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Our Project Management student success stories

Dan Roberts

Reason for enrolling

I received an email from Learning People through TotalJobs during the 2020 lockdown. At that time, I was out of work since my contract had finished in December 2019. The job market was flat and part of my previous work had included working on projects. I knew that some official training would be beneficial.  

StudentCare™

I contacted StudentCare when I came to a point when I wondered if I was taking too long on the training, but they assured me I was learning at the right pace for me and I was taking everything on. They were there when I needed them.

Career Services

Career Services were great. Robyn was brilliant. They could not have been more helpful and supportive. Robyn helped me with loads of interview questions and preparation.

The Results

Dan says:

“I was recommended the full collection of project management training, and a recruiter friend of mine actually advised me not to try and do PRINCE2 as they thought it would be too technical. But I thought I do need this and discussed it with my wife and wanted to enhance and validate my skills.

I’d not done any online learning before this and I’m dyslexic. The last time I was in education was at school. It had its challenges for me, but at the same time I found that using all the tools enabled me to retain what I needed. My brother in law is a lecturer in project management and has a PHD in project management and was impressed with what I’d learnt and how much I knew. 

I’m absolutely loving my new job. It’s a multisite role and I’m working with a lot of different people. It has its challenges, but wouldn’t be interesting if it was easy. It’s a brand new role and I can make it my own. I can put things into practice that are good for the workplace and I wouldn’t have been able to do this without what I’ve learnt.”

 

 

 

Charlotte Crenn

Reason for enrolling

I decided on a career change last year into project management but had no idea where to start, so I looked around and read a lot. I saw there were a few certifications that were widely recognised in the industry and decided to look up different providers.

I was looking specifically for project management certifications. PRINCE2® were my first choice with the CAPM following as a bonus.

StudentCare™

The courses were very well presented and easy to understand, so I never needed any clarification from mentors or StudentCare™. I did have to contact StudentCare™ to book my exams at the end of the courses and their response was almost instant, they were very fast to answer.

Career Services

I have to say this was my absolute favourite part. I was having a pretty bad time in my former employment, to the point where I decided to leave and go back home before looking for work in my new field. Which was quite a terrifying thing to do.

This is when I first spoke with Robyn from the Career Services team. I told her what I wanted to do and asked if she thought it was achievable, or am I crazy? She said if you do everything I tell you and you work with me, your chances will definitely be increased.

I didn’t think I needed help making a CV, I’ve made plenty of them in my professional career. But it turned out Robyn had a lot to show me and teach me and held my hand all the time. It made a huge difference and gave me the confidence to move forward with my career plan. As you can tell I’m a big fan.

The Results

Charlotte says:

“The first call I had with Learning People felt like a lot more than someone just trying to sell me something. Right from the first call, Matt provided me with useful advice which gave me a good feeling. I often go with my instinct and it felt well supported with Learning People right from the beginning.

I really appreciated being given useful advice about the career and industry before signing up. It was great career advice with helpful recommendations that gave me a better view of what to expect and what the path beyond the certifications would look like. So a lot more about the career change and not just focused on the certifications and the training.

Sometimes the hardest step is the first. It costs literally nothing to pick up the phone and speak with a career consultant. The internet is a great resource, but can be very overwhelming, there’s so much choice. Speaking with a human being really helps put things into perspective, especially when it’s good advice.”

 

 

 

Marloes Wanrooij

Reason for enrolling

I had resigned from a job of 7 years because there was no room for growth there anymore for me. However, I did this just before the first wave of Covid put us into lockdown and I struggled to find a job for a good 8 months. I decided to use my time off to obtain some qualifications that could help me land my dream job when the job market started flourishing again.

Career Services

I had a few chats with a lovely member of the Career Services team, and she was so interested in helping me land a great job. I felt like I had a cheerleader! I was given some really useful tips on improving my CV, on using LinkedIn and whenever I had a job I was interested in or when I had a job interview, she was always around to help me if I needed anything.

