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What to do if you Fail an Exam?

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Nobody sets out to fail an exam – and the reality is that failure can be difficult to cope with. However professional certification exams are tough! Lots of candidates fail. If it unfortunately happens to you, the first thing to do is take a step back and put it into perspective - you will not be the first or the last to be doing a retake. We have helped many students pass after failure and these are our top tips for success:

Get your head straight

Don’t try and blame anyone or anything else for your failure. It has happened. Take a bit of breathing room and a bit of time to relax and reflect.

Review what went wrong

If you can access your exam script and marks, review that in detail. This will allow you to quickly and easily see you where you went wrong and the particular areas you will need to give extra focus to. Also address in your mind any specific exam technique issues you experienced – such as running out of time to finish the paper.

Seek advice

There are training companies out there who are incredibly experienced in coaching candidates through retakes, with impressive success rates. Furthermore, they typically have a huge bank of resources such as sample questions that you can access.  Have a think about what additional resources you might need.

Make a plan

Now that you have considered what went wrong last time, and have hopefully sought some professional advice, you need to plan your study time. Be realistic in what you can achieve, bearing in mind you probably also have a full time role. Ensure you have time to cover all of the content – give more time to areas where you felt you were weak the first time around.

Do lots of practice papers

This in my view is fundamentally important. Even if you have done the papers before, do them again. Make sure you do them under exam conditions as this will identify any issues with your exam technique.

In Summary

Failure can be very tough to manage but with some perspective you can get back on the proverbial horse and work hard to ensure it does not happen a second time around.


SHRM Recertification: Exam or Development Credits? You Decide!

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

As an HR professional, you will know how quickly the industry changes and understand the need to keep up to date with changes to the legislation and key trends.

If you want to become a true leader in your field, obtaining a SHRM certification will show that you not only have extensive knowledge in HR, which will benefit your organisation, but you also know how to apply this knowledge to real life situations in the workplace. With the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP, you can show that you have a desire to grow within the industry, which can be highly appealing for employers.

Should I re-certify?

If you are reading this article, you probably already have the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification, but you may be a bit confused about how to re-certify. In order to re-certify, you must be able to show that you are committed to personal development and learning within the HR field. There are two ways to do this; you can either gain the 60 required SHRM professional development credits over a three year period (known as the recertification cycle) or you would need to retake the exam.

Achieving your credits

Of course, the most attractive option out of the two is to gain the points. Unless you are one of the few people who enjoy taking exams! There are three possible avenues you can choose to gain the credits; advance your organisation, advance your education and advance your profession. Advance your education is split into two: self-led and instructor led.

  • Instructor-led – there is no limit to the amount of points you can achieve through instructor-led activities, which may include attending courses, workshops and seminars.
  • Self-led – you can achieve up to 30 professional development credits through self-led activities, which may include reading relevant e-books and/or watching webcasts.

You can also gain 20 professional development credits within your organisation by demonstrating HR capabilities within the key HR competencies. These credits are awarded for your contribution to advance your organisation and showing that you can meet or exceed your goals.

In addition to this, you can also earn credit by demonstrating the ways in which you advance your profession in various ways, including speaking at conferences and researching, writing and publishing on key topics. You can gain as many as 30 professional development credits through advancing your profession.

The time is now!

It is important to keep on top of your accreditations, if you wish to pursue a career in HR and we are on hand to help you. Get in touch to find out more about re-certified.


What to Look for in a City When You’re Relocating for Work

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

If you take a job with an international organisation, you are likely – at some point during your career – to be asked to relocate, either within the same country, or overseas. Alternatively, you might fancy a complete change and take the decision to change cities yourself. Either way, you should have a checklist of wants and needs to follow to make sure that your move goes as smoothly as possible, and enables you to hit the ground running in your new job.

