I have had a satisfying time working in HR as a generalist for 15 years, butI feel it is time for a change. I’m not interested in moving into consultancy –I want a complete change. Any ideas for careers where my skills would be valuedand could be satisfyingly applied? Jo Redgwell, consultant, interim division, Macmillan Davies Hodes They say ‘a change is as good as a rest’. You don’t say if your experiencehas been gained in any one sector, but rather than turning away from 15 years’experience have you considered changing your environment? More and morecommercial HR professionals are moving into the public sector, for example.They find themselves invigorated by the new challenges of working for anorganisation with a limited finance pool and having to think as laterally aspossible. If this isn’t suitable, have you considered a move within your currentorganisation? You have a firm understanding of your current employer’s visionand business goals and this could be used in a different capacity. As a generalist, you have an excellent understanding of employment law andinterpreting policy. Have you thought about counselling of some sort – perhapsat a Citizens’ Advice Bureau – as you are used to problem solving, research andcoaching, and representing clients at tribunals. Or what about taking on an office management role with your experience ofmanaging budgets, assisting business growth and client-facing roles. If you are certain you want a complete change I recommend speaking to aspecialist careers counsellor who can measure your competencies against avariety of careers. Cliff Dixon, consultant, Chiumento Responding to a request for a complete change is difficult without morespecific knowledge about you. Are you prepared to study for such a change, orinvest in a new sector through a drop in salary? In your career you will have gained many transferable skills such ascommunication, interpersonal, coaching and so on, which will have relevance inother areas. You can test your suitability for other sectors and roles throughan interest inventory – available from the British Psychological Society, or,less formally, network with business and personal contacts you know who haveexperience in areas other than your own. Consider getting professional help from careers advisers – they will bevaluable in challenging your ideas before you commit. Whichever route you follow for your research, network hard to spread theword of your search, requirements and availability. Make good use ofrecruitment agencies who can help you identify likely matches. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy You should look at your career to date and analyse which parts of the rolehave given you the greatest satisfaction. Is it the people aspects of HR orhave you more of an interest in administration? If you have worked as part ofthe management team, then a role managing a business may have some appeal. Drawup a list ranking the aspects of your career in terms of satisfaction. Thiswill help you focus on the type of work you could consider. Next, think about what interests you. Are you someone who is motivated byhelping people and may therefore want to work in the voluntary sector? If youlike holidays, a career in the travel industry may be of interest. The skills of an HR generalist are often undervalued by organisations, butthey can be transferred to many roles. Help me- I want a complete changeOn 9 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.