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CIPD Student Stories: Gemma Garcia | CIPD Level 5 Review


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After studying our CIPD Level 5 Certificate, Gemma Garcia landed a great new job! Here, she gives us a 5-star review. 

I decided to complete my CIPD last year when my organisation was about to go through a major restructuring.

My role at the time was People Manager with my main accountabilities being that of the traditional Personnel Manager.

I absolutely wanted a career in HR and knew I had to get myself fit for the new roles. I was facing possible redundancy.

As soon as I enrolled with ICS Learn I knew I had done the right thing. The support I got was amazing.

I had not done anything academic since leaving school in 1996 and at 38 this was a major deal for me, I was so nervous. The nerves soon went as I had the most inspirational tutor, Stephen Littler.

The main appeal with ICS Learn was I could study around my full-time job and on my terms.

I recommend ICS Learn to all my colleagues as I feel it’s a more personal style of learning than classroom-based.

The online classrooms are fabulous and the encouragement I had during them was so good. I liked the fact I could interact if I wanted to or just listen.

The classroom was a great place to share too as we were all from different backgrounds, some in HR and some starting their journey.

I didn’t get started with my course immediately as I was getting married shortly after enrolling, this didn’t matter as I knew I could learn at my own pace.

I could work during the week and do my studies and assignments at the weekend. The flexibility of learning really suited me.

Half way through my CIPD course, my organisation restructured and removed my role and replaced it with People Partnering. The requirements were that the applicant had a CIPD. I felt that given what I had learnt and continued to learn I would be able to apply.

Much to my delight I was offered an interview, which I passed, and I now work in the people function as People Partner partnering 5 retail superstores.

I honestly don’t think this would have been possible without my CIPD.

I have discovered a huge passion for Employment Law and I will absolutely be returning to ICS Learn in the future to complete my Level 7.

I would like in the future to move from People Partner into the Colleague Relations Partner role, I know ICS Learn will help me achieve this.

I would absolutely give ICS Learn a 5-star rating. I didn’t have the best time at school and I’ve now got the bug for learning. I feel very lucky to have been tutored by such inspiring people.

Well done ICS Learn and thank you for everything.


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