I am considering changing career into HR. It's something I have been considering for some years but haven't taken the leap!
My background is in Client management, internal audit and financial professional services and I currently work for one of the Big 4 accountancy firms as a senior on project work with external Clients (banks).
Despite always being academic I haven't got any qualifications above A level, I was accepted into university but at the time my circumstances wouldn't support me going to uni so I started working and now have 8-10 years of experience (some management) across various roles across a number of industries including energy/logistics and finance. I know I have skills that are easily transferable into HR but I am looking for that first step into a role which would support a career move.
Although I have had a successful working career so far and always earnt well, I have found that my attitude is changing towards wanting more of a defined career path with improved job satisfaction and what attracts me to HR is the versatility of the roles, the fact I could be an integral part of helping define a business culture and help develop and support a workforce to be the best that it can be.
Having been a line manager for a few years and having to support my team through redundancy and re-stucture alongside other ER issues, I have always worked closely with HR Business partners and dealt with ER cases particularly around learning and development, disciplinaries and absence management etc. I have always found it so interesting and have really enjoyed this element of my role. So much so, I would love to move my career in the direction of HR.
My circumstances have recently changed and I am in a position to take a step back in some respects and I would love to get a HR administration role, however I am concerned that 1. I do not hold a CIPD qualification (albeit I am willing to study towards one or self fund one) 2. I feel like most companies would perhaps not consider me because of my previous work experience.
I have considered doing a CIPD independently, but I would like to move into a HR Admin role so I can gain the experience within HR that I need and also apply my learning to the role I am in.
I guess I'm just looking for advice on how to pitch myself appropriately so I don't get discounted from HR Admin roles also would you recommend self funded study or to look for a company that might support this?
Thanks in advance.