Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 22, 2016
The first thing to think about is to pursue a degree in Human Resources. Most 4 year colleges offer some kind of HR program which will give you exposure to all areas of the field, and there are many offered on-line. Another action I would recommend is to pursue an HR certification. The most common of these is the Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources certifications through the HR Certification institutue. Having this certification will help to differentiate you from others. Lastly, internships are key - either paid or unpaid. It is critical that you obtain some kind on the job experience in the field. If you pursue the items above, opportunities for internships will present themselves. When they do come available, be flexible and willing to go to where ever the opportunity exists.