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    ***Edited - as my career is sort of getting sorted now****
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    I have to be onest, when I think of your points 1-6 "HR" is probably the last thing from my mind...
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    lol Ok I am actually so so so confused what to do but my old manager told me to look into HR as it suits me :-/
    But I really need some detailed input because I know HR is not one thing theres so much areas that one can go into and I just need some experienced advice really because I am really a n00b in this.
    Just out of curiousity what type of HR experience have you got or had ?
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    i worked for 4 months in an HR department. I never want to go back. ever.
    why dont you try something like hr consultancy? that will involve travel and ostensibly good pay, as well as keeping the human side you seem interested in. Youll have to make presentations to clients and you'll get a lot of variety as well as being challenged.
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    (Original post by Miss Mess)
    i worked for 4 months in an HR department. I never want to go back. ever.
    why dont you try something like hr consultancy? that will involve travel and ostensibly good pay, as well as keeping the human side you seem interested in. Youll have to make presentations to clients and you'll get a lot of variety as well as being challenged.
    thankyou thats the kind of advice I am looking for
    I am going to do some research into that right now and it sounds pretty cool!
    So what was your role in specific were just allocated in recruitment/sales/ or being inside the office and just doing paper work ?

    Thanks Miss Mess

    Please guys whoever have HR experiences the more inputs and advice I get the better please continue to post

    Thanks
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    I'd be interested in any replies too. What position would a graduate interested in HR apply for? Would it be an HR Assistant job? I can't find many graduate HR jobs on websites.
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    I think but im not sure, that you would apply for a HR assistant and then look at doing your CIPD (certificate in personnel development) and move up to a HR advisor and from there... not entirely sure!
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    Thanks Miss Mess. What did you dislike about HR? What postion did you have there? Do any of you know if it's quite competitive and difficult to get into?
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    I was an HR assistant and found it very repetitive and unstimulating (if thats a word)... even at a HR Advisor role (whom I worked closely with) I didnt think it involved much interpretation or variation, just reading out of a book of answers and writing up case notes, dealing with long term sick leave etc, disciplinaries, dismissals. It could be interesting in a higher role as quite alot of fields are eg. HR Exec, but I wasnt in a grad role or anything so I have no experience of what it would be like and during my time there had no contact with anyone above Business Partner level.
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    Interesting thread...

    I am currently going through university with a bag of mixed feelings about what career path to choose after uni, of which one is HR, and this has deffo got the ball rolling for me in terms of potential branches within the HR sector itself...
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    I made this thread ages ago, now I am in recruitment, its really fun and I am wanting to excel, its got a lot to offer but I want to be at exec level in a couple of years once I do my cipd etc. I quit uni as I hated it, so no more uni for me thank god!

    Geer than - have you secured a place with a company yet? if so what are you doing?
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    Glad you're liking your job anonymous!

    Geerthan, If you are wanting to get into HR, have you considered a grad role with a big firm? KPMG for example does a business services grad programme is HR, which might interest you.
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    Cheers Anonymous and Nina for the input!! And good to hear that you got into something that you enjoy doing Anonymous!! Would you mind elaborating on your Recruitment role..? Within the HR "tree", there seems to be numerous amounts of branches within which people can specialise, and I am hoping to be able to get an idea of which of the branches appeals to me the most or whether I am a general HR person.

    I am currently on a placement year out working for an IT company, as certain aspects of project management and finance appealed to me, but since I started 2 months ago, I think the appeal has decreased, so I am looking back towards HR. The company I am working for doesn't have many HR opportunities where I am based, and because I am on an 11 month contract, it isnt worth moving into their office quite far away.

    But I will be looking into HR experience opportunities over next summer and opportunities after I graduate.

    I was wondering, with regards to doing a further course in addition to my degree (ie: masters, etc), would it be recommended to dive straight into it after my undergraduate degree or would it be better to secure a job, and then carry out a course whilst employed (as I have heard that some companies sponsor you to take courses, etc).
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    Hi Geer thank thanks for the green

    What I do is, I do a bit of everything employing of grad roles, preparing inductions, getting candidates cv's looking at them etc its more of a resourcing role. Which basically is all about interviewing candidates and getting them in the right job. Looking for candidates online via monster etc.

