Human Resource Management (HRM) is essential to sustaining productivity and growth at an individual and organisational level.
Dr Alan Montague, Senior Lecturer, explains the benefits of the degree and discusses the importance of the Human Resource (HR) industry.
What is the benefit of studying the Master of Human Resource Management?
The program is designed to deliver a multitude of benefits. Enhancing skill-sets and the application of theoretical frameworks to industry form the foundation of the program. We have an array of courses that have diverse academic approaches for a stimulating learning experience and fostering development. Students develop a profound understanding of the industry while enhancing their careers and networks.
Who is suited to this program and what can students expect from their studies?
Anybody that has completed an undergraduate degree is able to participate in this program. It is suited for people with no previous HR qualifications who want to enter the profession, as well as professionals with extensive experience aiming to build their knowledge of contemporary global thinking. Students can expect new skills and knowledge to advance in industry or within their organisations. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in academic material published by industry leaders through journal articles, textbooks, podcasts and an abundance of other stimulating and enriching material so that they are basing their work on real tangible expert comments.
What makes Human Resource Management such an interesting area to study?
I could write a book on what makes HRM such an important and exciting area to study and why I find it interesting and rewarding. We explore practical issues relating to ethics, advertisements, diversity, HR development, international HRM, law and people and organisations.
Students have the opportunity to examine professions and research the relevant industries to have an understanding of skill shortages and people to work through the issues they face and reskilling the workforce. This area focuses on the need to sustain people’s employment and developing society.
What is the student experience like? What and how will students learn?
The student experience is going to enhance their ability to communicate and think critically. Our students learn different facets of HRM, from recruitment to HR development to international recruitment and more. Students learn by ‘doing’ in all of the courses, including how to write reports and how to use resources to synthesise information from academic sources.
In the Strategic HRM course, students can expect to develop a virtual company and consider what type of organisation it is and what staff they need by 2030 to 2040. Students will need to undertake research about the future skills required, invent new occupations and develop new HR development strategies for existing staff for their future organisation. They will also create position descriptions for jobs that currently have no names, so it is an imaginative course that takes people into the future.
As an expert, where do you see Human Resource Management going in the next thirty years?
The changes by the year 2030 to 2040 will be revolutionary. I see HRM occupying a field that is the ethical centre of organisations to a much greater extent. The changes that lay ahead are significantly different to what we’ve ever experienced because of advancing supercomputers, robotics and swift exchange of information and research. These will have an enormous influence on industry landscapes with regard to the type of work that people will undertake, machinery being operated and computer-aided technology implemented in homes and workplaces. HR development will re-engage people with work and teach them skills to adapt to the changes in skill requirements and practices. Our courses are focusing on that because we have an element of futurology about what people we will be recruiting.
Story: Monaliza Platini