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HR opens doors to jobs in every sector – the world is your oyster. You can build your career internationally or at home. From media to engineering and from banks to charities, pretty much every industry and company will need to hire the expertise of an HR professional.
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‘The best thing about my job is working in a fast-paced environment, there’s always lots going on, every day is different.’
A career in HR offers long-term options and a huge variety of roles. You could be involved in recruiting or training staff one day, or helping your company decide how staff should be paid and rewarded the next. There are even roles which focus on employment law, protecting the rights of employees at work.
You can start off your career as an HR administrator but progress all the way to the top of the business as an HR director, helping to drive the direction of the business. Some HR specialists go on to be business owners and set up their own HR and training companies.
See which role appeals to you on page 4.
The airline industry isn’t all about flying planes. With a job in HR you’ll improve business performance by recruiting the best
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.
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HR (or human resources) plays a vital role in both business performance and people’s careers.
HR is about making sure the right people are in the right jobs. Attracting people is an important first step, but that’s just the beginning. How do you then get your people to stay with you and perform to the best of their abilities, day in, day out? Are you giving them the skills, training and development to build long-term careers? How do you get them working together to drive business success? Or protect their rights and make sure they are fairly rewarded and treated at work?
This is the important role that HR experts play at work.
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Not only are there a lot of HR roles to apply for, but you will also have the chance to earn a good salary over time. If you’re just starting out in HR from school or college, you’ll probably earn around £15,000–£18,000 a year. As you gain qualifications and experience, your salary can go up significantly. The average pay for an HR manager is £46,000, and when you progress to the top, you could be earning over £80,000 as an HR director!
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If HR is all about creating successful businesses through people, what jobs could you go into? In some organisations you can cover the full range of HR work, gaining really broad skills and experience; this is called a generalist role. In other businesses, you may be able to specialise in a particular area. There are many options open to you.
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