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Career in Human Resource Management

By on April 11, 2017

Do you wish to take care of the people at work and have high empathy and interest in welfare of people! You may consider the career in Human Resource Management. But liking people is not the only qualification for pursuing a career in Human Resources. It might help, but it is insufficient for success. You need to have enhanced ability to contribute to employee development, organization development, employee retention, and most importantly you have to create a positive, motivating work environment. In addition, your expertise in measuring how human resource processes and programs will contribute to the success of the overall business is critical skill you must possess.

To use human being to take care of the themselves can actually correlated to the birth of human resources. As we know people are called assets to an organization, taking care of them is as essential as building a business. The realistic example is: machines can be replaced and repaired, policies can be made and remade, old technology can be replaced with the new one, but the qualities and great value that each person has cannot be replaced, repaired or substituted with anything. The organization can have many machines, many technologies; but if it does not have people to work with all of these, then nothing can be accomplished.

Have you ever wondered how a student who plays a particular sports in school joins a professional coach and becomes worth millions? The kid is the same but his coach has transformed him. Let us understand the role of a HR person with the story of a coach. Take the case of a budding badminton player who is in school. He approaches a coach to be taught to play professionally. The coach first makes him play with others. He looks at his background, his spirit, his stamina and reflexes, etc. He interviews the child. This, in HR, is called recruitment or the process of recruiting. He gets selected. The child is made to practice daily. His stamina increases. He is made comfortable in all aspects of badminton. Then he continues to play till he reaches perfection. This is called training.

Now comes the development part. Though the student wins many matches, there is a style, which highlights him/her level of professionalism and his/her body language, etc. This is called development. The student begins to blossom. He plays in many tournaments. Based on his performance, he is sent to participate in higher-level matches. He then plays for a county, then the under-eighteens, and then professional badminton.

This is human resource management in a nutshell.

How to become an Human Resource Manager?

It is expected that an HR manager is an MBA with a specialization in human resource or personnel management or should have completed Masters degree in PMIR (Personnel Management and Industrial Relations) from an institute such as TISS or XLRI or has a basic degree and certificate issued by the National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM) or any other recognized university. While education is important, your other skills can be equally important to become a successful HR professional.

Some of the key skills and personal qualifications you will be needing to work successfully in human resources:

  • You as a HR manager should be tactful in dealing with difficult situations. Tact means determining what is good and fair in trying conditions. The HR manager should also be resourceful and have an open mind to tackle a difficult matter in different angles.
  • The HR manager must be guided by a sympathetic attitude towards the employees. Some of the employees may be unreasonable, but it all boils down to the skill of the HR manager who must tackle them to get the best out of them.
  • You should be fair in matters of promotions, demotions, transfers and be firm in enforcing discipline in an organization.
  • Good written and spoken communication skills is essential assets for you.
  • The HR manager should have a good social outlook to all walks of life.
  • Knowledge of labour laws: He should ensure that the company conducts itself in accordance with the major labour laws. He should be aware of the government's policy and he should ensure that all employees get treated properly.

Career Scope

Human Resources managers are advocates for both the company and the people who work in the company. Consequently, the HR professional performs a constant balancing act to meet both needs successfully. A Human Resources Manager plays a wide variety of roles in organizations depending on the size of the organization, The roles bring progressively more authority and responsibility. In large organization they heads several different departments that are each led by functional or specialized HR such as the training manager, the compensation manager, or the recruiting manager. To be specific you can choose to be a:

Human Resources Manager

If your career objective is to have great personal satisfaction, you may choose to be a human resource manager. These managers oversee organizations and strategy, interact person-to-person, and help employees directly. HR managers coordinate and plan HR activities, then manage them once executed. These include guiding employees through the hiring process, benefits programs, training, labour disputes, and other administrative needs important to workers within a company. HR managers, generally have a direct influence and positive impact on the people in an organization.

HR Consultant

These days, organization are growing increasingly complicated, and human resources departments are no exception. Many companies are assessing their current situation and offers and helps deploy systemic recommendations that will get the company to its desired goal. The HR consultant, meanwhile, gets to choose whom he or she works with, when that work is completed, and what to charge. Thus this career path would give you lot of freedom to work with In addition you make a lot of money, when and where you want it. Human resources consultants may specialize in a variety of fields, including benefits, employee incentives and rewards programs, company culture after mergers and acquisitions, employee motivation, retirement plans, recruiting and even the outsourcing of any of the many functions of an HR department.

Non-profit Human Resources Expert

If you wish to help people as well as the society you may choose this career path. A nonprofit human resources expert could be a recruiter, a human resources manager, a human resources executive, or any other HR professional operating within the nonprofit field. Here you may have to profile for recruiting, administering benefits, training and development, assisting with policies and strategy and more. Remember, you will be working for an organization that exists to make a positive impact on the world around it, whether through health, education, the arts, preserving cultures or any of the many things that nonprofits do. So the impact on fellow workers is magnified in this context. You will definitely directly and, more indirectly, make a strong contribution to the betterment of the world at large.

Training & Development Manager

If you are passionate about teaching, this would be a great career path for you. Training and development managers help employees improve their skill sets and careers. They -held classes, workshops, conferences etc. They might design or customized course or innovative programs for employees. Helping people to learn and improve their lives make this career path fulfilling one.

International Human Resources Professional

If you love to travel, speak multiple languages and wish to work with people of different background and custom, you may choose to be an international human resource professional. You can also visit countries all over the world and experience a great variety of people and cultures. These professionals are involved in recruiting candidates into global positions, training and development standards across an international organization, implementing benefits plans as national laws allow, labor relations, employee programs and many more.

Human Resources Executive (Chief HR Officer or Vice President of Human Resources)

These executive positions require an individual to devise an HR strategy for the company, including policies, systems and goals. Every aspect of a human resources department, beginning with recruiting and moving through contract signings, training and development, benefits etc. To become the Vice President of HR, you need to have 10-20 years’ worth of experience and a proven track record of human resources success. The HR executive can have a satisfying and, above all, well-paying career.

HR Entrepreneur

launching a successful HR company can be a golden ticket in terms of career choices. HR professionals with an entrepreneurial bent can set up such a firm, find a stable of clients and, with hard work and tenacity, build their firm into a successful organization. These firm are generally known as headhunting firm, employee placement company, HR consulting firm, or a professional employer organization (PEO), which takes on the role of an outsourced HR department for a company. You choose this career only if you really like HR and are excellent with people, and have a killer work ethic and high risk tolerance and then only the entrepreneurial human resources path stands as a potentially lucrative career for you.

Executive Recruiter

The main task of executive recruiters are finding and filling job openings for senior executives, the so-called C-level executives including CEOs, as well as people in vice president positions.


All IIMs ( Indian Institute of Management) and other management institutes of repute offer specialization in Human Resources. But there are some reputed institute students shows their preference:

- XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur
- Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
- Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
- Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development, Pune

About - Itishree Misra

Dr. Itishree Misra is a Clinical Psychologist and a Career Counselor. She has close to 2 decades of experience in academia and industry. Dr. Misra has been recognized widely for her work in the field for education and psychometrics. She can be reached at