Does the future lie in specialism?

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. I am currently in a generalist HR role, and enjoy all the disciplinesinvolved, but am thinking the future lies in specialism. Which areas would youtip as the big careers of the future in terms of earnings and employability? Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates Specialism is a very good way to progress your career and with many areas ofHR becoming more integral to the running of an organisation, you can quicklyprogress within a department. With employment legislation changing constantly companies must be informedif they are to avoid tribunals; you could therefore consider specialising inemployee relations or diversity. Once the market picks up, companies will have to view retention as a majorissue, and are likely to invest in developing their staff, thereforespecialising in areas such as performance management and executive coaching. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy Before looking at employability and earnings considerations, look at yourskills and motivation. For example, compensation and benefits is an area wherethere is a skills shortage with the effect that salaries are higher in thisparticular specialism. But if you do not have an eye for detail and are notparticularly numerate, this may not be for you. One area both interesting and suffering from a skills shortage is looking atthe people issues within the context of business planning. Whether an organisationis growing or downsizing there will always be a need to manage the planningprocess effectively. There is also a direct link to business performance. Another area to look at is that of training and development. While there isa growth in e-learning, the research suggests people development will still beeffectively delivered by good trainers. Jo Redgwell, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes In my experience the economic market dictates most recruitment and there iscertainly no predictability in this. For example, when we experienced the ITand telecoms boom and smaller companies were being acquired or merged, key HRroles were in recruitment. However, as soon as this bubble burst recruitmentroles were the first to be cut. Economists have not predicted a new bubble to take its place, so I would notrecommend specialising in recruitment. After so much market change over thelast 12 months many organisations are looking inwards and we are recruiting anumber of management development, learning and change management roles. But byfar the largest proportion of roles we recruit for is generalist, so in myopinion I would stay in a generalist role and set your sights on the top job! Comments are closed. Does the future lie in specialism?On 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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