CIPD Learner Stories: Javana Howes

Javana made the switch from Psychology to HR and never looked back. Find out how she is getting on with her Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management.


I was in a period of time after studying Psychology where I realised that maybe Psychology wasn’t quite the right fit. I was looking for a career that would enable me to utilise a lot of the skills and theories I learned, but that was more suited to what I enjoyed in a work setting.

After doing some research, I really felt that HR was where I wanted to be. However, HR is highly competitive, and I wanted to put myself in the best position I could to succeed.

I decided to look into qualifications, and of all the places offering a CIPD, I knew DPG was the one.

So now I am currently pursuing my CIPD Associate Level Diploma in People Management through DPG. I chose online learning as this allowed me to complete my qualification around full time work.

There were no specific set deadlines but enough guidance to keep you on track. DPG offered great support and quick turnaround in getting started on the course, as well as flexible finance options.

The course has offered fantastic support, very quick responses and feedback on submissions, and regular sessions for assignment support. The biggest thing for me is the support provided for if you are finding things difficult.

DPG have been absolutely fantastic in offering further support for me when I was struggling, I couldn’t have asked for more. They are also very receptive to feedback and always aim to be better and provide the best service.

The qualification has given me very strong knowledge that has been very applicable in my work. I have managed to land multiple temporary contracts in different areas of HR, so not only has my academic knowledge been expanded, but so has my exposure to HR in real life practice.

I recently secured a role as a Recruitment Resourcer with Staffline, which means I can further my knowledge around recruitment also, all thanks to my qualification, which seems to really make you stand out from other applicants.

I plan to have experience in as many aspects of the employee lifecycle and become a HR advisor within the next couple of years.

I really would recommend DPG as they allow you flexibility, support when you need it, and most importantly, you can get that qualification that will boost employability and progression.


If Javana's story inspires you, become CIPD qualified and enrol on a course with DPG today.