    Then I work in the other side as well like the on boarding side of recruitment which means when we employ people we have to ensure that they meet within the UK employment laws if that makes sense, so there is a screening process where we check for references, educational certs etc.

    You are right there is so so so so much to HR not just recruitment and selection but training and development, payroll, etc.

    If you tell me what type of person you are or what you enjoy doing and what you would expect in your day to day life I can possibly advice you or guide you in terms of what branch would be relevant to you, but within any part of HR you chose to go into you will have to start at a low level like an administrator which is very boring and gradually you will build your way up.

    I am not that experienced compared to the people I work with but to get to a fun level you really need to start of small and I learnt that whilst working in that environment.

    There are several recruitment agencies out there that can put you at a beginner HR role, most likely HR Administrator or Co-ordinator but it all depends on what types of experience you have.

    I really recommend the CIPD which is the chartered,institute of personnel development. I went to uni for a year and CIPD is more important to get into the HR sector if you want to work for a co-operate bank or a co-operate environment.

    http://www.cipd.co.uk/default.cipd

    You can also do prince 2 which is a project management course and as PM is a transferable skill to use in any business you can use it within HR it costs as much as a degree, I plan to do the CIPD next year and get my company to sponser me for my PM course but I would really like to do both.

    I understand that finance and PM appeal to you then I feel Pay and Reward would be something that might be of help to you within the HR sector.

    http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/pay/?dropdown=subjects

    theres a panel on the side that will give you more detail.

    Have you tried speaking to your HR team, speak to the Recruitment Manager in your branch or on a different branch, phone them up and if possible arrange to meet up with them, I am sure they would be happy to help and advice and direct you.

    I suggest get into a company that sponsor you to do a masters in HR such as Masters in HR cipd qualified that will most definitely widen your opportunities and people at that level earn around 60,000 where I work.
    With the masters of course.

    Good luck let me know if you need any furthur help x




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    Cheers Anonymous and Nina for the input!! And good to hear that you got into something that you enjoy doing Anonymous!! Would you mind elaborating on your Recruitment role..? Within the HR "tree", there seems to be numerous amounts of branches within which people can specialise, and I am hoping to be able to get an idea of which of the branches appeals to me the most or whether I am a general HR person.

    I am currently on a placement year out working for an IT company, as certain aspects of project management and finance appealed to me, but since I started 2 months ago, I think the appeal has decreased, so I am looking back towards HR. The company I am working for doesn't have many HR opportunities where I am based, and because I am on an 11 month contract, it isnt worth moving into their office quite far away.

    But I will be looking into HR experience opportunities over next summer and opportunities after I graduate.

    I was wondering, with regards to doing a further course in addition to my degree (ie: masters, etc), would it be recommended to dive straight into it after my undergraduate degree or would it be better to secure a job, and then carry out a course whilst employed (as I have heard that some companies sponsor you to take courses, etc).
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    (Original post by Nina)
    Glad you're liking your job anonymous!

    Geerthan, If you are wanting to get into HR, have you considered a grad role with a big firm? KPMG for example does a business services grad programme is HR, which might interest you.
    thanks
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    The only problem with doing a masters and getting your CIPD straight after you finish your undergraduate degree is that you probably wouldn't be able to do a graduate scheme after that as many of them won't take you on if you've already got the CIPD qualification. Also, although you will be qualified for a HR job, you probably wouldn't have the experience that many of them require so may have some difficulty gaining a position. Many of the graduate HR schemes seem to sponsor your CIPD course or at least 'encourage' you to gain the qualification whilst employed by them. I think it would be a great thing to do but from people I've spoken to I wouldn't do it straight away - get onto a grad scheme and let them pay
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    (Original post by Anonymous.)
    Hi Geer thank thanks for the green

    What I do is, I do a bit of everything employing of grad roles, preparing inductions, getting candidates cv's looking at them etc its more of a resourcing role. Which basically is all about interviewing candidates and getting them in the right job. Looking for candidates online via monster etc.

    Then I work in the other side as well like the on boarding side of recruitment which means when we employ people we have to ensure that they meet within the UK employment laws if that makes sense, so there is a screening process where we check for references, educational certs etc.

    You are right there is so so so so much to HR not just recruitment and selection but training and development, payroll, etc.

