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How You Can Career Pivot With RPL

Many people will pivot their career at least once in their life, in fact most people will change their job around 12 times in their lifetime. You might want to move into a new industry or your interests may have changed over time, whatever the reason, pivoting your career is an exciting prospect. As exciting as it can be though, it will require some planning and focus to ensure you pull off the transition smoothly.  

A great way to get a headstart on your career pivot is with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you are in the Defence and First Responder communities, this is especially relevant to you.  

What does RPL mean? 

RPL allows you to gain qualifications from recognised training organisations without having to complete the course study units. It converts your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies. It is perfect for people who have developed valuable skills in their previous roles but don’t have the formal competencies to reflect their experience. 

All you need to do is provide evidence of the relevant knowledge and skills you gained in your previous work and it will then go towards receiving your chosen qualification. This means you don’t have to waste time studying what you already know. 

Now you know a little more about what RPL means, here’s some handy steps for approaching your career pivot.  

  1. Figure out what you want to do next 

It can be hard to leave behind what you’ve known and try something new. It’s a daunting process, but it should also be an exciting process. One of the first things you’ll need to do when you decide to pivot your career is think about where you want to do next.  

Think about what you enjoyed doing in your previous role. It could have been a small aspect of your role or something that you want to pursue further in a new industry. Reflecting on your likes and dislikes, as well as your strengths, will help you decide on your next career move.  

Do some research, talk to people who have made the pivot from your current industry and people who are working in your new area of interest. It will help you get an idea of what to expect and the path you can take in your new career. Our team are experts in the career pivot field and we offer free, no obligation advice anytime you need. Feel free to pick up the phone and call us for some helpful advice regarding your next move.  

  1. Do a self-inventory 

Once you have an idea of where you want to pivot your career, you’ll need to do some inventory on what you have to assist you in your pivot. Think about the transferable skills you have acquired, the documentation you have of any achievements, and any supportive materials you can use to help kickstart your new career.  

You’ll also want to update any materials you have, such as resumes, portfolios, referee lists, and online career profiles such as LinkedIn, Seek, Indeed, and the like.  

  1. Create a next steps plan 

Once you have an idea of what you want to do and some of the key skills you have to support it, you should start planning your next steps. As much as you’d like to, you likely won’t be able to pivot into a new career overnight. It takes time to set yourself up for success and then find the perfect role. One of the best ways to ensure you’re fully prepared to enter a new career is to have the recognised qualifications for that industry or specific role.  

Having a qualification under your belt not only solidifies your skills and understanding, but it is also incredibly appealing to employers.  

The easiest way to gain this relevant qualification is through RPL.  

  1. Fill the gaps 

When you go through the Recognition of Prior Learning process, your experience and skills will be assessed by your training institution. Sometimes your evidence might not be quite enough to complete the full qualification, but the good thing is that you can fill any gaps you may have in your knowledge.  

OPEC College offers the ability to fill in any gaps in your prior learning and achieve greater qualifications through our online training courses. You can easily complete the courses you need online in your own time, with our ‘no due dates’ and ‘study at your own pace’ assessment structure. 

If you want to learn more about our online courses, take a look on our website.  

Why OPEC College?  

OPEC College exists to help you achieve every possible qualification you are entitled to. Perhaps the biggest difference between OPEC College and the other RTOs you will come across is that we are not just an RTO. OPEC College is a Division of OPEC Systems and OPEC Systems has very broad and deep links across business, industry and Defence in Australia. That means we have our finger on the pulse and are able to advise you on trends and opportunities. 

If you are interested in pivoting your career or want to learn a little more about what RPL is and how it can help you, get in touch with our friendly team by calling 1300 99 6732.  


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