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Lockdown Student Stories: Aimee | CIPD Level 5 Review


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Store manager Amiee used her lockdown to begin a new career in HR by studying a CIPD Level 5 Certificate with ICS Learn. Find out how she got on here.

I currently work for VF Northern under the brand of Vans, I have worked with this company for 13 months now as a Store Manager. We closed our stores before the official lockdown took place, something I am proud to say – my company prides themselves on being a people company first and foremost. We worked from home for two weeks, learning how to use zoom for various formats of meetings and team training and eventually we were furloughed on 1st April.

I decided to enrol on to the level 5 CIPD HR course after a development conversation with my line manager and expressing my desire to go in to this field. With his encouragement, along with support from my Dad I decided to take the steps to start learning. After some searching online and reading reviews ICS seemed to be the clear and smartest decision.

It has been very different studying during lockdown, like many, suffering from motivation on occasion due to being very sedentary is a constantly challenge to face, but knowing I have studying gave me a boost.

For the future, I look forward to immediately supporting my team and others when we eventually go back in to stores and reopen to the public in completely foreign territory.

Long term, I have asked to be involved with HR learning sessions with my HRBP, as well as being involved in more HR processes with my company.

My company is very pro-development and actively encourage us to ask for learning, and betterment of ourselves if this is something we desire. Ultimately I would like to move in to the HR field, ideally with my company I am currently with because their ethos and mission statement is something that really resonates with me.

I would recommend taking on a course during lockdown as it reinvigorates your base mentality.

As a post graduate student this has reawakened the excitement of learning in me and at the very least it has distracted me from feeling bored and restless during this unprecedented and difficult time.

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