The Results

Marloes says:

The consultant I spoke to was very knowledgeable, very easy to talk to, and gave some good advice on suitable courses. I might have signed up for a few more courses than I had originally planned, but that just means he was very good at his job! When I later discovered that one of the courses I had signed up for didn’t suit me at all, Learning People were helpful in finding me another option, and I even ended up signing up for an additional course!

I had looked at various options and was tempted to go with the cheapest one. Don’t we all? But after speaking to Learning People and hearing about the certificates and registrations with official bodies, I understood it would be better for me to invest in these courses and get it right the first time.

Find out what courses you are thinking of doing, speak to a consultant and let them inform you. Then take some time to think about what courses to sign up to, and go for it. It is not time lost or money lost; it is valuable knowledge and credentials gained that can really help you stand out from other applicants, or that can help you progress in your current career.”

 

 

 

Agnes Chan

Reason for enrolling

Agnes enrolled with Learning People in August 2021. Originally from China, she had a degree in International Business and had been working within the hospitality sector. She had worked her way up to management positions within this sector. Agnes enjoyed working in management but was looking to move out of hospitality. She had always been interested in Project Management but was unsure how to use her experience and get into these sorts of roles. After speaking with Scott, one of our Senior Career Consultant, she got advice around which industry certifications would get her noticed and ensure she was marketable when looking for roles. Agnes decided she wanted to take this step and was looking forward to getting started.

Student CareTM

Agnes started with an orientation on the platform, she loved that this was broken down into a step-by-step guide and that she was shown how to access everything she would need to do her training. Agnes was impressed that she had access to support from Student Care whenever she needed help or had questions. She found the exam booking process nice and easy also. Online working worked well with her lifestyle, but was pleased to have personal support when needed.

Career Services

Agnes was excited about the support from Career Services, she was changing industry and was not sure how to present herself to employers in this sector. She also wanted guidance about the sorts of roles to look at as this was all new to her. Tabatha, in the Career Services team, guided Agnes through the whole process. They did a CV and LinkedIn consultation, and she was able to highlight her transferable skills from her management experience along with making sure her certifications stood out in the right way. They also looked at different Cover Letters and made sure they were tailored to the different roles she was applying for. Tabatha helped Agnes network with people in the industry and did interview preparation when she started to interview. She gave her consistent advice and guidance to ensure she was taking the right path to meet her goals.

Agnes is now thrilled to be working as a Project Officer at Nexon.

The Results

Agnes says:

“I compared a few Project Management certificates and service providers before I enrolled with Learning People. The Learning People team are very knowledgeable and was able to give me some industry trends and insights. The extra career consulting services was one of the most valuable parts and were integral for informing my decision to enroll.

I like the flexibility of the Learning People platform. It is very easy to access and I could control my learning. When I needed course materials for exams, they arranged to send them to me as soon as possible, even through the material global shortage period. The mentor support from the platform is very efficient and detailed. When I sent out questions on the page, my comments were replied to, the longest took only 48hrs with very detailed explanations. I was also able to review other people’s questions to get a deeper understanding of my own knowledge.

The Student Care team is always encouraging and made regular calls to check up on me throughout the whole study time. I received full support and friendly advice on how to plan my study step-by-step with encouragement and positivity.

Career Services was definitely the highlight of my journey with Learning People. My consultant Tabatha provided her excellent professional skills to help me go in the right direction I wanted while fully utilizing the license I’ve been studying. She has not only provided strategic career consultation but also guided me along the way. We covered resume editing, interview preparation all the way through to follow up post job reviews. This is definitely one of the strongest reasons I would recommend Learning People for anyone who would like to extend their study in professional licenses.

I have been able to successfully gain a project management position in IT since I got my license through studying with Learning People. I would choose them again for any future career development due to the resources and caring team members who have supported me along the way. I highly recommend Learning People to anyone who is seeking a brighter future for their career.”

