Post # 1
Professional bees, I’m considering what I want to do after I graduate this year. My major is HR but from researching HR jobs, it seems most of them require 3-5 years of HR experience. Even with my internship now & hopeful summer internship, I won’t be anywhere near that experience level.
I just started a new job this past summer in banking. I feel like I’m finally starting to get the hang of it and I actually like it. I know there’s ability to move up into a supervisory position within the company, as long as I put in my time & continue to do a good job. A realistic goal IMO to be promoted would be 3-4 years. I’d want to spend a couple years minimum as part of the management team to help beef up my resume.
Is it worth the wait? In my current position, the pay is pretty good for what I’m doing. I like that it’s a 40 hr work week and not salaried (though I do like the prestige of being in a salaried position), benefits are really good, it’s not monotonous but it’s not OVERLY challenging either. There IS room for a pay increase before a title change as well.
My concern is that I’ll have a hard time getting into HR from banking, even with supervisory experience. I’m considering going for my Masters which I THINK would help me break into that field, but it’ll also put me around 30 before getting into it.
Do you think I should stay where I’m at & try to work my way up or likely take a pay cut in order to get my foot in the door in HR? Will management experience help me get into HR?
I know this is all hypothetical & I can’t depend on anything for sure. I’m really just wondering if “supervisor” really is worth its weight in gold.
Post # 3
Sorry mods, can someone move this to career? =)
Post # 4
@soontobemrsm11: Well, I can only try and help from another country but I might be able to offer some advice!
I would apply for the jobs that require the years of HR management experience, because sometimes they understand that you need to start SOMEWHERE. See if you can find someone in the know to look over your resume and highlight your strengths, degree and internships and focus less on the number of years. A lot of the time they are just looking for the right person and stipulating a number of years experience gives them an easy way to say no to those they don’t want.
Does this banking company potentially have a HR team somewhere that you might be able to transfer to?
I think that management experience is great. But do be careful that you don’t get stuck in a rut – however if you are enjoying what you do then that is a plus. You could move to a HR job elsewhere and not enjoy it!
I’m hesitant to recommend struggling it out with a Masters unless it will really guarantee entry in to the field. Over here, Masters hardly ever means a pay rise or position rise. It sounds like they value hands on experience from what you are saying
(also – make sure you enjoy HR before you do postgrad! 😉
Hope that helps 🙂
Post # 5
I would keep on focusing on HR. You’ll find something. And apply to jobs even if it seems you’re somewhat unqualified based on experience… this is the same problem that everyone has when they get out of college. In my field it’s the same; all that experience required. But I just got my first job in my field this year, just a couple months after graduating, even though the position I got “required” experience.
If you have anything extra (honors courses, a terrific project or research paper you can share, anything) that will show you’re a better candidate than the average recent grad, even if you think it’s a stretch, it could go a long way towards them considering an exception.
Don’t let it scare you, and apply anyway. Be prepared to talk about why you’re a great candidate despite the lacking experience. I think you’ll find something. So many people have this problem.
Post # 6
@elliebean14: I think that’s partially my problem, I don’t know that I HAVE transferrable skills. I’m hoping going to a career counselor will help me find them as I’m sure they exist but my confidence is very low & until I can get it up & have faith that I CAN do the HR positions, I’ll struggle finding a job & I know it. I typically interview quite well but I’ll need some practice & prepping for HR positions
@Claire324: My company definitely does have potential to move into HR…it’s just a matter of the right timing (which is kind of pure luck lol) & also experience. I definitely will have someone review & tweak my resume, as it’s great for banking but definitely not geared towards an HR position. The part about moving to an HR job elsewhere and not enjoying it is EXACTLY why I’m so hesitant. Right now my intenship is for a start up non profit so it’s “HR” but I don’t think it’s really HR so it’s not helping me decide if I like HR or not. I definitely will not go for my masters until I decide if I truly like it though! Thank you for the response!