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Discussion in 'Self Improvement and Being Successful' started by hrcanada1, Oct 11, 2011.
Please explain, how to start a career in HR with a little experience?
Don't know where you are in Canada but I've spoken at a few chapters of the Ontario HR Association and sometimes there are students who attend these events. I would imagine that this is one way to get a start in HR since not only are they learning about useful issues in the field but that are networking with HR professionals at these chapter events.
Don't know where you are in Canada but I've spoken at a few chapters of the Ontario HR Association and sometimes there are students who attend these events.
In order for one to be qualified for an HR position you need to have a background of training. Taking courses in business, social sciences such as psychology and sociology, and finance is one way to get started, and will increase the likelihood of you getting hired for the position you seek. Also take into account that many professionals are also pursuing Masters degrees in Human Resources, Organization Development, Business Administration, and other fields. So if you want to take a crack at having the best chance of getting the job, previous training is a must.
What about if you can't afford to go into higher education to study these required subjects?
Id say be willing to start from the bottom of corporations and just show your desire for HR. Be aware of why you want to get into HR and what you can bring to the table. Stand from here during all your job interviews.
It is a bit similar to my situation. Begin myself as a admin clerk, I slowly joining a education firm as course consultant, from there I take opportunity to learn photoshop and HTML after office hour. Then I resign myself and approach IT firm for junior designer post. While working as designer, I keep self learning through magazine, video, web; 2 years later I success apply myself as SEO specialist.
May be we cant get the right job at the first place, as long as we keep trying, sooner or later we sure can achieve it.
You should start a job as a internee first becuase you will learn there that the office atmosphere is and the work is being done when you have completed your study relating to the HR.
Get yourself a business administration degree in which you will learn everything from the ground up. I know people say it's overrated, and there's a surplus of BBAs and MBAs in the market currently, but you can still carve a niche for yourself in school if you're passionate enough about HR. You get opportunities to network, learn from seasoned professionals and diversify your interests early on while maintaining core subjects. There are so many more advantages to actually going to school and starting from the top than I can mention here, so it should suffice to say that a degree will help you supplement that "little experience" with a whole lot of knowledge and exposure.
Most HR's. as far as I know, has or should have a background or diploma in Psychology - specifically Industrial Psychology.