Choosing HR as a major is just the beginning. To achieve a meaningful career in HR, students are encouraged to participate in several activities throughout their undergraduate period. Some of these include joining the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA), obtaining the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, and establishing and maintaining a relationship with a Career Mentor.
Human Resources Professional Association – Joining a professional association will give you an all-access insight to the HR profession and how it affects Canadian businesses. As an undergraduate student, HRPA provides student membership benefits that will prove to be invaluable as you build your HR career.
Certified Human Resources Professional – By attaining this designation, one is part of the Human Resources Professional Association and dedicates themselves to the professional development that is associated with having a CHRP.
HR Grad Studies
Career Mentorship – Having a career mentor is one of many strategies to develop your HR career. The program is designed to pair HR students up with a Ryerson Alumni who is working the HR field and can provide real-world insight. HR students learn to build and develop relationships with their mentor, and some have the opportunity to job shadow in order to build the gap between the classroom and the workplace.
Keeping up with HR news and trends – The HRSA Twitter account posts near-daily with relevant and interesting news and trends in the HR industry. Keeping up with the trends will bolster your classroom studies and help you participate with quality when the professor calls upon you!