HR Graduate or Administrator

Imagine working in a job where you help make workplaces better for everyone. That is what Human Resources (HR) is all about! If you' are young and interested in HR, here's a simple introduction:

What HR People Do:

  • take care of the people side of businesses
  • help find the right people for jobs
  • make sure everyone gets trained properly
  • solve any problems at work
  • make sure everyone gets treated fairly

Entry-level jobs in HR are usually in administration or a Graduate trainee role.  It is a competitive area so it helps to have a good degree, in any discipline.

A person working in HR will:

You could:

  • help recruit new employees
  • handle complaints and disciplinary procedures
  • give advice on sickness absence, performance and employment relations
  • plan and put into place employee training and development activities
  • make sure employees have the right pay and benefits
  • arrange employee support services like welfare and counselling
  • keep up to date with equality and health and safety laws
  • give advice on pay negotiations, redundancy and employment law
  • develop HR policies, handbooks and procedures
  • maintain confidential employee records

Useful skills for a career in HR and recruitment include:

  • administration skills
  • knowledge of human resources and employment law
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent written communication skills
  • business management skills
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

Industry Qualifications

To develop your career in HR, it is likely that you will study a qualification from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). This organisation runs courses from a foundation certificate through to advanced diplomas.

There are three options for getting a CIPD qualification:

  • You take a master’s degree that is mapped to CIPD qualifications
  • You pay and study on your own time
  • You are supported by your employer

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