in five HR professionals chose their career because it offers good advancement prospects, while one in eight see it as a stepping stone to a broader business role, according to research by IRS Employment Review magazine.
However, the survey of 135 HR professionals also shows that the most popular reason for choosing to enter the profession is the opportunity to work with people – cited by 41 per cent of the respondents.
Respondents also believe that people wishing to enter the profession have to overcome many barriers. The most commonly cited obstruction was the lack of a clear HR strategy (48 per cent), while more than 35 per cent said HR lacks a career path in general.
Even after reaching the first rung of the HR ladder, 44 per cent of the respondents said further career progression is then hampered, most commonly by of a lack of senior HR opportunities.
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