HR professionals believe hands-on experience is more valuable for career progression than formal educational qualifications.
A survey of 135 senior HR practitioners by Personnel Today’s sister publication IRS Employment Review shows that although the majority hold undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications, they do not regard educational attainment as a requirement for entering or progressing in HR.
Only nine cited educational qualifications as the most important factor to advancement in their own careers, while 13 cited it as the second most important factor, and 28 said it was the third most important.
Eighty-five respondents also disagree that a university degree is vital, and only five cited a lack of formal educational qualifications as a main barrier to HR career advancement. However, professional certification is regarded as a critical factor of becoming successful in the field.
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