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Lockdown Student Story: Abi | CIPD Level 3 Diploma


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Discover how Abi used the lockdown to finally start studying her first professional qualification, a CIPD Level 3 Diploma in Human Resources, and how she took the next steps in her HR career.


I currently don’t work in the HR world, however I was actively interviewing for HR administration roles until it was put on hold due to the lockdown. I am fortunate to be able to work from home in my current role as a customer service advisor for the Medical Defense Union.

I started my CIPD level 3 in lockdown, as it really made me look at the excuses I'd been giving myself.

"I'm too busy."

"I can't do it on my commute."

"I've got too much work on."

This all stopped due to lockdown; although I was still working from home, with no commute time and no social life I started to look at what I could do in all this new found free time. Suddenly I realised I didn't have an excuse not to take the leap and start my first professional qualification.

I chose to study with ICS learn on the recommendation of several friends who have studied with ICS as CIPD levels 3 and 5. I was attracted to the experience ICS have with remote learning, and so felt like my learning would not be affected by the current circumstances. So far in my study, this hold very true and ICS have been supportive and reassuring when pressures have arisen.

Studying whilst working from home can seem daunting, but I’ve found having something positive to work on whilst spending time at home has been extremely valuable. It has given me something to concentrate on and I feel as if I have been able to cease a unique opportunity for personal development.

I recognise that I'm lucky to have the facilities to do this while times are uncertain. In what feels like a period where we are only able to live in the present, it feels really good to do something that is an investment in my future.

When we return to life as we knew it, slowly though it may be, I know that I will be able to return with a huge step-up, and the feeling that real progress is being made in the furthering of my career.

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