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Highlights of my Global Human Resource Management MSc

Written by Anita, Global Human Resource Management MSc, class of 2020

Employability in the Global Market

The modules on my program have given me a ‘global’ perspective on HRM. I have explored and cracked real-time global corporate cases during my seminars and lectures.

These cases revolved around HR systems, policies and strategies adopted by MNCs operating in multiple locations across the globe. I am now able to appreciate why tried-and-tested HR formulas or practices adopted in one country may not produce the same results in another country.

My thought process has been substantially impacted, enabling me to assess global context when I look for solutions to personnel/talent management related questions. The global perspective on HRM that I have gained is sure to enhance my employability in the global market. The MSc. GHRM program modules incessantly honed my skills and knowledge, preparing me to take up global leadership roles.

Great network/social capital

The lecturers and teaching staff on my program are industry experts, possessing many years of invaluable experience, having worked for globally leading MNCs. The module leaders design module formats and content to develop critical student skillsets that employers look for. Moreover, our lecturers gave us guidance on identifying and capitalizing on the right job market opportunities and building strong career networks.

Computer-based learning and practical knowledge

On the GHRM program, there is a great balance between theory and practice. One of the modules is entirely a software-based simulation. Students are asked to form teams, and each team is given a budget to invest in different HR policies and programs around staffing, promotion, wage setting, benefit programs (medical/insurance/housing/education), contributory pensions, and mental/emotional wellbeing.

On the basis of rationality of data inputted, and appropriateness of decisions taken, the software simulation reflects how well the team performed. Team performance reflects on factors such as employee morale, productivity, grievances, staff turnover and profitability. This was a great opportunity to understand the strategic importance of a company’s HR programs. Working on a budget also aided in understanding how HR systems directly contribute to a company’s bottom line.

In one of the other modules, students were given the opportunity to work with leading global companies to design a training package for their employees. Thus, we were able to work with real people, real numbers and on a time constraint. Consequently, we were required to apply theoretical models and frameworks to develop the training package including trainer guidance manuals.

Multi-cultural exposure

Group activities and seminars gave me the chance to interact with students from different cultural backgrounds and value systems on my course. Working in such diverse and multi-cultural team settings can be an absolutely enriching experience. Exposure to varied opinions, point of views and outlooks broadens student horizons.

Such multi-cultural exposure has helped me understand that there can be so many different solutions to a particular problem. Working in multi-cultural teams can get challenging as well! Especially when there are so many differing opinions to a particular issue.

The trick is in finding the synergy and working towards plausible solutions that can be justified. Such exposure has also helped me refine my conflict resolution style – I am now more assertive and am able to lead the team towards arriving at cohesive solutions to problems.

Talks by subject-matter experts and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Module leaders regularly invited renowned professionals in the HR field to give talks on topics ranging from HRM theory and practice, to how to excel at work.

A particularly interesting session conducted by the Chief Recruitment Officer of a well known recruitment agency in the UK gave us insights into the job profile, roles and responsibilities of a recruitment specialist.

The speaker shared with us what a typical day at her organization looks like and detailed the do’s and don’ts for a recruitment specialist. She also included a fun activity where we were asked to interview our peers for specific job roles and even screen some anonymous CVs.

 

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