#Nextchat: Transitioning to a Career in HR


Human resources is one of the fastest growing professions in the country, and with good reason. HR is the profession that sources and secures an organization’s most precious asset and competitive advantage—its talent. 

The human resources profession is a challenging and rewarding field that offers many opportunities for career growth and paths to executive management. HR directs the strategies that drive employer branding initiatives and is front and center in Washington, D.C., as policymakers grapple with issues such as immigration reform and the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HR is strong as “employment of human resources managers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.”

Transitioning to a career in human resources can be challenging, as most positions usually require experience. The good news is that many candidates may already have competencies and practical HR experience from other jobs that can be highlighted on a resume and during an interview.

So what’s the best way to transition to a career in human resources?

For starters, the most important question to ask is: “Why do I want a career in HR?” The profession offers many avenues, and identifying your goals will help you channel your job search energies in the right direction. 

Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. EST on August 3 for #Nextchat with special guest, Associate Professor at St. Norbert College and Advisor to the St. Norbert College SHRM chapter, Matt Stollak (@akaBruno). We’ll be chatting about the best ways to prepare for—and transition to—a career in the HR profession.  


Q1. If you are currently practicing HR, would you encourage others to join the HR profession? What are the pros and cons?

Q2. What types of past career experience are most helpful for transitioning to a career in HR?   

Q3. What are the largest obstacles to transitioning to a human resources career?

Q4. Which fields (legal, sales, PR, marketing, accounting, etc.) are well-suited to transition to HR and why? 

Q5. How can online networking help the transition to a career in HR? What websites do you recommend?

Q6. What types of networking events are most beneficial for professionals transitioning to the HR profession?

Q7. What education options do you recommend for transitioning to the HR profession (in lieu of a new degree)? 

Q8. What advice would you give someone who wants to transition to the HR profession?


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