“Your time spent studying goes so quickly, but CIPD membership can really help you study smarter.”
I am currently studying for my CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management at De Montfort University in Leicester. I'll be finishing my studies in May this year, after which I'll move into CIPD professional membership, as an Associate member.
Prior to starting the course I really struggled to obtain any form of work experience in the field. So I chose to do the CIPD postgraduate qualification in order to further develop and enhance my current skill set and knowledge to build a successful career within Human Resources.
I'm a Student member and when I complete my level 7 CIPD qualification, I'll then become an Associate member, which is a professional level of CIPD membership. I look forward to using the letters Assoc CIPD after my name to get the attention of prospective employers!
I really value the support, empowerment and inspiration that comes from being a CIPD member.
I have also relished the opportunity to take advantage of networking opportunities, allowing me to expand my professional network and share ideas with like-minded professionals. I attended the CIPD Student Conference at the start of the year and found it beneficial not only to growing my technical knowledge it was also invaluable to developing my soft skills.
I'm really proud to be a CIPD member. I chose to join when I started my studies because I know it will help me in my career. I'm excited about becoming a professional member too.
Becoming a professional member of the CIPD will really help me progress. It'll set me apart from the rest.
CIPD membership is not just about getting me through my studies. Now that I am approaching the end of my qualification I can see the career potential of becoming recognised as a professional member. Plus I'll continue to get access to all the great CIPD resources when I leave university, such as my CPD Map, research and People Management magazine, but with the added bonus of professional membership and letters after my name.
With the CIPD you definitely get out what you put in! So I would advise anyone starting out to make the most of your CIPD membership.
Your time spent studying goes so quickly, but membership can really help you study smarter.
Since joining the CIPD as a Student member, I've not looked back.