A day as a hr professional

You work in the HR department at your local NHS hospital, and start at 9am. Your first task is to advertise for a new midwife, as a member of staff is about to retire. You work with the head of midwifery services to find more details about the position including the qualifications required and the hours of work and then place the advert on the NHS Jobs website. Next, you sort job applications for a catering assistant and phone successful candidates to arrange interviews. After receiving an email from a staff member whose wages haven't gone into his bank account, you change incorrect bank details and ensure his money is transferred. In the afternoon you meet with your HR colleagues to discuss staff training and development in your organisation. You finish at around 5pm, having helped play a key role in a life-saving organisation.

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Does this sound like you?

You enjoy working with other people, and are easy to talk to. You're very organised, can do many tasks at once and stay calm under pressure.

What's next after GCSE?

Although there are no minimum entry requirements, you'll usually need a range of good to high grade GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C) - or the equivalent - to demonstrate a good, basic education. To make a career in 'HR', you usually need to take qualifications in human resource management, such as those from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You could apply for a job or apprenticeship in an HR department in an NHS organisation or consider taking A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) at college or 6th form..

What's next after A level and beyond?

After A levels (or equivalent qualifications), you could apply for a relevant degree at university (perhaps in human resource management) or a higher apprenticeship. Each university sets its own entry requirements so be sure to check these carefully. Job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. You can also find apprenticeships on the Gov.uk websitewww.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship If you go to university and take a degree, the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme also has an option to train in human resource management.