CIPD

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.

In many cases, your first step will be working as an assistant alongside an HR or training manager. You could be helping to maintain records, organise interviews and provide administrative support or, if you choose a training role, arranging staff training, liaising with external training companies and collecting staff feedback about courses they’ve attended.

Traditionally, your career would develop with qualifications and experience and you’ll be promoted through the business to officer, adviser, manager and then director – each with its own level of responsibility.

As a manager, you might be overseeing recruitment and training or advising other managers on HR issues, including employment law. Directors tend to be much more involved in the development of strategy and help to influence wider business approaches and goals. Often they’ll sit on an organisation’s board, so at the very top of the business.