Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Congrats on landing your first job in HR! A lot of us in the HR practice start in recruitment. The good news is that as recruitment coordinator you are already in an HR career path. In your role, you will learn a lot about the foundations of HR regulations at your State level and Federal level, and maybe even local level (e.g. San Francisco has expansive local regs). You will also be acting as sales person on behalf of the organization you work for. Meaning - you have to sell on the brand name, the culture, and all the details that will attract the best candidates to your organization. I would suggest that you become knowledgeable in everything to do with the employee experience, from hire to exit, at your company. Your question is the same exact question that your new hires will ask of you when they sign on to join you and your organization. Knowing how the employee experience works in your organization will help you attain and retain the talent that you work hard to bring in. Also, by doing this you will become familiar in all the ways that HR is involved and managing such employee experience. That will give you guidance on what type of HR path you might enjoy pursuing in the future.
An HR career path can be on a specialized area of HR - Recruitment, Benefits, Compensation, Employee Relations, etc. And there is the HR Generalist approach, which entails broad knowledge of all areas of the HR practice. Ultimately it depends on your individual talents and interests on what HR or other career path you take from this point forward. However, you are asking the right question at the right time. I am sure that as you use this same inquisitiveness and thoughtfulness through your own employee experience in your new organization, you will find - or build - the career path of your dreams.