Watson Martin 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 Amanda Harris, our consultant based in Brighton, for her advice to help you gain that all important CIPD qualification along with what she loves most about her job.
Amanda’s top tips for CIPD success
If you get stuck, reach out for help because the support is there. Keep that momentum going and don’t just disappear.
Use a time management App like the Pomodoro technique. Getting started is the hardest thing of all so download an App like this to help you think about process rather than objectives.
Here’s what our candidates say about Amanda
“Amanda is a wonderfully supportive and experienced trainer with a strong positive coaching style. I would never have completed without her support- thank you.” Bina Hale, Intermediate candidate
“Amanda is a subject matter expert and incredibly lovely, so I always feel confident asking for clarification if I don’t understand. Goodbye assignment paralysis!” Christopher Grey, Advanced candidate
“I completed my CIPD Level 7 Certificate in Human Resources and Amanda was brilliant, as were the tutors for each course day. Amanda marked things very quickly, gave helpful feedback and when it comes to completing my full diploma in future, I will certainly return to Watson Martin to do so.” Eliz Arken, Foundation candidate
“Amanda was a fantastic tutor and I really enjoyed her breadth of knowledge, honesty and her welcoming approach.” Jo Holmes, Advanced candidate
“I have nothing but good to say about Watson Martin. My tutor, Amanda, was and is phenomenal – she gave guidance but also let me find the answers so I learned. It was just the right pitch. I don’t think I would have passed my Level 5 without WM, they are so spot on it kept me focused. Thank you!” Denise Duignan, Intermediate candidate
“Amanda was a great tutor picked up my learning style very quickly. Offered great support and encouragement throughout. Most importantly she was very responsive which was so helpful especially when you were stuck and needed further advice.” Victoria Welham, Intermediate candidate
“Amanda Harris was very patient, engaging and responsive – very happy with the support I received.” Ryan Ferris, Advanced candidate
The glowing feedback Amanda receives from her candidates is a testament to her proficiency as a tutor. One of our most experienced personal advisers with nearly 40 years working in the profession, her knowledge of HR, L&D and OD is second to none.
A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Amanda has a track record of developing and implementing innovative business and HR strategies and a proven ability to develop people at all levels. She has held senior HR positions in both the public and private sectors including ten years as Head of HR for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a role which encompassed all aspects of Human Resources and took her all over the world.
Amanda left the AKDN to set up her own consultancy and as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist specialising in employee relations, change management and organisational development is in great demand. She has lectured on CIPD accredited and Masters courses since 2006 and as well as supporting candidates at all levels at Watson Martin, she leads on a number of our workshops including employment law, performance management and resourcing and talent management.
Working with students and clients in all different sectors is what keeps Amanda on her toes and up to date. She loves the mix of theory and practical which her job allows and, having achieved a PhD on evidence-based decision making, it’s not surprising that she says:
“If the practice isn’t based on sound research evidence and if the research evidence isn’t applied in practice then it would be insufficient for me; it’s the combination of doing both that I enjoy.”
But the most satisfying aspect of Amanda’s role is seeing former students advance in their careers with many achieving promotion.
Click here to access our HR Learning Bites series and listen to Amanda’s advice on employment law and the Government’s furlough scheme during the pandemic.