This document is required to be completed for all Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) applications and uploaded as a PDF to the application form.
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Please complete the following 2 sections:
RPL applications are for those applicants who do not hold a recognised tertiary ICT qualification and who have a minimum of 6 years of closely related experience.
This document provides the opportunity for applicants to demonstrate the knowledge learnt throughout their professional experience.
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Section 1 is based and will be assessed on the following document. Please ensure you read and understand - The ACS Core Body of Knowledge for ICT Professionals (CBOK).
You must clearly explain how your experience and qualifications meet the selected Areas of Knowledge and specifically how and where you acquired the knowledge.
You are required to select one topic from the Essential Core ICT Knowledge (Topic 1 or Topic 2) and one topic from the General ICT Knowledge (Topic 3, Topic 4 or Topic 5).
Please ensure you address at least 2 subtopics from each of the topics chosen.
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In the following expandable typing areas, explain how you have acquired your in-depth knowledge in these topic areas through your professional experience.
How have you acquired this knowledge in your working environment? Illustrate your depth of knowledge.
Before I explain anything about professional expectations first it’s very important to know what a professional is. As per my education, knowledge and experience a professional is an individual who is master of what he or she does, like a doctor, lawyer or in my case an ICT professional. While talking about professionalism, what first clicks the mind is that this person is a specialist in his or her relevant discipline. The traits or kind of behaviour expected from a professional is referred as professional expectation, which is how a professional is required or expected to behave generally in his or her day to day job activities or how he or she is expected react to the particular situations where a normal person can break up.
I have learnt about the essential skills and expectation of a professional during my studies and I am privileged to have been working for organizations where professional grooming is one of the priorities. I learnt quite a lot about the real-time traits of a professional and how a professional needs to behave in certain situations and in general. Normally employers all over the world use this terminology to show their expectations from the people working for them and to make sure that their companies perform in the best possible mode. One of the top expectations made towards a true professional is that he or she must be trust worthy in all his dealings and should trust others and should not question their honesty and expertise. In some businesses punctuality is not given that much of an importance but it is extremely vital for a professional to be punctual and meet the timeframes for both office tasks and most importantly of projects. Another important expectation from professionals of any discipline especially ICT is the greater sense of responsibility. Whether the task on hand is small or big, a professional should carry out every project with full concentration and give his or her hundred precent to the task. At times the network projects can get very complex and different aspects have to be thought through during the planning phase. Attention to details is essential to ensure that none of the requirements are missed out and all functional and non-functional requirements are accounted for.
A true professional is always a good team player and encourages his or her junior colleagues and teammates during the brain storming sessions to come up with more interesting and unique ideas which in turn can boost the performance of the team and company at large. As a network engineer I realise that a professional is expected to be honest in his dealings with his colleagues, employer and clients. A professional must be trustworthy that is his seniors should be able to put trust in him or her while handing over important assignments. A professional is also expected to take right decisions at the right time and take the decisions in favour of his employer, his teammates and the client he is working for in general. A professional is expected to communicate in a clear and transparent way; this is important because a well-executed presentation can provide good level of confidence to the client and other stake holders and land a project or convinces the stakeholders to invest. A professional should always be ready to improve through lifelong learning. Especially for an ICT professional, learning new skills and techniques are crucial as the technology landscape is fast evolving and good understanding of the latest technologies and trends are essential. Most importantly a professional is expected to be a good planner and executer.
I learnt these concepts during my academic sessions when we were given different assignments and projects on group basis. We had to coordinate with each other and divide the projects according to each member’s expertise. Moreover during professional career I got the opportunity to works on different projects as team member, team lead and even project manager and we successfully completed those projects in time. I have always been a good team member as well as a better performing team leader whenever I got a chance to lead and manage a team of professionals.
The team can be defined as a group of people working together to achieve a common goal or milestone. The ability or skill to support, cooperate and communicate with each other as a team to achieve a common goal or milestone is referred as the teamwork. In other words teamwork means to perform duties and responsibilities as one united group and to share your knowledge and skills with others so that everyone gets benefit. It helps to accomplish those tedious tasks which seem impossible if assigned to only one individual because while working in team all the physical and intellectual resources are shared which greatly reduce the work load on single person. Different members are able to propose numerous useful options and the best option can be opted after discussing the scenario in detail. The members might also be able to highlight the problem or information which otherwise would have been ignored.
Today we are living in a global village and thanks to the digital revolution; everyone is connected to the whole world through the use of Internet. Many of the organisations have their expert team players spread across the continents. They may be separated by the physical boundaries but they are connected through the internet or intranet and they cooperate with one another for the success of their company and business (such as different software teams in India providing back end support to business in USA or Australia).One of the important attribute of team work is that team members have to strive for achieving a mutual goal despite of any kind of personal conflict or issues.
Informal and formal team meeting and team building activities are common in the organization I am working for. This gives us the opportunity to understand the strength and skills of each individual and provide an opportunity to distribute project tasks based on their strength and skills. It is very important for ICT professional to be an excellent team player as most of the projects requires team of individuals belonging to different fields working together for success of the project. For example, some may be designing the front end of application; others are involved in back end coding or developing database and also from finance and service departments. There may be another team building the network and connectivity and ensuring that all different parts of the applications are connected as required and user access to these are provided. In such situation you need to collaborate with team members within and outside your area of responsibility and make it possible to design a competitive offering. Mostly the projects are so large scaled that no individual can do all the tasks instead the success of project lies on team work.
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