  • If you’re moving your family as well as yourself – then an area with good schools, a low crime rate, and plenty of family-oriented social activities will be essential. Look also for good and quick transport links (bear in mind it can take as long to get across some big international cities as it can to travel to another town a couple of hundred miles away!), and most importantly, housing that is in line with your salary.
  • Green space and culture – open countryside might be many miles away, but most cities will have green space in the form of parks, cycle routes, or public gardens. Theatres, cinemas and restaurants may also be central to how you like to spend your free time, so dig out guidebooks and do your research online.
  • Look for a thriving business district – even if your new city home is the chosen location for big trade, a business district of smaller, one or two-location family run firms or sole traders operating out of shared workspaces can lend a buzz to a city like nothing else.

Of course, relocating for now might be nothing more than a dream for the future, especially if you’re just starting out in your chosen career. Some pathways, such as accountancy, logistics, or digital marketing, offer the kind of transferrable skills that could take your career to just about anywhere in the world. Why not use this time to contact us and see what courses we can offer you to take you where you want to be?


5 Steps to Building a Career Plan

By Morgan International Staff Writers

The first important thing I am going to tell you is that your career plan is personal to you and does not uniquely relate to any organisation you work for. There may be various organisations referred to within your career plan but it is a document an individual produces independently.

Why is a career plan important?

If we take the analogy of getting in a car and just driving with no destination in mind – you would be potentially going in circles – you would never get anywhere. The same is true of any career, if you do not know where you are headed, how can you ever possibly take the steps required to get there?

The next thing to tell you is the plan is not static and it is not set in stone. As with all things in life, there will be curveballs, random opportunities, and unfortunately disappointments. That means that the career plan will develop and change over time.

The good news is that producing a career plan is not rocket science – it just requires some thought. These are the 5 steps:

  • Identify your career objectives: What are your goals over the short, medium and long term?
  • Assess your current situation: Where are you at the moment? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Consider your opportunities: Now you know where the gaps are, what steps can you take to start filling them in?
  • Put the plan into action: You know that you need to do, so start doing them. Make sure you have a timeline and milestones to keep on track.
  • Periodic review: Decide how often you will check back in on the plan and review progress and edit as required.

In Summary

A career plan is like a route planner. It is the plan of where you want to get to, and it has the directions to reach that destination. However when there are roadblocks and diversions, it is important to come back to the plan and make adjustments if you are going to reach your ultimate career goals.





Be the Boss (Even When You’re Not): Three Times You Need to Steer the Ship

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

There’s a lot to be said for ‘knowing your place’ within a hierarchy – if those within it don’t stick to their appointed tasks and duties, chaos can quickly be the result. There are occasions when thinking – and acting – outside of your job description can be the best course of action. Unless you’re stepping in for a lion tamer with little more than a tin of cat food to hand of course, then you’re better off waiting for the experts.

However, if there’s effectively no one steering the ship, there are occasions where taking charge isn’t just wise, it’s necessary. Here are three scenarios where taking the wheel is the best thing you can do.

When it’s your project

If you’ve devised a course of action for your department or company, then no matter how crystal clear your instructions and memos might be, no one should be running the show but you. There’s always an element of the direction of a project that stays inside the head of the team leader, and that’s usually the bit that makes it fly.

Being the boss doesn’t mean being bossy – delegate, don’t dictate, and don’t micromanage.

When someone else is missing and you know what to do

This can be a tricky ship to steer, but it is the one scenario that most of us will have to face at some point in our working lives. The boss is out for a week – either on holiday or with the flu – and yet those documents still need to be signed off and your clients still need updates on your progress.

This is the perfect opportunity to show that you can follow someone else’s instructions (rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater and following your own ideas).

When you need to stop trouble in its tracks

This is the most difficult one of all, but when reputations are on the line, it’s necessary. Stress, burnout, and lack of support can all mean that a colleague or colleagues are underperforming, so rather than point the finger when it all goes wrong, step in and help – make it all go right instead.

In summary, a good boss will always guide their team, and allow them to play to their strengths; and offer you the perfect opportunity to learn how to do the same – either in the office or with further training.


