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5 Reasons Why You Should Choose a Career in the People Profession

Whether you’re interested in HR or L&D, a job in the people profession can offer you a wealth of opportunities and benefits that will have you turning your role into a long-term career path.

If that notion alone isn’t enough motivation for you to get started, below we give you 5 more reasons why you should choose a rewarding career as a people professional.



1. You'll Support Employee Development

If you enjoy helping people meet and exceed their potential, a role in HR or L&D is likely right up your alley.
As a people professional, you’ll support your organisation’s employee development by playing an essential part in designing and implementing the strategies of attracting, onboarding, training, managing, and retaining employees; building on their existing knowledge and skills to help them excel in their individual roles.

When businesses arm themselves with skilled, vivacious people professionals to bring out the best in their employees, they empower them to achieve and exceed their goals, driving both individual and organisational success.

2. You Can Work Anywhere in the World 

If you’re someone who isn’t sure about where to settle, or you enjoy life more or less in the fast lane, working in HR or L&D is a great choice as you’ll have access to a diverse range of available roles in almost every industry - all over the world!

These days nearly every company relies on the expertise of HR and L&D professionals to effectively manage their employees, so whether your aim is to work in media and advertising, banking, or hospitality, you have the freedom to choose a career in an industry you’re passionate about.

This allows you the chance to grow, flourish, and thrive in the roles of your choosing while having the freedom and flexibility to change your career location to expand your existing knowledge and experience.

3. You'll Enhance Your People Skills 

If you’re naturally a people person then a career in HR or L&D may just be a natural fit for you!

Since you’ll be expected to interact with different people each day (meaning no two days will be the same!), you’ll have plenty of opportunities to expand your people skills as you get to know the personalities, habits, and needs of the employees you’ll help onboard, train, and manage.

Part of being a great people professional is having a knack for being approachable, showing a real interest in the betterment of the organisation and its employees, and cultivating a positive workplace culture.

This brings us to our next point…

4. Champion Diversity and Inclusion 

When we think of cultivating a positive workplace culture, the first thing that comes to mind tends to be happy, motivated employees that are well taken care of.

These days, however, it takes a lot more than focusing on employee wellbeing to retain top talent. Most recently, there’s been an immense focus on encouraging diversity, inclusion, and equality at work so that employees remain happy in their roles, dedicated to their work, and loyal to the organisation.

This means focusing on employees as individuals rather than as a collective entity, and this is where people professionals play a key role in the success of organisations, helping champion diversity and inclusion in many ways, including:

  • Conducting diversity and inclusion training/surveys
  • Designing and implementing a zero-discrimination policy
  • Ensuring that each person’s culture is celebrated and recognised at work
  • Inviting diversity & inclusion speakers to further educate employees
  • Ensuring that the workplace is safe and accessible for each individual (especially for those with disabilities; both visible and otherwise)


With the right people (like you!) on hand, HR and L&D teams have the opportunity to be a driving force in positive workplace change, pushing organisations to do better and be better.


5. Always in Demand

One of the greatest things about pursuing a career as a people professional is that the profession will always be in demand. Organisations are always in need of HR professionals to help recruit and manage employees while those in L&D roles are vital to onboarding, retaining, and developing top talent.
Oh, and did we mention that it’s easy to get started and excel in either of these sought-after occupations too?

If you’re an aspiring people professional or have little experience, for instance, the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice is the perfect qualification for you to get the ball rolling towards a promising career.

Regardless of whether you’re leaning towards a profession in Human Resources or Learning and Development, this qualification offers you the fundamental skills and knowledge you need to understand their key areas, including:

  • The core behaviours of people professionals
  • The essentials of people practice, and
  • The principles of analytics


However, if you already have some notable experience and a specific career route in mind, you can study the following qualifications at Level 5 or Level 7:


If you’re sure what qualification best suits you, contact one of our Programme Advisors today and learn how you can enhance your career flexibly, affordably and 100% online with DPG.






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