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ICS Real Stories - Meet Charlotte

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Charlotte decided to study IGCSE English with us to brush up on her language skills while having the flexibility to care for her family. Read her success story here. Read More

Want to Learn Five Times Faster? Change One Simple Thing

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It’s still almost dark outside. The rain is pelting against your bedroom window. You know you have to get out of bed for class, but your toes curl in anticipation of the cold. You flick the light switch on groggily, reach for your dressing gown, and think: if only I could stay in bed today. Read More

6 Habits for Success from the World’s Most Powerful People

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The importance of habit can’t be understated. How we spend our days is how we spend our lives, and being the unsophisticated mammals that we are, a huge amount of our daily behaviour is controlled by habit rather than conscious choice. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Jack

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There's nothing quite like a mid life crisis to make you address the failings of the past! I was one of the best in my class at maths in junior school. I'm not entirely sure what went wrong at high school, maybe others were just better than me and knocked me off my arrogant perch. Read More

AAT’s New 2016 Syllabus: Everything You Need To Know

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If you’re an AAT student (or are thinking of becoming one), you’ve probably heard about the syllabus change and are wondering what it means for you. We’ve put together a guide to answer all your questions, and help you move seamlessly into the new courses – we know it can be confusing! Read More

GCSE Results Day: What To Do If You Didn’t Get The Grades

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GCSE results day can be a super-stressful time. Your GCSEs determine which A Levels you can take, which sixth form you can go to, and often which university course you can take, so they’re undoubtedly important - but if you didn’t get the grades you were hoping for, don’t panic! All isn’t lost. Read More

A Level Results Day: What To Do If You Didn’t Get The Grades

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A Level results day is an exciting, terrifying time. Your A Level grades are, after all, what get you into uni – a lot rests on that little bunch of letters. That means that if you didn’t quite get the grades you were hoping for, you’re probably freaking out. We don’t blame you – it’s easy to feel like bad grades are the end of the world. Read More

How the Rise of Tuition Fees Could Radically Alter Education

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll already have heard that from next year, university tuition fees in England will rise to £9250. You might think this is nothing much to worry about. The last fee rise, in 2011, almost tripled the upper limit from £3,290 to £9000 and gave an entire generation of young people a heart attack. A raise of £250 seems pretty tame by comparison. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Fiona

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I’m 40 this year and somewhere along the way I’ve gained 20 years of HR experience but I’ve never managed to complete my CIPD qualification. I’ve held affiliate level membership for over a decade but I’ve always felt that I’ve left myself down because that affiliate doesn’t really reflect my experience or abilities. The last time I studied for more than a few days was almost 15 years ago and life has changed since then; I no longer have the luxury of focussing entirely on partying and study (I recall that was the priority order when I read Law at Swansea University!) so when I tried to pick up my CIPD a few years ago I was overwhelmed. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Catriona

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I have recently completed my CIPD Intermediate course and would like to share my story as it has been brilliant. When I signed up to my Intermediate CIPD course with ICS Learn I did not know what to expect as I had never done a distance learning course before. When I was signing up the advisors could not have been more helpful and informative. They made the process really straightforward and I couldn't wait to get started. Read More

7 Ultimate Apps for Success as a Personal Trainer

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Being a personal trainer is not a career. It’s a calling. You got into this job because you want to help people live better, healthier, lives. Because you want to push others to smash their goals and do things they never thought they could. Because you want to make the world a better place, one set of toned abs at a time. You’re a saint! A wise yogi master! You’re the hero that Gotham deserves! Read More

Have a Passion for Fitness? Come Meet Our New Courses!

