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

2 thoughts on “No one said it was going to be easy…

  1. Just wanted to say I hear you & well done! I completed a BBus with a double major in Management and Human Resources & Employment Relations as a single Mum, working fulltime. It’s not easy! But it is incredibly rewarding. Don’t beat yourself up over your marks, sounds like you have the determination to improve them now anyway! Keep up the awesome efforts and keep the end goal in mind 🙂

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