“A”writes: I have recently progressed from working as an admin clerk, to becominga customer services and call centre adviser. I am studying LCCI PublicRelations Level 3. I am 17, and desperately want to succeed within HR. Howeverit seems that to study personnel you have to be working in a personnelenvironment, and to work in personnel you have to have studied it! Is there anyway in – maybe as an HR clerk or assistant – at the stage I am now at? I wouldreally appreciate your help.MargaretMalpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning writes:It’sreally great hearing that you have such a clear career direction to pursue! WhatI suggest is that you look at the CIPD programme called Certificate inPersonnel Practice. This is purpose designed for your situation, it takes aboutseven months and gives an introduction to all key areas withinpersonnel. With this you would be very well qualified to apply for posts as apersonnel assistant. Alternatively,you could apply for jobs as a personnel assistant and see if they will sponsoryou to do the CPP, which is quite a common practice.Goodluck with your career!PeterWilford, consultant at Chiumento Consulting Group writes: Getting into HR can bedifficult but there are a number of approaches to take:Firstly, if youare happy with your current organisation contact the HR Department for advice.They may have vacancies, or give some pointers as to where to look in the localarea. If this does not bring success,use a combination of avenues for job seeking. This should include:Write to local employers, particularly those you see expanding. Contact your local college offering CIPD courses and ask them for advice on career opportunities and the names of local companies who might have suitable vacancies. Attend local CIPD meetings – a great way to network and to find out about local employers. Use your network to think about all the people you know who work in the area already. Ask their advice and any contacts that they might have. Remember you are not asking for a job but for advice and who to talk to! Look for clerical jobs in the local papers. Talk to employment agencies, locally, and national HR agencies. Perhaps help out with a local charity, within the HR field.Tobe serious about a career in HR a CIPD qualification is essential. Find outabout courses available before making the decision that HR is for you. Talkto your local college or contact the CIPD (web site: www.cipd.co.uk). Ask for alist of colleges locally who provide CIPD courses.Finally,send your CV with a good covering letter to companies. Sell your achievements.Employers will look at what you know about the reality of workingin HR and whether you have the commitment to do it. If you have done yourresearch well this will come across in your application and at interview.Fortips on networking and writinga CV, see our CareerGuides page How do I break into HR?On 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.