I came across this forum as I was googling "career change to HR" and I'm really hoping that I can get some advice about on this subject.
I am currently a Therapy Radiographer in the NHS and have been for almost 10 years. It's a very physically demanding job, the hours have become more and more unsociable recently and this likely to continue to get worse in the future, opportunities to progress further than my current level are very limited because people get into the very senior or interesting specialist roles and stay there until they retire and I'm just at a point where I'm really bored of the profession and can't imagine continuing to do it for any great length of time. I have been contemplating a career change and I am considerng HR.
I have some limited experience as in my current role I am also a trade union industrial relations representative so I frequently work very closely with HR.
Some of the activities I do are:
- advising members about organisation policy and law,
- ensuring my department acts in compliance with the organisations policies and law challenging non-compliance,
- advising supporting and representing members going through sickness absence management, grievance, disciplinary, capacility procedures
- reviewing the organisations policies and procedure documents, ensuring they comply with law and national trends, redrafting documents where necessary
- designing and implementing training to reflect changes to organisation policies and procedure
- assisting to draft organisational change documents for consultations, reviewing these documents, representing staff by writing response documents
- participation in policy forums and working groups
- conduction personal development reviews
- sitting on interview panels
I am wondering if any of this would contribute towards me securing a position in HR if I persued a qualification prior to applying. I also wonder what level it would be appropriate to apply for and whether the experience above would help me not have to start at the very bottom.
Any opinions would be gratefully received!