Let's take the following scenario that someone has a high grade BA, MA & PhD in Human Resources from a leading university, coupled with both CIPD Level 7's in Human Resources Management & Learning and Development. They have also gained the Associate Membership of our body and also taken advantage of that reciprocal agreement with the Australian Institute of HR to gain their professional membership.
However, they are either currently working as an HR Administrator or not in HR, and also do not currently have HR / ER Advisory, Management, Business Partnering or Director level experience.
Taking all the weight of those qualifications combined, do they still have to go in at a certain entry level and progress upwards overtime and with experience on a structured vertical career trajectory pathway, or could they immediately jump into a more senior level role based purely on those professional qualifications and advanced degrees alone, as a type of 'short cut.'?
Alternatively, in HR is operational experience the real key to advancement and although qualifications help compliment it, they neither supersede it, nor can someone have one without the other?
Having said that, HR academia and research may also come calling.