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Introduction to Human resources

Are you detail-oriented, people-centred and curious about how businesses operate? 

In human resource management (or ‘HR’) you can use your communication and agile thinking skills to shape positive working cultures. Above all, human resource managers are passionate about people. You’ll be the momentum that keeps businesses moving forward, coordinating, planning and improving things like workplace processes and employee engagement with your eye on the bottom line.

If this is you to a tee, open the door to a new career or build on your existing skills through Open Universities Australia. We’ll help you find and enrol in online courses delivered by leading Australian universities.

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What you'll learn in an HR course

Human resources is a combination of academia, street smarts and learned experiences. A HR course will enable you to become the person businesses need at the helm of their resourcing and employee experience decisions.

Depending on your past experience, you can choose to study HR at either an undergraduate or postgraduate level. An undergraduate degree, like a Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management), is a fantastic base to get you started, because you will build your business knowledge and people skills from the ground up.

Meanwhile, a postgraduate degree in HR, like a Master of Management (Human Resource Management), is the best route for those with existing skills in the space. You will enhance your understanding of this rapidly changing industry. Of course, what you’ll cover depends on your specialisation and study plans.

In general, you will learn how to:

  • make strategic decisions that impact the wider business and employees
  • develop training plans that help employees thrive, learn and live out their career goals
  • communicate in a way that engages employees and increases productivity.

You can also explore how to:

  • develop and measure employment value propositions
  • use the process of job design to establish an employee’s roles and responsibilities
  • understand the value of employer branding.

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