What qualifications are important in HR?
If you want a long and prosperous career in HR, gaining the right the qualifications that employers are looking for is vital for your CV. Employers love an ambitious candidate, especially one who shows initiative to develop their skills independently.
Depending on the individual requirements of the organisation, some entry level positions such as HR Assistant only ask for four or five GCSEs as the minimum entry requirements, providing you have previous experience in an administrative role. Those looking for an HR Officer position will have a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma (HNC/HND) or a university degree.
With increasing competition for positions, you will find that the majority of HR roles will expect you to hold a degree (2:1 or above) in any discipline. A qualification in HR Management, Psychology, or a business-related subject will be considered an advantage - but not a prerequisite.
For many employers, accredited professional qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) are a must for anyone who is serious about moving their career forward into a more senior HR role. These qualifications signify that you are up to date with developments in HR and that you are committed to best practice as a HR professional.
From the Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) or CIPD accredited NVQs to the Post Graduate Diploma in HR or MSc/MA in HR, there are a range of professional courses that you can undertake regardless of whether you are just starting out in your HR career or have a number of years under your belt and pushing for promotion. All of these courses can be studied part-time, full-time, or via distance learning and can fit around your existing commitments.
As with any field of work, practical HR experience in any commercial environment will give you a good insight into how organisations operate. Make speculative applications to companies with large HR departments directly and volunteer for an unpaid work placement by. All the qualifications in the world can;t make up for getting your foot in the door and showing them what you can do.