Which MA is better for me?

first_imgI have completed a BA in HR and a minor in Business Law, and I’m consideringstudying for an MA. One university has a good reputation and attractivecontent, but does not have a placement programme and is not recognised by theCIPD. The other offers a summer placement and graduate membership to CIPD.Which one should I choose? Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates As you have not mentioned your motives for wanting to study an MA, or whatyour future career aspirations are, it is hard to be specific. Assuming thatyou wish to pursue a career in HR, I recommend choosing the university offeringthe summer placement and graduate membership to the CIPD. Prospective employers do pay attention to placements, but in the presenteconomic climate, it may not be easy to organise them yourself. Therefore, auniversity that has industry links and assists with arranging the placement isa huge help. Having HR placements on your CV will definitely enhance the jobopportunities you will be considered for. In addition, graduate membership tothe CIPD will give your CV even more credibility. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS Consultancy If you are looking to pursue a career in HR, the university that is CIPDrecognised is the best choice. However, I have seen quite a few HRprofessionals take a masters at a university not approved by the CIPD, and thengo on to take the full CIPD qualification afterwards. You don’t mention anything about the reputation of the second university,but if it is CIPD approved it will have been through a rigorous qualityassurance process. The summer placement is a very good idea. Employers are looking for bothacademic qualifications and experience. By working in a HR department, you will also get a better idea of whetherthis really is the career for you. Clare Judd, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes From your question, it would appear that you are in the early stages of yourHR career. Bearing that in mind, I would highly recommend the CIPD certifiedcourse with the placement programme. The CIPD will have reviewed the course content and certified that it meetstheir Professional Standards. The resulting CIPD qualification will then assistyou in securing your first HR role. In addition, the placement will give youpractical HR experience and valuable insight into how an HR team functionswithin a business. Which MA is better for me?On 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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