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Career guide: Choosing career in human resource management

Published: Sunday 27th September 2020

A career in human resource management is a great avenue for those interested in subjects such as Organizational Behaviour, Labour Laws and Human Resources policy making. With the growth of the employment sector in India, this is one professional field that will never be saturated. From top to bottom levels, Human Resources professionals are required at various designations for recruiting, training and onboarding, employee appraisal, grievance resolution, salary budgeting and many more departments.

Interviewer assessing a candidate, Trying to make a career in human resource management 

Before we get started about how to become a Human Resources professional, we’d like you to check out our blog that discusses the role of the Human Resources Department as well as the qualities of an HR manager. If you want to pursue a career in Human Resources Management, this blog will help you understand all that you need to know!

Skills required to be a Human Resources professional

  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Empathy
  • Understanding of multiple perspectives
  • High standards in ethics and morals
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal and people skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Eye for detail
  • Time management and planning skills 
  • Good listener and analytical understanding
  • A flair for conducting interviews 
  • Team building and collaboration skills
  • Confidence to work under pressure

Courses to take up to become a Human Resources Professional

If you take up a course in Human Resources Management, you are signing up to learn the following subjects in depth:

  • Management principles
  • Employee recruitment
  • Payment of bonus and gratuity Acts
  • Employee morale
  • Sexual harassment
  • Employee theft
  • Retirement
  • Budgeting

If these subjects hold your interest, you will definitely flourish in the field of Human Resources. To become a Human Resources professional in India, you can take three different routes as described below.

  • Diploma: A diploma in Human Resources will teach you the introductory subjects that this career field includes. A diploma is a short course of 8 to 10 months that is meant to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for immediate employment. By choosing a good college or university to complete your Diploma certification in Human Resources, you can apply for entry level HR jobs in the industry. 
  • Graduate Degree: A Bachelor’s degree in commerce (B. Com, BMS and other commerce specializations) is a 3 years long program which will teach you the subjects you need to be well-versed to pursue a career in Human Resources Management. It is more immersive than a Diploma since it is a full-fledged degree. Bachelor’s in Management Studies is typically the most ideal choice for an Hr professional, because the subjects are more specific to the industry. However any Bachelor’s degree in Commerce opens the doors to a job as an HR staff. 
  • PGDM- HR or MBA HR: A Postgraduate Diploma or a Master’s in Business Administration are two different courses that can be pursued only after the completion of a 3 to 4 years Bachelor’s degree. While PGDM is more practical application oriented, an MBa is more traditional in its approach. Both of them are similar in their course length (2 years) and may be done in full-time, part-time or an executive level (10-12 months). Pursuing and completing a degree in these two courses will land you a job in the management level as it is a course that specializes in the higher up HR job profiles.  To get into a great business school like the IIMs, S.P Jain or JB IMS, you will need to register and appear for a national level entrance exam known as CAT, which is conducted in November each year. Some business schools like TISS and XLRI conduct their own entrance examinations  (TISSNET and XAT). Please note that the executive level MBA in HR can be pursued only after 5+ years of industrial experience in the same profession, usually taken up for a promotion to the management level.

Eligibility for a career in Human Resources Management 

To attend a Diploma and Bachelor’s course in Human Resources, you need to clear your 10+2 examinations. To be eligible for a PGDM and MBA, you need to have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum aggregate score of 50%  as well as clear any entrance exams of the B-schools you are targeting. 

A career in human resource management can take you to great career heights if you are passionate about an organization and its employees. To wrap this career guide up, we’d like you to research the dates and registrations for the PGDM and MBA entrance exams. For more explorative blogs, you can visit our career guides and job seeker blogs.

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