“You crazy is it?” / “You confirm too free la?” / “Too much money is it?”
I was met with a string of Singlish remarks and questions when I told a few of my family, friends and HR network that I will be ‘burning’ the next six months - tons of Friday nights and full day weekends away in an institution… studying.
In September 2016, I finally took the step to sign up for the Postgraduate Diploma in HR and Rewards Management course with the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI).
It was the slowest decision making process I have ever gone through! I pondered, thought and went back and forth with the course coordinator for almost two odd years before I decided to properly sign up for this six month course. At one point, I was almost too embarrassed to sign up at the end.
For those on the other side of the grassland, they did ask me – “what took you so long?” Well, I had a lot of concerns, especially being an individual contributor at work, I literally had to make sure I was able to balance my professional, personal life and now, school life.
Now, having gone through half of the course and looking back, I don’t feel a single drip of remorse and do highly encourage my fellow HR network to further your learning process with whichever institute regardless of your age, seniority at workplace or your constant procrastination about the other ‘more important’ things in life.
1. Good mix of classmate demographics – ranging from HR assistants to HR directors from different industries, non HR professionals and even ex-CFOs! The experience that I have gained so far is immense, not to mention the friendships that have been forged.
2. Inspiring and excellent lecturers – the lecturer that taught the HRM module was an ex HR veteran from a top notch oil company. He shared his experience, tips and strategies which were very useful for all of us, especially for an individual contributor like myself.
3. Work-Life. The course doesn’t take up any of your regular weekday nights, it only zaps up your Friday evenings and weekends. You will keep be kept abreast with the latest development within the Singapore (and sometimes regional labour regulations)
1. Nothing that I can think of…
In a nutshell
Investing in knowledge and constant learning is never too costly or time-consuming. Knowledge is one of the richest experience anybody can gain in their life! Stop thinking and act now.
Declaration: I am in no way trying to promote any of SHRI’s businesses. This is just my personal experience.