How You Can Find Success in a Career in Human Resources

Are you considering a career in HR? You might be new to the workforce or someone looking to change their career. Whatever your reasons, a career in HR offers many benefits. And if you’re willing to do adult training, you could have a highly lucrative career.

In this blog, we’ll talk about what HR professionals do and the various types of roles you could fill. We’ll also look at how you can start your career in HR by transferring your soft skills or by doing adult training at TAFE or taking adult learning courses.

What HR practitioners do

Years ago, people who worked in HR were seen as “paper pushers.” Their role was to keep employee records and prepare paperwork for hiring and firing. Those days are long gone.

Today, HR is seen as a dynamic career. HR is valuable because it looks after an organisation’s most valuable asset—it’s employees. In this way, HR is integral to the long-term success of a business.

People who work in HR have an exciting role involving many different task and skills. It’s not just about recruiting, hiring and firing. HR involves training employees and looking after them throughout their time with the company. It’s strategic and long term.

Because HR is all about working with people, you need good people skills to be successful. Don’t worry if you are not sure whether your people skills are up to scratch, because you can definitely develop your people skills through adult education courses. For example, by taking one of our adult learning courses in HR, you can strengthen both your written and verbal communication skills. Through adult training, you’ll also develop many other skills (more on this later).


There are many different jobs you could do in human resources. You could work in a general HR role, which covers all of the various HR duties from hiring to navigating employee relations. Job titles include human resources manager or assistant, human resources generalist or human resources administrator.

On the other hand, larger companies may have specialised roles within HR. You could be part of the hiring and recruiting team, performing a role such as hiring managers or assistant, recruiter, recruitment manager and talent acquisition specialist.

There are also roles which revolve around the training and onboarding needs of the company, such as staff coordinator and training manager. In these roles, you would also conduct performance reviews and help employees stay on track.

If you want to specialise in helping employees with issues that arise in their jobs, you could become an employee relations manager or benefits specialist. Here, you’d do things like resolve conflicts between employers and supervisors, help employees with compensation claims, and handle complaints directed at the company.

Adult education courses in HR also prepare you for record keeping and legal compliance. In the role of records manager, legal adviser or compliance officer, you’d be responsible for personnel files and ensure that your company is obeying with all the relevant laws.

How to get a job in HR

Are you just starting out in your career? You could start out by taking adult education courses in HR. Adult training courses include:

Certificate IV in Human Resources

Diploma of Leadership and Management

Diploma of Human Resources Management

If you already have a job and are looking for a career change, the good news is that you probably already have a lot of “soft skills” that you could transfer to a career in HR, even before you do any adult training. The most important soft skills for HR include being good with people and communicating well. Other transferable skills include technology and computer-literacy.

If you can’t afford to stop working to study full time, you might like to do one of the online adult learning courses in HR. This would give you the freedom and flexibility to study your adult education course in your own time, when and where it suits you, without your savings dwindling away.

Career prospects

If you want to pursue a career in HR, you’ll have many opportunities available to you. According to Job Outlook, a government website with careers information, careers in HR show strong future growth. Compared to other industries, you’re far less likely to lose your job or become redundant, so you wouldn’t have to go and do adult training courses again.

According to Job Outlook, human resources professionals also receive a salary that is higher than the national average. On average, they receive $1662 per week. If you took one or two adult education courses in HR, you could become a highly skilled human resources manager and earn six digit figures.

Final words

Whether you’re just starting out or looking to change your career, working in human resources offers great opportunities. You’ll have a dynamic career in which you can wear many different hats, and you would most likely earn a salary that is higher than the national average. Start your career in HR with an adult learning course, transfer soft skills you’ve developed in previous roles. 

Author Bio

Helen Sabell works for the College for Adult Learning, she is passionate about adult learning. She has developed and authored many workplace leadership programs, both in Australia and overseas.

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