So, you have heard about the Human Resource industry, you have done some initial research and it sounds very appealing. You know that you are good at dealing with people and you believe that this is where your natural ability and interest lies.
If you are however still unsure, have a look at the article Which course to choose Choosing an HR career is exciting. Human Resource roles used to be very administrative but that has changed. Organisations now recognise the complexity, value and strategic importance of managing their workforce. A business is only as good as its people!
There are many different roles within HR and lots of associated career opportunities. If you are entering the profession you are likely to start in an entry level position, but it is important to have a career goal, something to work toward.
Shibani Sill covered some of the exciting opportunities within the Human Resource industry in her article 10 Best Careers for Human Resources Professionals. We are going to look at a few of these now so that you can start formulating your career direction.
While top human resources executives may oversee an organisation’s HR and associated strategies, human resources managers get the benefit of person-to-person interaction, helping employees directly. HR managers coordinate and plan HR activities, then manage them once executed. This may involve guiding employees through the recruitment process, training, labour disputes, and other administrative needs important to workers within a company. HR managers, unlike the people above them, have a direct influence and positive impact on the people in a company. For people who are satisfied when they are helping others, this leads to human connection and the satisfaction of having a real impact on your fellow human beings.
Training and development managers help employees improve their skill sets and careers. They do this by training employees in specially held training sessions, workshops, conferences and other kinds of gatherings. Training and development managers are responsible for assisting to identify training needs, developing training material and ensuring training sessions are entertaining and informative. If you are comfortable standing up in front of people and you want to help people to learn and improve their lives, this career path is a very fulfilling one.
These days, companies are growing increasingly complicated, and human resources departments are no exception. Enter the human resources consultant, an offshoot of the management consultant who charges companies an hourly rate to impart much-needed services. Human resources consultants may specialise in a variety of fields, including change management, company culture after mergers and acquisitions, employee motivation, recruiting and even the outsourcing of any of the many functions of an HR department. This high-level individual assesses a company’s current situation and offers and helps deploy systemic recommendations that will get the company to its desired goal. The HR consultant, meanwhile, gets to choose whom he or she works with, when that work is completed, and what to charge. It is the HR path where freedom meets money.
If you’re good with people and building relationships, a position as an executive recruiter could be one of the most lucrative ways to make friends. Executive recruiters are tasked with finding and filling job openings for senior executives. Executive recruiters generally get paid on retainers or paid in full after they have filled a position, and because companies are so interested in finding good senior talent, these fees can be quite high. This is where the building relationship part also comes in. Executive recruiters aim to build solid relationships with companies so that when an opening occurs, those companies call them first, at which point they launch their executive search, contacting other contacts in other companies to fill that position. It’s a very competitive industry.
If you’re good at HR and you want to earn a very good salary package you should strive to secure a human resources director role one day. This executive position requires an individual to devise an HR strategy for the company, including policies, systems and goals. Every aspect of a human resources department, beginning with recruiting and moving through contract signings, training and development, benefits, and more run falls under the HR Director. With 10 to 20 years’ worth of experience and a proven track record of human resources success, this HR executive can have a satisfying and lucrative career.
A non-profit human resources expert could be a recruiter, a human resources manager, a human resources executive, or any other HR professional operating within the non-profit field. Such an HR professional has many of the same tasks as an expert working in a for-profit role, such as recruiting, training and development, assisting with policies and strategy and more. The difference is that in the non-profit world, the human resources professional is working for an organisation that exists to make a positive impact on the world around it, whether through health, education, charity or any of the many things that non-profits do. So the impact on fellow workers is magnified in this context. A non-profit human resources professional truly has the opportunity to impact on people directly and, more indirectly, make a strong contribution to the world at large.
I hope that this has inspired and motivated you to work towards the exciting career that you deserve!
If you have now decided that you would definitely like to pursue a career in HR, do have a look at the article Which course to choose which provides guidance on the study choices available to you. IQ Academy also offers a Higher Certificate Human Resources and an HR Management short business course if these are the types of course offerings you decide on.
Author: Shibani Sill
Editor: Kim Elliott