This is my first post and I feel I am doing this out of desperation and it really is something I am passionate about. I chose to study with the CIPD as when I started my career in HR it was seen as good practice to be a member of the CIPD . I joined CIPD as a student member in 2010 and studied Level 3 & Level 5 at college funded by myself 1 night per week, each of the courses I took in their 1st year of delivery at the college - this itself had its issues and I really only persevered in order to gain the qualification as I learned very little and it almost avoided dealing with the issues HR deal with in daily life, but that is another matter.
My issue now is that I wan to continue on to further study but I have hit a brick wall....
To study the next recommended course, level 7 and in order gain Chartered membership I would need to complete the diploma. It is great having a clear path to gaining the qualifications and how you progress your membership. But my question is who are courses aimed at?
I am married with children and we earn a reasonable wage but the cost of the course is still way out of my reach - my employer cannot afford to put me through this training either - our training budget is very limited. I applied for a Career Development loan through the bank but we had just brought a new house so that was turned down.
I decided to look at the degree route as ultimately I would come out of this with a higher qualification - the university was great! They said I could start in the second year - even better!
So I logged on to the student finance website ready to apply for my uni fees - hold on! The second year was a level 5 and I already have a level 5 qualification, which means I cannot get student finance, so I asked the uni about starting in the 3rd year, which is a level 6 (also worth remembering that CIPD accept people onto the level 7 course after level 5) but I was told that the level of content in the CIPD level 5 course was not adequate enough to take me straight into the 3rd year.
So now I am stuck, held to ransom, over a barrel - Is my only option to study one module at a time (my employer could afford to do this) and qualify level 7 in 4-6 years?
I am hugely passionate about HR but my passion is waning as I am a keen learner and I am currently not able to fulfill this need. I want to progress in my career but for the next level I need to have Chartered Membership.
If anyone has any help or advice I would very much appreciate it!