We spend one-third of our life at work, so understanding how to make work meaningful is vital to our wellbeing. Human resource (HR) management is a role where you can help others, by helping people derive meaning from work and understanding the role of work in their happiness. It is about achieving the best for employee wellbeing, performance and job satisfaction – and it is fundamental to a company meeting its business goals.
HR management is increasingly relevant in the 21st-century era of automation. For example, many organisations now need HR managers to help with the workplace teaming of humans and machines – defining roles and responsibilities and devising the system for communication and collaboration.
The future of work is certainly changing fast, and there will always be demand for HR leaders that can ensure an organisation has the policies and systems in place that help staff to flourish and achieve to their potential.
The various areas of HR management that you’ll gain skills in include: recruitment and selection, remuneration, performance, training and development, conflict management, HRM metrics and analytics and more.
Throughout your studies you will also develop skills in emotional intelligence, critical thinking and adaptability. You'll then graduate with the expertise for HR careers across the spectrum: from local businesses to large multinational enterprises, government and non-profit organisations.
You can study this major as part of the Bachelor of Commerce or the Bachelor of Innovation. You can also study this major as part of a Laws and Commerce double degree.
Recommended study combinations
A double major with Management is an excellent combination, but there are many study options that will give you a strong career path. Employment Relations is another excellent choice, as a specialisation to include in your studies.
What jobs can the Human Resource Management Major (BCom) lead to?
- HR manager / consultant
- Employee wellbeing and enablement consultant
- Employee benefits consultant
- Human–machine team manager
- Change management consultant
- Industrial relations consultant
- Recruitment consultant
- Training and development consultant
- Training officer
- Banking and finance
- Marketing and public relations
- Resources and energy
What you'll learn
- explain the impact of political, economic social and legal influences on the practice of Human Resources Management in domestic and international contexts. Demonstrate awareness of key sustainability processes and outcomes
- communicate effectively with a diverse range of individuals and groups to facilitate high performance teamwork. Use, critically evaluate and apply Human Resources Management technologies to maximise individual and organisational performance and well-being
- apply relevant Human Resources Management theory, concepts and practice to the contemporary and future labour markets and demonstrate leadership in the application of Human Resources Management skills and practices
- demonstrate leadership in ensuring ethical practice, professional integrity, intercultural awareness and inclusivity in Human Resources Management
- apply relevant Human Resources Management theory, concepts and practice to the contemporary and future labour markets. Demonstrate leadership capability, critical thinking, and creativity in the development and implementation of requisite Human Resources Management practice