Sitting the SHRM Exam: Do you know what to expect?

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

If you are looking to sit for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP exam, you need to meet specific eligibility criteria first and this is made up of your achievements in both education and work experience. The exams last for about 4 hours and during this time, you would complete a range of questions. As you are entering an exam scenario, it is essential that you understand what is expected from you. Of course, preparing and practicing for the exam is imperative, but you should also make sure you have all the relevant documents and know what is expected of you. These are some dos and dont's for entering the exam room.

The Do's

  • Do make sure you have some ID with you. It should be government ID with a photo and signature, such as your passport or driving license. It must not be expired. If there is no signature or photo, you may be able to use secondary identification, such as a credit card or bank card.
  • Do your studying prior to entering the test centre. You won't be able to read up on your study materials or check your mobile phone beforehand.
  • Keep your breaks short and sweet. There are no allocated slots for breaks and you won't get extra time for your exam.

The Don'ts

  • Don't arrive at the exam with bulging pockets, you'll be asked to empty them!
  • Whatever you do, don't be late for the exam. If you're late, the chances are that you won't get to sit your exam. Arrive early.
  • Don't be too dressed up for the exam. You won't be allowed to wear jewellery, unless it's an engagement or wedding ring.

Less is more

If in doubt, less is always more when it comes to arriving for your exam. Make sure you have the identification required, but don't bother with other extras, as you'll have more hassle trying to get them stored away. Preparation is the key to success with the SHRM exam.

Do you need more information on sitting the SHRM exam? Get in touch and our advisors will be happy to help!


The Importance of Your Online Access and Practice Questions

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Textbooks are great, but they do not have the same level of interactivity and ease of use as online materials. At Morgan International, the majority of courses offered come with a huge bank of online resources. These can be accessed from wherever the candidate is in the world as long as they have an internet connection. The content typically includes practice questions, mock exams, and flashcards, just to name a few.

Take the CPA course for example, Morgan provide online access to the following:

  • Over 6,800 multiple choice questions
  • Over 380 task-based simulations
  • Interactive Skills Practice includes videos and 215 interactive simulations
  • Two mock exams per exam section that mirror the CPA Exam
  • Comprehensive textbooks and interactive eBooks

The most successful candidates who we work with make robust use of the online access. They access the content regularly during the course of their studies, to prep for each chapter, and then to test and reinforce the learning thereafter. We know from experience the importance of doing as many questions and exercises as possible – repetition is key.

As exam day creeps closer, that is the time to begin undertaking as many mock exams as possible and using the feedback within the resources to mark what you have done and gain an understanding of any weaknesses. We often provide flashcards which are a great revision tool – particularly when a bit short of time.

In Summary

All of the resources we produce and provide through online access have been carefully designed based on the many years’ experience we have of helping professional certification students. If we printed all of the resources out if would result in far too much paper for any student to carry around with them. However with a tablet and Wi-Fi, our students have the flexibility to study wherever they are – on the train, bus, or even in their lunch break at work. That is why online access has become so popular!


Conquer Social Media Recruitment

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

According to Forbes social media is a critical recruiting tool because it is the best way to reach job seekers, it is part of an overarching cultural shift, and it puts well needed distance between the ‘good old boy’ network. It is I expect of no surprise to you that the big three social media platforms for recruitment are LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Each have their own specific use cases:


As the largest social networking platform in the world, it has 2 billion active users each month. This means you can reach ever gender, ethnicity, age group, professionalism etc.


Twitter is more restrictive than Facebook due to the character limit. However this does have the benefit of minimizing the abundance of noise and keeps users to the key messages. That said, selling a corporate brand and a role in 140 words or less is somewhat tricky! The use of photos can help with this restriction.


