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Geography and Environmental ScienceUndergraduate study

Human Resources Manager

Human resources managers oversee the recruitment, development and welfare of company personnel. They contribute to the smooth running of a company and ensure good relationships between employees and management.

Managers are in charge of the department dealing with personnel. It may be more common to begin as a human resources office and work your way up through the department after gaining experience and responsibility.

Typical work activities


  1. A good standard of education is required, for which a degree will put you ahead in some applications.
  2. Lots of larger companies are now offering graduate training programmes.

Work experience

Experience of working in an office environment is important, with some managerial or leadership experience crucial for applications to a managerial role.

Experience in a human resources environment may also be necessary to gain knowledge of the relevant legislation and policy regarding employment.

More information

The prospects website has more information about this career path.

The Careers and Employability Service has more resources to assist you in your careers research.

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