Can men make it in HR profession?

first_imgI’ve been working in HR for ayear and am struck by the fact it is a very female-dominated profession.Someone told me that over two-thirds of HR professionals are female. Do youthink it is harder for men to make headway in this profession?Peter Sell, jointmanaging director, DMS ConsultancyWhen you look at the boards ofmost private companies you will see that there is a much higher percentage ofmen in senior HR roles than women so there is hope for you yet. Another pointto consider is that if you analyse the career path of women in HR, it is likelythat a high number came through the secretarial/admin route. They often do nothave the qualifications or motivation to further their career seeing familyresponsibilities as equally important.There is still a perceptionoutside the profession, that personnel is about welfare, and women typicallyundertake this type of role. If as a man you have the drive, ability, personalskills and qualifications required for a career in personnel, then you have asmuch chance as anyone does. Johanna Simons, HRconsultant, Macmillan Davies HodesHR is not a career that mennecessarily join at entry level. A fairly large proportion of men join afterspending time in a line role.In the longer term, once youhave gained some experience you will find that average salaries for men withinHR, as with most other occupations at a senior level, have continued tooutstrip that of their female colleagues – although I am sure most women in theprofession are hoping this will be addressed over the next few years.It used to be said that HR wasan underpaid profession but advertisements for HR directors now regularlyfeature in the executive salaries sections. This is because leadingorganisations are importing expertise to raise HR capabilities and equip themfor their new partnership role and are also moving more people from the lineinto HR.If you want to ensure yoursuccess, you will need to make sure that you have a good mentor and careerdevelopment plan which will give you a broad HR background.  You should also make time to developrelation-ships across the company in order to increase your overall businessunderstanding and perhaps consider spending time in an operational managementrole.Peter Lewis, consultant,ChiumentoThe HR profession isincreasingly seen as a worthwhile career for women as much as for men. As thereare more female HR directors than ever before, there is a perception that theglass ceiling for women does not exist to the same extent in HR as in otherprofessions.This perception means talentedwomen will be attracted to HR more than to some other professions, especiallyas the barriers to entry are not as high as, say, law or accountancy.However, there are still plentyof men at senior level in the profession, both as operational generalists andspecialists in all sectors – remuneration, employment law, HR systems, to namebut a few. The one exception to this ruleis when an organisation trying to recruit a new top management team fromscratch, is keen to ensure it contains a representative number of women. Thepresence of a disproportionate number of good female candidates among the HRapplicants could mean that, in these instances there may well be a preferencefor appointing a female head of HR.Whatever your gender, the keyto getting on is to be clear about the types and roles of organisations towhich you are best suited and identify those whose strengths fit them forfuture success. Can men make it in HR profession?On 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more