From HR Advisor to HR Partner – achieving my career goal
Nicola Peatfield wanted a flexible way to study for a CIPD qualification. On a recommendation from a former colleague who had previously studied with MOL, Nicola found the organisation offered her what she was looking for, and has now achieved the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in HR Management.
Since she began studying for her qualification with MOL, Nicola’s career has gone from strength to strength, using her experiences on the course to positively support her working life. “I used experience at work to inform my study, and experience studying to inform aspects of my work. The dissertation in particular requires an in-depth investigation into an HR issue at work and this gave me the opportunity to better understand my business and sector, and to influence change. “When I started studying with MOL, I was an HR Advisor and my career goal was to become a HR Business Partner. I have now achieved this and I certainly think that the knowledge and skills I gained from my course contributed to that progression. I enjoy working as a HR generalist and am now seeking opportunities to broaden my experience in a different sector.” And Nicola’s advice to anyone who is considering studying with MOL? “The study materials are very comprehensive and all the tutors were approachable and helpful. They were easy to contact and responsive between monthly workshops. I certainly felt that I received a lot of support both in relation to the specific academic work and more generally in balancing work, study and home life. Nicola received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the MOL Graduation 2017.
“I studied the Advanced Diploma, which takes two years. It is challenging and rewarding, and it offers the opportunity to meet HR practitioners who work in other roles and sectors across the country. It was hugely valuable and enjoyable to be able to learn from them.”