First module of my CIPD Level 7 Diploma – Done! #ICSRealStories


Wowsers what a few weeks it has been! Apologies for the quiet time, but I quickly realised that I am nearly halfway through my CIPD Level 7 Diploma and everything has started to happen at once, both in my personal and professional life. This has lead me to take some tough decisions such as not participating within my local CIPD branch as much as I’d like, I’m also not exercising as much as I’d like or reading as much as I usually do; but I’m keeping in mind how important this is to me and why all the hard will be worth it in the end.

I’m not going to lie, these past few weeks have really tested my ability to juggle everything and I needed to take some time to re-proritise my extensive list so I have set myself a deadline, to complete my Level 7 Diploma by October; that’s one research project and two exams to complete; three modules in total. I can do this!

So today’s post comes in light of my first module results for Developing Skills for Business Leadership , I’m delighted to say that I passed! A huge thank you to my very patient tutor; David James for getting me through my first module, your guidance has been incredibly valuable.

This assignment is focussed around your career journey so far, how you interpret organisational information and how you can use this from a HR perspective. Whilst I have a lot of experience in a practical sense, this helped me to reflect upon my career journey so far, what my development areas are and work upon my CPD, which most of the time we overlook, but I cannot stress how important and worthwhile this really is.

The biggest part of the module is creating a large portfolio and developing a meaningful CPD to assist with your ongoing journey. It was a very enjoyable module; I thought of it being similar to a scrapbook of my career so far with a plan for the future.

When you are studying and working at the same time, you learn a lot; not just from the course but a lot about yourself; how you cope under pressure, your motivation levels and understand what is truly important.

Whilst I am thoroughly enjoying my learning experiences; it is important to note that sometimes life gets in the way a little bit, and that is ok, the important thing is not to lose sight of why you are doing it in the first place, so no matter what your reasons are for studying, make sure you focus on what is important, and never underestimate the level of commitment involved, make sure it is the right time for you.

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