Our advisers are very special individuals with an abundance of industry experience and a genuine interest in the development of others. Each one of them works hard to support their CIPD candidates throughout every step of their qualification. Our advisers really do ensure our business retains that personal touch, something we know candidates greatly value. This regular feature publicly recognises their contribution to your CIPD success!
We have asked Sam Furlano, our consultant based in the South East, for her advice to help you gain that all important CIPD qualification along with what she loves most about her job.
Sam’s top tips for CIPD success …
- Don’t undervalue the use of HR analytics. Displaying the evidence can make a real impact.
- Have a clear study plan and stick to it.
- Draw on your workplace examples.
“I would also say be more curious in the workplace. Find out more about the different HR areas and understand the overall objectives of the business. And don’t forget to keep in touch with your adviser who is here to help and support you throughout your programme.”
Here’s what our candidates say about Sam
I feel incredibly privileged to have Sam as my adviser. From our first conversation, I felt she understood my current role even though it isn’t all HR based. Sam is very warm, supportive, caring and patient. Her knowledge of each subject – the models and theories – is outstanding and her passion for HR and supporting her candidates is excellent.” Elspeth Dale, Intermediate candidate
“Sam’s expertise and passion for the subject was really evident and kept all participants really well engaged for the full 7.5 hours! Sam was both knowledgeable and friendly, creating a really interactive environment for the session in which everyone felt comfortable to chip in with their individual input. I cannot fault Sam’s delivery of the session – she was encouraging and answered all questions that were thrown at her”. Louis Barker, Advanced candidate
This workshop was absolutely invaluable for understanding where to focus learning and revision for the exam. I do not know how anyone could even start without this! Sam is very knowledgeable, and the day was very fast but it was a really good introduction to all 7 learning outcomes.” Carol Jamieson, Advanced candidate
“Sam has been a great trainer with really good case study examples and keeps the entire room engaged through different measures of learning and humour!” Leena Alsibahie, Intermediate candidate
Sam may have only been with Watson Martin for a year but she has already made a big impression on our candidates who appreciate her extensive HR knowledge and expertise. A dedicated personal adviser supporting Foundation and Intermediate candidates throughout their qualifications, Sam also delivers Level 5 and 7 workshops including the testing LMP for our exam students.
Passionate about wanting her students to succeed in their qualification, Sam works hard from the outset to keep them on track. Having studied early on in her HR career for the CIPD Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management while in a busy job, she understands the demands of combining full time work with studying and keeps in touch regularly to help her candidates stay motivated.
Sam’s career began in a finance graduate position working for a US investment management company. However, her passion was Human Resources and she moved into the profession when she joined Atkins, a global engineering consultancy, and specialised in international HR. Her corporate career continued with a management position at Total Gas & Power from where she joined the CIPD for a broad, generalist role as an HR Business Partner reporting to the organisation’s HR Director.
There is no better place to gain an insight into every aspect of HR than working for the industry’s professional body and Sam’s 13 years at the CIPD included a range of roles within the organisation. Here she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in assessment, CPD and managing the joint work between the CIPD and Civil Service HR to increase the organisation’s HR capability and professionalisation before joining Watson Martin.
Now with a young family, Sam enjoys the flexibility of her role as a consultant where she can fulfil her enthusiasm for supporting the HR professionals of the future to develop their careers. With all the demands presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, she believes there has never been a more challenging yet exciting time to work in the people profession.