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Human Resources is an industry in which many people want to spread their wings - especially nowadays. Students, graduates of other faculties or office workers with many years of experience - these are just examples of social groups that make up an extremely colorful range of potentially interested in working in this area. How can I help myself? What to invest time and money in?
Continuous education and improving one's qualifications is essential in virtually every profession, including the HR industry. With the dynamically changing labor market and increasing requirements, both on the part of employers and employees, an HR specialist or manager should keep their finger on the pulse.
So the question arises: is it worth investing in exploring specialist knowledge, even though without practice it will not guarantee us a job? There can be only one answer: of course. It is true that it has been known for a long time that studies for an employer or recruiting HR are only an addition, but it is worth bearing in mind that they are much more important for you, as a potential future employee.
Look at it from this side: if you want to become involved in any industry, you will have to acquire a certain amount of theoretical knowledge. Remember, that the effectiveness of such a procedure - especially if done in a hurry and without the supervision of a mentor - may be much lower. There is also an option to take advantage of training conducted by practitioners.
From reactivity to proactivity
Meanwhile, such an approach no longer fits neither with the present reality, nor with the one that business will deal with in the near future. In the world in which he will now operate, frequent and sudden changes, permanent disturbances become the new norm. The old strategies of reaching goals, planned for years, turn out to be too static. They must be replaced by very dynamic strategies and activities, requiring a proactive, not reactive, attitude and a lot of creativity. Constant changes and disturbances must be accepted with the benefit of inventory and creatively, smoothly "managed". Use them with a view to winning markets and competitive advantages. Only in this way can businesses today move from a survival strategy to mindset, again, to growth.
Increase in importance of the human factor
To be proactive and creative in a way that leads to success in a dynamic environment, you need resistance to turbulence and constant change, courage, a clear vision and flexibility. And these features are inherent in the human factor. With how they work, how they behave and how motivated employees of a given enterprise are. This, in turn, largely depends on the organizational culture and mutual relations prevailing in it, whether the well-being, well-being of employees is taken into account in company processes and procedures, and whether it is supported by the physical and digital environment in which people function. The point is that the attitude towards success requires a change not only in the way of thinking and acting, but also in the way of being. Each challenge, problem and decision must first be screened from this angle.
The company's employees and associates play a unique role in creating and implementing strategies that are oriented towards development in a world of permanent change. Hence the need for a new opening, not only in terms of leadership, but also the functions of the HR department.
First of all: ask, ask and ask again!
Although our first hint may seem super obvious, constantly asking questions is the best and fastest way to gain interesting knowledge.
At the beginning we had a lot of hesitation to ask questions. If you are wondering why, there are several reasons. This was because we felt that questions were trivial, we did not want to disturb others or even wanted to be independent, so we stubbornly traversed the depths of the Internet, where it was finally difficult for us to find an unambiguous answer to the questions. But wait a minute! After all, this question is nothing wrong, on the contrary - everyone started at some point! What's more, we understood very quickly that HR people are extremely helpful and open to others, empathetic people, whose fundamental value is often helping others!
You probably have a question - Who and where to ask? Assuming you're before your first job or internship, and you don't have someone among your friends to help you, there are still plenty of places where you'll find all (or at least most) of the answers, more on that below.
LinkedIn and Facebook social groups
The LinkedIn social networking site is actually a must have in the HR industry, especially in the area of soft HR. Specialists use this tool not only to search for candidates or publish job offers, it is also a great place to build an image, as well as exchange knowledge and look for inspiration. It is a friendly space for asking questions, which we have used many times.
Trainings or webinars
Speaking of industry events, events are something that gives the greatest kick to act. Gaining knowledge from experienced experts and practitioners, the opportunity to meet people from other organizations and exchange observations on various issues is something that makes my passion for HR grow more and more.
Moreover, many of the events are organized free of charge. In addition, it is worth noting that the coronavirus pandemic and stay home have resulted in many more online industry events being organized recently. Therefore, it is worth taking advantage of this (especially at the beginning of your professional career) because it is a great opportunity to explore knowledge and personal development without leaving your home.
Blogs and portals
The most frequent answer to the question Where to find HR knowledge? There were blogs and industry portals. Especially at the beginning, the articles motivated me to read regularly. Just a fifteen-minute review of the news before going to bed is a ritual that allows me to absorb the current knowledge in a pleasant way.