/ Asked by Karl
I am a 28 year old about to graduate with a Bachelors degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing. I will start my MBA in HRM in July and my question is this: is the HR field still strong in employment and, if so, what will the jobs be for someone like me with about 10 years of administration experience adding my Bachelors and Masters education? Will I be able to support my family?
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, March 6, 2015
The HR field is strong, but it will require some paitience.  In can be difficult to obtain a job in HR without any practical experience.  The type of job that would be a fit for you would depend on what type of experience that you have gained over the last 10 years.  An example of HR related jobs that do not require a great deal of experience are recruiting or shared services types of roles.  For you, there are a couple of key items that I would recommend focusing on.  First, build your network.  Reach out to any HR contacts that you acquired in your previous experience and get their advice.  Also, ask them for other contacts with which you can connect.  LinkedIn is another great tool for this.  Building your network will be the most effective thing that you can do to get the right job for you.  I would also recommend being flexible in location if you can.  It may help you in the long run to leave your preferred locations for a little while, gain some experience, and then come back after a few years.
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, March 9, 2015
The HR field is still very strong, there are many different types of opportunites out there for exampls: Labr and Relations, Change Management, Learning and Development, Recruiting and Staffing just to name a few.  These areas tend to be well compensated depending on the indusrty that you choose to work in.

To make yourself more competitve I would suggest an HR focused internship in between your Bachelors and also the time in between the 1st and 2nd year of your Masters degree.

Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The HR field of work is still very strong. Please be patient in obtaining a job in HR; many jobs look for past experience in the Human Resources field. I would recommend looking into internships in the HR field. There are many paid internships that will allow you to help support your family. This is a great way to gain experience in between when you finish your Bachelors degree and when you will be starting your Masters degree. Based on your prior work experience this may leverage what type of HR job you acquire. Lastly, I would recommend networking on LinkedIn, through Career Services at your school and also through word of mouth with friends and family. Best of luck to you!
Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
First off-Congratulations! Graduating from college is an awesome accomplishment! HR is an excellent field to go into! (I might be slightly biased, because I work in HR). As to your questions:
1) Yes, the field of HR is vast. There are many facets to HR: Recruiting, Benefits, Learning and Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Employment Branding, etc... The great thing about HR is that it is needed everywhere from small towns to big cities.
2) The type of position that you will be able to get will greatly depend on two factors: What kind of administration that you have been doing the past ten years (specifically does it relate) and the area that you live in. If you have ten years general administrate office support, that will help you, but not as much as ten years of HR support. It will also depend on where you live. If you live in a large city there are more opportunities and more chances to find just what you are looking for. Overall, you should be able to find a nice job in HR after you get your MBA. Statistically speaking people with advanced degrees make more money and have more opportunities in their career, so I would say its great choice!
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