Finding the edge in a workforce scaling new heights

More and more Australians are turning to professional accreditations to be more competitive in a changing workforce.
More and more Australians are turning to professional accreditations to be more competitive in a changing workforce.

This article is sponsored by the Institute of Managers and Leaders

How many jobs have you had by the time you hit 30? The new normal is a total of four job changes before a person turns 32, according to a study of over 3 million college graduates by networking site Linkedin. That’s almost double the generation before them.

As a result, at any one time there are thousands of potential candidates in market for a new job and those who shortlisted are no longer those who boast only an impressive university transcript. Upskilling and accreditation has become a crucial part of any career trajectory destined for greatness - or already on the path to greatness.

Australians now see the necessity to bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry skills and we are increasingly adapting our professional pursuits accordingly. Post-education upskilling has increased in the past decade, with a 2016 Census showing 9.6 million people now hold a post-school qualification – that’s up from 7.9 million in 2006.

It’s clear that professional designations provide a credible edge for Australian employees wishing to advance their knowledge and skillset within a current role, or move into a new role entirely. And professional accreditations are no longer limited exclusively to specialist industries like finance or law.

Post-education upskilling has increased in the past decade, with a 2016 Census showing 9.6 million people now hold a post-school qualification – that’s up from 7.9 million in 2006.

In recent times, management has become a standalone profession, as well as a rank, with a specific set of niche skills required for the effective leadership of a team. This means industry standards for management are now essential to ensure leaders are better in the short term and prepared for a changing workforce landscape in the long term.

Chartered Manager is an pivotal development in professional accreditation in Australia - the first globally recognised gold standard marque of management and leadership excellence. The Chartered Manager designation is the highest status that can be achieved as a management professional and is conferred by the prestigious Privy Council in London.

With a very limited number of organisations around the world offering Chartered designations, Chartered Manager stands as the only Chartered status, and the most esteemed management designation, on offer to management professionals who want more from their profession.

Offered exclusively by the Institute of Managers and Leaders in Australia and New Zealand, the designation joins the ranks of distinguished accreditations such as Chartered Accountant and Chartered Engineer.

There are hundreds of professionals around Australia who already enjoy the Chartered Manager designation’s edge in this changing workforce. From CEOs to emerging managers, leadership coaches to PhD candidates, these managers are connected by the motivations to become the best, most effective leader they can be.

Ian Coombe, bestselling author and former Chairman of Kidsafe QLD, was one of the first leaders to be awarded Chartered status in Australia.

“Becoming a Chartered Manager indicated to me more than hanging up a shingle and calling oneself a manager – anyone can do that!” he says.

“It involves rigour and consistency in the pursuit of professionalism as a manager and leader. As a proud manager and leader for many decades, I have learnt that professionalism and reputation is important to maintain and taking the step to be a Chartered Manager shows my commitment to consistent high standards working with others.”

This article is sponsored by the Institute of Managers and Leaders

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