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What jobs are available right after college after having a minor in Human Resource Management?

I am a college sophmore with a goal of becoming a Human Resources Manager someday. #human-resources #leadership

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Kimberly’s Answer

Hi! You have plenty of options as listed above. There are two directions to sum it up: HR Generalist and HR Specialist. An HR Generalist will focus on a little bit of everything in HR while an HR Specialist will focus on one area (Example: Benefits).

To start off a career, a majority of people become recruiters and/or HR assistants/intern. I started mine as an assistant to learn the basic ropes of what it meant to be in HR. I also recommend joining a local SHRM chapter, whether in your area or your college. You can research HR professionals on LinkedIn and ask to shadow them/have a conversation with them about their HR careers. Everyone had a different starting point in this field, so it will be great for you to get some options.

Lastly, I recommend looking into a Master's Degree for HR Management. I received mine a few years ago and it has really helped me in the field.
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Samantha’s Answer

- Consulting role because you are working and managing numerous teams. This grants you the opportunity to lead customers and other team members.
- Proposal Manager - you work with higher level executives and manage the proposal process. Within the role you work with a ton of different sectors (Public, Private, Nonprofit) and can explore different roles within them.
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much. This is another information I can have to further my career. Harmony
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Aimee’s Answer

I'd definitely take advantage of the job boards at your school as well as other job boards outside of that. Check out companies you're interested in and see if they have entry-level positions or internships. Rotational programs are also a really great first job in HR and they recruit on the same timeline and university recruiting.
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Claudia’s Answer

You can look for roles like HR coordinator/assistant or recruiter. Those tend to be more entry-level. Depending on what your major is, you may be eligible to take your SHRM certification exam right away or you may have to wait a few years, but this will be helpful for you to have as well.
Thank you comment icon Thank you. This was very insightful. Harmony
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Meg’s Answer

Right after college, looking at roles as HR Coordinator, Assistant, Specialist would be most appropriate. You can also try Recruiting/Talent Acquisition roles at the junior level. I think it is always helpful to learn the fundamentals practically before getting into manager roles and you will have a better chance first developing your skills at the generalist level. Good luck!
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Jennifer’s Answer

Many possibilities in many different industries. To name a few, entry level payroll assistants, office managers, recruiters and benefit managers. Many large organizations require multiple HR related positions so get your foot in the door in any one of these areas and it will bring you great insight into where you might want to focus down the road.
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Emitom’s Answer

Hi Harmony!

In addition to more traditional Human Resources roles listed in other responses, there is also the opportunity to seek a job in HR consulting. In this role, you have the ability to help clients solve HR-related problems across many areas including Talent Management, Workforce Strategy, HR Technology, Change Management, Compensation & Benefits, and Diversity & Inclusion. I started my career in HR consulting out of school and found it to be a very fulfilling way to quickly enhance my skill set, learn a lot about the HR field, and narrow down my interests before jumping into an HR practitioner role.

As Kimberly and Claudia mentioned, pursuing an advanced degree or certification in the HR field can be useful, but it is often not a pre-requisite to starting a career in HR, especially since you already have a minor relevant in the field. I pursued my PHR certification through HRCI a couple of years into my career, which was nice because my company paid for my training and exam and I was also able to put my existing knowledge to use.

Please reach out if you have other questions!
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Wayne’s Answer

Hi Harmony,

There are numerous possibilities available to students who choose to pursue a human resource management degree that allows them to build relationships with employees and use their problem-solving skills. Below are common positions students may pursue after receiving a degree in human resource management:

1. Human resources assistant
2. Payroll specialist
3. Office manager
4. Training coordinator
5. Recruiter
6. Human resources specialist
7. Human resources manager
8. Employee relations manager
9. Benefits manager
10. Labor relations specialist
11. Compensation manager

Source: https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/what-can-i-do-with-a-human-resource-management-degree

Good luck!
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Danitra’s Answer

I would say any job related to human resources.
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