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CleverCatty Wed 19-Aug-20 14:54:17

I've been working as a PA with HR duties for the past 6 months and am finding myself liking that side of things - I'm quite good with people and I think I could do this more as a career.

I enjoy troubleshooting what happens with colleagues work issues but could also see myself maybe as a therapist helping people with employment issues around bullying as I had this myself and saw a therapist for it which really helped.

Anyone have experience of this sort of work?

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Hollyhocksarenotmessy Wed 19-Aug-20 20:36:33

Yes, but straight HR isn't what you are looking for. Maybe look at health and wellbeing HR specialism careers.

Hollyhocksarenotmessy Wed 19-Aug-20 20:37:48

Or look at benefits Advisor, work advisor etc for charities?

purpledagger Wed 19-Aug-20 21:17:42

It sounds like you are more interested in employee advocacy than actual HR.

There is an element of that type of work in HR, but you are normally facilitating support, not providing it yourself and it about business needs.

Although these aren't all careers, here are some ideas of the type of things you could do:

Mediator/coach/mentor/mental health first aider - some companies will train you up to undertake there duties, on top of your normal duties. The roles are very different, but will give you the opportunity to support employees of a 121 basis.

Trade Union rep - involved in HR casework, but supporting the employee.

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep Wed 19-Aug-20 21:20:28

If you see yourself as a therapist for people with work issues, please don't enter HR as you really haven't grasped what the profession is.

CleverCatty Thu 20-Aug-20 09:10:29

CloudsCanLookLikeSheep

If you see yourself as a therapist for people with work issues, please don't enter HR as you really haven't grasped what the profession is.

Actually this was more of something to do outside work or as I get older.

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CleverCatty Thu 20-Aug-20 09:11:39

purpledagger

It sounds like you are more interested in employee advocacy than actual HR.

There is an element of that type of work in HR, but you are normally facilitating support, not providing it yourself and it about business needs.

Although these aren't all careers, here are some ideas of the type of things you could do:

Mediator/coach/mentor/mental health first aider - some companies will train you up to undertake there duties, on top of your normal duties. The roles are very different, but will give you the opportunity to support employees of a 121 basis.

Trade Union rep - involved in HR casework, but supporting the employee.

I get you, thanks.

Right now I have to complete forms for returners to work, lots of forms and various training stuff.

I'll think about the advocacy stuff though.

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CleverCatty Thu 20-Aug-20 09:12:52

Hollyhocksarenotmessy

Yes, but straight HR isn't what you are looking for. Maybe look at health and wellbeing HR specialism careers.

That does sound more up my street.

Maybe I will take a look at HR careers - funnily enough I just remembered my cousin trained in HR and works for NHS doing this - but I will look at health and wellbeing HR specialism careers. Thanks!

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topcat2014 Thu 20-Aug-20 09:46:43

HR is there to prevent the company being sued.

Any idea that it is there to 'help'staff is for the birds imho.

CleverCatty Thu 20-Aug-20 14:54:10

topcat2014

HR is there to prevent the company being sued.

Any idea that it is there to 'help'staff is for the birds imho.

I know... so basically I'm thinking of another route to be fair.

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