Hi, I'm looking for some advise on career progression within the HR Profession. After a long career in the civil service, I chose to leave and pursue a career in HR as it was a profession that I found of interest and felt I had strengths that could be used well within this profession. I enrolled on a CIPD level 3 course at a local college and whilst studying was fortunate to secure employment as a People Officer in a large public transport organisation. I passed the level 3 course in June and have now enrolled onto Level 5 which I will hopefully complete in June 2021. The experience I'm gaining as an HR Generalist in the workplace combined with the information I'm learning on the level 5 course is proving very valuable however I'm now thinking about the future and want to start working on a career plan.
Some questions that I'm interested in hearing views on are:-
Is it better to get experience of different industries and if so, what would be your suggested length of time staying in a specific industry?
Assuming I will achieve the level 5 qualification, what is your view on progressing to level 7? What type of job roles would this qualification help to secure e.g. HR Director or HR Business Partner?
In your experience have you found it beneficial to work with a mentor? If so, how did you go about finding one?
I appreciate that career progression is very specific to individuals however I'm interested to hear from fellow HR Professionals on how they have progressed their career to get to where they are now?
Thanks in advance