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Can you/should you get hired in HR as a man? Is HR for females only?

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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    I ended up in payroll work through a temp agency, the work was easy and it paid the bills. I did consider HR work and getting my qualifications but I'm not a fan of the 9-5

    I got into nursing as I had an interest in healthcare, looked at ODP but there's a lot more variety in nursing.

    And I drink beer, fart and enjoy watching the six nations.
    Lol thank you for your contribution

    (Original post by William Pitt)
    Do you really think so, would you pursue a career in HR? How is it regarded among men in other departments within a given organisation, and by society in general? (compared with, for example, marketing or consulting)
    Depends on the person. Personally looking at my mother's career path and the path of her co-workers, it certainly is a rewarding (and highly remunerative, if you work in the right places) field. Just weighing in, I agree 100% with what J-SP said that generalist HR tends to require two extremes a) empathy/coach and b) ruthlessness. Women tend to gravitate to that type of environment within corporations; very cliché and general but an example of this would be how gossip transpires amongst most friend groups of women.

    Regardless, I've seen a lot of males do well from the vantage point of my mom's career in HR and I've seen women do well. I think for the most part if you inherently possess what it takes to do well, you will.

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    There are some men in HR and a lot of them are very successful. What matters is that you have the right skills for the job. That's what employers look for- the skills, not the gender of the applicant. If you think you'll enjoy working in human resources then go for it. Personally, I wouldn't want to work in HR but if you enjoy the work then apply.

    (Original post by William Pitt)
    Could you please elaborate on why you definitely would not want a career in HR? What is your desirable career path
    It's not an area that interests me. My strength is with numbers, hence why I've gotten a career in Accounting (my desirable career path). I just feel HR isn't for me, I'm not empathic enough and perhaps my people skills isn't good enough for HR. :lol:

    I would agree with J-SP that HR is an area that appeals more to women however it does look to be changing as you have mentioned. Had a quick look on Google and there's an interesting article on HR magazine about how they're looking to attract more men to the industry which might give you a better understanding and there's some interesting comments towards the end http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/article-...more-men-to-hr

    I think if you're really interested in HR, it might be beneficial for you to try a CIPD level 3 course, which will give you a foundation certificate like this one: http://acacialearning.co.uk/what-we-...pd/foundation/ that way you'll be able to see if it's an area you would like to work in.

    At the end of the day, you should pursue a career that is going to make you happy.

    (Original post by Princepieman)
    generalist HR tends to require two extremes a) empathy/coach and b) ruthlessness.
    Indeed. And that's because the nature of the work is hiring (nice although you usually have to reject many more candidates than you hire), coaching (nice), assessing (were the ruthless streak can come to the fore), disciplining (ruthless with a touch of empathy), firing (ruthless and thankless...).

    Oh and there's a lot of admin too especially at the junior levels.
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