The course is an investment for my future, says Stephen

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Stephen O’Shea is a second year BA (Hons) Human Resource Management student. Keen to progress in the workplace, Stephen wanted a degree approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

“The BA (Hons) Human Resource Management at USW is accredited by the CIPD, which is widely recognized by employers. Hence the reason why USW became my first choice when applying to University. The course equips you with the knowledge, skills and professional attitude employers are looking for. It teaches you to be confident and to challenge whether there is a better way of doing things.

Before I started my HRM degree, I worked in the financial sector, within a Human Resources (HR) department as a HR Service Partner. I landed this role through Jobs Growth Wales. Through my role I discovered that there was so much I needed to learn to be able to progress; therefore, I decided to do a degree specialising in this area.

I enjoy the HR environment as it’s diverse, but you do need to compliment your knowledge with other areas of business, to be even more effective in the workplace. The first year of the course covers everything from marketing through to logistics and supply chain. You get to know where the areas overlap and how HR fits in with everything.

The course is contemporary, and teaching is directed to you as an individual. The lecturing staff are brilliant during sessions and are personable. Their HR interests and specialisms are diverse, and they bring their individual teaching styles to the classroom. Operating an open-door policy, if you have any worries, you know you can chat with staff about the concerns you have. Whether it be personal worries or your struggles to grasp course material.

The HRM in the Workplace module has been my favourite to date. It’s interactive and helps you to see the relevance of the topics you study to the workplace. It blends together academic knowledge with the practical skills needed to be a HR professional.

I view the course as an investment for my future. I make time to read around the topics we cover in sessions. By learning alternative theories, the better my decision making will become. Following graduation, I feel self-assured that I will have the knowledge and capability to enter the profession either at an operational or strategic level.”