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Employment relations and human resources 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 employment relations and human resources at Griffith

Core skills for your future career

Griffith’s employment relations and human resources 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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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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Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing Q&A sessions

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 admission pathways to university.   Find out more

Thursday 21 June — Tuesday 19 June

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

Join us at our Gold Coast campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and admission pathways to Griffith. Find out more

Saturday 21 July — Sunday 22 July

TSXPO (Tertiary Studies Expo)

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 24 July — Tuesday 19 June

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 6 August — Tuesday 19 June

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 12 August — Sunday 12 August

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

Discover what's possible at Griffith at Open Day. Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank campus to attend information sessions and activities, chat with academics about your preferred degree, find out about services and support, and tour our campuses. Find out more

Monday 17 September — Friday 28 September

Q&A Sessions

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 admission pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 13 November — Tuesday 19 June

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about admission pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Thursday 15 November — Tuesday 19 June

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about admission pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Saturday 15 December — Thursday 20 December

Explore Your Options - Online

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

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