How do I get a health and safety job?
Getting a job in health and safety may seem intimidating, especially for those who feel they do not have many transferrable skills for the industry. Despite the apprehensions, many have, health and safety is becoming increasingly popular as a career.
Finding the right job within health and safety takes time, and many need to build up experience within a good company before they land on their ‘dream role’. Like any career, health and safety offers entry-level positions that will help you to build and grow over time.
How do you get started in health and safety?
When it comes to getting started with a career in health and safety, it is important to work out why you are getting into the field.
Whilst there are many well-paying positions in the field, you should not enter a career purely based on money. A lot of health and safety professionals love their work!
If you find yourself in a managerial role, work out what you are passionate about. Do you love working with people? Then some of the human performance health and safety roles could be a great place to start.
The great thing about health and safety is the option to specialise the further in the field you go, there are plenty of areas of interest you can focus on.
So there are a number of ways that you can get started with health and safety, even if you are moving in from an operational or human resources background. But what do you need to do to ensure your health and safety CV is ready for prospective employers?
1. Secure the relevant safety qualifications to get started
Getting the relevant NEBOSH and IOSH qualifications will help you to get a foot in the door for many large and small companies. These qualifications and memberships are great for developing a grounding knowledge in health and safety through an accredited provider.
2. Find a strong entry-level health and safety position
A good entry-level position will help you to hone your health and safety skills whilst giving you the opportunity to learn from those higher up. You can be sure that whilst you will be doing the more junior health and safety tasks in the organisation, you will be making a real difference.
2. Always adopt a learning mindset
Adopting a growth and learning mindset means you will be able to grow and adapt to any new changes the industry faces in the future. Whether this be the increasing role of technology or changes in the way we manage people. Keeping an open mindset will help you continue to develop.
Find the right health and safety job for you
There are plenty of boxes you should have ticked if you are targeting a career in health and safety.
The HSE Network jobs board opens up a series of opportunities for you to browse with the leading health and safety jobs across a variety of industries and companies.
Take a look at our health and safety jobs board today to find a potential career opportunity worth taking.