If you enjoy variety and working in fast-changing environments, a career in HR could be for you!
Working within the HR function of a business, you will deal with all aspects of People tasks. This includes recruitment, talent management, benefits and contracts, payroll, learning & development, and so much more.
You will be expected to join the business’ journey of creating a diverse and inclusive environment and driving culture-change programmes, along with attending events, interviews, probation meetings, exit interviews, and creating long-lasting relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
People are arguably the most important asset to any business, and working in HR will see you work with staff at all levels, support them with day-to-day queries, help set up training sessions, complete surveys, draft forms, and letters, and be involved in every aspect of their employee life cycle. With time, you will also have the opportunity to sit in interviews and make a real difference in the organisation by helping secure the best talent and fit for the business culture.
What skills do you need to work in HR? You must be a people person and enjoy the variety! Skills like communication, problem-solving, and active listening are a must too.
Career progression? Don’t worry, there’s plenty!
Professional Qualifications? There are long-term development opportunities in HR. Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) offers various qualifications, including:
- CIPD Level 3 basic introduction to all HR aspects. Ideally for those with little or no HR experience, seeking a career, or development in their current role.
- CIPD Level 5 This is an intermediate level qualification for those with some HR experience, looking to expand their knowledge in HR or L&D.
- CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification for experienced HR professionals wanting to progress on to a more managerial and/or strategic role and gain complex knowledge of policies and procedures. This is equivalent to a postgraduate qualification.
More development… Working in HR will see you quickly learning and developing by experiencing on-the-job training. You will also have the chance to learn and be coached by experienced industry professionals. When you work in HR, every day is a learning day, and really, no two days are ever the same!
We don’t see the increase of HR job opportunities slowing down any time soon – The HR industry is growing, and with new policies being introduced for talent retention, well-being and so much happening, this is a booming area offering long-term career opportunities.
Long term, you will have the chance to specialise in specific areas such as Learning & Development, Recruitment/Talent, Employee Relations, Rewards, and Payroll… or, if you love the variety, you can be an HR Generalist, overseeing all aspects of HR!
I specialise in Recruitment (obviously!), and my role allows me to constantly meet new people and support them through their career moves.
I have completed my CIPD Level 3 and have since joined the local CIPD Committee (Jersey Branch) as Communications Lead and Committee Member. Having studied this gave me an excellent overview of all HR aspects and helped me develop my Recruitment and Talent knowledge, both in-house and agency, allowing me to support my clients more effectively.
In my current role as a Recruitment Consultant, I get to meet lots of new people, deal with amazing clients, attend networking events, career coach and interview prep candidates, and build strong relationships with candidates and clients; I love every little bit of it!
Park is currently working with a variety of clients offering Junior HR roles, offering the opportunity for junior professionals to begin their careers in Human Resources.
If you are a People person ready to take the first step towards your dream role, get in touch with us!