Human resource management

Human resource management

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Career outcomes

Our human resource management graduates have pursued careers as:

  • HR managers
  • HR directors
  • payroll managers
  • personnel managers
  • policy administrators
  • union liaison officers
  • superannuation officers
  • corporate training officers
  • recruitment and selection consultants
  • occupational health and safety managers
  • employment and industrial relations officers
  • learning, training and development consultants

About human resource management

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A business is only as good as its employees – and employees only thrive when there’s a good human resources team behind them. This is why human resource management (HRM) plays a critical role in every organisation. As an HRM professional, you’ll work to get the best from your people for the entire employment cycle. It’s a broad field, touching all parts of an organisation. It’s also a rapidly growing profession, with both jobs and income levels forecast to increase in the future. So why not get in on the ground floor?

A career with human capital

Study HRM as your major or minor and you’ll be connected with a world of opportunity. You’ll gain valuable professional experience before you join the workforce with an HR-based internship and, if you speak Italian, you could even spend time working in Rome in the Vatican’s HR department. After graduating, you’ll be eligible for graduate membership with the Australian Human Resources Institute, putting you in the driver’s seat for a profession powered by people. 


Meet our students and staff

Student profile ACU student Cassandra Metlege

Cassandra Metlege

Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources major)

"HR for me felt effortless. I enjoyed what was being taught and I had a natural connection with the HR professionals who were teaching the content. Most importantly I could see myself making a career out of it."

"I attribute everything I have achieved to date to my degree at ACU. Studying at ACU skyrocketed me into the marketplace, at a cut above other graduates because I left with experience having done my professional experience HR internship.

"I still often think back to my tutors and lecturers and thank my lucky stars that I had the opportunity to learn from the best."

Staff profile ACU senior lecturer Sugumar Mariappanadar

Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar

Senior Lecturer

Dr Sugumar Mariappanadar is a senior lecturer in management and human resource management at the Peter Faber School of Business in Melbourne. His teaching and publications cover sustainable human resource management, human resource measurement, organisational behaviour, and culturally indigenous management practices.

Sugumar has had broad management consulting experience in Australia and India. His consultancy includes employee turnover study for call centres and business process analysis and management systems development. He has been involved along with other IT systems experts in developing eMonstro® business management software.

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