Five reasons why this is the profession for you
1. Work anywhere!
HR (or human resources) opens doors to jobs in every sector – the world is your oyster. You can build your career internationally or at home. From media to engineering and from banks to charities, pretty much every industry and company will need to hire the expertise of an HR professional.
‘My career in HR so far has meant I’ve worked around the world, for brands I love, on projects that matter, and with people I admire. What’s not to like? HR gives you a passport to get right across any organisation, and to move between industries and sectors.’Tim Pointer, Head of HR, Pentland Brands
2. Keep progressing
A career in HR offers long-term options and a huge variety of roles. You could be involved in recruiting or training staff one day, or helping your company decide how staff should be rewarded the next. There are even roles which focus on employment law, protecting the rights of employees at work.
You can start off your career as an HR administrator but progress all the way to the top of the business as an HR director, helping to drive the direction of the business. Some HR specialists go on to be business owners and set up their own HR and training companies.
3. Never a dull day
You’ll never find you’re doing the same thing from one day to the next. As managing people at work can be complicated at times, you will be kept on your toes with lots of different challenges to overcome.
‘The best thing about my job is working in a fast-paced environment, there’s always lots going on, every day is different.’Luke Smith, HR Assistant, Robert Dyas
4. Help people and help business
HR plays a vital role in both business performance and people’s careers. HR is about making sure the right people are in the right jobs. Attracting people is an important first step, but that’s just the beginning. How do you then get your people to stay with you and perform to the best of their abilities, day in, day out? Are you giving them the skills, training and development to build long-term careers? How do you get them working together to drive business success? Or protect their rights and make sure they are fairly rewarded and treated at work? This is the important role that HR experts play at work.
5. Great earning potential
Not only are there a lot of HR roles to apply for, but you will also have the chance to earn a good salary over time. If you’re just starting out in HR from school or college, you’ll probably earn around £15,000–£18,000 a year. As you gain qualifications and experience, your salary can go up significantly. The average pay for an HR manager is £46,000, and when you progress to the top, you could be earning over £80,000 as an HR director!
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