Business skills vital for career in HR

HR professionals believe getting an MBA and learning skills in other parts
of the business are the best ways to get up the career ladder.

A survey by recruitment consultancy Joslin Rowe, released exclusively to
Personnel Today, shows 45 per cent of HR practitioners believe it is crucial to
have a MBA in order to succeed and reach senior level.

Asked whether they thought the CIPD’s new advance level standard will
improve the professional development of HR practitioners, 51 per cent said they
believed it would work well, 45 per cent said they did not know.

HR rated practice above qualifications – 78 per cent of the 110 people
surveyed said experience in other areas of business was needed to perform in
senior HR roles, 62 per cent valued line-manager experience, 61 per cent
experience in other sectors, 60 per cent HR networking, and 55 per cent CIPD
qualifications.

Kris Sasitharan, manager of Joslin Rowe’s HR division, said HR professionals
realise they need business experience to reach senior levels.

"The trend is for HR to be more business focused, so it is important
that you can speak the language of business."

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