Is Human Resources Right For You?
Have you been dreaming of a career in Human Resources? Are you unsure of what exactly HR entails? Don’t worry, you’re not alone, you have come to the right place.
WHAT IS HR?
Unlike lawyers and advertising executives, there are no flashy TV shows or movies based around the lives of Human Resource Managers, although there should be! HR plays a vital role in any business hoping to operate at the highest levels. Happy and skilled employees are one of the main drivers of success and a talented HR manager is essential in recruiting and maintaining top talent.
HR managers are responsible for finding a balance between what works best for the company AND its employees. They are counsellors, spokespeople, mediators, psychologists and celebration planners – all rolled into one.
Sounds exciting, right? But is HR a good fit for you? Let’s find out.
- You LOVE people
You love spilling the tea. You’re a people person and get along with everyone at the table. You love conversation, big and small. You enjoy hearing about other people’s interests, dislikes, their triumphs as well as their grievances.
- You know how to keep your cool
Do your friends turn to you when they need help navigating complicated scenarios? Are you good at defusing uncomfortable situations? Are you the resident Dr.Phil in your inner circle? Human beings are complex and while we usually strive to put our best foot forward, especially in the workplace, sometimes we slip and make a mess of things. Be it a confrontation or a comment that has made someone feel uncomfortable, as an HR Manager, you are tasked with mopping up the spills and ensuring that life moves on as swiftly and smoothly as possible.
- You understand business
A business mindset is crucial for success in HR. Why? Whether you’re thinking of solutions or advocating for employees, you have to consider and understand the knock-on effects they will have on the business. If not, you won’t get very far in convincing the bosses upstairs.
- You’re comfortable on the fence
There are three sides to every story: your side, their side, and the truth. As an HR Manager, you will often have to hear and decipher all three. It is vital that you can practice discretion and remain free of judgment when dealing with sensitive issues in the workplace. Being impartial is key – think of yourself as Switzerland.
If this seems like it may be right for you, a National Diploma in Human Resources Management will go a long way in helping you develop the skills needed to enhance your career prospects. We offer a supported distance learning programme that ensures you can study from home while being supported every step of the way.