What can I do with a degree in Human Resource Management?

What skills have our graduates gained?

Through their Human Resource Management degree, graduates develop a valuable set of skills that are transferrable to a range of careers, including:

  • Logical and quantitative thinking
  • Interpretive and analytical thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Practical application of knowledge
  • Strategic planning
  • Knowledge of business organisation and ethics
  • Interpersonal
  • Oral and written communication

Opportunities to apply your learning outside the classroom through work and other experiences also exist and can deepen your skills set and employability. Work and other experiences can also support and inform learning and skill development in the classroom.

Where have our graduates been employed?

Our graduates are found in every kind of organisation in New Zealand. State-owned enterprises and large organisations in the private and public sector are the main employers of our graduates. Many graduates are hired initially through graduate development programmes before moving into specific human resource roles. Most graduates will begin their careers in HR administrator positions before quickly moving up the career ladder to take on more senior roles such as HR advisors, HR managers or human capital managers. Careers as management consultants are also possible and graduates, particularly those with postgraduate degrees, may find this path very rewarding.

UC’s Guide to Job Hunting offers a variety of career resources including employer information.

For more information about UC student and graduate opportunities, go to UC CareerHub

What jobs and activities do our graduates do?

Graduates with this degree are employed in a range of jobs including HR advisor or manager, employment relations specialist, change consultant, or business analyst.

Some of the jobs listed may require further study at postgraduate level. Postgraduate study can contribute to your employability. It enables you to extend your knowledge and skills, indicates your motivation and ability to persevere at a high level academically and can make you more competitive in the job market. Postgraduate study may be a prerequisite for certain jobs.

  • Human resources adviser
  • Recruitment specialist
  • Human resources administrator
  • Organisation development manager or consultant
  • Health and safety adviser
  • Payroll officer
  • Learning and development manager
  • Communications adviser
  • Human resources analyst

Some of the activities that may be involved in these careers are:

  • Advising on workplace policies and procedures
  • Managing the recruitment and selection of new talent into the organisation
  • Resolving personal and work related problems of employees and employers
  • Ensuring safe and healthy workplaces
  • Aligning people management practices with business strategy
  • Assisting in the identification of training needs and the development of human capital
  • Maintaining an understanding of a business' talent requirements in the short and long term
  • Leading teams to deliver on organisational outcomes
  • Fostering organisational learning and knowledge management
  • Ensuring the alignment of employer and employee needs and the needs of the organisation
  • Ensuring efficient and effective organisation and training of employees

Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly becoming an important part of the world of work and should be considered as a career option. For more information about UC student innovation & entrepreneurship, related internships, scholarships, courses and activities go to Careers, Internships & Employment

For further information on job titles, please see the latest UC Graduate Destinations Survey

For additional graduate destination information go to www.graduatecareers.com.au or www.prospects.ac.uk

What professional bodies and organisations do our students and graduates link to?

As they progress in their studies and into a career, our students and graduates often join professional bodies specific to their area of interest. These organisations offer graduates the opportunity to network and collaborate with others within the same community. Other relevant organisations are also listed.

Social media networks, such as LinkedIn (including LinkedIn groups), Facebook and Twitter can provide avenues for students and graduates to keep up-to-date with current industry knowledge and ‘best practice’, networking opportunities, industry-related events and job vacancies.

What further study can I do after my degree?

It is possible to study at postgraduate and graduate level in subjects both directly and indirectly related to your degree. For a list of postgraduate and graduate study options, go to Courses, Subjects and Qualifications

One further year of study is required for the Bachelor of Commerce with Honours degree. The Master of Commerce degree requires one further year of study beyond honours and involves a research thesis. A number of students also progress to doctoral (PhD) study. Postgraduate study can also lead to an academic career pathway in teaching and research.

Carefully consider your motivation for study, how it fits in with your long-term career plans and whether it is likely to enhance your employment prospects.

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