A few weeks ago it was my pleasure to be in Jersey and in Guernsey to deliver a presentation on ICA qualifications to interested potential students. Both sessions were well attended and some good questions about the courses were raised. After the formalities came to an end and people began to disperse– and it’s the same every time I do one of these events – I had a number of people coming to talk to me with queries they didn’t feel comfortable about raising in an open forum. Query number one “Which programme is right for me?”. Query number two, “I haven’t studied for years! Help!”
There is no one answer to query number one. It depends on a variety of factors – the role the person fulfils currently, they type of organisation they work in, their aspirations for a career in a chosen area, their confidence levels, time and commitment ability. It is a very personal decision and sometimes in a situation like this two heads are better than one. So if you are unsure about which qualification is right for you, get in touch with us. We will talk it through with you and help you make a decision that you are comfortable with.
Query number two is all about facing fears. Fear and trepidation comes from the unknown and people are nervous about returning to study because they don’t know what is involved. Again we have met this type of worry several times in the past so we have done all we can to help. There are videos on the ICA website that detail the programmes in depth so you can see what you are going to cover in your studies. When you have made your commitment, we give you written and video guides on all aspects of studying right from how to make notes all the way through to how to study for the final assessment. We tell you how to read examination questions, how to prepare for an assignment, how to organise your notes and research so they will make sense in the future. We give you some advice on how to organise your time so as to make the most from your time to study and we give you a study planner that acts as a road map for your journey. My colleague Lily also wrote a blog a while back with some useful tips if you haven’t studied for a while.
Studying is a very personal choice and people approach it in different ways but the most important thing to remember is you are not on your own. There are people and tools right here to support you. So don’t be afraid and get stuck in.