I am after some advice, particularly from those who have undertaken or are undertaking the PgDip in HRM, whilst working and having a young family at home.
I am in a stand alone HR role in a contract logistics company (74 employees) which wishes to implement a people strategy to support the business plan of growing turnover over the next 2-4 years. I am to lead this strategy.
I am currently level 3 qualified, completing my CPP in 2006 (after that I got married and had 2 children) and feel that it is now a prime opportunity to continue with my professional development and move onto the PgDip, missing out the level 5 as I have 9 years experience in HR, albeit within a small organisation, but I have implemented plenty of policies and procedures, dealt with redundancies, recruitment and selection, disciplinaries etc.
I feel that this qualification will really support the business plan for growth and broaden my knowledge and confidence in my role to have a positive impact on the organisation.
My question really is, having 2 small children (2 and 5) am I being realistic in signing up for a 2 year course and will I be able to give it the attention whilst balancing life at home? I have a good support network around me and work part time so could study on my day off with childcare taken care of, but is the 10-12 hours a week personal study accurate or should I expect it to be much more? I know there are workshops I have to attend which will take me away from family but can deal with that.
I'd be really interested to hear from anyone who has done or is doing this course with their experiences of what it is like in reality! Particularly from people balancing work and a family.
I know I have the ability to do it from an intelligence perspective (or at least I hope I do!) but it is such a big commitment and I am seeking funding from my employer so I need to be totally sure about it before I sign up!
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom