Asterios Ozounis is a Performance Delivery Manager with British Airways and was furloughed in April. An experienced HR practitioner, he is unsure about whether he will be returning to his role due to the current circumstances in the airline industry. As a result, Asterios decided to use the time to develop his career and with over 20 years’ in HR under his belt, a level 7 CIPD qualification was the best fit. He recently started an Advanced Certificate in Human Resources with Watson Martin and opted for our fast track online delivery route. His goal is to finish the qualification before the end of the summer and whilst not looking too far ahead, a quick review of the current jobs market made him realise a CIPD qualification was essential for most HR positions.
I joined BA in 2001 first working as a frontline manager before moving into the HR arena. After a major reorganisation I became a performance delivery manager at Heathrow airport. I have lots of practical experience in HR but don’t always know the theory. I hope the qualification will give me the skills and knowledge I need to improve my work whether it is at BA or in another role.
“Deciding to go for a qualification after a long break from studying was very daunting particularly when you don’t know whether you will have a job in six months time. As a self-funder I had to be careful so I took my time when choosing a provider.
I felt very comfortable with Watson Martin right from the start. It was so easy to identify the courses and cost on the website and their adviser Monika was very helpful and took me through the whole process, how I should apply, what I would learn and the support I would receive. It was completely stress free.
“The whole start-up procedure was very efficient. My personal adviser Melanie was really welcoming and I have started work on my first assignment on performance management. I have four modules to complete and I plan to get through them as quickly as possible.
My first goal is to get the qualification. I want to be able to implement everything I learn to my work practices, to gain a holistic view of things and think outside of the box. I haven’t really thought about what the qualification will do for my career but if you want to be in HR you need to have a CIPD certificate or diploma so I am sure it will be helpful!”