4 Top Resources to Prepare for starting your Business and Human Resource Management degree

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Jump ahead of your Business and Human Resource Management degree with this selection of blogs, podcasts, books, youtube videos, tv shows, and films

  • 13 July 2022
  • 9 min read

1. Blogs and Books 

Blogs are an easy and on the go read. You can find up to date information quickly and you can easily access it on your phone, laptop or even your ipad, whether you're sunbathing in your garden or lying on a beach. You will find the books in this list are excellent page turners and are great sources of information to help you prepare for your degree. 

We recommend:  

  • Evil HR Lady- Suzanna Lucas created this blog to demystify the HR department, to change people perceptions of those who work in Human Resources. It is great if you have any burning questions that you might want to ask the Evil HR Lady herself. 
  • HR Grapevine- This blog will allow you to witness the changes in the industry. With over 20 posts published weekly, there’s always something that you will find interesting to read. 
  • Futureproof Your Career: How to Lead and Succeed in a Changing World by Shaheenna Janjuha Jivraj and Naeema Pasha- This book provides great insights into how jobs are changing and how these changes impact upon career trajectories. Case studies and interviews in the book illuminate the impact upon career progression that may be helpful for future leaders as they plan their career journey.
  • Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get ahead and Restore Your Well-being, Ascent by Rob Cross- From this book you will learn about the benefits of collaboration at both the individual and organizational levels. This book outlines best practices for preventing overload and eliminating negative effects upon employee well-being and productivity. 

2. Podcasts and YouTube videos 

Podcasts are great if you want to have something to listen to while you're doing your daily activities, so why not try listening to some of our recommended podcasts to help prepare you for your degree. Youtube videos are great for taking your own time to absorb the information provided wherever you are and whenever you like.

Top picks: 

  • Building excellence in people analytics- This podcast considers changes in the world of work which impact upon the HR function, HR professional skills, and needs. You can think about how “people analytics” may support HR to meet the challenges of the future. You can hear about example practices from companies like Microsoft and Nestle.
  • Sustainable Leadership- This podcast includes the opinions of Professor Dave Ulrich who has been ranked as the #1 management guru by Businessweek. Professor Ulrich explains the difference between “hope” and “sustainability”. You may learn about the pathway leaders can follow to create sustainable results.
  • Evidence-based Learning and Development-Measuring Learning Transfer- This episode discusses what organisations can do to achieve the benefits of training. You can gain a deeper understanding of the impact of learning and development on organisational performance as well as how organisations can evaluate the effectiveness of their training programmes. 
  • Future of HR Panel-  This YouTube Channel is a great way for you to listen to a panel discussing the future of HRM. Head of HR at Google Cloud and CEO at "orgvue" provide informed opinions on what is happening now and what is likely to happen in the future with HR. Dave Ulrich also discusses how HRM can create value and interprets the meaning of change.
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3. Films

What better way of learning then watching a film! Have fun this summer going through our list of recommended films that you may not have thought would help you with your Business and Human Resource Management degree. 

Must watches: 

  • The Pursuit of Happyness-  A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.

  • Up in the Air- Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire presenting a new business model.

  • Invictus- Nelson Mandela, in his first term as President of South Africa, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

  • Moneyball- Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

  • Remember the Titans- The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

  • The social network- As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea, and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

  • The Intern- Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

4. TV Shows 

You might be surprised that we are suggesting you watch TV to help you get prepared for your upcoming degree, however these shows will give you a great look into Business and Human Resource Management in practice. 

Enjoy our favourites:

  • The Office- Based on the award-winning British comedy of the same name, this acclaimed sitcom is told through the lenses of a documentary and filled with gossip, pranks, romance and general foolishness at Dunder- Mifflin Paper co.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine- A sitcom following the lives of a group of detectives in New York precinct, including one slacker who is forced to shape up when he gets a new boss.
  • Mad Men- What happens at the workplace without HR? This drama provides a look at the high-powered world of advertising in 1960s New York City, from the boardroom to the bedroom. 

If you’re starting at the University of Portsmouth this autumn and you have any questions or concerns, then please get in touch with Martin.Brock@port.ac.uk