Part Time courses: Valeria Pezzi

Valeria moved to Edinburgh seven years ago from Italy. She studied her CIPD Foundation Learning and Development Practice certificate at Edinburgh College from September 2014 to June 2015. At the time she was working as a full-time trainer in a private company when she decided she would like to make a career change without the upheaval of giving up her job and becoming a full-time student.

I did some research and decided to do a CIPD Foundation Learning and Development Practice course at Edinburgh College. This allowed me to keep my job while preparing to find a new role.

I made a commitment to attend college every Tuesday night between 5.30pm and 9pm after already doing a day’s work. I knew it was going to be a challenge but I had already decided it was what I wanted and I was glad to do it because I knew it was going to benefit me.

It was pretty intense because I needed to juggle my work with my study life and didn’t really have much time for a social life during the year. I spent most of my spare time preparing for modules or assignments.

I decided to apply for a role as Learning and Development Administrator while studying and was delighted to get a new job in my chosen field. I got more involved in organising training courses, identifying training needs and contacting the best training providers. This is a new area for me and I made useful contacts in the industry

After a year within the role, having gained the necessary experience to progress my career even further, I have now secured a new job within an important investment firm based in Edinburgh.

You do need to be disciplined and focused but once you’ve completed your course, you can confidently demonstrate your commitment to the area you’re interested in. Employers will notice your effort and your qualification will build your confidence, so it’s well worth it. I made time to study after hours and it’s really paid off.

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