consultation where we discussed my experience and what courses would suit me best. I found the career consultants very helpful and they directed me to the PRINCE2®, MS Project and PMI courses which I completed one after the other. It only took me one year to complete three courses, as well as completing the PMP training which I thought was a really quick turnaround.
How did you find online learning having only studied in the classroom before?
I found it much easier than learning in a classroom, actually. Whilst I did my studies I also worked in a project management support role which allowed me to maintain an income whilst I studied. Online learning helped me multitask work with my education which was great. Not only that, but I was able to do my training wherever and whenever I wanted. This allowed me to manage my time effectively and gave me the chance to research my possible career paths and manage other commitments. I would definitely recommend online training for people who need to work alongside training.
Would you recommend Learning People?
Yes – overall it has been a really positive experience and I’m happy to have qualified. The training has helped open doors. I also recommend the StudentCare team who supported me throughout my training. Nick and Toby were really helpful and made the whole experience enjoyable.
What advice would you give fellow Learning People students?
- Commitment – ensure that you fully commit to the course. You will be able to multi-task alongside your learning, but to succeed in project management you need to be committed to your education and stay up to date with best practices.
- Time management – managing your social life, work life and education is a challenge but it’s really rewarding when you complete your training.
Follow in Gladstone’s footsteps
Getting certified as a project manager is a great way to increase your salary and improve your career prospects. Whether you have a wealth of project management knowledge, or are just starting out, we can help find the perfect course for you.
Get in touch with our expert career consultants today who can recommend the best courses and accreditors for your experience, skills and career goals. Once enrolled, our Student Care and Career Services teams can help you create a learning plan around your existing job and commitments, plus help you secure new employment or offer advice on gaining a promotion in your current job.