Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Thursday, September 15, 2016
It can sometimes be overwhelming when you are looking to make a move from one career to another. Congrats on your Masters and your interest in HR. The best course of action when you are looking to make a move into an area that you don't have a lot of hands on experience is to network and take on any work that can be relevant to what you want to do. I recommend using LinkedIn and seeing who is in companies that you would like to target or roles that you would like to be in. Reach out to these individuals and see if you can set up informational conversations. Learning directly from people in the roles that you are interested in will help you understand what you need to do to get there, as well as provide you with a relationship you can hopefully build on when a position comes open. In addition, if you are currently employed, but not in HR, can you take on projects that would provide you with experience in what you want to do? There are transferable skills with regard to project management, communication skills, analytics, which can be tied into a HR role. If you aren't currently employed, are there any HR groups or organizations you are a part of that you can network with and see if there are any side projects you can do for them to give you more hands on experience? Stay the course and good luck in your new field!