Post # 1
My SO graduated with his BA in history last year. He currently holds a full time job in retail management, but hasn’t been able to find anything else. He has expressed an interest in working in HR. Is there a post-bacc certificate program for people with outside degrees who haven’t worked in the field, or would he have to try to find a job or internship in HR first?
Post # 2
beetee123: There are 1 and 2 year programs for HR, though it depends if he’s wanting to get into a specific area of HR (like compensation analyst, etc). I’m pretty sure there are also shorter certificates he can get too… I think it depends what country you live in but it doesn’t hurt to start applying for entry level HR jobs and also go to school part time to get the certification. You definitely don’t NEED any certification to work in HR, at least here in Canada (and I know some folks who never had any schooling in it but advanced pretty far) but it can help if you’re starting out.
Post # 3
beetee123: I am in HR. My undergrad was in psych but I am currently doing my masters in HR which is what got me my current job. Most of the ladies I work with do not have an official certification but are much older and have been in the field for years. If you are starting out, it is best to get some sort of HR qualification. What country are you in? I’m assuming US so I probably can’t be of much help (Aussie bee!) but see if your country has any sort of registering board for HR or similar. Here in Aus, we have AHRI (Australian Human Resource Institute) and my masters, though not through them, is AHRI certified. Perhaps you could find an equivalent? Here is Aus you can do anything between a diploma to masters so there are a lot of options, qualification-wise. Being in management also helps, esp if he is responsible for recruitment, managing poor performance etc. These are things you’d do in HR and something he can really play up on his resume. I have known a couple of people in HR who have broken in this way. Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
Hey! I work in HR- currently in corporate HQ of a US/Canadian mall retailer and previously at a nonprofit tourist attraction. My degree is in political science and sociology.
I got started with an internship right after graduation, personally. I have no idea how or why I got the internship because quite frankly, I applied because HR seemed fun and easy. Turns out I love it, so it was just a good fit.
in the US there are HR certification programs – he can go to the SHRM website for more info. Since he has no experience, that would definitely help him get a foot in the door, and he should network his butt off in the classes. Also, tell him to join his local shrm chapter for more networking opportunities. I personally don’t have a certification, though- although I’ll probably get one soon.
IMO, HR is a hard field to get a job in- there tends to be low turnover, and even large companies don’t have huge HR departments. when I was job hunting this most recent time (we relocated for FIs work), I had four years of solid experience and I applied for about 70 jobs- I got two interviews, and both were because I knew someone at the company.
That being said, HR is great because there are so many different career paths- benefits, compensation, recruiting, HRIS, employee satisifaction, training…and there is usually a bery clear cut promotional path (start out as admin/coordinator, then generalist, manager, director). Salaries are usually pretty decent, too (IMO- I make 40k in a relatively low COL area, and my job is easy).
feel free to PM if you or your SO have any questions. It might be worth him having a chat with his regional HR manager as well!