HR Students Getting Ahead

07 December 2018

HR students are getting ahead by complementing their degrees with additional qualifications.

  • OPRA Participants

    OPRA participants

Four undergraduate students majoring in human resource management have gone above and beyond to get ahead of the job-seeking game by gaining a psychometric testing accreditation.

The accreditation was completed with OPRA Psychology Group—one of the largest psychology consulting firms in Australasia—which specialises in psychometric testing and training.

Now in their final year, the students acknowledge that “psychometric assessments are a big part of recruitment in today’s world and therefore being able to assess them, and add that skill on your CV, puts you ahead of the game”.

The course was offered to University of Canterbury students at a special rate (usually costing NZD 3,000) and the students saw it as a chance to make themselves “more employable”.

During the course the students were taught how to interpret, analyse and assess psychometric tests—a tool commonly used by recruitment agencies and other organisations during the recruitment and selection process.

Only accredited professional are allowed to use OPRA’s range of psychometric assessment tools. Therefore, gaining the additional qualification puts these students ahead of the competition when it comes to seeking employment post-study.

“We think that it is crucial to go beyond the coursework during our time at university”, said one of the students who is a strong advocate for taking advantage of opportunities that come along.

 “Even after we join the workforce, continuous personal development is key to grow a variety of skills and understanding of areas that might not seem directly related to what you are doing but can be the one thing that allows you to take a step forward in your career.”

Taking on other opportunities also enables students to demonstrate initiative, commitment, and passion towards ongoing education and professional learning—an attribute that is attractive to prospective employers.

A recent study conducted by the Victoria University of Wellington titled “It takes a city to raise a graduate”, found that employers look for practical work experience above all else—and showing interest in gaining practical experience and developing technical competencies is one way that students can do that.

“At the end of the day, there are thousands of other graduates out there all looking for jobs and it’s opportunities like this that are going to help you set yourself apart to future employers.”

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