CIPD Student Stories: Samantha
Career changer Samantha started her HR career off with our CIPD Level 3 certificate. She loved being able to spread the cost and the unlimited tutor support.
My name is Samantha and I am currently studying for my CIPD Level 3 certificate.
I currently work in the legal sector and made the decision to make the jump I had always wanted into HR earlier this year.
I had found my passion lay in these areas of my current role but wanted to gain further experience before changing sectors so decided to gain this through further education.
At the age of 30 studying was a very daunting thought for me - actually it terrified me! I currently work full time and with no HR presence in my office I was worried I would not have the time and support that I needed.
This made me very anxious about online studies but with it providing the flexibility I needed I decided to give it a go and I have not regretted the choice once bit.
I looked at various providers prior to deciding on ICS Learn but could see from previous students that they provided the best support and, after speaking to a friend who had used them for a different course, I decided they were the right choice for me.
The sign-up process was simple and finance plans were made clear from the start which really benefited me as I was unable to get my employer to fund it for me.
I’ve been able to manage to monthly payments alongside my household bills.
I was uneasy about how contact with the tutors would work and how long it would take for feedback but can honestly say they have been fantastic!
The responses have been quick and I have never had any issues in getting in touch. It’s been especially helpful being able to talk with my tutors through evenings and weekends.
I am still in the process of completing my course - I’m almost there! Once I pass, I am hoping to take my first steps into my HR career and will feel so much more confident in applying for roles with my qualification and experience that I have gained from the process.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend online learning and in particular ICS Learn - my experience so far has more than met my expectations.
I hope to further my qualifications once I gain a position in the field and will definitely be returning to ICS Learn for it.