1) Gain a qualification
Firstly, you don’t necessarily have to have a degree in HR to be employed in the field, however, gaining some kind of accredited qualification will increase your chances, as well as your confidence!
There are a few different qualifications you can consider, these include:
CIPD qualifications: The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) are the leading awarding body for HR and people development. They provide qualifications to those wishing to enter the field, from those who are just starting out, to those who already have existing industry experience. At Levels 3, 5 and 7, there’s also the opportunity to become a CIPD member and gain exclusive access to resources, industry advice, and events.
SHRM qualifications: The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) provide qualifications for both those working in HR currently, and those wishing to pursue a career in the people profession. Available are the SHRM Certificated Professional (SHRM-CP) qualification and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) qualification.
HRCI qualifications: The Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) have been committed to developing both expertise and excellence within the industry for over 50 years. They provide qualifications including knowledge certificates, professional certificates, and strategic certificates.
An undergraduate HR degree: There are many universities in the UK that provide undergraduate human resources degrees, and depending on where you live, you may also be elidable for free education.
Some of the top universities recognised for their HR degrees are The University of Edinburgh, The University of Southampton, and the University of Lancaster.