Adult learning is a challenging but rewarding experience


MOL’s Product Manager (HR and Learning & Innovation), Emily Allen, shares her experience of adult learning as LTE Group celebrates the Festival of Learning’s ‘Have a Go Month’. Emily’s story is an interesting read and demonstrates how passionate she is about human resources and learning.

Emily loves learning and believes she has benefitted both personally and professionally from undertaking a Masters in Strategic HR Management with MOL.

We spoke with Emily about her career and education to date, and she said:

“After graduating from the University of Sussex with a 2:1 in Anthropology I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next, so I decided to take some administrative work and ended up working across numerous departments. It was during this time that I became aware of ‘Human Resources (HR)’ and the role this function plays in businesses, there and then I decided this is what I wanted to do.

“I have since held HR roles in a variety of industries, while continuing my education on a part time basis with MOL, attaining CIPD qualifications at Levels 3 and 7 (I wasn’t working for MOL at the time but it is funny how things work out!).

“I genuinely love learning and I am always setting myself new goals. This led me to undertaking a Masters in Strategic HR Management with MOL, which I finished in 2017.

“In my experience, learning has become more rewarding and fulfilling as I get older. I now have a greater understanding of the topics that interest me and I can delve into these.

“In my role as Product Manager I am responsible for all the HR programmes MOL run and ensuring our learners get the best possible experience. Adult learning is something I am passionate about and I really believe getting a professional qualification is a great achievement.

“Working full time and studying is hard work, but it has helped me grow as a person. My time management skills have improve significantly and I feel a real sense of achievement when I complete a course and have a professional qualification I can add to my CV.

“If you’re considering adult learning, the most important thing is to make sure that you choose a topic you’re interested in. It takes a lot of will power to spend your free time studying after a full shift or week at work. Also, try and find a study partner so you can push each other and support one another.

“Best of luck!”

In my experience, learning has become more rewarding and fulfilling as I get older. I now have a greater understanding of the topics that interest me and I can delve into these