Posted on Feb 5, 2018
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Would a Human Resources Managment BA or MBA be to focused?
Would a broader Business degree be preferred?

As a RNCO, I will basically filling the role as a Human Resources personnel. Any insight on the job potential and market for Human Resources?
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Norah Julmis
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I'll start by saying I'm not an HR manager. However, my sister has been training to be an HR manager in IL for 2-3 years now (civilian). She has two bachelor's degrees in non-related fields (biology and education). What she told me, was to be a "certified" HR manager, you have to take classes and periodic exams for a period of several years and then pass a final exam to be certified or something. I know this is pretty vague but it might give you an idea. It also might vary by state.
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Norah Julmis
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Also, during this time she was working as an "HR Generalist" under an HR manager. Basically she was doing all the HR manager's grunt work minus talking to insurance and doing personal matters. You might also consider taking some classes in Public Relations. My bachelor's was in Advertising and Public Relations but those classes are mostly ethics related and making hard choices that are not just black/white. Could be useful in that field as well. Dealing with people is never easy and personal/business matters are rarely one-sided. Also, there is a lot of paperwork involved. If you are a great typer anyways just ignore, but if not, there are some great free websites that help you learn to type more efficiently. Most government office jobs require you to have a typist certification where you can type a certain WPM with minimal mistakes.
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SPC Erich Guenther
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A Business Degree is more marketable than HR if you ask me. Also, a well rounded Business degree exposes you to other fields like Accounting, Finance, Business Law, etc. I've done well with my BBA in Finance even though the instructor told me it was a dime a dozen. I have always used part of my Business Degree in my chosen career field which is IT - Computer Programming. However, if you want to become HR then you might need a HR degree. I'll tell you from my Business Experience since 1990, HR is always the first department they cut in a business downturn. So if you choose it as a career.........you need to be good at it.
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Point taken
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LTC Michael Martin
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SGT Madren,
One answer may be in job postings. I'd look at Indeed and LinkedIn and pull up about 15-20 jobs/positions that you are interested in and see if there is a common thread in terms of education requirements. Also, look at some leaders in the field that you are interested in and see what they have in terms of education. And last, a degree is a fleeting asset. What you learn in 2018 may not be what is required in your post military career. So, I'd go for quality. Get a quality degree (regardless of the field of study) that shows potential recruiters that you are a critical thinker, a problem solver, and team player. Best of luck as well.
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Great ideas. Appreciate your insight.
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