Explore the many rewards of working in the people profession
A profession fit for the future
The people profession covers a broad spectrum of jobs, specialisms and careers spanning every industry. Take a look to see whether it's the right profession for you.
A truly rewarding career
A career in HR, L&D or OD&D (which we collectively refer to as the ‘people profession’) is about creating successful organisations through people - making sure you've got the right people, with the right skills in the right roles. We can make a real difference to the lives of employees by creating roles, opportunities, organisations and environments that get the best out of them.
Research we’ve conducted with our members tells us that most people professionals derive a strong sense of purpose from their work and believe the profession offers them a meaningful career. We've pulled together some essential information to help you decide whether this career is right for you.
A day in the life of Director of People and OD at CIPD
Want to find out what it's like working in the people profession? Brad Taylor, Director of People and OD at CIPD, discusses in the video below what his role involves, the challenges he faces and the advice he has for anyone looking to enter the profession.
Brad began his career working in retail banking, where he spent 10 years working his way up the banking network. He was given the opportunity to get involved in a people change project which peaked his interest in HR. This led him to successfully apply for a HR Advisor position within the bank he was working in. He studied for a CIPD qualification and began his career path into HR.