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Asked by Phillip on April 25, 2017

I am interested in navigating from a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education to a career in Human Resources. I have a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration, but am starting off with a corporate company as a Senior Recruitment Coordinator. What are some realistic HR career paths I can pursue?

Answered by Ellee, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on April 26, 2017

Hello! Congratulations on your recent job acceptance! One of the aspects that I enjoy about Human Resources is the variety of experiences you can have in one function and continuously build your functional acumen. There are several aspects to Human Resources that you could gain exposure to before finding an area that best suits you and your career desires. If you have an interest in gaining exposure and experiences outside of recruitment, begin networking with colleagues that work in benefits, compensation, talent development, etc. This will allow you to understand the responsibilities and expectations for each area, and will allow you to decide if that is an area you may be interested in. If you learn about a role or area that you are interested in pursuing after a few years in your current role, talk to your manager about the potential opportunity and begin working on a development plan on how to achieve your goal. With Human Resources, you can create your own career path, just begin networking and determine the path you want to take. Best of luck!

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Answered by Tom, Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, on April 28, 2017

As long as you continue to learn on the job and/or in the classroom, I wouldn't limit yourself to any potential career path in HR, their are likely more career paths that would be realistic vs. not.  Since your recruitment role will touch many other areas of HR (benefits, compensation, employee relations, business partnership, etc.) take advantage of learning more about them and getting to know the people in those roles, that will help you realize what potential career paths there are and your interest in them.  Also, my 20 plus years experience in HR across multiple companies, suggests there is generally a lot of cross-functional project work in HR, try to participate as much as you can in those. 

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