How to keep motivated when distance learning #ICSRealStories

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I’m into month two of my distance learning CIPD journey with ICS learn and when I speak about my progress to colleagues and friends, they often say that they wouldn’t have to discipline to undertake a distance learning course; it is a lot of additional responsibility but if you are aiming to reach those career goals, then further study is essential.

Whilst distance learning is convenient and adaptable to our lifestyles, it teaches you a lot, except how to stay motivated! This is completely an individual quality that needs to be developed in order to stay focused and achieve the qualification.

I have adopted a positive approach to my CIPD studies level 7 studies by ensuring that I have everything I need to hand, I find that there is nothing worse of getting into the throws of your assignments and having to stop as your have forgotten something! I thought it may be useful to share my top tips for keeping focused while distance learning.

Have everything you need to hand

Make sure you have all of your equipment to hand, I have my iPad for my virtual bookshelf and use my laptop to keep track of how far I need to read, this stops me from getting ahead of myself and allows me to capture all the information I need.

Take regular breaks

Taking a 5 minute break each hour helps your eyes rest and to give your body a well earned stretch, this helps keep the mind fresh and doesn’t make you feel overwhelmed with information. I often use this time to reflect upon what I have learnt and how it translates into my working life.

Map your progress

I have a large wall calendar above my desk which helps me to keep on top of things and so I can see how far I have come in my studies. This helps me to keep the end goal in sight and understand how flexible I can be on weeks where I have commitments.

Get a different perspective

I utilise my network a lot when it comes to my studies, so I attend HR Hour every week on Twitter which gives so many different points of view which helps me to understand arguments for and against certain processes. It also helps if you need further information on a particular subject; reading certain HR blogs and asking questions on the CIPD forum on LinkedIn is also a great place to get inspiration and support for the learning journey.

Reward yourself

When an assignment is graded, take time to reward yourself for a job well done, it’s not easy being motivated but a little treat can go a long way to encourage the next step on the learning journey.

Take time out

Just because I’m studying doesn’t mean there isn’t any time for fun! I make time to see friends and family, it helps clear the mind and helps to relieve any stress. I recently spent the day with friends by having a walk around Burghley House and it was great to be in the fresh air with and having a good catch up.

 

Whatever stage you are at with your learning journey, keep focused, stay organised and always keep the end goal in sight, you will get there and it’ll be worth it!

It’s time to make recruitment more human

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We hear the term “making the workplace more human” so when we are putting this into practice, why do we insist on using the same old recruitment processes?

After Thursday’s thought provoking HR Hour on Twitter, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the HR world’s thoughts on how we can improve the process and really make it relevant to the changing world of work.

Every manager dreads asking competency based interview questions “Tell me about a time when…” these questions are rigid, artificial and if candidates googled the ideal answers to these standard questions, they’ll be able to get well-structured answers to put them in the best light and the hiring manager will be none the wiser, thinking that they’d found the ideal candidate.

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2018… Bring it on!

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Happy new year to you all!

As the Prosecco starts to wear off and the parties end; the New Year is the perfect time to realign our focus onto what is important.

Reflecting on 2017, we saw plenty of employment changes in the workplace. A responsive Human Resources department should be able to fulfil the needs of their organisations. In the past year alone, we have seen the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, the removal of Employment Tribunal fees, experienced the impact of impending Brexit, and we are now preparing our clients for the challenges that come with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018.

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The HR Elf on the Shelf – Day 4!

I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s task and had a lovely weekend! I’ve loved hearing what you are getting up to and having a lot of fun along the way so do keep them coming!

Task four – start a conversation with someone new

Don’t forget to share the task online via Twitter #HRElfOnTheShelf and Linked In and I look forward to hearing who you connected with today!

The HR Elf on the Shelf!

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It’s 1st December and many of us will be dusting off those Christmas jumpers or finding a new way to decorate the office with those old decorations!

Right now, all over the world, parents are scratching their heads to think of new and inventive ways to reintroduce their Elf on the Shelf for their little ones. The purpose of the elf is quite simple; he causes mischief deliberately to encourage children to be on their best behaviour before Santa visits at Christmas. It’s a bit of fun and helps generate excitement leading up to the big day.

But it’s not all fun and games for the parents; there is a committed requirement for creativity, hard work and most of all effort, so what is in it for the adults I hear you cry?! It is simply to see the joy of their children faces (and for them to go to bed on time!).

Spreading joy this time of year can be difficult, so I have given HR Acts of Kindness a festive makeover for advent, for no other reason but to spread joy to all the HR folk from far and wide!

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