No one said it was going to be easy…

The part-time student life in a full time working, part time family world.

Couldn’t hold my disappointment from my partner when I received my overall result for the Employment Relations paper.  It was a sledge-hammer to my heart… a C+.

My first real HR paper! Really???  That’s all I got?!?

Thankful that I don’t have to repeat it, but in the case of pride, I’m very tempted to.

Recently transferring extramural studies from Open Polytechnic of New Zealand to Massey University after listening to personal opinions from various HR colleagues, I decided to switch as it was perceived more prestigious to have a qualification from a uni rather than a tech. (Again: really?)

Clearly I didn’t take it as seriously as being in tech – I admit now that tech was easier… Whether they were more lenient towards their students I’m not sure; but studying during my lunch breaks at work and after the kids go down to bed, I achieved more marks than I previously could be bothered during high school. I rewarded myself whenever I attained an ‘A’ and felt chuffed with myself when it went to a B-.

Although I feel that I’m well-versed in the Employee Relations material and topic – I realise now that it’s my translation of what I learned and not assuming what I think the lecture is asking me to do… both I believe are also traits in being in HR:  one must be confident in the translation of what they learned into practise, and that assuming will make an ass-outta-u-and-me.

I have taken this lesson to heart, and please bear with my blog and online presence as I recluse myself into the depths of journal articles and heavy textbooks – determined not to make a repeat.

For now, it is onwards to Business and Society (Business Ethics) – a fascinating topic, and I say this without sarcasm – understanding the complex relationship between society, government and business… particularly with corporate social responsibility… a topic close to my heart.  I am making good progress and am due to give my first assignment regarding CSR in the next two weeks.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. – Maya Angelou


In praise of blogging

People Stuff

Once upon a time, published content was the preserve of journalists or academics. Paid writers.

Not anymore.

There are something like 60m WordPress blogs out there. People blogging away, putting their thoughts out into the world. All for free.

I started blogging a couple of years ago. My early posts were very well received by my mother. Over time, my blogging has developed, and developed me. The process has made me more creative. Made me think harder. More reflective. But before I started my own blog, I was reading those written by others. And there are some amazing bloggers out there, writing about the people stuff. This particular blog post was prompted by a 24 hour period where I read three fantastic blog posts. All very different, but each making me stop and think in their own way.

Blogs are a rich stream of learning. I read them everywhere. On…

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