Can I go from solicitor to HR?

first_img Comments are closed. I am about to qualify as a solicitor. However, I have decided this is notwhat I want to do and would instead like to pursue a career in HR and study forthe CIPD exams. Prior to commencing my training contract I worked in therecruitment department of a big consulting firm. During my training contract Ihave completed a six-month seat in employment law. Are my skills and experiencevaluable and what kind of job would I be qualified to do? Caroline Battson, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes Academic backgrounds such as business studies, behavioural studies and laware some of the most useful when looking to pursue a career in HR. Employerslook for flexible individuals with good personal skills and the capability toreach the standard of education that you have. A large proportion of HR surrounds legal issues and disputes, this will bean area where you will have an initial advantage. Others such as recruitment,IR and training and development you will learn as you progress. It can be difficult for anyone to get a job in an area in which they have nopractical experience, and I would think your first step into HR would probablybe as an HR assistant. You should investigate organisations that sponsor their staff to study theCIPD qualification while they are gaining relevant work experience.Alternatively, you could consider a graduate training scheme as this would giveyou the opportunity to experience different functions within an organisationand give the practical work experience you need, before then specialising inHR. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy Your skills and experience are valuable and will help in your search for anHR position. You will be looking for your first HR role so you are likely tobecome an HR adviser or HR officer. A generalist role will enable you to buildon your experience to date. The employment law experience is particularly valuable, as most new entrantsto HR will not have had your level of experience. It may be possible to use thetraining to get accreditation of prior certificated learning for the employmentlaw elective of the CIPD qualification. Your recruitment experience may point towards a more specialist resourcingrole, but is this what you are looking for? Before making your decision,remember that the rewards for solicitors are generally higher than those in HR.Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates As you have dedicated so much time to studying the law, I would stronglyadvise you to initially pursue a career in employment law, while studying yourCIPD. I would imagine your knowledge of employment legislation and the imminentchanges to the law is relatively up to date, and would be valued in many largerorganisations. You could work in an HR department as the employment law specialist dealingwith contracts of employment and employee relations issues. Or you could workas a junior solicitor within the legal division of a large company, advising onall HR related issues. These options would continue to ‘enhance’ your HR CV, while maintaining yourlegal knowledge and skills. This gives you time to study for the CIPD andexplore exactly which area of HR to specialise in. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Can I go from solicitor to HR?On 20 Aug 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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