Thread: Starting out in HR - help please
05-10-2015, 10:27 PM #1New Member
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Starting out in HR - help please
I'm looking to enter HR as a career and I would appreciate some help and advice so I can make sense of the information I've found and see exactly what the road ahead will be. I'm a graduate in literature and 40 years old and looking to enter HR with my current employer - a blue chip company that supports internal redeployment - but will consider going external.
Who? What? Where?
As far as I can tell there are three main courses levels 3, 5 and 7. On the one hand, level 3 seems a good place to start because it is aimed at noobs like myself but on the other, it's comparable to a level standard which seems a bit basic considering I'm a graduate so should I be looking at level 5 instead? Or even level 7?
Award, Certificate or Diploma?
I understand that at each level you can get an award, certificate or diploma but I have no idea which to take. As appealing as it is to attain the widest level of knowledge, is it necessary to get a diploma at each level or can you progress nicely with a certificate? Likewise, is it perfectly viable or a false economy to just obtain an award at each level and move on as swiftly as possible?
Apart from the obvious reasons why I am asking whether I should go for an award, certificate or diploma at each level there is also the issue that I am no spring chicken anymore and would like to progress as quickly as possible without injuring my career.
I'm also overwhelmed by the amount of courses at each level. Are they all necessary? Eg: there's CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Human Resources Practice - which I thought was all you needed at that level but tehre's also level 3 L&D, Employment Law, Resourcing Talent, Supporting Change, Contribution to the Process of JOb Analysis etc ad to do each one would cost thousands of pounds.
Will CIPD qualifications be enough or is the field so competitive these days that you really need a HR related degree if you want to become a HR manager or director? Can I get some idea of course cost? The websites that offer training are being typically coy on the matter. Also, it appears to gain a certificate at all levels takes about 12 months but is it possible to get this quicker?
Finally, am I too old? Or is it perfectly possible to start a career at my age?
Thanks in advance
Last edited by Dinkbot; 05-10-2015 at 10:42 PM.