The CIPD is here to inspire, enable and support you to be the best you can be throughout your HR or L&D career.​

Develop yourself against the industry standards

The knowledge and skills you need to demonstrate will change as your career and the profession itself continue to evolve. The CIPD Profession Map will show you exactly what is expected of you at every stage of your career, helping you save time and focus on the right areas for development.

Whether you’re a generalist or specialist in HR or L&D, your level of seniority and responsibilities can map to one of the four bands of competencies and show you how to improve or progress to the next level.

Career development is impossible without having a commitment to continuous learning and growth. Not only will you be more aware and able to act upon opportunities, but your marketability will improve, as you're able to easily demonstrate your adaptability, credibility and commitment to growth to prospective employers. Read the CPD section for more information.

For a personalised report with tailored development options, access My CPD Map now.

Love learning: How to keep up to date and relevant

Keeping your skills and knowledge up to date and relevant is essential to succeeding in the fast-changing world of HR and L&D, and it’s easier than you think. The trick is to do a little and often, and give yourself credit for learning activities you possibly do without thinking.

Which of the following activities are you already doing or will start today?

Work-based learning

  • Receive coaching from a colleague: make the most of the knowledge and talent from within your own organisation.
  • Work shadow or job rotate: get an insight into someone else's role.
  • Internal training: pick-up new skills and knowledge tailored to your organisations needs.

Self-directed learning

  • Get a bite-size round-up of the latest news and research: sign-up to a CIPD newsletter.
  • Read People Management magazine. Available for CIPD members in print and online.
  • Read our the latest industry research, reports, books, journals and articles in our Knowledge hub.
  • Conduct your own internet research.

Social learning

Advance your career with qualifications

It’s never been easier to study a CIPD professional qualification in HR or L&D. Find a course that fits around your busy lifestyle. Study from the comfort of your home, face-to-face, or a mixture of the two. 

Add the mark of professionalism to your CV

Become a member of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development and raise your professional profile with your current and future employers.

Gain contacts and stay connected with CIPD through networking and events. There are so many ways for you to get involved, locally, regionally and nationally, whether that's through attending conferences and exhibitions , getting involved with your local branch or joining a special interest group. Access the networking events section for more information.

CIPD career support

Career hub

The Career hub is an online gateway to a host of information, tools and advice that will support HR and development professionals at every stage of their career.

Leveraged at your level of membership, the hub is designed to build key employability skills and enable you to make the most of your own career development opportunities.

Career management webinars

If you're looking for tailored support on ways to enhance your networking skills, improve your CV or build your interviewing capability, visit our Career management webinars page. Here you can access a range of videos.

Careers clinic

The Careers Clinic forum has been created for the purpose of connecting those with questions about their career to experienced HR and L&D professionals who offer advice and guidance from their own experiences.

So whether you have a burning question, or would simply like to help someone in their career, visit the Careers Clinic in our online community.

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