The Med Shed

HR Professional

THE WORKING DAY

You work in the HR department for Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Your first task is to advertise for a new midwife as a member of staff is about to retire. You work with the head of midwifery services to find more details about the position including the qualifications required and the hours of work and then place the advert on the NHS Jobs website.

It’s then time to sort job applications for a catering assistant and phone successful candidates to arrange interviews. After receiving an email from a staff member whose wages haven’t gone into his bank account, you change incorrect bank details and ensure his money is transferred.

In the afternoon, you meet with your HR colleagues to discuss staff training and development in your organisation. You finish around 5pm, having helped play a key role in a life-saving organisation.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You enjoy working with other people and are easy to talk to. You’re very organised, can do many tasks at once and stay calm under pressure.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although there are no minimum entry requirements, you’ll usually need a range of good to high grade GCSEs at 9-4 (A*-C) — or the equivalent — to demonstrate a good, basic education.

To make a career in HR, you usually need to take qualifications in human resource management, such as those from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). You could apply for a job or apprenticeship in an HR department in an NHS organisation or consider taking A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) at college or 6th form.

After A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications), you could apply for a relevant degree at university (perhaps in human resource management) or a higher apprenticeship. Each university sets its own entry requirements so be sure to check these carefully. For apprenticeship and trainee vacancies, visit NHS Jobs and Gov.uk

If you go to university and take a degree, the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme also has an option to train in human resource management.