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Are HR qualifications worth it?

Are HR qualifications worth it

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I'm currently working in a mid-level HR position primarily focusing on L&D as well as other general HR matters in a corporate law firm.  Although I am happy here and looking to stay for a a number of years, I have a nagging feeling that I should be proactive and obtain an HR qualification to secure my employability further down the line.

Having a bachelors degree I would naturally look to do a CIPD accredited Masters, and interested to know what everyone's thoughts are on this.  My boss has one, but says looking back it wasn't worth the work/hassle balancing studying and full time work, it hasn't added anything to her role.

Let me know if you think it is an essential requirement to progress in HR and if you have any recommendations on respected institutions/whether to do an MA or Msc, that would be really helpful.

Thanks!

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Sandra Beale, HR consultant
By sbeale
05th Nov 2014 16:37

If you want to get on in HR you will need to get an HR qualification.  Employers like to see that you are CIPD qualified.  You may find when you want to move on if you don't have a qualification you will struggle to do so.  Qualification + experience will allow you to progress your career. Hard work but worth it. 

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By HRL-D
16th Nov 2014 14:54

Thanks, that's what I thought.  I'm thinking of doing the CIPD and not the Masters just yet due to cost, is this enough, or do you think the Masters is necessary?

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Sandra Beale, HR consultant
By sbeale
17th Nov 2014 08:49

The CIPD Diploma is essential.  You could go on to do the Masters but it is a personal decision.  I know many HR people that have done this.  For me personally I have not as I found passing the Diploma was sufficient for me to progress my career.  

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