Henley Research International Consultant Caroline Milburn has become the latest member of our team to qualify as an AESC/ERA approved executive researcher. This prestigious professional certificate is awarded to those who pass both written and oral examinations after a series of workshops.

Here Caroline explains what this entails: “I recently undertook and passed the AESC Certificate in Executive Research (CER) course. This course is an essential credential for those looking to strengthen and more effectively implement their executive research skills. It consists of a Foundation Course, Expert forums and an oral exam at the end.  The Foundation Course is a written exam, a virtual exam taking you through various stages of a search. The second part is a really great set of four interactive sessions conducted via conference calls with the States.  You are able to chat with other researchers and share ideas.  There are a number of role-plays we each took part in and received feedback and were given tips and tricks.

The final part was an oral exam comprising of three roles plays – Sourcing / networking with a contact in the industry to establish names of people who may be of interest for a search we are conducting. The second role-play takes you through the pitching conversation you have with one of the network’s referrals and the third role-play is the qualifying part of the conversation with the candidate to see if they are indeed right for the role and to assess their interest in the opportunity. This exam was slightly nerve wracking because I had no idea how each person was going to react to my conversation with them so although I had prepared thoroughly, I also had to think on my feet a lot!  I would say this is a really useful course for seasoned researchers because it really refreshes your skills and you learn new ways of approaching your work.”

Caroline is the seventh member of the Henley team to achieve this qualification. Congratulations!