 

 

 

Yogesh Paniraj Subbanarasimha

Reason for enrolling: 

Yogesh had been working as a facilities manager working in the property industry, managing small-medium projects. Yogesh enquired with Learning People as he wanted to validate his skillset along with bridging any knowledge gaps, he may have had to move into a more senior position within Project Management and start managing projects on a larger scale.  

Student CareTM 

The Student Care team called Yogesh within the first couple of days post enrolment and ran through a full training orientation and discussed the examination process and how Learning People will support him throughout his journey. The Student Care team arranged for regular check in calls with Yogesh so they could monitor his progress and see if he had any questions along the way or needed additional resources to guide him through.  

Career Services 

Yogesh’s Career Services Consultant Mikayla completed a full CV and LinkedIn review and concentrated on ensuring his previous projects were highlighted and made visible for future employers. Mikayla and Yogesh also discussed Networking on LinkedIn and how to approach the market successfully.  

The results

  • Obtained a role as a Project Management Specialist at Menzies Aviation 

Yogesh says: 

“The course material and learning are 100% online and it gives flexibility for the student to learn at their own pace and around lift/work commitments. Course material is structured well and suits both experienced professionals and non-experienced students. The online learning platform and the end-user experience is easier to use and navigation. 

The Learning People Team is an absolute pleasure to deal with professional and courteous service. Students are treated with a lot of respect as they understand that most of them are full-time working professionals and parents with significant other responsibilities. I have no hesitation in recommending The Learning People as a service provider to my friends and family.” 

 

 

 

Susana Chen

Reason for enrolling:

Susana first got in touch with Learning People in July 2021. She had been working in a Digital Content role and was moving into a new role within the company. She thought having knowledge of Project Management would help her in this transition. Susana also wanted to diversify her background and was thinking of what her future would look like long term. Eventually she wanted to be able to travel and work as a Project Manager in Europe. She initially spoke with one of our Senior Career Consultants, Robin. He gave her advice on the best certifications to take in order to help her in the short and long term. Susana was excited to get enrolled and start her journey with Learning People.

StudentCareTM 

Susana had an orientation on the platform and felt comfortable getting started. As she was starting a new role, she was not going to have as much time initially. StudentCare™ helped her to make a plan to account for this and ensured she was still able to achieve her goals. Susana was pleased with the consistent support and loved that she could fit the training in around her life. The flexible training style suited her perfectly and she was pleased she had a full year to finish the training. Student Care were able to help her with a study plan so that she could allocated specific time to train around her busy work schedule.

Career Services

After Susana had enrolled, Tabatha, in our Career Services team introduced herself in Susana’s first week. As she had a contract role, she wanted to hold off making a start working with Career Services. They made a plan for when this support would be most beneficial for her. Tabatha continued to check in on Susana worked around her. When Susana was ready, they started working together and did a CV consult. She was not exactly sure what sort of role she wanted to go for and how to ensure her new certification would be marketed the best. Tabatha gave her options of things she could include to make sure she was representing her skills best. They also spoke about her LinkedIn profile as well as how to use the platform to network with potential employers. Susana ended up getting a couple of interviews. She then worked with Tabatha to ensure she was prepared for them and knew what to expect. Susana ended up getting two job offers and struggled with what role would be the best for her. They were in different areas and sectors. After speaking with Tabatha and getting advice on her options as well as getting help with how to negotiate salaries, she was able to make a decision and is now starting in a new and exciting role. Susana is going to be working as a Digital Content Producer for ANZ working on internal Projects and has ended up having a significant salary increase.

The results

Susana says:

“Learning People are so professional and offer really good quality courses. I enrolled in PRINCE2 Foundation, Agile and Practitioner. The course content was really well structured, with lots of tests and mock exams, to ensure I understood the principles before sitting my exam with confidence. It has helped me change career paths with so much confidence and made me a more desirable candidate in the job market.

The APAC Student Care team and Career Services are FANTASTIC – so so friendly and helpful!!! They are experts in their field and each hold relevant industry experience, so they offered me invaluable advice at every step of the way. Shout out to Robin and Tabatha who followed up with me regularly to ensure my success!”

