So confused about qualification routes, would be glad of some opinions and tips when selecting the best course.
Some background....I started my career in admin and >10 years ago took a job as a PA for a very small company. This was a very diverse role and included many aspects of HR admin so I completed the Cert in Personnel Practice (as it was then). After 4/5 years I was offered the job as HR Executive in another SME, reporting into the director of HR and operations, who then left the Company ~4 years ago leaving me as a (almost) standalone with a lady providing some HR admin support. In the time that I have been here I have managed recruitment up to director level, managed service agreements for Directors (inc CEO) and NEDs, redundancy and site closures, had a brush with TUPE, make annual salary review and share option proposals to the BoD, manage the annual performance review process and am part of the Senior Management Team (albeit the most junior member) amongst other things.
I haven't completed any further academic qualifications but am now being given the opportunity to pursue this. The trouble is, I just don't know what to do! I don't have a degree so would be nervous of going straight to a PG even though I have reasonable experience (I think!). There again It would be good to go for it, dive in and get as much as I can out of it while I have the chance.
I have 2 small children so in theory distance learning would seem to fit better but I think if I started at the advanced level I would need lots of support initially just to get my confidence up - do the distance learning providers give enough support in your opinion? Is there much networking opportunity with distance learning?
Can anybody relate and give me their experience or offer any words of enlightenment?
I have also spoken to the CiPD quals people and have sent an email to my local branch to see if they can help. It's a lot of money and huge time commitment so I want to get it right :) . Thanks