ICS Real Stories: Meet Hayley | Online CIM and GCSE Review
When I was 12 years old, my family and I emigrated to Cyprus. The move was a little difficult for me as I had to leave my friends and school behind.
However, being still quite young at the time I soon settled into the local school, found new friends and adjusted to the education system.
All was going well until I turned 16 and all my UK friends were posting their GCSE exam results on Facebook and asking me what mine were.
Although GCSEs are not taught or recognised in Cyprus, I still felt a little upset that I didn’t get the chance to take them.
I had plans to move back to the UK when I turned 18 and realised that I wanted to return with the right qualifications. After a discussion with my parents they agreed that it would be sensible to do my GCSEs via distance learning.
After getting the hang of studying from home and prioritising coursework over weekend beach trips with my friends, I started to enjoy the courses. The feelings when I received my exam results were overwhelming and were even better when I knew that I had passed both subjects with flying colours.
Two years later I started my first job as an office assistant for a recruitment agency based in the UK. I was soon promoted to the position of office manager aged 19 and asked to set up the company’s social media channels. I thoroughly enjoyed this task which didn’t go unnoticed by my director.
I was called in for meeting where he suggested I should learn some more about marketing with the prospect of being promoted to marketing manager as I seemed to have a natural flare for it. I suggested ICS Learn as a great place to find professional courses and qualifications.
My tutor supported me every step of the way and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course – just like I did a few years earlier when I was studying for my GCSEs.
I have since successfully completed my CIM Level 3 course and am now on my way to completing the CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing with no plans to stop there.
ICS Learn have been a huge positive influence on both my education and in finding my career path and I am excited to continue my journey to becoming a marketing director with the help and support of ICS Learn.