With over 135,000 members, the CIPD is the world’s largest chartered professional body to represent individuals working in human resources (HR). CIPD internationally recognised HR qualifications are a fantastic way of demonstrating to potential employers that you can add real value to an organisation. Explore careers with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Recent graduates are likely to begin their career in human resources (HR) by working in a general HR role. Many enjoy the breadth of this work and choose to remain in this environment or move into a more senior position with responsibility for a number of HR officers.
For those wishing to pursue more specialist careers within HR, a range of roles are available including:
These specialist roles are more likely to be found in the headquarters of organisations operating in major cities so geographical flexibility may be required for career development.
Longer term, HR managers may move into more senior roles within an organisation and may be promoted to an HR director role, possibly as far as board level. Promotion depends on ability and career prospects are enhanced by completing the highest level of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) qualifications.
The CIPD offers various levels of membership including chartered membership which entitles you to use the letters MCIPD after your name. To be eligible for chartered status you must have a relevant CIPD qualification at advanced level and be able to demonstrate professional experience and impact in the workplace, usually over a period of 12-18 months. See the qualifications and membership sections of the CIPD website for further information about their qualifications and the different levels of membership available.
Self-employment and/or freelance work as a consultant to HR departments is sometimes possible for experienced HR staff.
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