Saima Afzaal Works at Cedars Primary School as a School Business Manager - aiming to study ILM Level 7

Saima Afzaal
  • Studied: ILM Level 5
  • Works at Cedars Primary School as a School Business Manager - aiming to study ILM Level 7
"The course I studied gave me an insight to my current outlook in my day to day work, how I deal with staffing issues, finance and, most importantly, developing my role through how I deal with conflict and managing behaviours."

Saima said: “I chose Blackburn University Centre because I work in Blackburn at Cedars Primary School as a School Business Manager and I have always heard good reports in terms of success stories and the extensive range of courses available to suit the needs of individuals.

“The staff are highly competent - Blackburn College is the heart of Blackburn and has inspired many learners to achieve their ambitions. The ILM Level 5 course was closer to where I worked and was taught at a very suitable venue and time for me to attend. I paid for the course myself and the finance instalment plan really helped my personal situation.

“The course I studied gave me an insight to my current outlook in my day to day work, how I deal with staffing issues, finance and, most importantly, developing my role through how I deal with conflict and managing behaviours. I really enjoyed the Leadership and Managing Improvement, Understanding Management and Leading and Improving Teams assignments with the class learning.

“I would never have thought about reflecting on my leadership style and evaluating my own behaviour and characteristics, but this particular learning outcome helped me identify how to manage and apply to certain situations at work. This course gave me that practical level of understanding whilst doing my coursework, class learning and applying examples of case studies and theories when needed.”

Saima added: “This course will help me develop my leadership skills and strengthen my leadership and management qualities in the near future and, hopefully, I would like to progress to ILM Level 7 to advance my career prospects.

“My tutors were fantastic! All three were really good and knowledgeable and thoroughly supported me in my learning, providing me with detailed examples when needed and one-to-one sessions. The teaching and learning assisted me in understanding how I could apply my learning for certain situations or a scenarios at work, when to apply them and what to think about in terms of strategies and theories.

“Also, they helped me to be clear and recognise how to improve my strengths and weaknesses, manage my own goals by setting targets, create a development plan, reflect and set my objectives for shorter and long-term goals.

“I intend to apply my learning in my day to day work, strengthening my leadership and management skills when dealing with different situations. I would like to do ILM Level 7 and that’s something I am considering in the near future.”