Although ‘human resources’ can often be used to refer to the people who make up an organisation’s workforce, ‘HR’ is more widely understood to be the department that oversees the people and everything to do with the people who work for a company– such as their hiring, contracts, culture and performance – as well as the organisation’s compliance with employment law and regulations.
A career in HR can be really varied. You could be working on helping the company attract talent to the organisation, you could be dealing with confidential internal people matters, or you could be helping the company create and live a culture and set of values.
What is universal though, is the fact that HR is about people. You are dealing with people day in day out, on many different issues, challenges and opportunities. It is true that those who enjoy working with people, have empathy towards others, what to help others, and like building long term relationships tend to thrive in a career within HR.