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26/03/2013 at 10:30
Have any of you done this? Work are going to sponsor me to study for my CIPD, I need to come up with the options (i.e. distance learning, residential) so I am now just investigating and I wondered if anyone had been through trying to juggle studying with every day life? what are your experiances?
26/03/2013 at 13:43
Hi CW, yes I have and funnily enough whilst I was doing my CIPD! I basically started the first year and I had just found out I was pregnant just before the induction day so I spent the first academic year pregnant. Fortunately, K was due/born at the end of May so just after all the presentations and assignments were done but I did have to take an exam when she was just a few months old (I defered the first exam due to mitigating circumstances - it was about a week after my CS) so I took it later in the summer which was fine. I then decided to continue with the 2nd year as I figured studying with a baby was easier than study, baby and work (and whilst work were still offering to sponsor me). It was absolutely fine but I did have great help from my Mum. By the time I returned to work I only had a few months left of classroom time then it was just the management report.
I did day release, I think I used to start at 1pm and work through until 8 or 9pm one day a week. Where I work now, one of the girls does distance learning with a young daughter and it seems to work for her but I really liked having a structure to my week and what you learn from the other students I found invaluable, as is the networking. it is hard work, studying whilst working and family but I did most of my college work when K was in bed and occasionally I would take a half day if I needed to finish an assignment. Some of the work was presentations/group work so we'd get together on a Saturday morning or of an evening.
Congratulations on getting sponsored! Happy to answer any other questions you might have.
26/03/2013 at 19:28
I did a marketing qualification whilst pregnant with my first it was alot easier as I didn't have any other children at the time. Although I did work full time, I went to college on a Saturday morning. I personally now wouldn't do any studying as I have a 3 had old and a 20 month old
26/03/2013 at 20:52
I did my prescribing qualification whilst working full time and having a 2 year old and nearly 4 year old. I also had 2 m/c whist doing it. I got a study day from work to attend lectures but the rest of the work I had to do in the evenings and weekends. I also had to work until 8pm once a week to get all my hours with my mentor. It was Ok but its a tough course anyway! I also did my leadership qualification when the children were 4 and 2.5and working full time. I finished it when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my beans! I did some of the work for it during my working day though as I was winding down my caseload anyway
27/03/2013 at 08:01
My experience is pre baby but I worked full time with day release to study for my accountancy qualification. There were two exam sittings a year in December and June.
Taking the December one as an example. I sat three exams at a time. I'd need around 3-5 days taught time at college then the same in revision. I'd do the taught courses as day release between September and early November just having the odd day or sometimes two a week out. This meant I'd time to study and catch up outside of class before the next. They estimated I'd need to study an hour a day per subject out of class to pass so doing three exams was a challenge. I don't know about your qualification so definitely worth checking those things as to how many exams. How often. How many to do at once. How long the courses are and how much outside study will be required.
I then did three to five days revision at college over the course of one week. I'd say this is when I really had to start doing the hour a night from mid November to the exams mid December. It always meant Xmas was on hold until exams were sat.
As for distance learning again it depends on what you're learning and what you already know. I couldn't have done mine that way as I knew nothing and needed a start point and tutor to explain things different ways. I think it works well on certain subjects though eg those where it's common sense and there is little to learn. Eg driving test theory etc but I guess it depends on your learning styles too.
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