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AUTHOR: Rachel Suff
While the majority of the 668 respondents to our HR careers
survey told us that they chose their career in the profession "by chance", most
would opt for HR all over again. Our research also found that HR practitioners
view professional qualifications as more important for advancing in HR than
starting out in the profession.
On this page:Most HR
professionals join the profession by chanceChart 1: Reasons for choosing HR as a career pathBrief profile of HR respondents Chart
2: Length of time respondents have worked in current HR roleFemale HR professionals dominate - but not at the topChart 3: Job level of HR professionals by genderProfessional HR membershipsBox 1:
Example female career profile Are academic qualifications important for an HR
career?Chart 4: Post-secondary-school academic
qualifications, by genderChart 5:
Post-secondary-school academic qualifications, by roleImportance of professional qualifications in
advancing an HR careerBox 2: Example
male career profile Business
knowledge is essential, but not at the expense of hands-on HRChart 6: HR professionals' experience in non-HR business
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