Undecided generalist

I have been an HR generalist since graduation and would like to try a specialisation. Is it time to move on?

Dear Laurence,

I have been an HR generalist with an SME for three years since graduation, and would like to now try a specialisation. I particularly would like to work in recruitment. However, my company really only hires three or four people in any given year. I like the work I am doing at the moment, and my colleagues, and almost everything else about this job – but is it still time to move on?

Stuck in limbo, Malaysia

Laurence SmithThis really depends on your personal level of ambition. On the one hand, having a job you enjoy and colleagues that you get along with is important for your wellbeing. Don’t throw that away just for the sake of “trying out” a specialisation.

But if you are convinced that this is the way forward for your career, the truth is that building a specialisation in recruitment can only happen in another, larger organisation – and so it may indeed be time to move on to a bigger pond.

If your ambitions lie somewhere in the middle, it is time to start researching some best practice methods that you can implement in your current organisation. Adapt these to the small number of hires your employer does make in a year and use that to test how you enjoy the recruitment function – and if you do indeed want to experience more of what it has to offer.

Laurence Smith is a board-level advisor to Smartup.io. With 25 years of working experience in consulting and HR, his career has spanned across different industries and countries, including stints and projects with LG Electronics, GE Capital, McKinsey, the World Bank, and as Managing Director of Learning and Development for DBS Bank.

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