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SHRM's Academic Initiatives 

04-04-2016 18:31

Resources to create better-prepared entry-level HR professionals through education, assessment, competencies and internships.

What is SHRM's Academic Initiative (AI)?


Academic Initiatives' mission is to help create better-prepared entry-level HR professionals through education, assessment, competencies and internships.

In 2006, the SHRM Board approved an initiative to help the Society define and develop HR education at university business schools across the nation. The programs, services and products that comprise the initiative are long-term investments that help advance the profession. To help students prepare for a career in HR, AI's efforts focus on building a pipeline of well-prepared, entry-level HR professionals through education, assessment, competencies and internships to help students prepare for a career in HR.

Why create an Academic Initiative? SHRM conducted multiple research projects over a period of years to help answer this question. We sought input from faculty teaching HR, employers hiring entry-level practitioners, and students studying HR at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This research informed and endorsed the need for SHRM to establish a position on the future of HR Education. Initially, SHRM's research showed:

  • Inconsistency program-to-program in HR education.
  • No barriers exists to prevent unprepared professionals from entering the field.
    • Students' courses of study do not cover all the topics required to be successful HR professionals in the workplace, according to employers.
    • HR education needs to be anchored within a business context and include concepts/skills taught in a way that help students apply HR learning in a business context.
    • HR professionals shift focus with movement through their career from tactical/functional to strategic at higher levels.
  • SHRM needs to provide guidance and influence the future of HR Education:
    • HR practitioners are increasingly concerned over curriculum issues and are looking to SHRM to provide guidance.
    • Students seek information from SHRM about selecting universities or courses of study.
  • Many entry level HR applicants lack relevant work experience according to hiring managers.
    • Internships and HR work experience are critical for career- and early-job success.

Students

Six Steps to Successfully Begin a Career in Human Resources

Do you assist high school students with their future career plans?

Do you know a high school student who may be interested in entering the field of human resources?

If so, SHRM has an excellent resource for you. The brochure “Six Steps to Successfully Begin a Career in Human Resources” is a simple, fun tool designed to help students understand the steps required to enter and successfully navigate a career path in the growing and challenging field of human resources.

The six steps described in the brochure:

Step 1: Become a SHRM Student Member & Grow Your Network.

Step 2: Select HR as Your Major.

Step 3: Gain Experience & Competitive Advantage with HR Internships.

Step 4: Graduate with Your Degree & Upgrade
to a Professional SHRM Membership.

Step 5: Use the SHRM Competency Model to Help You Find That First HR Job.

Step 6: Get Ready to Advance Your Career.

An online version of the brochure is available here.

Student SHRM-CP Eligibility

Universities

HR Curriculum Guidebook and Overview of Educational Resources
Faculty Exclusives: Teaching Resources

Employers

The Employers Toolkit


Contact Us

AcademicEligibility@shrm.org 

 


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