2 Obtaining the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development's professional development scheme qualification will aid your climb through the managerial ranks.
3 Don't specialise too soon in one sector or HR function unless you wish to stay there. Move between firms for broad business experience.
4 Keep up to date with the latest thinking and employment law. Read industry sources and talk to colleagues in other successful companies.
5 Be proactive and network. Volunteer for new projects. This lets you work with people from other functions - useful sounding-boards.
6 Demonstrate your value. Identify performance measures by which your work can be judged and show how HR is integral to strategy.
7 Apply what you have learnt to the personal development of other staff - coach and lead them. Show yourself to be an authority figure.