A Guide to a Career in Human Resource Management

Interesting Fact: The term human resource was first coined in the 1960s when the value of labour relations gathered attention, and notions such as motivation, organisational behaviour, and selection assessments began to take shape.

An intangible asset of any thriving organisation is their employees. The success and failure of an organisation depend on the employees they have, and that is where the role ofHuman resource professionals comes into play.

So, today let us look at the discipline that focuses on maximising the performance of the employees of a company and “involves the effective use of personnel, aimed at improving the organisation’s performance”, as said by the Management study H.Q. Here is an exploration of Human Resource Management for you.

Here’s what we’ll look at today:

  • What does a degree in Human Resource Management offer?
  • Skills required to master Human Resource Management course
  • Top 10 universities to study Human Resource Management
  • Graduate opportunities

Fact -Careers inHuman Resource Management majors are projected to grow 9% in the next ten years, as fast as average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What does a degree in Human Resource Management offer?

Human resource management is a course that focuses mainly on the administration, development and welfare of the employees within an organisation. This course will deal with the principles and technologies that are useful in improving the productivity of a company through maintaining the welfare of its employees. Human resource managers will oversee the hiring, payment, workplace issues and departures of the jobs. In this course, you will be taught about the key human resource practices, including recruitment, the prosperity of the employees, health and wellbeing, employee relations, and budget management. By studying this course abroad, you will get hands-onexperience and insight on the H.R. practices of the best multinational companies abroad, and also you will get to be part of the best industrial expert by which you will get to hear and learn from the best of the minds.

Skills required to master Human Resource Management course

  • Organisational and project management skills
  • I.T. skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Planning and research skills
  • Flexibility
  • Leadership and team-working skills
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Negotiation Abilities
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Communication and interpersonal skills

Top 10 universities to study Human Resource Management

Here are the top 10 universities globally to study human resource management according to the Q.S. ranking :

Serial No. University Country
1 ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland
2 National University of Singapore (NUS) Kent Ridge Campus,Singapore
3 The University of Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom
4 The University of Hong Kong HKU MBA Campus, Hong Kong, SAR China
5 University of Toronto Downtown Toronto Campus (St. George), Toronto, Canada
6 The University of Manchester The University of Manchester United Kingdom
7 Northwestern University Evanston Campus, United States
8 King’s College London Strand Campus, London, United Kingdom
9 The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus, Australia
10 The University of Sydney Sydney, Australia

An undergraduate degree in H.R. management is offered as a B.A., BSC, in various universities for a duration of three years. The BSc course will focus more on mathematics and economics, and few colleges even encourage you to take an additional placement year for gaining hands-on experience. After completing the undergraduate program in H.R. management, you can aim for a two-year master’s program, or there are also doctorate, diploma, and certificate courses in H.R. offered by prestigious universities. The PhD program will be for a duration of four and seven years to complete.

Here's a look at some important contents that are part of anH.R. management curriculum:

  • Interpersonal Relations, Influence, and Ethical Leadership
  • Talent Analytics
  • Talent Management Through the Employee Lifecycle
  • Business Acumen and Strategic Management of Human Resources
  • Employment Law
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Consultative Management for Business Function Professionals
  • Total Rewards and Performance Management
  • Human Capital and Teams
  • Microeconomics for Managers
  • Legal Aspects of  Business
  • Managing Millennials and Multigenerational Workforce
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Introduction To Psychometric Instruments
  • Managing Millennials and Multigenerational Workforce

What do H.R. management graduates do?

Human resource management is a versatile qualification that is required in almost all organisations across sectors. People who graduate with this degree mostly take up the career of training and hiring. In the U.S. alone, there will be 14,800 new job opportunities created for Human Resources Managers in the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Here are some career options and jobs after graduating inH.R. management

  • Human resources officer
  • HR manager
  • Office manager
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Training and development officer
  • Employment services manager
  • Recruiter
  • Personnel analyst
  • V.P. of H.R.
  • Benefits specialist

So, if you prefer working with people and making sure that they have everything they need to bring out the best in them, and if you can motivate people to make them work better, then there is no better time to get into human resource management.

Date added

Filed under:

Global Employability


No spam, just your favourite topics.

Choose Insight topics that you are interested in to subscribe for your personalized newsletter.

A world
of possibilities awaits.
Join the movement.
Find your perfect university,
in one of 40 countries all over the world
Prepare for the future,
whether at university, business or in employment
Secure your future,
through STEM courses
Connect with leading international companies
and unlock the potential of your team
Fill in the form, so we can contact
you and start our journey together.