Name: Lauren Heney,
Course: MA in Human Resource Management
College: Dublin Business School
When I filling out my CAO form in 6th year at school I was not sure of what career path I wanted to take so in the end I decided that the best option would be to go for an arts degree in Maynooth and study my favourite subjects from second level: Music and Geography. This would result in becoming degree-qualified and gaining transferable skills simultaneously.
Towards the end of my three-year degree, I started to think about what path to take next. Although I had really enjoyed my BA degree and had been really interested in the course-work, I didn't see a career in teaching or directing my career towards one of the subjects I had studied. I decided that I'd like to continue with my education by gaining a qualification in an area relating to my long-term career path.
I did a bit of research and was looking into the areas of PR, marketing and HR. Encouraged by my family, the people who know my strengths and weaknesses, I decided to undertake a week's work experience during a term break from college in the recruitment and selection division of the HR offices of an Irish Financial Institution. It was here where I decided that HR was for me, I loved going in each day, working in the team where no one day was the same as the next and I learnt so much...all in the space of a week!
The following September I started in DBS to study for a MA in Human Resource Management. Initially I was apprehensive as to how I would be able to keep up with absolutely no business or HR knowledge gained from my previous third level education. However, I soon got down to the study and although at times it was challenging, everything was taught starting from the basics up to the more complex details with a large emphasis on case studies and applying theoretical knowledge to real-life situations.
The class size for the masters was significantly smaller than my undergraduate degree, which gave more time to go over any issues the class was having and to look at particular subjects that interested the class, in addition to HR related topics that were in the news at the time. It also meant that we all got to know each other much better, and we would help each other out during our studies as we got to know each person's strengths and weaknesses.
I do not regret making the decision to undertake masters, as it was vital for me to further my education in order to direct my career in a particular direction. The challenge of the masters was a truly worthwhile experience that enabled me to accomplish this.
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