My year studying Global Human Resource Management
I grew up in Newcastle but decided to go to Kent for my undergrad studying English Literature. However, after a year out and finding I wasn’t quite qualified for any of the HR jobs that I wanted to do, I decided to apply for my masters at Newcastle University. This time deciding to stay closer to home, with the idea of staying home and saving money in mind… which hasn’t quite materialised yet!
I made my application last minute so by the time I received my offer letter there was less than two weeks until the start of the course! I was welcomed to the course with a jam packed welcome week which included lots of informative chats, speed dating with the lecturers and external speakers coming to the university to discuss future careers, recruitment and our CIPD membership. There was also an amazing Afternoon Tea provided at Wylam Brewery where we were all invited to meet the lecturers, and Director of the Business School, and eat some yummy cakes aswell!
After our Welcome Week, we were able to get involved in all our classes and get to grips with the course. Many of us had never studied HR before, so this was our chance to ask any initial questions we may have had and learn the basics about the content. Essentially, the modules of the course covered international HRM and wider contextual human resource management among other things.
The modules I studied allowed me to research diversity in the workplace, something I feel especially passionate about and got to learn a lot about during a week’s placement I completed at Virgin Money in Gosforth. During my placement I worked alongside the Diversity and Inclusion officer for a day and got some first-hand exposure of their efforts to tackle inequality in the workplace which I really enjoyed. Similarly, the module surrounding Skills and Learning in the workplace allowed me to analyse my own learning styles and work on those, while achieving the required credits. There is a wide variety of modules to study and all have helped on my personal and professional learning journey this year.
Alongside my studies, I chose to involve myself with a volunteering cohort INTOgration. I felt as though my skill set after my undergrad degree didn’t prepare me adequately for employment. I decided that alongside my studies this time around I was going to try and become a more well-rounded candidate and work on some of the lesser developed sides of myself. During the volunteering I was able to get to know international students and help them on their journey of studies too. Further to this I was also a Business Ambassador, which allowed me to work for the university while attending as a student. I thoroughly enjoyed both experiences and would consider that to be one of the reasons I’ve landed my first HR job even before my studies ended.
I am now working full time while completing my dissertation. I landed the job as HR student placement with Tombola ltd in Sunderland and believe my studies at Newcastle gave me the theoretical preparation required. Now to put it all into practice and become the best HR practitioner I can be. My advice to anyone taking this course for the next academic year is to really get stuck in; arrange some work experience and get to know the type of role you want when you finish studying, this will help you plan your dissertation to make you the most employable version of you. Good luck!