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What would be the benefits of pursuing an HR management certificate?

I'm getting my associate's in accounting in May 2023. I discovered that if I took 3 more classes I could earn an HR management certificate. I'm really tempted by this, but it would cost about $2400. I'm also not sure if it would be worth it in the long run, as I might not get a bachelor's in management/accounting. Still, it would be nice to have it as something to fall back on for a career switch/retirement job/etc. Would I be able to use it with my accounting degree to get into payroll administration? What are your thoughts/advice?

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Melissa’s Answer

I was a University Recruiter and hired specifically for HR and I did not limit my search to candidates that had an HR specialized degree. Unless you are going into a technical or specialized role, such as engineering / psychology / Doctor/ accountant ; Most recruiters do not look for a specific degree for jobs such as HR, Recruiting, Payroll, etc. The minimum is a Bachelors but the specialization is not a determining factor. If you can afford the specialized degree and if HR is your passion then go for it, but if you are on a budget and would rather save the money then the specialization is not required. I hope that helped!
Thank you comment icon Thanks Melissa! Genevieve
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David’s Answer

Hello Genevieve:

I recently completed a certificate in HR Management through Cal State Dominguez Hills. The program is part-time (two nights a week) and cost less than $1,000. I found it useful to put some formal structure around some of the HR practices I'd used when I managed people, but it was definitely no substitute for work experience or a relevant degree. My suggestion is to pursue it if you are curious and can afford it, but otherwise, as the other posters have written, it's probably not worth the time or money at this stage in your career.

Good luck.
Thank you comment icon Thank you David! Your advice was very insightful! Genevieve
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Kentrice’s Answer

Hello Genevieve,
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation in May 2023. I have my bachelors in HR management and my masters in HR management as well. It will be work it for only 3 more classed to get your bachelors rather than associates. Having you bachelors in HR management will still help you if your goal is payroll administration. I started working with ADP after getting my masters in HR management and I could have applied also for payroll but I wanted to work in my field of HR. ADP offers great payroll positions that you could qualify for and it will defiantly help by having a bachelors. Go for it ! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors.
Thank you comment icon Thanks for the advice and kind words Kentrice!! :-) Genevieve
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Victor’s Answer

Congratulations Genevieve! Usually when candidates apply for a position with a company, we as recruiters look at degrees and work experience as the qualifications for a job, usually certificates dont qualify as a qualification for a job. Now, certificates usually is something you can use during an interview when you are discussing your interest in a specific area, but for the most part what it matters the most from my experience is degrees and work experience.
Thank you comment icon Good point, thanks Victor! Genevieve
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Bright’s Answer

Genevieve, I could feel the uncertainty in your heart and the restlessness in your mind. Killing two birds with one stone is not a bad choice but it has its ramification. You may fall on anyone when the need arises but in the long run, one may be more actively utilized than the other. However, The restlessness in your mind in your discovery is certainly a red flag to the new inclusion you wanna add. Focus on the Accounting course you've initially started and ended it well perhaps that's where your strength and passion spring forth. I hope I make sense. I know you'll make good decisions for your life. Just reflect consciously and weigh all possibilities concerning your driving passion in life. Stay blessed
Thank you comment icon Thank you for your kind answer and well wishes Bright! :) Genevieve
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