Congratulations on deciding to take the next steps in starting your career in human resources. Now, with this decision, you’re probably wondering what your career will actually look like after graduation. The good news? There is no need to worry! There are many job options and opportunities once you graduate with a human resources coordinator diploma or degree. Hopefully the information below will help you undersTand and visualize a career as a human resources coordinator.
- The Required Training
- What a Human Resources Coordinator Does (Overview)
- Here Are a Few Similar Professions
- Career Paths and Options After Completing a Human Resources Program
First, let’s touch upon the education and training it takes to become a human resources coordinator.
For this career, in addition to being accountable, organized and efficient, you must have a solid education in business and human resources. There are several paths you can take. You can take a diploma program like Robertson’s Human Resources Coordinator Diploma Program, receive a business degree with a focus in HR, study and receive a certificate in human resources management, or continue your education and receive an MBA in human resources management.
To add to that, most programs will have some sort of practical work component. For example, Robertson’s Human Resources Coordinator Diploma Program has a four-week practicum requirement. During this time, you will have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned either in the classroom or online, in a real work setting. This will also give you a great understanding of the type of environment you see yourself thriving in.
In short, a human resources coordinator is someone who represents the human resources department. They help facilitate all HR functions and duties which include (but are not limited to) addressing issues, hiring and training new employees, organizing and scheduling orientations, and more. They oversee issues related to employment, benefits and insurance, compensation and employee relations.
There are several careers that fall in the same category as a human resources coordinator. Below are a few options to consider.
A recruiter (or head hunter) is someone who is responsible for managing all aspects of the recruitment process from entry-level to senior level roles. It’s important to note that the main difference of a recruiter to a HR coordinator is that recruiters usually work for recruitment agencies. Recruiters are usually hired on by the company and work closely with the human resources coordinator. The main tasks are networking, building, and maintaining close relationships with potential candidates, reviewing and evaluating candidates, and interviewing.
Human Resources Manager
A human resources manager is in the position above the human resources coordinator. They are responsible for overseeing the department, and developing and evaluating HR strategies, programs, and policies. They are seen as the team leader and focus on coordinating and delegating all the human resources operations. A human resources manager typically has a higher education like a Masters in Human Resources Development.
In simple terms, a career coach is someone who helps people define, understand, and achieve their career goals. A career coach can help people figure out what kind of job they’re looking for and help them map out their career path. Career coaches also give advice to help their clients improve their stress management, leadership, and interpersonal skills.
After completing a human resources diploma or degree program, there are many options as for what you can do and where you can work. Almost every single company and business has some sort of HR department so there are many opportunities in the job field. Think about an industry that appeals to you and look for HR specific internships. Working an internship upon graduation is a great way to put yourself above other applicants when applying for future jobs.
Some career opportunities for diploma or certificate graduates are:
Human Resources Clerk, HR Assistant, HR coordinator, Recruiter, Payroll specialist, and an HR generalist.
As explained above, there are many opportunities and options when it comes to starting off a career in human resources. If you have yet to complete a human resources program and are interested, consider Robertson’s Human Resources Coordinator Diploma Program offered as an online program and at the Edmonton and Calgary campuses. With start dates beginning regularly, it’s easy to begin working toward your dream job. Submit your application or talk to a Student Admissions Advisor today!