When I first started studying HR people were asking ‘oh you must be good with people’ and frankly, after two years, I can say this clearly.
- You do not need to have people skills to start off in HR, but eventually people will grow on you. You will start to develop people skills. You will start to care for people even if they don’t work on your team. Because ‘people’ and the concept of working for the good of people- their livelihoods, their work environment- stays with you for at least nine hours a day, if not more. The environment you work in shapes the way you think.
- You might not know everyone’s name when you first start, but after a while of working on projects, you will instinctively want to remember everyone’s names. Because a name is an initial identity- when I don’t know anything about the person and I only know the name, it is something that I hold on it. This was reinforced in DG two weeks ago when I met new people, lots of them, and Anne (sat next to me) said “you’re in HR, you’ll catch on quickly”. And I laughed and agreed. I know the names of everyone I have spoken to and their occupations and what their personalities are like/what they are concerned with in life. People are not easily labelled, but we do have common traits that show through after a conversation of about one hour.
- For someone who initially chose HR because she had a very quantitative view of people and their worth, I am glad that it is the path I took. It is definitely not the one I thought I wanted when I first started university, but things happen, and people change. Being in HR reminds me everyday that life is short, people are valuable, and it is by understanding people and being connected to them, that I am able to do something with my short time on earth. Am I good at other things? Yes. Do I want to do other things? For now, not really.
We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.
― J.K. Rowling,