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 Allen

The Story

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.

Emily