 

 

 

Tui Hicks

Reason for enrolling:

Tui has been a stay-at-home mother while her husband is overseas and working full time. Tui was very excited at the thought of being able to achieve a goal she thought she couldn’t achieve after having children and leaving full time work to look after her children. After having a great chat with her Senior Careers Consultant Josh, Tui was sure she wanted to gain international certifications to build her Project Management career and follow her dreams again.

StudentCareTM 

Tui engaged with her Student Care representative Kelsea as soon as she enrolled. Kelsea took the time to get to understand Tui’s life situation so she can provide the appropriate support and check in on a weekly basis to ensure she is progressing and managing her time sufficiently. Tui is also using a study planner to keep her on track to ensure she finishes her studies within her licence period.

Career Services

Tui’s Career Services Consultant Mikayla checked in with her a handful of times at the beginning of her enrolment to see how she was tracking with her studies and the need for Career support. Within 3 weeks of Tui’s enrolment, her Career Services Consultant ran through 2 informative and in-depth CV consultations to ensure it was looking as good as possible for her future job applications and showed her career progression with the Project Management certifications. 1-week later Tui had been offered a fulltime position.

The results

  • Obtained a role as Customer Officer at Infrabuild

Tui says:

“Learning People has a great support system and the consistency in phone calls to follow up on my progress has been really encouraging. They provide a system wherein it is difficult for you to fail. They seem to care, which is uncommon these days. Course material is comprehensive and, in a language, easy to understand. The platform is easy to navigate and allows for ease of learning as anything too complex would easily deter me from keeping up my studies.

I would recommend Learning People to anyone who wants to succeed. They reduce the stress by letting you plan your study to suit your individual circumstance and with this flexibility I have been able to embark on a goal I set many years ago. I will continue with my studies so I can obtain a Project Manager position in the near future.”

 

 

 

Kenneth Choo

Reason for enrolling:

Kenneth had been involved with projects in some shape and form for almost 20 years. Kenneth felt it was time to earn his formal and international certifications to progress his career and receive the job security and salary he wanted for himself and his family. After an extensive discussion with his Senior Career Consultant Arthur, Kenneth decided to start his journey with Learning People and enrol to complete the full Project Management course collection.

StudentCareTM 

Kenneth completed an extensive training orientation with a member from the Student Care team, the day after his enrolment. Kenneth spoke with Student Care to decide which certification to start with and went on to receive regular check in calls and communication via email when needed.

Career Services

The Career Services team introduced themselves to Kenneth within the first week of his enrolment and decided to touch base once Kenneth was further through his training with Learning People before beginning with the support. Kenneth’s Career Services representative Mikayla completed a full CV and LinkedIn consultation along with discussing how to best network and utilise LinkedIn to assist with the job hunt and navigate the industry more in depth.

The results

Kenneth says:

“The online course materials were very well thought out and organised which allowed me to learn at my own pace at any time and place. This was especially important as I had to juggle my time between family commitments, working full time running my own business and self-study. Fortunately, the support provided by the Student Care Consultants was always easily accessible and very helpful. What was also very helpful was advice and suggestions during my sessions with Learning Support’s Career Services.

The last two years have been quite a journey, especially with Covid affecting all facets of life. Fortunately, I’ve now earned the PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, Practitioner and Agile Practitioner certifications and am now a Site Supervisor with Ventia NZ, working on the iconic City Rail Link (CRL) project here in Auckland. Many thanks to the team at Learning People in Christchurch, especially Arthur, Mikayla, and Julia.”

 

 

 

Eben Scheepers

Reason for enrolling:

Eben first inquired with Learning People October 2020. He had some experience working in the construction industry back home in South Africa, but had never been able to progress in the industry. Eben had been working as a Foreman since being here but wanted to progress his career. He spoke with Darcia, one of our Senior Career Consultants, who helped him figure out what certifications would get him noticed and help him advance his career. He wasn’t sure what companies would be looking for. He had also never studied and had no formal qualifications so was nervous but excited to get started.

