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Pathway to working in HR after finishing university

Hey!
Im getting close to the end of my psychology and criminology degree and I’ve been exploring what job opportunities I might have after finishing my degree that aren’t related to psychology. I’ve been looking very seriously into working in HR and I’d like to know what steps should I take after finishing my degree. As I said my degree is a psychology with criminology bachelors and although I didn’t do a placement year I did do a year abroad in the United States, I also speak two languages and I will be doing a B2 level exam in Spanish that will hopefully allow me write on my CV that I speak 3 languages. I don’t have any work experience thus far however I am hoping on doing some volunteering during this upcoming final year of my university course. With all this in mind could someone offer me some advice as to how I could go into HR after I finish my degree? And both if I could possibly get a job in this area straight after university and what kind of salary I should expect.

Thank you!
Original post by D.A278
Hey!
Im getting close to the end of my psychology and criminology degree and I’ve been exploring what job opportunities I might have after finishing my degree that aren’t related to psychology. I’ve been looking very seriously into working in HR and I’d like to know what steps should I take after finishing my degree. As I said my degree is a psychology with criminology bachelors and although I didn’t do a placement year I did do a year abroad in the United States, I also speak two languages and I will be doing a B2 level exam in Spanish that will hopefully allow me write on my CV that I speak 3 languages. I don’t have any work experience thus far however I am hoping on doing some volunteering during this upcoming final year of my university course. With all this in mind could someone offer me some advice as to how I could go into HR after I finish my degree? And both if I could possibly get a job in this area straight after university and what kind of salary I should expect.

Thank you!

There are plenty of HR graduate schemes out there that do not require a specific degree. As for the salary, it depends on the company. I wouldn't expect more than £35k.
Original post by D.A278
Hey!
Im getting close to the end of my psychology and criminology degree and I’ve been exploring what job opportunities I might have after finishing my degree that aren’t related to psychology. I’ve been looking very seriously into working in HR and I’d like to know what steps should I take after finishing my degree. As I said my degree is a psychology with criminology bachelors and although I didn’t do a placement year I did do a year abroad in the United States, I also speak two languages and I will be doing a B2 level exam in Spanish that will hopefully allow me write on my CV that I speak 3 languages. I don’t have any work experience thus far however I am hoping on doing some volunteering during this upcoming final year of my university course. With all this in mind could someone offer me some advice as to how I could go into HR after I finish my degree? And both if I could possibly get a job in this area straight after university and what kind of salary I should expect.

Thank you!


Just apply for jobs. Entry level HR has a high turnover as a lot of the population are young women (maternity, change of life plan). Start looking at job adverts, you will get a feel for the job titles and salaries from that, and also the skills they are asking for. Every medium to large company/organisation has an HR department so jobs are plentiful.

What you get for a salary will depend on location, the scope of the role and the size of the organisation. You will see patterns emerge if you keep track of adverts over the next year.
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Original post by threeportdrift
Just apply for jobs. Entry level HR has a high turnover as a lot of the population are young women (maternity, change of life plan). Start looking at job adverts, you will get a feel for the job titles and salaries from that, and also the skills they are asking for. Every medium to large company/organisation has an HR department so jobs are plentiful.

What you get for a salary will depend on location, the scope of the role and the size of the organisation. You will see patterns emerge if you keep track of adverts over the next year.

Thanks? But do you think that I’ll be at a disadvantage for not having any experience
Original post by D.A278
Thanks? But do you think that I’ll be at a disadvantage for not having any experience


You live around people, you don't lack experience, you are taking 'experience' to mean 'HR experience'. You just have to adapt your life experience to make it relevant to the role.
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Maybe try looking at some courses on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) as some of these could be beneficial.
Reply 6
A good place to start a career in HR is by working at a recruitment agency.
Senior HR professionals need to manage both Talent Acquisition and HR, so they tend to come from one of these disciplines.
Talent Acquisition is the one that is harder to manage effectively if you've never worked in it, which is why starting your career in that field is useful.
In-house talent acquisition is an easier version of competitive recruitment at a recruitment agency, that's why starting out at a recruitment agency will be good for you career.
Starting out at a recruitment agency is also good because they often hire people without experience and have very good onboarding programs. At a recruitment agency the usual path is to start off working on the "candidate side" and then, as you gain experience, move up to working on the "client side" too. If you're set on a career in HR, you could settle for one year working candidate side and then move on to find an internal talent acquisition role at another company. A year at a recruitment agency would put you in a good position for that. Then you can work yourself up from talent acquisition into a broader HR career over a few years.
Hope that's helpful.

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