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Name: Jenna Scott

Lives in: Dartford

Career: Human resources, specialising in reward management

Studied: CIPD Level 3 Award: Supporting Good Practice: Performance & Reward Management and Level 5 Award: Reward Management

Currently studying: CIPD Level 7 Award: Reward Management

Why ICS? She can study at her own pace and ask her coworkers for help with assignments.

Three years ago, Jenna 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, construction company Laing O'Rourke.

Jenna knew if she wanted to advance to the role of Reward Adviser, she would need a professional qualification. After a colleague told her about distance learning courses with ICS, she signed up for the CIPD Level 3 Award Supporting Good Practice: Performance & Reward Management.

"I had never done anything like this before"

Having never been to college or university, Jenna wasn't too familiar with the academic process. "Writing an assignment did not come naturally to me," she tells us. Luckily, she was able to lean on her work colleagues for support.

"I spent most of the time doing my coursework in work, as my company kindly allowed me to do this. They strongly believe their staff should learn as much as possible and fully support your training needs," she says.

"I found it much easier doing coursework in work so I could ask questions if I didn't understand a particular section of the course."

"As soon as I arrived, it was a relaxed atmosphere"

Some CIPD award courses require students to attend a two-day workshop. As the workshop grew nearer, Jenna began to feel a bit apprehensive. However, her worries were quickly quelled.

She tells us, "I was nervous because I did not know what to expect, but as soon as I arrived, it was a relaxed atmosphere. I met some lovely people and also learned a lot during the two days."

Jenna appreciated the fact that the workshop wasn't overly formal. Her and the other students went out to dinner and were able to chat about the various companies they work for. It was laid back and gave her a really interesting insight into the different ways companies approach performance and benefits.

"I was absolutely thrilled with my achievement"

After successfully completing her Level 3 Award, Jenna jumped right back in and signed up for the CIPD Level 5 Award: Reward Management course. Although the coursework was more challenging than the Level 3 course, she now knew the best way to approach it.

"I completed my assignment and my manager kindly offered to read it for me and give me feedback (good and bad), and I actually passed first time round," she tells us. "Again, I was absolutely thrilled with my achievement and was happy that I decided to push myself that little bit further."

"All my hard work has paid off"

With her Level 3 and Level 5 awards in Reward Management, Jenna achieved what she set out to do in the beginning - she was promoted to Reward Adviser as of this month. "I am very happy that all my hard work has paid off," she says. But she's not stopping there. Yet again, Jenna has decided to take her training to the next level.

She says, "I decided that I wanted to do the full three courses in Reward Management, so I have signed up to do the CIPD Advanced Award in Reward Management, which I am doing now."

For Jenna, earning qualifications isn't merely a way to advance in her career. She also tells us that the courses give her a much greater understanding of the policies and procedures her team oversees. After learning about the ideas and strategies behind reward management, she says, "it all fell into place". Performance appraisals, scoring, pay reviews - she now knows why they do what they do.

"Take your time to understand the information and digest it"

When asked what advice she'd give to other distance learning students, Jenna says to "take your time to understand the information and digest it". She recommends studying at your own pace and turning to your colleagues for guidance whenever you can.

Stay tuned for more 'ICS Real Stories' right here on our blog. In the meantime, learn more about the HR distance learning courses that helped get Jenna to where she is today.Name: Jenna Scott

Lives in: Dartford

Career: Human resources, specialising in reward management

Studied: CIPD Level 3 Award: Supporting Good Practice: Performance & Reward Management and Level 5 Award: Reward Management

Currently studying: CIPD Level 7 Award: Reward Management

Why ICS? She can study at her own pace and ask her coworkers for help with assignments.

Three years ago, Jenna 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, construction company Laing O'Rourke.

Jenna knew if she wanted to advance to the role of Reward Adviser, she would need a professional qualification. After a colleague told her about distance learning courses with ICS, she signed up for the CIPD Level 3 Award Supporting Good Practice: Performance & Reward Management.

"I had never done anything like this before"

Having never been to college or university, Jenna wasn't too familiar with the academic process. "Writing an assignment did not come naturally to me," she tells us. Luckily, she was able to lean on her work colleagues for support.

"I spent most of the time doing my coursework in work, as my company kindly allowed me to do this. They strongly believe their staff should learn as much as possible and fully support your training needs," she says.

"I found it much easier doing coursework in work so I could ask questions if I didn't understand a particular section of the course."

"As soon as I arrived, it was a relaxed atmosphere"

Some CIPD award courses require students to attend a two-day workshop. As the workshop grew nearer, Jenna began to feel a bit apprehensive. However, her worries were quickly quelled.

She tells us, "I was nervous because I did not know what to expect, but as soon as I arrived, it was a relaxed atmosphere. I met some lovely people and also learned a lot during the two days."

Jenna appreciated the fact that the workshop wasn't overly formal. Her and the other students went out to dinner and were able to chat about the various companies they work for. It was laid back and gave her a really interesting insight into the different ways companies approach performance and benefits.

"I was absolutely thrilled with my achievement"

After successfully completing her Level 3 Award, Jenna jumped right back in and signed up for the CIPD Level 5 Award: Reward Management course. Although the coursework was more challenging than the Level 3 course, she now knew the best way to approach it.

"I completed my assignment and my manager kindly offered to read it for me and give me feedback (good and bad), and I actually passed first time round," she tells us. "Again, I was absolutely thrilled with my achievement and was happy that I decided to push myself that little bit further."

"All my hard work has paid off"

With her Level 3 and Level 5 awards in Reward Management, Jenna achieved what she set out to do in the beginning - she was promoted to Reward Adviser as of this month. "I am very happy that all my hard work has paid off," she says. But she's not stopping there. Yet again, Jenna has decided to take her training to the next level.

She says, "I decided that I wanted to do the full three courses in Reward Management, so I have signed up to do the CIPD Advanced Award in Reward Management, which I am doing now."

For Jenna, earning qualifications isn't merely a way to advance in her career. She also tells us that the courses give her a much greater understanding of the policies and procedures her team oversees. After learning about the ideas and strategies behind reward management, she says, "it all fell into place". Performance appraisals, scoring, pay reviews - she now knows why they do what they do.

"Take your time to understand the information and digest it"

When asked what advice she'd give to other distance learning students, Jenna says to "take your time to understand the information and digest it". She recommends studying at your own pace and turning to your colleagues for guidance whenever you can.

Stay tuned for more 'ICS Real Stories' right here on our blog. In the meantime, learn more about the HR distance learning courses that helped get Jenna to where she is today.



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