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If you’ve been thinking of pursuing a career in fitness, it’s time to stop dreaming and start doing. We’ve made it so easy, there’s no excuse not to make your passion for fitness into your career. Today, we’re launching two 100% online fitness courses in partnership with YMCA Awards to give you better access to top quality training. Read More

The Insider’s Guide to HR: How to Get Your First Job

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The most important (and most obvious) step is to get qualified: for most employers, a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) or equivalent is the essential indicator of a valuable employee who is serious about progressing in their HR career. (Not so subtle self-promotion: we’ve made getting one easier than ever, because we’re the only organisation in the UK who offers all CIPD levels 100% online. Not that we’re bragging or anything. Ahem.) Read More

How To Supercharge Your Accountancy Career

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So you want to defeat the rabid hordes of competitive accounting professionals and land your dream job. How do you go about it? Perhaps more than in any other industry, having professional accreditation is essential. AAT courses allow you to perform accounting, tax and financial advisory services, and provide the foundation for becoming a Chartered Accountant. Read More

ICS Learn CIPD Open Day

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If you’re thinking about taking a course in Human Resources or Learning & Development, you’re in luck - our CIPD open day is perfect for you! At 7pm on the 21st of June, come join a live webinar with our expert curriculum co-ordinator Dr. Stephen Littler and the former Vice Chairman of CIPD Scotland Keith Watson to find out more about studying CIPD qualifications with ICS Learn. Read More

The Job That Pays £93,000 A Year: Thanks to Millenials

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When you think of high-paying jobs, you probably think of banking, business, and being Beyoncé. Human resources? Not so much. (Unless the human in question is actually Beyoncé.) However, a study from Emolument reports that the compensation of senior HR managers in the UK has risen to an average £93,000 a year, including a £12,000 bonus – more than three times the national average of £27,200. Read More

10 Signs That You're Ready For A New Career

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Have you ever asked yourself why you go to work? We can’t all be Sam Smith doing it for the love, and most of us do have money on our minds. But there’s more to work than paying the bills. We spend most of our limited time on this earth working, and it has the potential to make you inspired, motivated and fulfilled - if you’re lucky enough to pick the.... Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Lee

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Lee's biggest dream is to become a teacher. He's already successfully completed a degree online and now all he needs is that science GCSE to apply for teacher training. See how he's getting on with the course on our blog. Read More

Share Your Success for a Chance To Win £100 Shopping Vouchers

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People often mention how our services have changed their lives for the better. As an organisation and a community, we cherish the amazing stories behind these powerful statements. Read More

3 Learning Styles and Why They’re Vital

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Order, class, order! For today's lesson, cast your mind back to being in school (be it ten years or ten minutes ago). Really imagine it – the long corridors, drab grey walls, frantic lunch hall, hot geography teacher... Read More

What We Learned From The CIPD Show 2016

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The CIPD L&D show was amazing this year. A really good event for any students or indeed professional individuals looking to advance their career even further in the HR or L&D industry. Read More

10 Simple Tips To Help You Learn Faster

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Our minds need workouts just as much as our bodies do. Exercising our minds helps us learn faster, and learning faster helps us get more out of life. Just think of your short and long-term goals. Do you want to ace a big exam? Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Abi

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Abi has only recently submitted her last assignment to complete her CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resource Management with us. Thankful for the support she has received by our mentors, lecturers and tutors, she wanted to tell you about her home learning journey. Read More

ICS Learn Open Day Facebook Live Event

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We’re delighted to announce that we will be hosting our very first Facebook Live Open Day on the 24th of May at 12.30pm live on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ICSLearn Read More

Top 10 Essay Writing Tips For Students

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Writing an essay is often one of the most dreaded tasks among students. Whether the essay is for a class, an exam, or maybe even a contest, most students often find the task very demanding and time consuming. While writing an essay can often be very frustrating, there are many useful steps and basic rules a student can follow that will help break down the essay writing process into manageable parts. Following this process is the easiest way to draft a successful essay, whatever its purpose might be. Read More

Top 8 Productivity Tips for New Students?

