I never went to university when I was younger; I've not regretted that but I realised to further my career that I needed to demonstrate I could operate at a higher level of education with an award to support it.
I started my CVQO journey as a cadet, completing my BTEC Level 2, then ILM as a young adult, then City & Guilds Licentiateship (Level 4).
Recently completing the Graduateship (Level 6) helped me identify skills I didn't know I had, such as reflecting on strategic planning.
I have also used my Army Cadet Force career and Graduateship to become a Chartered Manager. Who would've thought that being in the Army Cadet Force would enable such professional recognition to be possible!
It was my goal to be Chartered before I am 30 and I just about made it. I do aspire to complete the Membership (Level 7) in the future. This would enable promotion at work to the next level. I would love to do a Masters as well.
I have Engineering qualifications and experience and having the Graduateship has opened up possibilities because now university admissions staff can see I am capable of working to the Masters Level.