Last weekend I started my CIPR diploma course. It’s been quite a while since I studied and I have to admit I have mixed feelings about it.
Firstly I’m really looking forward to the chance to understand the area of business I have come to really love, but I know it’s going to be challenging – wouldn’t be worth doing if it wasn’t.
I was asked by Andrew Ross at the CIPR to blog about the course. Not sure why he asked me but since a number of people I have met in recent years have asked where they could read my blog I think this could be a good way of getting into the habit.
Sorry to Andrew as I promised to get this blog in long before now, but due to the nature of my work I have had to commit all my time preparing for a large scale communications strategy to support a fantastic covert investigation to bring Staffordshire drug dealers to justice. See our YouTube Playlist for details.
So, back to my thoughts about the course. Two of my colleagues started their course in the autumn at Birmingham, I have now started at Nottingham. I’m genuinely excited at the prospect, but, to be as open as I can be, I’m a little nervous too.
Everyone on the course has the challenge of balancing the work load of the ‘day job’ against the course work, we all recognise that, but the additional challenge is I have dyslexia.
I employ numerous coping strategies on a daily basis, and I get tremendous support from the team around me at work who are always happy to correct my spelling errors or ‘typos’ as we call them. I will use some text-to-speech tools to help with the reading, and the key will be setting aside the time to ensure I get the best possible benefit from the diploma – it’s also a good excuse not to do the DIY and gardening !