You need a wide set of skills in order to be successful within this field, some of which will be taught as part of your course, and some of which are simply a matter of instinct...
HR is an industry that will require you to work with people. From dealing with employee complaints to taking responsibility for the occasional hiring and firing, having good communication and people skills is essential in a role of this nature.
The majority of those looking to pursue careers in HR do so because they care about the welfare of people and are excited by the idea of working closely with a number of different employees within the company.
One of the great things about working in HR is the diversity of your job role. While most of the time you will be dealing with employees, you will also be responsible for training and recruitment, assisting with finance and pensions and ensuring that the company complies with the law regarding their employees welfare.
You are likely to have many different tasks to do on any given day, so strong organisational skills aren’t just beneficial – they are the ultimate job requirement!
The world would be such an easy place if problems only ever arose between 9 and 5. Unfortunately though, this is rarely the case. The HR sector is dynamic and fast-paced – particularly if you work for multi-national companies – so there may be times when you need to put in the extra hours in order to meet deadlines.
4) Leadership and Diplomacy
You may have left the playground, but (unfortunately) people don’t always play nice in the adult world either. However, in the workplace bickering between employees is often referred to as a ‘personality clash.’
Hopefully you won’t be on the receiving end on any of this behaviour, but part of your role will be acting as a mediator, settling disputes between workplace rivals. In cases like this you’ll need to have ALL of your diplomacy skills at the ready.
5) Business and Law
Working in HR, you’ll not only be responsible for employee welfare and finances, but you may also be responsible for hiring and firing. Now, while it might be tempting to fire someone because of their annoying office habits, this isn’t exactly legal.
As part of your job, you’ll be required to have an understanding of employment law and an in-depth knowledge of how the corporate environment works. Your undergraduate experience along with any placements you complete will help you acquire this experience.