Gulnara Agayeva works in public relations in Azerbaijan – and is studying the CIPR Diploma qualification by distance learning. I’ve worked with candidates from all over the world in the past few years, and never cease to be amazed by their dedication and enthusiasm for developing a career – and their own skills and knowledge – in PR. They clearly demonstrate the Green Banana ethos of personal development.
Last Saturday, Gulnara joined the Diploma class I was teaching in Cardiff and impressed us all. We gained a good insight into the social responsibility projects she has worked on for BP (where she is events manager), which was very interesting as we were analysing the company’s website case studies from a rhetorical perspective. I’m glad she took the time to come and meet us whilst attending meetings in the UK.
The CIPR Diploma is a challenging qualification, but one which undoubtedly gives depth and credibility to those who have made the commitment to study whilst in busy jobs and trying to retain some family or social life.
I’m looking forward to meeting those who are starting their Diploma studies in January at Guildford or by distance learning outside the UK. In the meantime, from Wednesday, I’ll have my fingers crossed as current students commence their first assignment (critical reasoning test). Christmas and New Year will involve a lot of hard work for “my” dedicated Diploma guys in Cardiff, Bristol, Cambridge, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Slovenia, India, Hong Kong, Angola, China, Kenya and Norway. What a dedicated bunch (of green bananas)!!