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    Hi all, first post so please be kind!

    I have no GCSEs as the title states, I left school early in year 10, bullied to the point I was hospitalised. By the time I was “well” again i went to college studied travel and tourism alongside city & guilds and received distinctions and passed without issue.
    I went to study my GCSE’s the year after but at that point I had a job I was earning and gaining independence, so I decided not to continue.
    I’ve been lucky to have the life I have without studying for it, I married well and after 8 years at a retail company I was offered a job with my husbands employer an IT firm doing administrative work.
    I’m computer literate- self taught and use excel and PowerPoint to create presentations on a daily basis to present to global customers. RR etc.

    This has been a huge change in seeing how I want to live my life, I was 29 at the weekend and started feeling like I’m very much the bottom peg in a mans world and I know I could join them up there with what I’m capable of, it just isn’t down on paper. I’d love to enter the HR side of things especially as the company is expanding and people interest me far more than computers, but I’d feel silly just asking I’m sure I need to have paper proving I was suited to the job.

    So for a working adult who’s been lucky up to now, I want to start making my own luck and working hard for a job I want. Do I need to go back to basics with GCSEs or can I start elsewhere?

    Any suggestions on this topic will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by MrsB168)
    Hi all, first post so please be kind!

    I have no GCSEs as the title states, I left school early in year 10, bullied to the point I was hospitalised. By the time I was “well” again i went to college studied travel and tourism alongside city & guilds and received distinctions and passed without issue.
    I went to study my GCSE’s the year after but at that point I had a job I was earning and gaining independence, so I decided not to continue.
    I’ve been lucky to have the life I have without studying for it, I married well and after 8 years at a retail company I was offered a job with my husbands employer an IT firm doing administrative work.
    I’m computer literate- self taught and use excel and PowerPoint to create presentations on a daily basis to present to global customers. RR etc.

    This has been a huge change in seeing how I want to live my life, I was 29 at the weekend and started feeling like I’m very much the bottom peg in a mans world and I know I could join them up there with what I’m capable of, it just isn’t down on paper. I’d love to enter the HR side of things especially as the company is expanding and people interest me far more than computers, but I’d feel silly just asking I’m sure I need to have paper proving I was suited to the job.

    So for a working adult who’s been lucky up to now, I want to start making my own luck and working hard for a job I want. Do I need to go back to basics with GCSEs or can I start elsewhere?

    Any suggestions on this topic will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

    1. Dont worry and theres plenty of time to get back on track. You seem to have done well for yourself. Its pretty straight forward and I get the impression you will do fine.

    2. You need a plan, then its just a case of following it to get where you wish to go.

    3. I would get GCSE Maths and English as they tend to be essential an you cna get back into studying.

    4. You then need to decide what you want to do. Lets say you want a career in HR. You have two options

    a) Do Chartered Institute of Personnel Development qualifications. the professional body and what employers will look for. You can distance learn.

    They have all levels, but id go for the professional level eventually.

    https://www.cipd.co.uk/learn/trainin...qualifications
    https://www.cipd.co.uk/new-hr-learning-development
    https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ontact-us/home
    https://nationalcareersservice.direc...ources-officer

    b) Go to uni and get a degree in HR either locally, distance learn or a real away from home uni experience.

    5. You will need to check what you need to do a) on the link.
    If you wish to do a degree, then you need a bridging qualification either:

    2 years
    A Levels
    BTEC
    Access course- 1 year

    6. You then apply to uni, make a success of it and get your degree.

    So its just going to be a case of investigating and deciding on what you wish to do and learning enough so you know what suits you.

    Cost.
    Time taken.
    Method of study.
    Level
    Subject of study.
    Location

    Its then just a case of doing it
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    Just do GCSE Maths and English at an evening class.
 
 
 
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