The job market for the MSc in Human Resource Management is strongly affected by the state of the global economy and includes a wide range of employers, with areas such as the UK Public Sector & NHS, software companies and publishing houses amongst some of the more recent employers.
Employability is a key element of the philosophy of the MSc in Human Resource Management course design. The course is structured around producing competitive graduates ready for the current challenges of the job market. They are taught a wide range of current and relevant topics and trained to exhibit the best attributes and qualities of critical, open-minded, inclusive and skilful individuals. Besides, the international nature of the candidates, the diversity of expertise and backgrounds together with the UoW commitment to the sustainability agenda will play a crucial role in shaping the learning experience and the qualities of the graduates which will have a profound impact on their employability.
Students develop the skills and knowledge required to perform as ‘thinking practitioners’. Students are helped to develop effective Continuous Professional Development Plans and update their C.V. to assist future job searching. Students are also encouraged to seek CIPD membership as soon as their professional experience allows. All students have access to University support services including careers advice. There is an option for students to attend a professional work placement during the programme to provide real Human Resource Management experience and provide a context for the dissertation.
Links with employers
The course team are in contact with a wide range of organisations and also the professional body (CIPD). The team communicate with these professionals to ensure that the theoretical and practical elements of the course reflect the real-world situation and that students are armed with the up-to-date knowledge and competencies that they will need for a career in Human Resource Management.
The Business School works closely with a number of professional organisations including the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Institute of Commercial Management, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Management Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Institute of Financial Accountants, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals, and British Computer Society.
The Business School has worked with a number of business clients in developing and delivering its programmes. These include – The NHS (a range of Primary Care and Acute Trusts); Local Government (a range of County, District and Unitary Authorities); West Mercia, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire and Staffordshire Constabularies; Ministry of Defence and The Royal Air Force; Her Majesty’s Prison Service; Royal Mail; Financial Services Organisations (e.g. Lloyds TSB, HBOS Plc, Clerical Medical, NFU Mutual and Virgin Money); Housing Associations, Southco, Malvern Instruments, Allpay Limited, G4S Secure Solutions, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Hitachi Capital.
The Business School has well-developed working relations with the local business community many of whom contribute to postgraduate programmes through the internship option to give students a real-world insight into the future world of work and/or to provide live client briefs to students. Senior managers from this business community have been involved in the design of this programme. They were consulted on the skills and attributes they expect to see in our graduates as we well as the knowledge and academic competencies they want our graduated to exhibit.