“I get a sense of belonging. To something that's big and globally respected.”
I've been working in HR for 30 years. I must have started very young! In those 30 years the profession has changed dramatically – from welfare to personnel, from personnel to HR.
And alongside this, I think that the CIPD is become more aware of what members require. It's also become more in tune with business.
As an Academic Member of the CIPD, my membership is valuable. It supports me in my role of imparting my knowledge and insight within the class environment. My Academic Member status gives me professionalism. It's a badge that informs people where I am in my career. It shows people what I've achieved. I'm very proud of it. As you progress in your career, CIPD professional membership, be it Academic or Chartered, is increasingly asked for. In fact the job I'm in now specifically asked for Academic Membership.
I get a sense of belonging too. To something that's big and globally respected.
We're not always seen as a profession, we're sometimes seen as a function. CIPD raises the profile of the profession. It supports practitioners. It's also driving the skills agenda through its policy work with Steps Ahead Mentoring and Inspiring the Future.
CIPD membership is a brilliant resource. I value the research such as the labour market outlook. My CPD Map is brilliant. You can assess yourself in 3 different areas – developing your career, going for promotion and as part of your studies. You get tailored development recommendations. I wish I had it 30 years ago!
Now that I'm an Academic member I find that I network more often with other academics. I'm Vice Chair of the West London Branch.
In my 30 years of working in HR CIPD has been there at each point. CIPD is supporting me throughout my career. Giving me clear indications of where I can take my next step.