Calling all L & D practitioners!
I am a HR Officer at a not for profit organisation looking for some advice. I have recently completed my CIPD studies and am now thinking about the next career steps to take and am interested in the possibility of entering in to Learning and Development, though perhaps more specifically Training delivery and maybe even eventually some form of coaching.
My current role could most probably be described as a 'generalist', dealing with a varierty of issues such as performance management, visa applications, some elements of policy development, payroll processing, etc. However, alhough I would say my role is best described as generalist, I do not have experience of providing training or working in this segment of the HR function. However I have always looked on it as being a transformational element to HR and one where you can really use interaction and presentation skills on a regularly, as well as being able to collaborate and help individuals with their problem solving on a daily basis. However, as I have mentioned, this is based on someone on the outside looking in - so I stand to be corrected if the reality is quite different!
Taking all of this in to account, I am looking for any advice any one can provide to the following questions:
- What sort of steps did people take when making their first forays in to L & D/Training? For example, were you in similar circumstances to myself in having 4-5 years generalist experience and CIPD, or did they obtain their CTP before moving in to it?
- If it is unlikely that you think I would be able to land a role immediately without this experience, what would you advice in the meantime to build on this? (I should mention we have a small training department where I work and due to the niche nature of the sector my employer is based in opportunities to present training are limited to do this)
- As I mention, I am currently at a not for profit organisation - are there any peers who have made the move to the private sector who might be able to provide some tips for making such a jump between sectors?
- Do your experiences as L & D professionals match my vision of it in terms of the interaction, problem solving etc, or am I just being naive about the day to day realities of it?
Apologies in advance for such a long post - any help is most gratefully received!
All the best,