Career in Human Resources

HR People are in great demand today. From small time domestic outfits to transnational corporations, all are vying to have quality HR people in their HR Department. So is this'hype' or a 'need'? Corporate pundits believe that tomorrow's corporate war is going to be fought for 'Human Capital/People/ Men'.

In the form of quality HR professionals, wise organizations are hence attracting; developing and keeping able lieutenants to win this war for talent. For as the world of management has evolved, the focus has shifted (to an extent) from 'Money' as an asset to 'Men' as the only source of competitive advantage.

The most appropriate time to make the best of this wonderful world of successful HR professional is hence 'Now'. For the starters, the term 'HR' is an acronym for Human Resource(s). Other equally popular acronyms for this 'People Management' are HRD (Human Resource Development); Human Resource Management (HRM); Human Capital Management (HCM).

HR World: Human Resource professionals work environment rotate in and around People-People who are primarily associated in their workplace or have the potential for future association. Some of the major functions in which these HR professionals are involved include: Recruitment & Selection, Training & Development, Coaching, Salary & Wages, Performance Appraisals, Increments & Promotions, Career & Succession planning, Employer Branding, Employee Welfare, Quality of work life, Employee Productivity, Change Management, Employee Relations, Industrial Relations, Employee Counselling, Employee Retention.

Thus depending on the size of an organization, an individual could be accountable for entire gamut of responsibilities or he/she could be looking after one or a mix of these. Demand for HR Professionals These 'People Stalwarts' are equally required by Manufacturing as well as Service set ups. Despite the fact that number of aspirants opting for HR as a career to pursue have gone up significantly in this decade, there is still a humungous shortage for professionals of eminence.

Required Qualities: It has been observed that over and above hard core HR technical skills, individuals who have strong interpersonal skills enjoy a great command in this 'People Industry'. 'Adaptability 'is often considered a rare virtue for these 'People Managers'. Probably this is the reason we see the women rising the corporate ladder very fast. Males again coupled with 'Business Sense' are reigning over. Quite often regarded as 'Internal Marketing', this Industry abodes HR talent by being an equal opportunity employer.

Job Opportunities & Salary Packages The remuneration these 'People Pleasers' command is dependent on a number of factors and is never ever a constraint for the right set of professionals. Being an alumnus from an elite academic institute helps a lot. 'Tenacity' could be regarded as another key to make it the other day. A smart HR professional always and always has opportunities knocking his/her door.

In a Seller's market, an entry level nationwide domestic package could range anywhere from Rs. 3 lakh per annum to Rs. 18 lakhper annum, with alumnus from creme-de-la-creme institutes falling on the higher end of the bracket. A foreign posting is certainly not a distant dream for the go getters. Institutions to Look For Some of the elite institutions in India which have been offering value for money specialist HR programmes and whose alumnus are sought after the industry veterans are: Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai; Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur; Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Pune; Xavier Institute of Social Sciences (XISS), Ranchi; Symbiosis Centre for Management & Human Resource Development (SCMHRD), Pune; International Management Institute, New Delhi; Management Development Institute, Gurgaon; Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.

Some other elite B-schools which offer HR as an option to specialize during their various academic programmes are: Indian Institute of Management (IIM); S.P.Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai; Jamanalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai; Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM); IIT, Mumbai; Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), DU, Delhi; FORE School of Management, New Delhi; Goa Institute of Management, Goa.

The above lists are indicative. Apart from these there are many reputed Central, State & State recognized Private Universities offering challenging exposure in this discipline. As a matter of fact, a part time/Distance Learning/ Open Learning/ E-Learning mode could do wonders for working executives and house-wives. The Challenges Getting through these temples of learning is a unique milestone to achieve in one's life. Getting in there is challenging; staying there is more taxing and making the most of it is testing. One should definitely strive for these places of wisdom, for the fruits they bore are sweet.

As one aspires to make it into the realms of HR, one should be ready to perspire. One should never ever forget that this HR world is for brave soldiers and not for the weak hearted. It is for those who dare to dream and roll their sleeves and not for those who daydream. HR fraternity today is seen as a world of 'givers' and not 'takers'. It has passed time and tide to emerge as one of the most sought after career. And this feat has been possible because earnest HR professionals have strived for it.

Source: Employment News - Weekly


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