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Human resources and employment relations are vital for organisational success

High-performing workplaces are those that can harness employee effort and employee engagement. Today's HR managers identify, recruit and coach leaders. They are advisors, negotiators and communicators. And most importantly, they're in demand. Organisations understand that a happy work force significantly increases profits.

Employment relations professionals are skilled negotiators, labour law gurus and organisational experts. If you've got what it takes to see both sides of an issue, make tough decisions and can take the heat, this career path is for you.

Companies that find common ground between employees and employers come out on top. Think Google—the world's top companies are famous because their employees love to work for them.

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Study human resources and employment relations at Griffith

Core skills for your future career

Griffith’s human resources and employment relations programs are informed by extensive research and provide in-depth coverage of key people management skills—communication, planning, teamwork, strategy and self-development.

In the human resource management major, you’ll learn about selection and recruitment procedures, staff training, development and performance management, and organisational change. You’ll also be able to advise organisations regarding their staffing needs to enable them to deliver their core business effectively and efficiently.

By studying employment relations, you’ll learn about employment law, labour market issues, wage and payment systems, and occupational health and safety. You’ll also learn how to manage the complex relationships between employers and employees.

Hit the ground running

Get into the workforce faster by gaining important hands-on experience. Through our project-based work placements, community and global internships, you can put what you learn into practice and earn credit towards your degree.

Study your way

Build your employment relations or human resource management studies around the lifestyle that suits you. With the flexibility of studying on-campus or online, part-time or full-time, over two or three trimesters each year, you can balance your student life with work, family and friends. At Nathan and the Gold Coast, you can start your business degree in February, July or October.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Jennifer Schwartz

One month after her mid-year graduation, Jennifer Schwartz landed a job as a human resources coordinator with the human resources team at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast. It was an ideal career platform for the Griffith graduate who studied tourism and human resource management during her double degree. She sees a world of opportunity in front of her with her qualifications and has since moved on to an HR role with Mercedes Benz in Melbourne. 'Any big organisation needs a HR function to deal with the nitty gritty of recruiting, preparing contracts and general staff development. There are more and more opportunities opening up for HR graduates.'

Jennifer Schwartz

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Career outcomes

Work in any industry

As a Griffith human resource management graduate, you'll have a degree recognised by the Australian Human Resources Institute and be prepared for a career as a human resource manager or consultant. Human resource professionals work in many sectors including business management, counselling, workforce planning and policy, and recruiting and training staff for the public and private sectors and non-government organisations.

Employment relations graduates find work in most medium and large employers in all industries, the media, employer associations, universities, government, industrial relations tribunals and trade unions. Jobs include employment relations manager or consultant, or in roles dealing with workplace planning and policy, managerial strategy, industrial advocacy, occupational health and safety, and workplace negotiation.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2

Our second trimester starts on Monday 3 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 30 September to Saturday 14 October.

Monday 18 September — Friday 29 September

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Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.  Find out more.

Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Wednesday 15 November — Tuesday 26 September

Postgraduate Information Evening - South Bank

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Wednesday 22 November — Tuesday 26 September

Postgraduate Information Evening - Gold Coast

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Saturday 16 December — Friday 22 December

Know Your Options

Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.