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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Advancement for Online Students

Pursue your professional goals while enrolled in the online M.H.R.I.R. 74% of online students are promoted or change employers during their degree or within six months of graduation.

Connecting with Peers

During the program, you will have the opportunity to learn from and network with a small cohort. While the majority of your interactions will occur in an online environment, the School is committed to bringing students together in person. Watch for LER representatives at conferences and events in your area.

Expanding Your Professional Network

Students are encouraged to engage with and join our active alumni network through the School’s LinkedIn Group. Additionally, many professional organizations offer student memberships at reduced cost and offer many options for involvement in committees and local chapters.

Planning for Professional Success

Our staff and faculty advisors are available to support your professional goals through one-on-one consultation and group workshops. You are strongly encouraged to reach out to program staff to discuss academic progress, opportunities for professional involvement, and/or faculty areas of research in order to identify opportunities that best meet your professional aspirations.

Example group workshops:

  • Gearing up for the Job Search: provided insight into hiring for HR positions from the perspective of a vice president of HR
  • Career Transitions: an LER alumnus shared his experience and lessons of transitions with employers, industries, and working abroad