I came to the OU Business School in 2001 with specific training needs, having been appointed as Chief Executive of a Scottish NGO. This had meant a move into management from a technical background in agricultural engineering and livestock production and I knew that I needed more practical training in management. I joined the OU Business School specifically to do a module on accounting and finance for managers to help me control finance at work.
After finishing the accounting course, I decided to carry on and do the other three modules that make up the Professional Certificate in Management programme. Having been recommended to me by several other heads of non-governmental organisations, I knew it was recognised as a really good certificate to have. I also liked the idea of doing one module a year because that fitted in with my workload and suited me financially.
Having completed all four modules in the programme, it certainly lived up to my expectations. I thought the way the course was written was excellent and the materials were first-rate. It has given me lots of practical skills that help me directly with my job and has given me added confidence professionally. I particularly liked the fact that the course helps you understand that you will make mistakes but that’s also part of the learning experience.
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