Just over a year ago, I started on the CIPD Level 3 Diploma in HR Practice with ICS Learn, and I'm pleased to say that my studies are now successfully complete.
The skills you learn on the course are wide-ranging and very relevant to the world of work. Employee motivation and reward, strategically future workforce, attracting talent, recruitment strategies - all of these areas covered in the course enhanced the knowledge that I'd developed from management roles.
ICS Learn have been an excellent partner in my learning experience. Being online learning, I thought it might be slightly anonymous, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
Through feedback on assignments, interactive webinars (that are truly interactive with a live tutor and student participation rather than just presentations), the ability to contact a tutor via email (with quick responses), and even tutor call-back phone options, you develop a relationship with your tutors for each unit.
The tutors take a real interest in your progress and knowledge and provide insightful feedback on assignments; you can develop a good rapport quite quickly. They are keen to develop your individual skills.
That's what really stood out for me: the tutors are really dedicated to helping you develop your knowledge. You feel their passion, enthusiasm and knowledge come through in your interactions. It's not just a case of passing the assignments to receive a certificate, it's about really developing your skills and equipping you to put them into practice.
Learning online isn't a solitary experience. You interact with other students via the online forum, the online classrooms and mainstream social media. You have the best of both worlds with learning in your own time while still interacting with others.
What I have found through studying CIPD is not just a deep appreciation of HR and how it has evolved and increased in strategic importance, but also career skills that I think will be universally very valuable in any career, particularly those in management.
If I was asked if I would recommend choosing ICS Learn, I would say yes. It's the best of both worlds: online learning combined with tutors who take a real interest in your progress.