Which HR Program to Choose?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which program?
    Masters program : (8 votes)
    80 %
    Post-diploma HR program : (2 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Are you talking a post-bach certificate in option 2?

    Either way, it depends on your work experience.  If you already have work experience in HR, depending on how many years, I would say a post-bach & a certification would be sufficient enough.

    If not, I would recommend an HR specific Master degree program like Cornell, MSU, Minnesota, etc. OR an MBA with a concentration in HR.

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @BrookeBQ:  Go for the business Master’s.  Lots of companies are downsizing their HR departments to bare bones staff and others are eliminating them entirely.  You can always pick up an HR job with the right internship/connections even with a business degree that isn’t HR specific but you would also have toher doors open to you with the business degree while an HR degree is really only good for HR.

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @beachbride1216:  I agree about being able to other jobs outside of HR with a MBA degree.

    But that is the first I have heard of the downsizing & elimination of HR.  Do you have a list of companies?

    I am at the #2 school, and our list of recruiting companies is a mile long and they are well known.

    This was not completed at the time I received it (since then Amazon I know has also joined):

    Wed, Sept 25: 6:30pm General Mills

    Wed, Sept 25: 7:30pm Shell

    Wed, Sept 25: 8:30pm PepsiCo

    Thurs, Sept 26: 6:30pm GE (Tentative)

    Thurs, Sept 26: 7:30pm P&G

    Tues, Oct 1: 5:30pm Raytheon

    Tues, Oct 1: 6:30pm URS

    Tues, Oct 1: 7:30pm Dow Corning

    Tues, Oct 1: 8:30pm Microsoft

    Wed, Oct 2: 5:30pm Rolls-Royce

    Wed, Oct 2: 6:30pm Ford

    Wed, Oct 2: 7:30pm Eaton

    Wed, Oct 2: 8:30pm Dow

    Tues, Oct 8: 6:30pm SPX

    Tues, Oct 8: 7:30pm Marathon

    Tues, Oct 8: 8:30pm Cisco

    Wed, Oct 9: 5:30pm Consumers Energy

    Wed, Oct 9: 6:30pm Dell

    Wed, Oct 9: 7:30pm Johnson & Johnson

    Wed, Oct 9: 8:30pm Avaya

    Tues, Oct 15: 6:30pm Kraft

    Tues, Oct 15: 7:30pm Boeing

    Tues, Oct 15: 8:30pm Anheuser-Busch

    Wed, Oct 16: 6:30pm Chevron

    Wed, Oct 16: 7:30pm Apollo

    Wed, Oct 16: 8:30pm Honeywell

    Tues, Oct 22: 6:30pm United Technologies Corporation

    Tues, Oct 22: 7:30pm Halliburton

    Tues, Oct 22: 8:30pm OXY

    Wed, Oct 23: 6:30pm Kellogg

    Wed, Oct 23: 7:30pm IDEX

    Wed, Oct 23: 8:30pm MetLife

    Tues, Oct 29: 6:30pm Amazon (Tentative)

    Tues, Oct 29: 7:30pm McKesson

    Tues, Oct 29: 8:30pm

    Wed, Nov 6: 6:30pm Harris

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    In addition to what @deetroitwhat said, I think it depends what the job market is like where you are. Where I am, the job market is crazy difficult to get into for someone right out of school, so to up my odds of getting a job, I actually did both – I got my Masters degree, then was lucky enough to find a job as an HR assistant. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted because I wanted to specialize but it gave me HR experience while I did the post-grad HR certificate online and in night classes and got my certification. Once I did that, I was able to find a job higher up in my field that I absolutely love.

    Basically, to summarize that, if the job market is good and you have expierience, the post-bach + certification should be just fine. If not, you might want to look at doing the Masters program. Good luck!

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @BrookeBQ:  I just noticed you were in Canada.  If you want to be in HR and specialize in HR, in your case, I would get the HR degree.  But if you are unsure what you want to do forever, MBA might be your best bet.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @deetroitwhat:  They may be on your list of recruiters but that doesn’t mean they are actually hiring.  Plus, she is considering a certificate at a less prestigious school versus an MBA at a more prestigious school.  Major companies based in Florida and Texas and Georgia and a few other states are axing their HR departments for online automated HR servicing programs.  I would expect to see more and more companies to do it over the next decade or two.

    Post # 10
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @beachbride1216:  I don’t know why they would recruit if they were not hiring (does not make sense to make a presence from a financial standpoint).  97% of our grads were placed last year with the highest salary in the 90s.

    I would be interested in hearing actual companies, not states & the reason for the elimination of HR over the next couple of decades. Or any articles/journals that support this.  I find this very interesting!

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @deetroitwhat:  You go to a great school if that is the placement.  Meanwhile this OP is looking at getting a certificate in HR from a tech school versus an MBA from a prestigious school.  It’s a no-brainer.  Better school equals more opportunities.  For the rest, you’re in HR, look it up or ask your professors about outsourcing of HR to non-HR departments like IT and Legal.  It’s probably not much of an issue if you go to a great school but if you attend a lower ranked school or tech school, it’s going to limit your opportunities.

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