I am an Organisational Psychology Honours Graduate (2008) and have been working in a Sales position for 1 year & 3 months. I need advice from professionals who are actively working in the HR field.
Just from my personal experience whilst job-hunting (and I stand to be corrected as this is a lay-man's point of view) I have found that getting employed in an entry-level HR job is difficult because:
1) there seems to be a greater supply of individuals qualified in HR than there are jobs;
2) most job ads place more emphasis on experience than on the level of education.
Which begs my questions:
1) I have decided to go back to university and study towards a Masters degree because I feel my Hons degree is somewhat becoming redundant and my work experience is slowly becoming more important than my transcript. As it is, I do not have what is termed 'relevant' work experience in the HR field. Is it really worth it for me to pursue a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology or HRM with the hope that that will make me employable?; will a Masters degree in HR make any difference in searching and getting employment in the HR field.
2) Alternatively, should I rather go into a more 'practical' academic programme like Monitoring and Evaluation or Training to save myself the trouble of being at the mercy of getting experience from an employer and rather become self employed thereafter?
I sincerely appreciate whatever constructive feedback I can get.