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Why should I study human resource management?

By Ana Isabel Alonsagay

As we head towards the age of automation, the “human touch” remains an ever-valuable trait in the workforce. 

Thankfully, the world of human resources fosters just this, keeping those of excellent social, communication, and leadership skills in high demand – while adapting to an increasingly digital workforce. If these qualities describe you, and you’re seeking a field of vast opportunity and job security, look no further.

Below, we break down the reasons to study HR management today, and how a course with Upskilled can help. 

Why should I study human resource management? 

  1. You're a people-person.
  2. HR managers are high in-demand.
  3. Flexible work options.
  4. It's a rewarding career path.

1. You’re a people-person.

Working in human resource management requires strong communication skills and a high degree of social intelligence. A typical day-in-the-life of an HR manager will often revolve around advising managers, overseeing employee performance, and mitigating workplace conflicts when necessary. As such, those of a more outgoing, extraverted personality (or those who simply enjoy working and socialising with others) are bound to find success in this sector. 

You may also be responsible for negotiating with unions and potential employees on matters of remuneration and employment conditions – making your “people” abilities an all the more valuable skill set.

Additionally, all such tasks help build upon your soft skills; traits applicable to any other role or position, regardless of industry. 

2. HR managers are high in-demand.

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As our economy ventures further into an ever-digital future, businesses will need all the help they can get to navigate new employment needs, evolving workplace relations, and methods of recruitment. This places HR managers in hotter demand than ever before, with even stronger growth to come in the next five years. 

According to Job Outlook, Australia can expect the field to grow from 75,100 workers in 2020 to a high of 86,800 by 2025. 

Despite rising automation trends, the HR industry has done well to adapt; tasking its professionals with managing structural business changes, new workplace needs, and re-training employees in the midst of digital disruption. Rather than succumbing to their roles to the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, aspiring HR workers can rest assured that their critical “human” skills will stay high in demand for years to come. 

3. Flexible work options.

As our economy recovers from the damage of COVID-19, businesses have started to realise the innovative benefits of “telecommuting” or working from home. With these work arrangements proving to bring greater productivity, work-life balance, and employee satisfaction to the workplace – plenty of companies are now considering the permanent option of flexible work. At the same time, more employees now demand it.

Fortunately, the HR industry has fully embraced this cultural shift, granting workers (both old and new) flexible work options. According to a 2020 survey Tandem Partners, 90% of respondents reported having the benefit of such arrangements, including the ability to work from home, work non-standard hours, access to study leave, and part-time opportunities. Most HR professionals thus have greater room to balance their personal lives, as well as other work-related or educational commitments. 

4. It’s a rewarding career path.

Whether you’re working as an HR manager, as a recruitment officer, or as an assistant – your efforts play a key role in shaping the overall culture and dynamics of your organisation. They make an impact on its overall efficiency, its capacity for change, and its ability to execute company-wide strategies. As such, working in this sector is an often rewarding experience, as you help businesses get closer to their ultimate goals and vision.

In fact, a 2016 report by the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) showed that 85% of surveyed HR professionals were “very” or “somewhat” satisfied with their work – with the ability to make “meaningful contributions” to the business as their primary reason. Leadership and collaborative skills are highly rewarded in this sector, as you’ll not only help influence workplace systems and processes, but it’s overall organisational philosophy, as well. 

What are the career outcomes after completing a BSB40920 - Certificate IV in Human Resource Management? 

  1. Recruitment Officer.
  2. Human Resources Assistant.
  3. Team Leader.

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The fundamental HR skills you build through Upskilled’s BSB40920 - Certificate IV in Human Resource Management can help kickstart your career in this growing sector. Below are common pathways graduates can pursue, and though mostly entry-level, can help one progress towards more managerial roles and positions.   

1. Recruitment Officer. 

Recruitment officers assist with hiring new employees, determining any new roles or skills required. They may then use both internal and external systems to advertise job vacancies; as well as process job applications or manage inquiries when necessary. Depending on their company, they may also be tasked with organising, scheduling, and taking part in the interview process. 

According to Payscale, the average recruitment officer earns about $63,355 AUD a year. 

2. Human Resources Assistant.

Human resource assistants help oversee and maintain employee documentation – including staff information on salaries, superannuation, taxes, leave, promotions, and job applications. They may also assist with the recruitment process, helping promote ads and coordinating meetings as needed. Most in this role are additionally tasked with tending to employee requests, such as those pertaining to workplace issues and grievances. 

According to Payscale, the average human resources assistant earns about $53,377 AUD a year. 

3. Team Leader.

Team leaders are responsible for maintaining the productivity, morale, and overall performance of a particular group of workers. Depending on the goals of their HR department, a team leader guides and advises their workers through daily operations; motivates workers towards meeting business targets; and provides constructive feedback when necessary. They may also report to upper management, providing regular updates on team performance and accomplishments.

According to Payscale, the average team leader earns about $71,195 AUD a year. 

How to enrol in a BSB40920 - Certificate IV in Human Resource Management 

To enrol in this program, simply visit the course page and fill out an enquiry form. An education consultant will then get in touch (within 48 hours) to answer any questions you may have about the course.

Once you decide to commit to the course, you will then be asked to fill out an enrolment form. If you have previous relevant experience or qualifications that warrant Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), you may also submit an RPL request form. 

Finally, you’ll be asked to complete a brief Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) test to ensure you have the basic skills required to pursue your course. 

Upskilled’s certificate course in human resource management can equip you with the basic skills you need to assist with the recruitment, learning, and development of employees. You’ll learn to foster effective industry and workplace relationships, improve communication strategies, and manage the remuneration process – all critical skills required of careers in human resource management. 
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