StudentCareTM 

Eben loved the fact he was able to get support from the StudentCare team to help him get into the swing of online training. As he had never done it before, this was something he was looking forward to. StudentCare took him through his orientation and set up a plan to check in with him for the first few months. He was able to get through his first certification at a great pace. He was easily able to ask questions and get his exam vouchers when needed.

Career Services

Eben was extremely excited to start working with Career Services. He wanted to ensure his CV was marketable and did not know what it needed to look like. Tabatha, one of our Career Services Consultants, did a full consultation and advised him on how to update and tailor his CV. They also discussed his LinkedIn profile and how to use the platform to network in the market. When Eben secured an interview, Tabatha coached him through this process and ensured he knew what to expect going into the interview. She supported him through the entire process and made sure he felt confident. We are thrilled to say he landed the first role he interviewed for and he is now working in the industry as a Junior Project Manager.

The results

Eben says:

“When I first enrolled with The Learning People, I was explained in depth what my courses could mean for my career, and what help I would receive to complete my studies. I quickly became excited for the learning process and knew that I had made the right decision to enrol.

The online learning platform is easy to use, and there is no shortage of information. Whenever I did have questions, I had no problems with contacting a mentor for support. StudentCare was a great motivator too, and regular catchups from a consultant was a great way to keep my learning on track. I was also introduced to my Career Services Consultant, Tabatha, who was great! She guided me through all the steps I needed to land my dream job, and thanks to her, I did just that.”

 

 

 

Nick Christodoulou

Reason for enrolling:

Nick enrolled with Learning People in September 2021. After working mostly within the hospitality sector for the past 25 years and having extensive experience in Senior Management roles, he wants to gain a role within Operations Management in another sector. He was affected by the multiple lock downs and wanted a role that would allow him to have job security and the potential for growth salary wise. Nick spoke with Conor, one of our Senior Career Consultants, to get an idea of what options would be suitable for him. He recommended looking into Project Management certifications as they are transferable and marketable across a range of industries. Nick was excited to get started!

StudentCareTM 

Nick got booked in for his Orientation with Hollie from StudentCare. He was pleased to have this time to cover off all of his questions before getting started. Nick progressed quickly and was pleased to get his certifications done across only a few months. He loved having the support from Student Care and how he was able to book exam vouchers quickly when needed.

Career Services

Nick spoke with Career Service before enrolling to get an idea of how the process worked and what sort of job opportunities were out there. He loved the sound of it and was excited to get started. Nick and Tabatha from our Career Services team started working together soon after he enrolled. As Nick was not exactly sure what he wanted his next step to be, they looked through different jobs online to get an idea of what he liked the sound of. They did a CV and LinkedIn consultation as well as discussed ways of networking across multiple industries in his area. We wanted to make sure Nick was exposed to the right people and uncover more of the job market than the typical application style. Tabatha also helped Nick with his Cover Letter for multiple roles. Once Nick started interviewing, she helped him with interview preparation and practicing Behavioural-Based interview questions. Nick has now successfully gained a role as a Regional Operations Manager.

The results

Nick says:

After deciding to look for a new career after the many lockdowns, I decided to call The Learning People to get some advice about what direction to go in. From my first phone call with Conor, I felt confident that I was using a very professional company.

I was very nervous when I first started, wondering if I remember how to study, 20 years after I completed my last studies. However, going through the course work and seeing how well and manageable the course workload was, and all the assistance that was available to me, I quickly felt more at ease. The weekly tutorials were a massive help, and I highly recommend that you attend them if you are studying PRINCE2.

With all the assistance and some late nights, I was able to complete the course in under 8 weeks, a lot quicker than I had anticipated. From the time when I completed the first course, the Career Services Consultant, Tabatha got involved and assisted me with my CV and getting my LinkedIn profile looking professional. It was daunting process looking for a new career, but she kept encouraging me and assuring me that it was the correct move for me.

All in all, I could not have been happier with how it went and am looking forward to getting on with my new career.