Specialising can be beneficial for HR career development

Specialising in reward can be beneficial to HR career development.

Other increasingly important areas of specialism include employee relations and international experience.

In the session on Your brilliant career: Managing your future, at the CIPD conference on Wednesday, Samantha Allen, managing director at Boydon UK Executive Search, said: “Reward is growing where every company is trying to compete with equity and where equity is trying to compete with corporate in terms of creating a competitive package.”

Taking on line management roles outside the HR function can also be beneficial for an organisation and an individual’s curriculum vitae. “I think the more multi-sector, multi-function roles you have the better,” said Allen.

However, Alison Levy, director of OD and HR at Crime Reduction Initiatives, added that human resources (HR) professionals should be generalists first and specialists second for effective career development.