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Despite the general consensus, the life of a student can be undeniably difficult. Particularly for newbies, being able to balance a list of essays, reports, presentations on your reports and even more essays can be a difficult task, making it all a bit overwhelming for new and nervy first years. During the most stressful times of the year when almost every assignment imaginable is due, being able to harness productivity is of monumental importance. As such, here are our top 8 tips to keep new students on track and make their life that little bit easier. Read More

Top Ten Studying Apps for High School Students

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In this digital world, computers and smartphones today have become like a second brain that helps students remember all the things they need to do every day in school. In an increasingly complicated and competitive world, students can greatly benefit from using mobile apps that have been developed especially for them. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Stefanie

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Stefanie, a stay-at-home mum of three young children, is currently studying towards her AAT Level 3 Diploma after she completed the Level 2 Certificate in less than two months. Wanting to return to work with the right qualifications in her hands, she decided that distance learning was best suited to her learning style. Read her full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Hayley

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Hayley's lived in Cyprus since she was 12 years old and whilst her friends were receiving and sharing their GCSE results on social media, Hayley felt a bit left out as GCSEs aren’t taught or recognised in Cyprus. She consequently enrolled on two GCSE courses with ICS Learn and passed them with flying colours soon after. She has since started her career in marketing thanks to successfully completing the foundation level of the CIM qualification. Read her full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Anurag

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Anurag has made the transition from restaurant manager to accounting technician thanks to studying Level 2 and Level 3 of the AAT Accountancy qualification with ICS Learn. He managed to complete the two levels in the record time of just three months whilst balancing his full-time job and being a father to a newborn. Read his full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Kate

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Thanks to completing her CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Human Resource Practice, Kate has successfully made the transition from Food Retail Manager to HR Officer. Get inspired by her success and read her full story on our blog. Read More

Book Your GCSE, IGCSE or A Level Exams NOW!

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Don’t delay, book your GCSE, IGCSE or A Level exam place NOW for summer 2016. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Deirdre

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CIPD Level 5 student Deirdre is currently studying towards achieving her Intermediate Diploma HR. Our in-house tutor Dr Stephen Littler had a little chat with her about her ambitions and what has led her to the decision to study an online CIPD course with us. Read the full interview here. Read More

New Year, New Challenges - Study online in 2016

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If your resolution for the New Year is to further your career and enhance your skills, we can help you turn your resolution into a reality with our flexible online learning courses. Read More

Beginning a Career as an Accountant - A Guide

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In the commercial world, it is not enough to only focus on generating money. Businesses and individuals must also consider how they will minimise expenses, document transactions and stay on the right side of the law. That’s where accountants come in. Read More

Starting Your Career in Human Resources - A Guide

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It’s the people that really make a business work - that’s why it is essential for businesses to ensure they get the right people for the job. Whilst many businesses have a Human Resources (HR) team, others employ external consultants to ensure that their company’s demand for talent is being met. Read More

CIPD Annual Conference

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The CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition is the largest HR event in the UK, providing an abundance of learning and networking opportunities for HR professionals. ICS Learn will be attending the event that brings together HR and business leaders and links HR consultants from across the world of business. Read More

Free AAT Study Skills Webinar

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Join ICS Learn and AAT for a webinar on their online accounting and book-keeping qualification on 15th October. More info on the blog. Read More

GCSE Results 2015 - Aveen Kavanagh

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ICS Learn IGCSE student Aveen earned the qualifications she needed to fulfil her dream of becoming a midwife. Read her story. Read More

ICS Real Stories: Mark

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At the age of 40 Mark found the idea of returning to studying quite daunting. However, the flexible learning option appealed to him, so he decided to take the plunge and back up his years of experience in recruitment with the theoretical knowledge. Read his full story here. Read More

GCSE Results 2015 - Louise Pearson

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Louise never achieved the GCSE grades she needed to fulfil her dream of becoming a midwife back in school. Instead she embarked on a career as a flight attendant but soon reached managerial level and had nowhere else to go. She decided to go back to pursuing her dream and enrolled on our GCSE courses to finally achieve the grades she needed. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Eleni

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Eleni is very much a people person. It's no wonder then that her finance-based admin role didn't give her the job satisfaction she was looking for. Thanks to our CIPD qualifications she is now en-route to working in her dream job as a HR director. Read More

