Watson Martin Candidate of the Quarter August 2018

Congratulations to Rebecca Henning who has been selected as Watson Martin’s latest Candidate of the Quarter. Rebecca, an HR Manager with the London based reputation management consultancy Lansons, was nominated after receiving a distinction in the challenging CIPD Advanced HRC exam, one of only eight candidates throughout the country to attain such an award!

Watson Martin’s Candidate of the Quarter accolade recognises the hard work and personal dedication of individuals who go the extra mile to become CIPD qualified.  Rebecca certainly fits the bill. With three modules to go within her Advanced Diploma, having gained two distinctions and three merits so far, she is well on track to achieve her aim of at least a merit for every assessment.

‘I was absolutely thrilled to receive a distinction in my HRC exam – safe to say I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” she says. “I worked very hard in the run up to the exam, but like many, never feel particularly satisfied after walking out of the exam room. I was so pleased that my hard work paid off and for anyone else tackling CIPD exams – with hard work, prioritisation, determination and positivity – anything is possible!”

Rebecca, who was nominated for the Watson Martin Candidate of the Quarter Award by her personal adviser Dee Gemmell, is employing all her time management skills to help her achieve her qualification.  Not only does she have a demanding full-time job, but when she isn’t at work or studying, she is likely to be found playing tennis or singing at the Royal Albert or Festival Halls as a member of a professional choir.

A Royal Holloway Music graduate, Rebecca was introduced to HR via a range of temporary office roles before becoming an HR Assistant at Lansons in 2013.  Three years later she was appointed to HR Manager after which she decided to study for her CIPD Level 7 Diploma.

She chose Watson Martin’s Workshop study route knowing that she would benefit more from a classroom based approach to learning and, with the support from her personal tutor, committed to a regular programme of study.

“The structured process run by Watson Martin has made the whole journey much less daunting,” she explains.  “Dee has been really supportive.  Knowing I could get in touch with her at any time to ask questions, or ask her to read over practice questions was incredibly useful. In terms of the exam, believe me practising timed questions is the key!”

Rebecca acknowledges that she doesn’t do things by half and her plan of staying motivated and consistently committing to studying is paying off. She is confident the new skills and knowledge she has developed will be useful both in her current role and the future.

“The amount of knowledge I have gained is huge.  It is so different having studied a topic.  When you work in a role practically, you feel that you know a lot but then when you go and study at the workshops you learn so much more.  You realise where you work is a bit of a bubble and what you do in your role is for that organisation.  There is so much more to learn about every topic of HR so working through the qualification has really broadened my horizons,” she adds.

Rebecca is looking forward to completing her studies and becoming CIPD qualified in September.  Her advice to anyone considering studying for an Advanced level qualification is this:

“Researching the qualification thoroughly, committing to the work and prioritising are all very important.  Then it’s about making the most of all the resources online – Watson Martin’s VLE is great – and fitting your studies around your life as much as possible. The more you put into it the more you get out.  I want to excel as a HR practitioner long-term after gaining my qualification so I am putting in as much effort as possible.”

Watson Martin offers CIPD qualifications at Foundation, Intermediate and Advance levels.  For further details call us on 020 7932 2760.