Stuart Evans: taking his learning and development career forward with CIPD Professional Membership
"These were excellent for reflecting on what I had already achieved. That sort of thing is easy to forget in the hurly-burly of everyday working life. It reminds you that you really deserve to draw confidence from your achievements."
Stuart Evans, Chartered MCIPD, has worked hard to build his career in financial services, much of the time in sales and business development roles. And when he took the position of Senior Manager for Learning and Development in the Commercial Division of Lloyds Banking Group, he saw a fresh opportunity to develop his skills.
Beyond the day job, Stuart also wanted to invest in his career development and gain recognition for his achievements by becoming a professional member of the CIPD, the world’s largest chartered HR and development body. ‘I’d looked into several development programmes for senior HR managers but didn’t find anything else that really suited me or my busy schedule’, comments Stuart. For Stuart, it was important to find something that allowed him to demonstrate the impact of his role at a business level, in addition to his HR expertise, I’ve always seen myself as a business person that “does” learning, rather than an HR or L&D person per se and wanted to be able to clearly show this’.
Experience Assessment provided an ideal opportunity for Stuart to invest in his development and gain CIPD professional membership. Experience Assessment is a straightforward way for busy HR practitioners to get professional recognition for their achievements. It’s an indepth online assessment that culminates in a professional discussion with a senior HR practitioner. Experience Assessment helped Stuart appreciate his strengths and identify tangible options for his continuing professional development.
Experience Assessment begins by establishing quickly whether individuals are eligible for a full assessment – and at what level. Stuart found the process ‘easy to initiate – I quickly found myself discussing my eligibility with the CIPD. And once that hurdle had been cleared, I moved at my own speed through the Experience Assessment process’. While there are deadlines to meet, candidates are able to fit them around their busy schedules and complete the process over four months.
Experience Assessment involves a series of rigorous assessments – including benchmarking against the standards in the CIPD’s HR profession map with self assessment and feedback from colleagues. A detailed Impact Report asks candidates to detail their HR achievements and illustrate how their work has impacted positively on the business. Stuart found these parts of the process particularly useful:
Stuart also had to complete a case study set in a fictional business. ‘The case study was challenging yet richly rewarding’ comments Stuart, ‘I really valued being able to put my experience to the test and showcase my HR and business skills in an unfamiliar context’.