How to Get Ahead in Human Resources

The field of Human Resources (HR) is growing at an incredible rate and there are many different paths you can take your HR career down. Regardless of where you see yourself in HR, one of the best ways to make your goals a reality is through continuing education courses, like the ones offered at Ashton College. Ashton College offers industry-relevant education through their LIVE Online format, allowing you to get the knowledge and skills you need from anywhere you have internet access. We are going to break down some of the best areas of HR to get involved in, and how continuing education can help you get there.

Change Management

The events of 2020 have made change management one of the most in-demand skills for HR professionals. Adapting swiftly to massive changes has been constant for all organizations in the past year, and there are many more large changes looming in the future. Change management professionals help organizations successfully enact change on the individual, organizational, and enterprise levels.

Ashton College’s Change Management Certification course is accredited by the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP), and Ashton College is listed on the ACMP’s Qualified Education Provider (QEP) Registry. The ACMP accreditation means that the completion of Ashton College’s Change Management Certification course fulfills the ACMP’s 21-hour training requirement for their Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP) designation.

The CCMP designation is internationally recognized and well-respected in the industry. After completing the training requirement, CCMP candidates will need to earn several years of change management experience (3 years for candidates with a 4-year degree, 5 years for candidates with a high school education) before they can apply for their CCMP designation.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion training is in high demand in most workplaces. Diverse workplaces experience greater levels of overall success compared to homogenous businesses, but only when properly trained HR professionals are employed to help maintain a healthy, inclusive work environment.

Intercultural awareness, conflict resolution, communication, and team-building skills are all important parts of maintaining a diverse workplace, and diversity and inclusion training will provide you with the knowledge you need to perform these skills successfully.

Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution

Mediation, conflict resolution, and negotiation are skills that HR professionals use on a daily basis. Negotiation training, mediation training, and conflict resolution training will all help you to grow both in your professional and personal life. HR is a field that relies heavily on communication skills, and the stronger your communication skills are, the more success you’ll find in your career.

Employment Law

HR professionals are responsible for a great deal of the hiring and employment process for a business. Having an in-depth understanding of your province’s employment law regime and the obligations of both employers and employees will help you to better perform your duties and get more out of your work.

Ashton College offers courses in British Columbia Employment Law and Alberta Employment Law.  Both of these courses provide a comprehensive look at their province’s employment laws and the rights and obligations of employees and employers in both unionized and non-unionized environments. Regardless of what industry you work in, these courses will allow you to better navigate your responsibilities and ensure both your employer and employees are operating in accordance with provincial law.

Taking the Next Step

There are many different ways to advance your HR career but, regardless of what path you choose, the best time to get started on your advancement is right now. Ashton College offers some of the best continuing education courses available for HR professionals. Register now for one of their upcoming courses and take your career to the next level.