    If you tell me what type of person you are or what you enjoy doing and what you would expect in your day to day life I can possibly advice you or guide you in terms of what branch would be relevant to you, but within any part of HR you chose to go into you will have to start at a low level like an administrator which is very boring and gradually you will build your way up.

    I am not that experienced compared to the people I work with but to get to a fun level you really need to start of small and I learnt that whilst working in that environment.

    There are several recruitment agencies out there that can put you at a beginner HR role, most likely HR Administrator or Co-ordinator but it all depends on what types of experience you have.

    I really recommend the CIPD which is the chartered,institute of personnel development. I went to uni for a year and CIPD is more important to get into the HR sector if you want to work for a co-operate bank or a co-operate environment.

    http://www.cipd.co.uk/default.cipd

    You can also do prince 2 which is a project management course and as PM is a transferable skill to use in any business you can use it within HR it costs as much as a degree, I plan to do the CIPD next year and get my company to sponser me for my PM course but I would really like to do both.

    I understand that finance and PM appeal to you then I feel Pay and Reward would be something that might be of help to you within the HR sector.

    http://www.cipd.co.uk/subjects/pay/?dropdown=subjects

    theres a panel on the side that will give you more detail.

    Have you tried speaking to your HR team, speak to the Recruitment Manager in your branch or on a different branch, phone them up and if possible arrange to meet up with them, I am sure they would be happy to help and advice and direct you.

    I suggest get into a company that sponsor you to do a masters in HR such as Masters in HR cipd qualified that will most definitely widen your opportunities and people at that level earn around 60,000 where I work.
    With the masters of course.

    Good luck let me know if you need any furthur help x
    I really wouldnt know how to describe me really, its always hard and quite varied, but from what I can say, I am a people person, and I like helping people! I enjoyed my customer service job I have had for a few years and I am expecting to be doing a diverse range of things during a day, and not doing the same thing on a daily basis. So one day I would like to be browsing through applications and matching job requirements and personal characteristics, the next day carrying out interviews, and the day after at a recruitment event - you get the idea.

    Though I have no experience, but only theoritical knowledge, I would love to see what I can apply and where, and then really take it from there.

    Cheers again for the wealth of info you have provided me with!! Deeply appreciated!!

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    (Original post by GεεRTHAN)
    I really wouldnt know how to describe me really, its always hard and quite varied, but from what I can say, I am a people person, and I like helping people! I enjoyed my customer service job I have had for a few years and I am expecting to be doing a diverse range of things during a day, and not doing the same thing on a daily basis. So one day I would like to be browsing through applications and matching job requirements and personal characteristics, the next day carrying out interviews, and the day after at a recruitment event - you get the idea.

    Though I have no experience, but only theoritical knowledge, I would love to see what I can apply and where, and then really take it from there.

    Cheers again for the wealth of info you have provided me with!! Deeply appreciated!!

    hi sorry it has taken me a long time to reply, I think from what you mentioned you will have to be like a HR Advisor to get more involvment with people or something in a senior role, that is always quite fun. My advice is start your CIPD you can do your masters in CIPD,what helped me is calling CIPD and asking them for advice, and now I am doing my CIPD qualification.
    Also you can start applying for graduate assistant type roles they are always quite fun and theres a lot of involvment, its always good to have a small team so you can learn more, but it depends who takes you onboard.

    Another advice I can give you is register as a CIPD member on the CIPD website, this will enable you to network with trillions of HR Proffesionals and there is a more useful community there, I am registered there and I have found it increadibly useful, also the CIPD organises loads of events and you can get more involved in your local CIPD branch, such as volunteering and organising HR events, its a lot of fun, I have just registered and I am looking to do loads of stuff, there is also a mentoring scheme if your working for a company I think they assign you with a mentor who can help you progress your way to success!

    However the down side to this member ship is that it costs money, its cost me 161pounds, however thats for 1 year. Every year around the 1st July you will need to renew your membership but it gives you access to loads of places, I suggest you ring the CIPD on +44 (0) 20 8612 6208, hopefully they will be able to give you more of an insight,

    sorry about rambles
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    Cheers Anonymous one again!

    Will deffo keep in touch if I have any further queries.
 
 
 
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