Emma Harbin looks forward to further study in her career as a community education counsellor.
Emma Harbin looks forward to further study in her career as a community education counsellor. Tamara Mackenzie

Experience pays for Emma

EMMA Harbin has always had a passion for working with indigenous youth and families for as long as she could remember.

But without further study, her current job as a community education counsellor at North Rockhampton High School would be but a dream.

Emma had worked in the community services industry in a variety of roles, most recently as a youth support co-ordinator.

Her love of helping indigenous youth was put on hold – having no qualifications to progress in her career made things difficult to move forward.

Looking to broaden her horizons, and with the help of Skilling Solutions Queensland and discussions with Central Queensland Institute of TAFE and co-workers, it was suggested to Emma that she look into Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to gain a formal qualification.

RPL is the process that is used to recognise the skills and knowledge acquired through life and work experience (paid or unpaid) and match them to part of or a complete qualification.

In Emma’s case, she was able to gain a Certificate 4 in Youth Work without completing any study due to skills and experience she had in the industry.

But for her, this achievement is just the start of what she has planned for her career for the future.

“The RPL has given me the recognition of my previous experience in the industry to move forward into a new role at the high school,” she said.

“And this is just a stepping stone for me.

"I’m looking forward to further study to gain more knowledge and experience in my role as a community education counsellor.

“I have been encouraged to pursue a diploma, something I’m quite excited about starting. I have liaised with TAFE to find out when I can start.”

Information about further study, training and RPLs can be acquired at this year’s Capricorn Career Expo.

Held at the CQUniversity Community Sports Centre on August 2, The Capricorn Careers Expo is an opportunity for mature-aged workers to investigate career pathways and further education opportunities.

The public will have the chance to speak with representatives from a diverse range of industries, professions and educational institutes about what the profession entails and how to participate.

The expo will be held from 10am to 6pm, giving everyone an opportunity to attend.

The expo will feature a range of integrated activities and initiatives, including Try A Trade, Try A Skill, competitions, areas for recruitment, interviews and networking, and a free exhibitor networking function.

 

IF YOU GO

  • What: Capricorn Careers Expo
  • Where: CQUniversity Community Sports Centre
  • When: Tuesday, August 2
  • Time: 10am to 6pm


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