Am I limiting my career prospects?

Am I limiting my career prospects?

first_imgI have spent my entire working life – almost 20 years – working in HR. Istill find it rewarding and challenging, but I’m beginning to feel slightlyguilty about not getting wider business experience. I can see the arguments fordoing this, but I’m happiest doing what I’m doing. My perception is thatstaying in HR will not damage my career prospects unduly in the future. Do youagree? Sarah Rendell, consultant, EJ Human Resources I would agree you are not necessarily harming your future career prospectsif you are happiest working within an operational HR role. However, if yourlong-term aspirations are to reach the top of the HR career ladder, you maywell need to develop an understanding of other areas of business. Whichever option you choose, you must do it because you want to do it ratherthan because you feel you ought to. If you are sure you would like to remain inan operational HR role, there is no reason to feel guilty about your lack of‘wider business’ experience. If your career comes to the point when you are no longer challenged, theskills you have acquired through what seems to be a generalist HR role can beused to create fresh opportunities for you. You might specialise in aparticular area of HR and to develop in-depth knowledge of a specific field. Clive Sussams, recruitment consultant, Malpas Flexible Learning There is no doubt that you have a wealth of experience which will be usefulto prospective employers. Equally, as the role of HR changes, many companiesare seeking professionals who have been exposed to line management positions inother areas of business. I do not feel that there is any need for you to feel guilty as you havedeveloped a specialist career which has value to an employer. It would beuseful to consider how your personal skills could be enhanced so you are moreinfluential in business decisions. Embarking on additional qualifications suchas an MBA would emphasise how you are broadening your knowledge in order thatyou can be seriously linked to the business. Take stock of your career, skills and experience and how best to use them ina rapidly changing workplace. It is particularly important to work closely withmanagement, understand their expectations and use your expertise to help drivethrough best practice. Claire Coldwell, consultant, Chiumento Staying in HR will not necessarily damage your career prospects – it dependson how you plan your future development. Doing a job which you enjoy is animportant consideration, but you also need to ensure you are continuallyupdating your skills. Does your boss see potential within you which he/she believes can berealised by wider business experience? This experience will give you a user’sperspective on the whole HR function and a broader understanding of businessissues, particularly of a commercially strategic nature. One way to get a better understanding of business while continuing to workin HR is to take an MBA. There are lots of flexible courses available thatcould be combined with your current role. Am I limiting my career prospects?On 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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