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Career Options in Recruitment & Human Resources: School Leaver

If you want a job that focuses on people, recruitment and human resources could be a great fit.

School leaver opportunities in recruitment & human resources

- Trainee recruitment roles

- School leaver programmes

- Entry level office roles

- Intermediate apprenticeships

If you’re interested in a recruitment or human resources career, but not in university beforehand, then fear not! There are a few things out there which can provide you with training and work experience while you earn in this sector.

You could take on an office role, for example in administration, and work your way up through the ranks. Alternatively, you could find an apprenticeship which allows you to take on real responsibilities within a recruitment office or HR department and receive a wage, with the added bonus of study and training for an industry recognised qualification.

Setting the school leaver record straight

An apprenticeship route into HR or recruitment will allow you the opportunity to start gaining knowledge of how each area works straight away. You’ll also study for a vocational qualification alongside work to broaden your knowledge. AND you’ll earn a wage! These school leaver options will allow you to avoid student debt and give you a solid grounding in either industry to build on.

Formal education: Should I stay or should I go?

Some more niche recruitment companies and HR departments of national and global companies are increasingly looking for graduates rather than school leavers to fill their entry level roles. If you want to begin your career in recruitment with a higher salary than that of a school leaver, become a specialist head hunter or recruit in a particular industry such as banking or science, you may need to have a relevant degree and an in-depth understanding of the specific work your clients do.

However, apprenticeship roles will provide an excellent foundation of recruitment or HR industry knowledge, so if you would rather get stuck into work straight away and avoid student debt, then this route will still provide you with opportunities for career progression. You’ll need a set of GCCEs, usually with at least a C in English and maths, to get started. It’s up to you!