HERE ARE SOME USEFUL THOUGHTS.
Based on your brief,
The gap of 2 years should not be a big worry.
You can always explain and play it down.
Definitely some interviewers would ask about it, more out of
curiosity than anything else. You must be prepared to answer
it and not avoid it.
Based on your technical qualifications and experience,
your competences could be outlined as
-familiarity with software
-knowledge of harware/ software
-knowledge of systems in general
-attention to details
-critical / analtyical thinking
It is possible some of these competences more matured than others.
Your commercial experience in total is just over 2 years covering
YOU STILL HAVE TO COMPLETE PGCHRM.
With this background, you want to move into RESEARCH HRM.
You can cover a number of areas , as listed below/ more.
But this is subject to your aptitude, your passion, available
Also you should remember that nobody in their right mind
want to do just research--they want also to implement
the research findings.
HENCE YOU MUST ALSO DEVELOP THE SKILLS
-TO PLAN THE SOLUTION TO THE FINDINGS
-TO IMPLEMENT THE PLANNING.
SO THE REAL SCOPE LIES IN RESEARCHING/
Vision & HR Strategy Development
HR STRATEGIC planning
Executive and Leadership Development
Organization Culture Assessment & Development
Innovation and Creativity Practices
Communication, Influence, and Conflict Resolution Skills
Employee Development & Coaching
Career Planning /Management
Development of Self-Directed/Shared Leadership Teams
Meeting Effectiveness & Group Facilitation
Team Building/ Development
Group Problem Solving
ETC ETC ETC
In career planning, you have to place your position/ role,
not just as researcher of HR, but what HR can do to the
organization, solution provider in collaborative
and help the organization to meet the changing needs
of the BUSINESS.[ example could COST EFFECTIVENESS]
The kind of career , you are seeking , are limited in numbers.
Put some more experience on the current job/ complete the
course and try to do/learn more in your current job [ beyond
the call of duty] It will pay off in the future.
Then you should seek position with organizations like
*CENTRE OF OD DEVELOPMENT [ Hyderabad]
*TIFR [ mumbai]
*ANY MAJOR CONSULTING HOUSE
*LARGE ORGANIZATION LIKE [ HLL, ITC etc]
A FEW YEARS WITH THEM, THEN YOU CAN START
YOUR OWN CONSULTANCY / WRITE YOUR OWN CHEQUE.
HOPE THIS IS USEFUL TO YOU
12th June 2005 From India, Mumbai