I’m ready for a change from HROn 13 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today I am an HR manager who has been working in HR for over 10 years and am readyfor a career change. I’m in my 40s, and bored of the constant changes inemployment law, and the succession of employee relations problems. I thought ofcoaching but don’t have an idea of what’s involved Clive Sussams, recruitment consultant, Malpas Flexible Learning I would emphasise that the feelings you are experiencing about your HR roleand career are not unique. It is probably fair to say that many people have hada career “crisis” at some stage or another, irrespective of theirchosen profession. Initially, it would be useful to review the reasons for your currentdisillusionment with HR. Have you had several employers during the past 10years or been with one only? What kind of roles have you had, and have theyoffered sufficient variety as well as the opportunity to extend your skillsset? It may well be that you need a new working environment to stimulateyourself and hopefully recreate interest, together with promotion prospects. It would also be worthwhile asking your employer whether there are anyopportunities to transfer to such functions as learning and development orremuneration and benefits. The prospects for assuming other roles linked to HRare very much related to the breadth of your personal and professional skills. Finally, I should stress that a move into a business role may be desirableas it will make you more attractive to employers in the future, particularly ifyou wish to move back into HR. Peter Wilford, consultant, Chiumento Before moving into an area of work which sounds interesting but of which youknow very little, you must first think about what you want out of your career.Ask yourself: 1 What skills, qualities and experience will I bring to the role that willallow success in it? 2 What personality/values do I have that I wish or need my next employer toshare? 3 How do I prefer to work, as part of a team, for example, or on my own, atwhat pace? 4 Do I have any interests which I would like to be incorporated in my work?A key aspect of career planning is to find work you feel passionate about. An essential factor to coaching is to focus on making the most ofopportunities, using active listening, questioning and encouraging people tofind their own solutions. It follows on well from HR, as both involve givingadvice and support in handling people issues. Some companies employ in-housecoaches, but many use external consultants, on a long-term, or short-termproject basis. To move into this line of work, you should be able to demonstrate that youhave carried out a similar role in one of your HR jobs. If this sounds like work you would enjoy, research the courses available.Contact specialist consultancies to get feedback on courses they recommend. Another option is career counselling. You could work in a local authoritycareers service or for a consultancy specialising in outplacement and careermanagement. Most employers look for a qualification in counselling – go for acourse that has BAC recognition – or identify an MSc in career management. Jo Selby, associate director, EJ Human Resources Coaching is often seen as a natural progression from HR as many of theskills are transferable. The area of coaching spans a variety of fields, fromcareer counselling through to training and development to name but a few, so Iwould recommend you carry out some research to determine exactly which fieldinterests you. I also suggest that you discuss this potential career move fromHR with individuals who have made such a change and who are already doing sucha role to gain a greater understanding of the daily responsibilities andlonger-term opportunities. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.