The benefits and advantages of online learning

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Online learning is a great way of studying towards your ambitions and career goals. No other study mode can offer you the same flexibility and independence whilst remaining extremely affordable and supportive. Read More

GCSE Results Day 2014 - Linzi King

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Results Day 2015 is now only a few weeks away and whilst you're patiently and probably nervously waiting for your results to be revealed, why not have a read of Linzi's story who successfully passed her GCSE Maths exam with a grade C last year. Read More

GCSE Results 2015 - Jemma Sharrat

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Our students have been extremely successful at this year's GCSE and IGCSE exams. We'll be publishing their stories right here over the coming weeks. First up is Jemma - she's successfully passed her GCSE Maths exam thanks to the help of her Maths tutor Melissa and her own dedication. Read her full story here. Read More

GCSE and IGCSE Results Day 2015

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Every year, thousands of GCSE and IGCSE students are disappointed with their exam results, and for some it feels like their ambitions have been thwarted. However, receiving lower grades than expected definitely isn't the end of the world. Read on to find out more about alternative options if you didn't get the results you were hoping for. Read More

A Level Results Day 2015

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Congratulations to all of you who have achieved the A Level results you were hoping for during the summer examinations 2015. If you didn't get the results you wanted to achieve, don't be too disappointed as there are options out there for you apart from uni and going back to another year of school or college. Read More

GCSE Results Day 2014 - Anthony Atkins

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With A Level and GCSE/IGCSE result days being less than a month away, we want to share some of our students' success stories with you from 2014. Read more on our blog here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Simone

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CIPD student Simone works for a multi-service company in the security sector. Even though she enjoys her role, the night shifts and odd hours aren't ideal for her. Having come to the conclusion to move into a new sector she decided to enrol on one of ICS Learn's CIPD programmes to enhance her career prospects. Read her full story on our blog. Read More

GCSE Results 2015

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It's that time of the year again for hundreds of thousands of students - the exam stress has been and gone, but now the long wait until the grades are released begins. We've put together some information on the most important questions around GCSE results. You can read it here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Emily

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Having not studied beyond A-Levels, Emily has always felt she needed to further her education if she wanted grow in her role at Virginia Hayward. Backed by the company, Emily decided that our ICS Diploma in Business Management was the ideal course for her. Read her full story on our blog. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Cerys

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Having worked as a personal assistant for a charity that supports vulnerable people across London, Cerys took her career further and successfully applied for an internal vacancy for a HR Training Assistant. Soon after she decided to enrol on a CIPD course with ICS Learn to back her career development with a professional qualification. Read More

AAT New Training Provider of the year

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At this year’s annual Association of Accountancy Technician (AAT) awards, ICS Learn was delighted to receive the award for New Training Provider of the Year. The AAT Training Provider Awards, held at the AAT Annual Conference in Warwick on 30th April, had 12 categories covering a variety of areas related to delivering AAT qualifications... Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Thomas

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As a young boy it was Thomas' greatest dream to become a professional football player. However, unlike so many others his dream actually became reality when he was signed by the Arsenal Academy aged seven. He currently plays for Torquay United. Knowing that his football career won't last forever he has now taken on the challenge of becoming fully AAT qualified. Read his full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Jade

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What Jade likes most about working in human resources is the variety each day brings. She likes that every day is different and that she never knows exactly what to expect. When she came across ICS, she decided to earn her CIPD Advanced Diploma in HR Management via online learning. Despite being the toughest CIPD course on offer, Jade was motivated by the career opportunities available to Advanced Diploma holders. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Dawn

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When Dawn got made redundant from her job in recruitment, she found it difficult to apply let alone get back into work in Human Resources without having a professional qualification despite her years of experience. She decided then to bite the bullet and enrol on our CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Human Resource Practice. Read her full story on our blog. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Kathryn

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Kathryn never had much interest in HR when she was growing up. Her views on responsibilities and duties of HR changed drastically though during a work placement through her university. Kathryn then suddenly realised that it's exactly the career she wants to pursue... Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Hayley

