Human resources (HR) is one of the biggest areas of employment in the UK. Nearly every organization has some form of HR department and with unemployment rates falling, there is a growing demand for HR roles across many sectors including local government, health services, retail organisations and manufacturing. For people interested in moving into that line of work there are plenty of entry level job roles such as HR administrator and HR Assistant. These jobs require very little in the way of qualifications and experience but can be a great stepping-stone towards moving onto more senior level positions in the future. At an entry level your role will be mainly admin based, but once you’ve demonstrated an understanding of company procedures and shown you can handle basic tasks, you may be given more senior responsibilities such as giving advice to employees, handling grievances and gathering evidence for internal investigations.
For people looking to move up the career ladder and who want a job that is both challenging and diverse, then a role in HR is perfect. It also gives you the chance to work with a wide range of different people. If you think you might be interested in a career in HR then you may want to look at doing a CPD accredited HR Assistant course as these qualifications are looked on favourably by many employers in the industry and will improve your chances of being considered for a role. CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited courses are widely available on-line and there are classroom-based courses available if you prefer that style of learning. These courses will teach you the basic principles of HR and an overview of any employment laws you will need to know, as well as teaching you practical skills such as interview techniques and record keeping. If you have precious admin or office based experience this will also stand you in good stead for a role in HR.
Once you have obtained an entry level HR role within a company, you will then have the opportunity to work your way towards more senior HR assistant and officer/adviser roles. This can be achieved in as little as 18 months to two years and there are also further CPD accredited qualifications you can take in order to help you progress to a higher level. These include HR management courses and more HR advanced courses.