Putting my training into practice - Aspiring Manager Nazush

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I would recommend the course to anyone who is looking to build knowledge and skills within management. I had some background knowledge as it is similar to my HR studies, but you never stop learning and you pick up specialist skills.

- Nazush Chohan

A happy coincidence lead to Nazush being able to put her Aspiring Manager training into practice.

One of our first cohort of Aspiring Manager, Nazush Chohan has now secured her own permanent management role as Continuous Improvement Manager for HR Shared Services.

She has come a long way since starting with the HR department in an admin role in August 2015. Since then she has been keen to learn and take on more responsibility to work her way up.

Nazush said: “After working in the team for around a year and a half, my team leader was going on maternity leave so I applied and was successful, shortly after being accepted on the Aspiring Managers, which was really good as I could come back and relate what I had learned to a real life situation.

“I had encouragement from my team and manager to apply for the Aspiring Managers course, so I went for it, and got lucky when the role came up for me.

As one of 20 participants, she has had the opportunity to speak to her network of future managers to compare their experiences.

"The course has a lot of theory, so we have learned a lot, but it’s good to be putting it into practice. Everyone on the course talks about their experiences by applying the theories which made it easier for the group to see how it’s applied within our job roles.

I would recommend the course to anyone who is looking to build knowledge and skills within management. I had some background knowledge as it is similar to my HR studies, but you never stop learning and you pick up specialist skills.

One of the enjoyable aspects of the course was taking part in role-plays. They really throw you into situations and get you to apply the different management styles and theories you have learnt which was really helpful."

Many people might feel that balancing this conflicting workload may be a challenge, but Nazush recommends that you get enough time.

Nazush said: “You are out of the office for one day a month, and in addition you are allocated one study day per month to get your work completed. Sometimes there are conflicting deadlines but that is part of management, and you find out ways to handle that.”

Now she has got her new role, with an apprentice who has just started, what are Nazush’s ambitions?

“For now I just want to develop my new apprentice and make sure they reach their potential. One thing I have learnt is that you need to get to know your people really well so you can support them to achieve their aspirations and goals.”

13th August 2018 | Other news | News