Xuejiao Ge is studying Human Resources at NCI as part of a collaborative project between National College of Ireland and Hebei University in China. In this blog she answers the most frequently asked questions around choosing a Human Resource Management course at NCI…
Following my last three months study in Ireland, I’ve gathered some common questions about studying as an international student in HRM in Ireland from my fellow Chinese students. Below are some of the most asked questions about studying abroad in Ireland and choosing Human Resources at NCI…
Why I choose Ireland?
- When I was choosing my major, I noticed this collaborative project between National College of Ireland and Hebei University, China. I believe this project would combine the advantages of two universities together and give me an international horizon.
- Ireland is a pretty, green and peaceful country with quite a different culture compared to China. I’d like to experience and compare these differences whilst trying to discover myself.
- Ireland is home of many of the world’s top 500 companies and there are a lots of job opportunities.
Why I chose Human Resources at NCI?
This Human Resources course draws on NCI’s sixty years as the leading educational institution for human resource management. The world-class faculty and industry links make the course current, practical and comprehensive.
Dublin is one of the most friendliest and vibrant cities in Europe, offering an array of activities and events to enjoy. The campus is located in the heart of IFSC, quite convenient for shopping and transportation.
What is the course like?
This collaborative undergraduate business course is a four-year honours degree (three years in China and a final year in Ireland). In the final year, the main course is run over two semesters with continuous assessment held throughout the course and examinations at the end of each semester. On completion you will receive a QQI BA (Honours) Degree in HRM at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland and Degree Certificate in China as well.
What will I gain from studying this course?
Senior HR professionals shape business strategy and this HR degree will equip you to move towards these types of interesting roles. This is an excellent business degree with a focus on human resources that will equip you with the latest knowledge and build on your skills in working with people.
As a graduate of this project you will:
- Have a thorough understanding of human resource management.
- Understand the world of business and how HRM integrates with other areas.
- Develop personal skills in teamwork, communication and research.
What modules are covered in the course?
In the final year, there are seven modules in total and three take place in the first semester. There are also extra lectures focused on Academic Writing and Communication & Presentation Skills.
The lecturers are experienced and professional, and offer guidance and suggestions throughout the year. On Strategic Management, we worked alongside local students and wrote a case study and a case analysis for a small but interesting enterprise – Makers&Brothers. As international students, we have the option to became more familiar with Ireland by studying Economic and Social Policy and analysing the area of competitiveness in Ireland. The lecturer for Project Management always encourages us to ask questions and read more. On Academic Writing as well as Communication & Presentation Skills, we get one-to-one practice and the opportunity to improve our English.
What are my options after graduation?
National College of Ireland has one of the most consistent and best graduate employment records in Ireland. Over the last number of years the college has consistently featured in the “Best for Jobs” section of the Sunday Times Good University Guide. The Irish Times recently said this in their guide to college open days: “Classes are small, and NCI graduates do well in the job market: the college has a post-graduation employment record of 96 per cent”.
This course is an excellent foundation towards Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and/or the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD). You can choose from a wide range of areas like recruitment, training, employee development and industrial relations.
Graduates who have acquired the appropriate entry requirements can progress to postgraduate courses at level 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications such as the Postgraduate Diploma or MA in HRM, or the MSc in Management.
Have more questions? Leave me a comment, I’m happy to help!