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Three years after completing her university degree in public relations and media, Hayley realised she was ready for a new challenge. Her experience in recruitment and training sparked her interest in gaining a professional HR qualification. Read her full story in our latest blog... Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Natalia

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Natalia enrolled on our CIPD Level 5 Certificate distance learning course after starting her first HR role just a month earlier. She quickly realised that she would need to earn an official HR qualification to eventually progress in her career. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Keith

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Lifelong learner Keith wants to add a CIPD qualification to his already accomplished academic career. Read his story and get inspired! Read More

A Level Reform 2015 - What do the changes mean for you?

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When the current government came into power, they decided that the secondary school system needed to be reformed. According to them students weren’t learning the necessary basics and exams were too easy. They have, therefore, made changes to the current content and exam structure. These changes will be reflected in our A Level portfolio in 2015. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Lisa

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With a time-consuming hobby, her own cake-baking business and a two year old son to look after, Lisa was looking for a flexible way to earn her formal CIPD qualification. She soon realised that distance learning with ICS was really the best option to achieve the qualification she needed to brush up on her HR skills. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Sherica

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Sherica has been living in the UK since 2012 having left the Caribbean because of her husband's work as an engineer. In order to brush up on her book-keeping skills, she decided to study the ICS Diploma in Book-keeping and Accounts via distance learning as it fit around her other commitments. Read her full story here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Angela

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Angela has worked in the public sector for 18 years, serving numerous roles in facilities management, contracts, human resources and policy. For a long time, Angela’s dream was to become a solicitor. However, the high fees for law programmes and the demanding workload made her reconsider and she began looking for alternative ways to advance her career and fuel her interest in law. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Charlotte

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Charlotte works as a Human Resources Assistant. She enjoys being able to support her colleagues and work within her organisation to create change. Her short-term career goal is to become an HR Advisor/Executive but her ultimate goal is to progress to a management role which she hopes to achieve by completing the CIPD programme. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Jenna

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Three years ago, Jenna Scott was ready for a change of pace. Working since she was 16, and with 10 years spent in customer services, she decided to make the switch to human resources. "Why not give it a go?" she thought, and she moved to the role of Reward Assistant with her same employer. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Ann

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Ann has been working as a successful self-employed career guidance counsellor for nine years. However, a lingering dream of becoming a teacher has now encouraged her to retake her IGCSE Biology to achieve the grade she would need to apply for a teaching degree. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Ann-Kathrin

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ICS Learn student Ann-Kathrin graduated with a BSc Nursing degree and even though she found it difficult at times, her dedication and motivation helped her to achieve the qualification she needed in order to move on to do her Masters and PhD. You can read her full story on our blog here. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Annabelle

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ICS student Annabelle from the Midlands was initially "pushed" into an HR role. Wanting to build on what she learned on the job, she decided to enrol on a distance learning CIPD course. Today she is a highly desirable candidate for a variety of roles in Human Resources. Read her full story on our blog. Read More

ICS Real Stories - Meet Laura

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ICS Learn student Laura from Surrey earned a specialist HR qualification & now works at a major international company. Read her story and get inspired! Read More

Be part of ICS real stories and inspire future learners

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Be part of our real stories project! We are looking for former and current students to share their success story with us to inspire the next generation of distance learners. Read More

Use Social Media to Get Your Dream Job

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We follow, we tweet, we like (unfortunately we can’t dislike). How much of our valuable time is actually spent on emotional outbursts, retweets and personal opinions that won’t get us anywhere and on the contrary might diminish our chances of getting ourselves the jobs we really want?! Fact is prospective employers are very likely to check you out on Social Networks during the application process. Read More

10 Study Tips to be more productive in 2014

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Following on from our little guide on suitable study spaces we have compiled a little Infographic of some simple study tips that could help improve your studying and to ensure your work is of the highest standard possible. More often than not the advice that is the best is the least complicated. Read More
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