MSc International Human Resource Management
While the world moans about shortage of resources, I say there are abundant of human capital that are underused or used inefficiently as the most important resources. It is imperative that we learn how to manage human resources effectively for healthy business community, efficient organisations, and productive society.
The Human Resource Management function is increasingly significant to business strategy, sustainability and success. Activities such as recruitment, selection, retention, managing labour relations, training and career development are highly important to the financial performance of business and organisations as competition between companies increases. An efficiently managed human resource department adds more value for employers than ever before.
My realisation of the above facts drove me to choose my Bachelor Degree with major in Human Resource Management. I thoroughly enjoyed the study and found out that human resource as a capital has unlimited influential impacts to change business, organisation and overall developments. To carry on my works and attainments on this area, I am now keen to gain higher level knowledge, skills and competences in this vital area; and I have decided to follow the MSc InternationalHuman Resource Management programme.
As the world markets are being globalised, human resource management is cutting across geographical boundaries. Therefore, studying human resource management with international aspects is vital – this has prompted to me to choose this MSc.
I notice that the course has been designed to develop the next generation of international human resource managers who can thrive in the highly diverse and volatile environment, where global firms are capitalising on their people to develop long-lasting competitive advantage. The study would equip me with essential knowledge, understanding and skills required to be effective HR practitioners. Through critical analysis and investigation I will develop an understanding of the business and international context within which HR operates, as well as the role of HR in driving organisational performance.
Areas including Leading, managing and developing people; HRM in a strategic business context; Resourcing and talent management; Managing employment relations; Performance and reward management; Learning and talent development; Reflective practice in business leadership; Management research report from this MSc would give me chance to explore deep into the HR arena with theory and practice – this will equip me with skills and competences for becoming a successful HR manager.
Modules including Organisational Behaviour, International Business, Production & Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, Entrepreneurship Development, International Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Practice in Bangladesh, Leadership Development, Human Resource Planning, Compensation Management, Industrial Relations from my BBA study have direct and indirect relation with this MSc course’s learning outcome due to the similarities in syllabus contents. These would complement the study comprehensively while the other modules I studied in my BBA would be supportive in learning because they are related to management and organisations one way or another.
This MSc study would enhance my current level of knowledge to advanced level and equip me with higher skills. On completion of the programme I will have a high standard of knowledge and understanding of the current practical, intellectual and policy challenges facing practitioners in the field of human resource management. In particular, I will have developed an understanding of the relationship between HRM and business strategy, learned the impact of HRM on company performance, known the challenge of developing HRM strategies in an international context, gained knowledge of the implications of new individual and collective employment rights, achieved skills to manage change and introduce new forms of work organisation, acquired ability to ensuring that employees are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge.
This qualification will also provide me with Associate membership with eligibility to be upgraded to a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the pioneer professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.
In next 2 to 5 years of completion of this premier qualification in management, I expect to develop my career in one of these areas - business development and consultancy, management, recruitment, personnel, human resources, training depends on the type of company I open my career in the continuously developing country, my motherland, Bangladesh where national and international business and organisations have been thriving in recent years. In 10 years’ time, I wish to see myself at the peak of my career with riches of life and strongly positioned in the management community.
I have chosen the University of Bedfordshire because it is a modern, innovative university with a heritage of top quality education going back more than 100 years. The university nurture students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens. The university provides amazing student services study skills development, career and job-seeking guidance, volunteer and work experience, health and wellbeing services, personal tutors along with superb facilities.
The university has multi-cultural learning communities with students from over 100 countries making them one of the most diverse universities in the UK. The university maintain close relationships with international business and organisations and integrate global employers’ requirements in the teaching so that on completion graduates are employment ready. Moreover, the university’s British Council accredited supplementary lectures in communication skills and plenary tuition at no cost are highly beneficial for students and add tremendous value. It would be a great experience to become an MSc student at this university for transformation of my life.
Example Human Resources Postgraduate Personal Statement
The human resources department is now an essential part of every major corporation in every industry. The importance of HR management has increased dramatically over the last few decades as the emphasis on the welfare of employees has increased. From taking numerous courses organised by HR departments in my career, I was greatly impressed by the work of HR managers and decided that, given my interests and skills, I would like a senior role within HR management. The MSc in Human Resources Development and Consultancy will give me the necessary academic knowledge to fulfil my ambition.
My work experience has already helped me develop many of the requisite skills for my career and the degree. From the age of eighteen I was supporting myself with a variety of customer-facing roles, from customer service in a restaurant to reception and secretary work at a busy fitness club and one of the most popular radio stations in my native Poland. Thanks to my hard work, I gained more senior roles with more management responsibilities, first as a store supervisor for a major retailer in Ireland and then as a bar supervisor in a busy London pub. In the roles, I was given responsibility for recruiting and training new employees. The experience convinced me that I have the requisite interpersonal and management skills to excel as an HR manager, which made me even more determined to achieve my career goal. Recently, I had a golden opportunity to exercise my management skills when I worked in a supervisory role in one of the largest outsourcing companies in Poland.
I am particularly good at motivating people to perform better in their jobs and I greatly enjoyed taking courses organised by HR to improve my management and interpersonal skills. I would like to develop these skills further by learning more of the theory behind organisational psychology in the HR Strategies module of the degree so that I may draw on the wealth of research to better understand and motivate employees under my supervision.
Apart from the wealth of work experience I have amassed, I also have a strong academic background that ensures I am academically prepared for the course. I successfully completed a BA in International Relations and European Integration, in which I performed particularly well in a number of HR-related subjects, including Employment Policy, European Social Law and the European System of Human Rights. The courses taught me about the rights of employees and the duties of employers, which I always keep in mind to ensure the rights of my employees are respected.
On the degree, I also took courses in Philosophy, Mathematics and English that equipped me with essential critical thinking and writing skills that should stand me in good stead for writing essays and a dissertation as part of the Masters.
Outside of the work place and the classroom, I have been preparing myself for the degree by reading books on HR and organisational psychology. I particularly enjoyed Dave Ulrich’s Human Resources Champions, which emphasises the importance of theory and research for effective HR management, and popular sociology books, including Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, which describes the requisite conditions for outstandingly successful work. I should like to organise a book club with fellow students so that we may read relevant texts outside of the classroom and create a mutually supportive study environment.
When not reading or working, I love to spend most of my time with my two year-old daughter. Caring for a child is a full-time job in itself, which means I have to be organised and manage my time effectively to juggle caring with my career, a skill that should be of great use in the degree.
The degree appeals to me greatly, not only because it will equip me with the requisite knowledge to become a specialist in training and development, but also because the curriculum will satisfy my wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and intense interest in psychology and human relations.
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