Qualifications vs The School of Hard Knocks

Qualifications vs The School of Hard Knocks


Students of the famous “University of Life” and the “School of Hard Knocks” often scoff at degrees and certificates in higher education and insist that life has taught them all the skills needed to succeed in their chosen fields. While that may be true, employers today are looking for students from real institutions with real, proven skillsets.

You are swimming against the tide if you think that experience alone is all that is necessary to obtain a job, or even hold on to one. Qualifications provide a unique type of experience  that prepares you for all sort of different aspects of employment, including customer service and working as a team.

As a new generations – Generation Y – takes the lead in the workforce, they’re looking for more than just general experience. They’re the ones doing the hiring, and when CVs come across their desks, their eyes immediately go to check the applicant’s qualification and certificates. Not holding a qualification means you go to straight to the bottom of the pile – and often aren’t even considered at all.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over the last few years the proportion of Australians who have gained a qualification has been steadily increasing. Between 2001 and 2011, the proportion of all Australians aged 15-64 years with a qualification ranging from a Certificate to a Postgraduate degree, increased from 47% to 57%.

Knowing the unemployment rate is low for Australia, these figures clearly demonstrate the demand for qualifications across many sectors of the Australian job market, as well as the importance employers attach to their workers holding relevant qualifications.

Australia’s long-term prosperity is heavily dependent on individuals educating themselves and gaining these relevant qualifications to develop the necessary skills for their workplace.


Not only are qualifications necessary to secure you a job, but the education itself plays an increasingly critical role in preparing individuals for entry into their chosen field and ensuring that they have the skills necessary to immediately put their new found skills to use.

Statistics also show that almost nine out of 10 (88%) employed people holding a postgraduate award such as a Masters degree or Diploma, reported that their qualification was relevant to their current job.

Of those that are still unemployed, many of them have no qualifications and certificates, and their skills are now outdated and not relevant to the current job market. The problems that they are now facing prove that what may have been relevant 40 years ago does not necessarily secure you a job today.

Employers are looking for people equipped for today and the future.  They are looking for transferable skills and knowledge. Going to school and earning that qualification shows that you know how to adapt your skills to the current workforce.

Adding Qualifications to your existing skills and knowledge base can get you back in the game and give you a competitive edge. So don’t waste any more time. You have the opportunity to prepare yourself and get ahead of the pack.

Whether you are looking to advance in your chosen field or kick-start a new career, a qualification in Project Management, Human Resources or Logistics from CAL will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge that you will be able to implement in your workplace.

A qualification will give you credibility and an added competitive ‘edge’ over other applicants and your fellow employees.

Contact CAL today and chat to one of our experienced consultants who can help you decide on the best qualification for you!


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