LinkedIn is unsurprisingly the world’s largest professional network and it is hugely popular for recruitment purposes. The great thing about LinkedIn is that it is not only useful for finding candidates, but also for screening them by reviewing their profile. Particularly with the premium package, recruiters can access a vast database of active and passive candidates. The ‘job’ feature is perfect for posting jobs. Furthermore, companies can set up and maintain profiles and post jobs from that page.

Do something different

The big three cover a huge amount of ground from a candidate's perspective which is great, but don’t forget there are some great prospective employees out there who don’t conform to the standard pattern. It is therefore worthwhile considering other platforms such as YouTube, Google+, and Instagram. Of course the decision of which social media platform/s to use is dependent on the company itself, and who they are trying to attract. This is why it is useful to have an experienced and qualified HR professional within the organisation who can design and implement the recruitment strategy.

What to learn more about social media and how you can integrate it within your day to day job? Why not check our Morgan's short digital marketing certifications?








The Fastest Growing Jobs (And How to Get Them)

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

Even if you’re not the resolution sort, the beginning of a new year is always a good time to take stock of your life and career goals, and to see if you’re on track for where you want to be. If where you want to be is on the sofa with a packet of biscuits watching Netflix, then you’re probably good, but if you’re tempted by a career change, or even developing the one you have, then read on.

Which are the fastest growing jobs?

If it’s a growth industry, then it’s a safe bet that professions within it are ones to watch. For example, we’re all living longer (but not necessarily in better health), so care assistant and healthcare related jobs are always going to be in demand. Home health and personal care jobs have seen a 40% rise in 2017 alone.

Clean energy installers and developers are also hugely in demand as we become more aware that the earth’s resources won’t last forever. We’re less in love with our gas guzzling cars than we used to be too, as bicycle repairers demonstrated a 29% increase in demand for their services.

What about the desk jobs? Are office-based careers stagnant now?

In a word, no. Security and operations analyst career paths showed over a 25% increase, and it would be a pretty safe bet to continue to put all your eggs into the technology side of the basket. In short, if your job can’t be done by a robot or otherwise automated, you’re relatively safe, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t increase your chances of employment by improving your professional skills.

Is there anything I should avoid?

As implied above, manufacturing and similar positions are in decline. Some more surprising jobs that have traditionally required the human touch – such as receptionists, secretaries, and answering services – are also currently in decline.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom. As a species, we’re pretty resourceful – we’d still be finger-painting on cave walls if we weren’t – and new industries spring up (and even survive!) every year.

And for the accountants among you, don’t despair – those with a head for figures will always be able to transfer from one industry to another.


The Benefits of an HR Certification

By Morgan International Staff Writers 

If you work in the HR sector (or hope to) and want to progress your career, gaining a certification is a highly effective way to do it. HR is one profession which is constantly changing and if you are advising staff and/or involved in important strategic organisational decisions, it is imperative that you keep up to date. Otherwise, you could potentially be giving out the wrong advice and negatively impacting the success of the organisation. These are some of the benefits of gaining a professional HR certification.

Improves Employability

If you have taken the time and effort to gain the HR certification, you will instantly improve your career opportunities. Not only will you show employers that you are keen to learn and develop in your career, you will also show that you have the knowledge required to be a great asset to the business. If you have never been in an HR role, it can be difficult to gain employment, but with an HR certificate, it instantly enhances your prospects.

Increases HR Knowledge

The knowledge you gain from work experience may not keep you updated with HR trends and the law, whereas gaining an HR certification will help to do this. If you want to enhance your HR knowledge, undertaking an HR course is the way to do it.

Self Confidence Boost

The more informed you are and the greater your HR knowledge, the more confident you will feel in the workplace and/or progression or seeking new opportunities. Gaining an professional certification in HR is a great way to boost your self confidence.

More Informed Decisions

In order to perform well in your job, it is important that you have the right knowledge to be able to advise staff and to make important decisions in the workplace. The HR certification can give you the knowledge to ensure you make better, more informed decisions.

If you'd like to find out more about the benefits of an HR certification, visit this page.