Free professional development tool for HR practitioners

A NEW professional development tool for HR practitioners has been launched by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). My HR Map is an online self-assessment tool to allow CIPD members, free of charge, to assess themselves against the activities, knowledge and behaviours set out in the CIPD HR Profession Map.

The My HR Map tool allows users to be clear about where they are now, and makes practical recommendations for the steps they need to take to reach the next stage in their careers, and where appropriate the support available to help them make that transition.  It has been designed to support HR professionals at every stage of their career – from new entrants, right up to the most senior practitioners in the profession.

Stephanie Bird, Director of HR Capability, said, “This is a powerful and simple to use personal development tool for professionals operating at all levels in HR.  Not only is it free for members to use, we’ve also carefully designed it to ensure that many of the suggested actions to help professionals progress are low-cost or no-cost – which will be particularly welcome at a time when the recession is ensuring resources for development are tight.

“Professionals can use the tool to develop in their roles and pursue their career plans.  We hope the insights it delivers will quickly become a firm fixture in the performance and development reviews of HR professionals in organisations of all shapes and sizes and across all sectors.”

Anna Muirhead, Assistant HR Business Manager, KPMG, said, “I’ve used the tool, and was impressed with the insight it provided and the practical suggestions it served up.  I’ll use it again myself and I’ll certainly be encouraging my team to use it when they’re planning for their own development reviews.”

The My HR Map tool is now available to CIPD members at