Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Championing better work and working lives
As the professional body for HR and people development, CIPD has 140,000 members - working in human resources (HR), learning and development (L&D), people management and consulting across private businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors in the UK, Ireland and internationally. As an independent and not-for-profit organisation, we’re committed to championing better work and working lives for the benefit of individuals, businesses, economies and society.
Inspiring times for HR and L&D
Career in HR offers a world of exciting opportunities – you can work in any business sector and in organisation of any size, at home or internationally. HR is an exciting and rewarding profession to work in because the opportunities to make a difference are growing all the time.
What do HR people do?
HR professionals play a pivotal role in driving decisions that allow their organisations to thrive. They are involved in improving performance and creating the right conditions to deliver business aims today and in the future. HR professionals recruit, train and develop employees, and look at how they are rewarded. They’re dealing with legal issues, helping to shape the culture of their organisations, and focusing on what keeps their colleagues productive and engaged.
The skills necessary to succeed
The skills you need to work in HR may not be what you expect. It’s not just the softer ‘people skills’, you also need to have a strong interest in business and the strategy. You need a good degree of numeracy to analyse information including employee surveys, key success indicators of projects, or the financial and personal value of an employee to the organisation. The ability to coach others in the business, to partner (but also be willing to challenge) managers and to become someone they trust implicitly is also critical.
Qualifications to advance your career
CIPD's recognised professional qualifications are a great way to acquire the supporting knowledge and skills that are essential to becoming an effective HR or L&D practitioner. They also demonstrate to potential employers that you’re serious about pursuing a professional career. CIPD qualifications have the ability to add real value to an organisation – helping to increase your employability and earning potential.