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CIPD diploma or Post-grad?

Hi all,

-What level CIPD diploma equates to a post-grad/masters in HR? Does a post-grad equate to level 7?  

-What  type of HR role would I be able to apply for if I had a post-grad/masters under my belt (I've got a BA in History)

Any help much appreciated!

  • Annabel

    | 395 Posts

    Chartered Member

    13 Jan, 2016 09:08

    Hi Gemma, yes a level 7 CIPD diploma is equivalent to post grad. With regards roles, without knowing your work experience it's impossible to comment really. Recruiters would never look at qualifications alone, rather what practical experience you had in conjunction with academic study.

    Kind regards
    Annabel
  • In reply to Annabel:

    Thank you Annabel. Experience wise, I don't have much yet at all relating to HR- I've done a marketing internship and had various hospitality roles. It seems that the lowest level entry roles require Level 3 CIPD which I can't seem to reconcile paying for (as the cost of Level 3 is exactly half the price of a post-graduate course at Bournemouth University...seems it would make economical sense to invest in the post-grad if it equates to a level 7) I've also struggled to find any HR work experience opportunities... Any suggestions?
  • In reply to Gemma:

    Have you looked at graduate schemes as an entry into HR? I have a degree in Classics and that was my way into the profession.
    Other options would be to look at entry level admin roles that will potentially pay for your qualifications later on.
  • In reply to Elizabeth Lee-Smith:

    Unfortunately there only seems to be a handful of graduate schemes- most of which I've missed entry for for 2016.
    Did you do work experience in HR before deciding to pursue a graduate scheme?
  • In reply to Gemma:

    Elizabeth- I don't suppose you would be willing to chat to me on the phone? I'm in a bit of a quandary and could use some advice from someone 'in he know' so to speak!
  • In reply to Gemma:

    Nope - I had never worked in HR before I did my scheme (this was in 2007) Happy to talk more if you need - you can PM me for my contact details.
  • Annabel

    | 395 Posts

    Chartered Member

    14 Jan, 2016 10:53

    In reply to Gemma:

    Hi Gemma, look at your transferable skills and how they may apply to HR. Eg, have you previously had line management responsibilities for anyone, have you had to recruit anyone, or train them?
  • Annabel

    | 395 Posts

    Chartered Member

    14 Jan, 2016 10:53

    In reply to Gemma:

    Oh, and search these communities as lots of people find themselves in your situation and you might find more useful info there.
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