Evelyn Mc Glynn

In 2022 I found EQUAL Ireland and the opportunity to engage with RPL to credit my knowledge, to step into an academic stage - where I have thrived.

Evelyn Mc Glynn
Evelyn Mc Glynn, Evelyn Mc Marketing

I was a stay at home mum of three for over 20 years, always passionate about people, networking and communicating. In my early years I worked in hospitality, volunteered in not-for-profit and signed up for every lifelong learning course that I could afford or that was available.

I set up parent and toddler groups, grew women in business networks, launched a marketing business, became an author, a trainer a life coach. But I still dreamed of having the piece of paper, the "degree". Throughout the years everyone in my family had achieved a third level academic award.

At one stage I discovered RPL but thought that it was for others, not for me, so I didn't pursue it. In 2022 I found EQUAL Ireland and the opportunity to engage with RPL to credit my knowledge, to step into an academic stage - where I have thrived.

The validation of my work experience, community involvement, self-study, and other life experiences is empowering  and that is why I have chosen my research topic to analyse awareness of RPL with a  target group of women in business in my region.

 

I want to encourage others to believe that this is the path for them and that they not only deserve it but have worked towards it, their entire life.

During my academic studies I realised I knew more than I thought I knew!  I felt, RPL granted me an award, a recognition for all the projects and life skills and learning over almost 6 decades. Together they all add up to me. At almost 60 years of age I realise every part of the road to here, has value!

Without RPL I would not have achieved what I wanted for so long - a HE award.

I now have a great interest in the topic of RPL and my research project in Level 8 is in relation to women in business and their views and beliefs on how RPL will help them in their life and career journey. This is in collaboration with Donegal ETB. I can only explain that overall I feel taller and more accomplished for following my dream, and my graduation was one of my greatest lifelong achievements.
 

The RPL process overall was challenging and empowering. I did not have a mentor while I was completing the application and so at times I undervalued my experience and its worth. I mapped it all out on a flipchart and when I was finished each section I really felt like I already had my award in my hand. I felt that same feeling of pride the day I graduated from TUS Athlone!

To anyone considering RPL, my advice is don't wait... do it now today. You are greater than you believe, you are capable of more than you think. The landscape has changed, you will be supported and welcomed and encouraged and you will achieve. Your life skills to date have great value.