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Learner Stories: Tina Dooling

HR Administrator - Stockport Homes


My name is Tina Dooling and I am the HR Administrator for Stockport Homes. I chose to study my CIPD Level 3 HR Programme with DPG because of their great reputation for delivering success. I spoke with colleagues who have studied with DPG and consulted with the L&D team and decided it was the best option for me.

Why did you decide to do your course?

I decided to do my course because I felt it was the right time to learn more about HR and the role I could play within the organisation. I had been in my role just over a year and wanted to get a better understanding of the theory and practice in HR. While I was very experienced with Administration, I wanted to learn more and gain an accredited qualification.

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What did you enjoy most about your course?

I enjoyed the entirety of the course, however there were a number of aspects which I found the most beneficial. Firstly, the layout of the course, how it is spread over seven months with a blend of workshops and online. The flexibility of studying with DPG was a major plus, being able to create my own timetable in line with the deadlines set by DPG empowered me as I got to work at my own speed. Furthermore, the support offered throughout my studies was very helpful. I could access support online, in person or on the phone with staff and fellow learners. The trio of layout, flexibility and support are the three main factors which I enjoyed the most.

How do you feel the course has helped you?

I feel the course has helped me on a number of levels both professionally and personally. It has built my knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles deployed in HR, which in turn has boosted my confidence throughout my day to day work. I feel that the insight offered by studying alongside people who are in the same position as you, has given me invaluable experience and assurance. It was refreshing to share my thoughts and feelings with people who felt the same and it gave me a real sense of comfort and assurance that is crucial when learning. One of the best outcomes the course has given me is the bonds I made while studying. I made some lasting friendships in such a short space of time.

What are your ultimate career aspirations?

My career aspirations are not that of a certain job or role but about specific values. I want to ensure that whatever I do, I’m doing for the right reasons and I’m making a difference, as cliché as that sounds. I pride myself on being a reliable member of the team and want to continue learning for as long as possible. Of course, I don’t want to stay as an administrator forever, I want to progress and I want to experience new roles and positions. My main aim is to conduct myself in a professional manner, to be a good person and to continue to help make organisations better by helping the people in them.

What would you say to other people thinking about studying with DPG?

Honestly… go for it. DPG are supportive, relaxed and disciplined. You create your own learning environment through the DPG framework and everyone has the opportunity to excel providing you’re willing to put in 100%. DPG are always willing to help and you will meet good people along the way.

Learn more about studying CIPD with DPG

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Our CIPD Level 3 course is ideal for you if you are:

  • New to the People Profession
  • An existing HR Administrator/Officer looking to progress
  • Looking for expert advice along the way

The CIPD Foundation Certificate provides practical insights into key areas in people practice including core behaviours for people professionals, essentials of people practice and principles of analytics. In short — everything you need to kickstart your career in People Practice.

CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice
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