My study Human Resource Management | My Story

Today’s blog post is very different from what you’re used to seeing on my blog. I’ve been thinking about subjects I love talking about and I just missed more personal details on my blog. So I decided to add a new subject to my blog which is called ‘Personal.’ I would love to share more about the things I love, I’m passionate about, my ambition, goals etc. and in today’s blog post I’m going to talk about Human Resource Management, the study I’m following right now.

The school system here in the Netherlands is a little bit different than in, for example, the USA. However, I’m trying to explain everything as good as possible so it’s easy to understand for everyone.

After 5 years I graduated from Higher General Secondary Education. It was time for the next step. However, I found it very hard to decide which career I would love. Since I love the social side, to help and giving advice to people, and I like the economic side of the business as well, I’ve decided to start with the Bachelor Human Resource Management. This Bachelor is 4 years and right now I’m in my last year.

The past couple of years have been pretty tough though. The first year I was really doubting if I made the right choice. I just wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. However, I was able to get all my ECT and decided to give it a chance. Since the second year, I felt more like this is what I loved to do and I was happy I continued. The subjects I had that year were amazing and I really enjoyed going to school.

However, my third year was one of the worst years ever. Because my health got really bad, I had to quit my internship at that time. Even though this was horrible for me, I’ve learned so much from this situation. Right now, I’m not fully ready to talk about this yet, but it might be a good subject for the future. Anyway, I had to redo my internship. I’ve lost a whole year, because of my health and that meant doing my Bachelor in 5 years instead of 4.

At first, I felt like a failure, because I just wanted to get my diploma in 4 years. But now I’m okay with it, I’ve learned a lot from it and I’ve met very nice new people. The second time I did my internship, everything went well and I had a great time. I’ve learned a lot about how my future career is going to look like and I really like it.

Past August I’ve started with a minor HR Advice, where I’m learning to develop myself as a true HR professional and I love it so much! Moreover, I finally know what I really want to do as a career. I’m really enjoying this minor and I feel myself developing. I’m learning so much about myself and about HR.

Above all, I’m going to graduate from January – July. Right now, I’m still looking for an internship/thesis. I feel really stressed about this, but I hope everything is going to be fine haha. I can’t wait to have my diploma in July!

You might not know what HR professionals do, so here’s some information:

What do professionals in HR careers do?

Human resources specialists are responsible for recruiting, screening, interviewing and placing workers. They may also handle employee relations, payroll, benefits, and training. Human resources managers plan, direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. They oversee specialists in their duties; consult with executives on strategic planning, and link a company’s management with its employees.

HR specialists tend to focus on a single area, such as recruiting or training. HR generalists handle a number of areas and tasks simultaneously. Small companies will typically have one or two HR generalists on staff, while larger ones may have many devoted to particular areas and services.

Some typical daily tasks for an HR worker include:

  • Consult with employers to identify needs and preferred qualifications
  • Interview applicants about their experience, education and skills
  • Contact references and perform background checks
  • Inform applicants about job details such as benefits and conditions
  • Hire or refer qualified candidates
  • Conduct new employee orientations
  • Process paperwork

HR managers will also:

  • Plan and coordinate the workforce to best use employees’ talents
  • Resolve issues between management and employees
  • Advise managers on policies like equal employment opportunity and sexual harassment
  • Coordinate and supervise the work of specialists and staff
  • Oversee recruitment and hiring process
  • Direct disciplinary procedures

There are way more things HR does but this is the best summary. Moreover, there are way more HR jobs instead of only an HR worker, HR generalist, HR specialist, and an HR manager. That’s one of the reasons I really like this Bachelor. Because there’s a lot of variety, different kind of jobs and ways to develop yourself.

I would love to hear more about your study, education, bachelor or what you’re doing. Let me know in the comments!

Hope to see you next time loves,

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