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Lockdown Student Stories: Jeeves | CIPD Level 5


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Discover how Jeeves Singh used the coronavirus pandemic to study a fully online CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Human Resources and continue towards his career development goals.

Well, I can honestly say this year so far has been pretty rubbish – I was supposed to get married this year, but that has had to be cancelled due to the pandemic and my uncle passing away.

Studying, however, has helped me keep my mind on other things and I have been able to spend more time with my family.

During the pandemic, I have been focusing on my course work for my CIPD Level 5 Diploma. It’s been frustrating at times, but the tutors and the ICS Learn support team have been great.

It’s been a real challenge to stay in and study while the weather outside has been gorgeous, but keeping focused on my goal is critical, so I remind myself why I am doing this and what the benefits are.

It helps that I enjoy my course and it links in with my psychology degree, so that’s a bonus.

However, to keep myself occupied I have made sure that I take breaks when I can, not to bombard myself with the assessments, journals, and books, but to see it as something I want to do and not have to do.

I guess we can’t really ignore what a strange time it is at the moment and although I am studying to develop my career prospects, doubts creep in.

I ask myself  ‘What if I don’t get the job I’m working towards?’ or ‘What if there are no more jobs out when I qualify?’ and ‘Is this worth it?

Anytime I have these negative thoughts I get my dog lead and take my Labrador, Boris, for a 45-minute walk whilst listening to my favourite motivational speaker, Les Brown, or a podcast by Joe Rogan.

One of my favourite quotes from Les Brown is: 

“If you fall make sure you fall on your back because if you fall on your back you can look up and if you can look up, you can get up...”

So far, I have been sticking to a relatively informal plan, but rewarding myself when passing an assessment by taking a day or two off from reading – not much of a reward but I guess I’m saving my rewards for when I pass.  

One thing that I have realised is that I now love black coffee and I have a passion for gardening. I never thought I’d be a green finger but, hey, this lockdown has definitely made me realise things about myself.

One great motivation for me is the WhatsApp group I have with fellow students; their support and drive are what keeps me going.

I know that if I’m struggling, I won’t be the only one and that if someone passes an assignment, I will be able to do it as well.

For me, it’s about moving forward, getting at least a couple of hours done here, there, and everywhere. As long as I’m typing or reading then I am progressing to my goal.

So, from me and Boris, I wish everyone the best in their studies and to remember that they are not alone in this journey!

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