Rubinia Joseph, St Lucia - Top Paper Award in Employment Relations, studied at National Research and Development Foundation

Rubinia JosephMy name is Rubinia Joseph, I am 39 years old.  For the last  12 years I have been a police officer of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force.  I am currently attached to the Special Services Unit, which is like the military of the island since we don’t have a defence force. I served on the Police Welfare Association in the capacity of secretary, Vice President and President for about 8 years. I am the proud mother of a beautiful daughter, a grass roots (age 5-16yrs) soccer coach and community development activist.  I come from a family of 6 boys and I’m the only girl.

After having completed my high school studies I dreamed of going onto tertiary level education.  However, this was not to be the case due to a severe lack of financial resources.  I decided to do a course with ABE because it was affordable and flexible.  You can truly study at your own pace.  The courses were exactly what I was looking for, that is human resource management. I have just concluded Level 5.  The National Research and Development Foundation where I studied, was very supportive.  The instructors were excellent and this shows in my results.  Their level of knowledge and expertise in their subject area was remarkable and in St Lucia ABE qualifications are highly respected by employers.

My immediate plans are to go on to a college and complete an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management or a related field of study.  This course has allowed me to learn to better management of my time, organise more and think more critically.  I have also sharpened my analytical skills.  The best thing about studying with ABE is that it allows freedom of choice and flexibility with time. This was a big bonus for me as I work full time in a very stressful and demanding job.  

As a law enforcement officer, time management is very important, I have improved greatly in that area.  I learnt a lot of new information that I was able to transfer to my work place , especially in the area of Employee Relations and Human Resource Development.  Although I am not yet a supervisor I hope to get there and my completion of this Diploma has efficiently prepared me to to effectively supervise the team I am blessed to work with.

My tips for success are:

  1. Read up on the subject you choose to study.  Don't wait for the tutor to recommend reading, just read everything you can lay your hands on.  
  2. Get familiar with the course outline.  Know what your objectives are.  
  3. Revise a little every day, from the first day of the course until the day of exams.

My long term future plans are to become a successful entrepreneur.