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Hi All,
I am IT developer with 6 years of experience in Java/J2EE with reputed Organization in Pune. But now I want to shift my career towards HR field. I have also completed a one year certification course in business administration from reputed institute.
But I am not sure what kind of job I can apply and what will be the opportunites and package to expect...How my current experience will count in this...How to build my profile to approach the companies..
If anybody here can guide and help me in this regards I will be really gratefull....
any inputs anybody has will be appreciated..

Hello Nilesh,
First of all, a Very Happy new Year to you.
Coming to your query, pl elaborate the reasons why you want to shift--a lot will depend on those aspects. Especially since you are in a field where you should be doing well career-wise.

After working as S/w engg for these many years I have found that I am more interested in administrative and people management stuff. Also my technical experience will be helpful for me to address the problems faced by peoples working in this field. I feel that I will grow faster in the HR field.

Hello Nilesh,
I understand your predicament & the viewpoint.
There are 2 ways you can look @ your situation--and consequently the action-plan for your future.
1] You can continue to work in the technical line & focus on people management aspects--more of becoming a Program manager as you go along.
2] You can move to HR [how is to be decided] and focus on the HR aspects with a technical ground-knowledge. Pl note that in this case, your contact/touch with the latest technologies will decrease by the day--you need to be ready for this scenario in your career.
You also need to be clear reg another aspect--the monetary. Salaries as well as salary-raises for Software professionals are much higher than HR people--you need to be mentally prepared for it. No point regretting later in your life when you experience this aspect the hard way.
Coming to how you would make an entry into the HR field, maybe you could do a MBA course with HR specialisation & then make the shift. There are many such cases in most of the reputed colleges/institutions where people changed their career-course after the MBA/PGDM, thru the campus-hiring route.
You are right about using your technical knowledge/exp to advantage in the HR line--I can vouch for it, having the same combination myself.

Thanks very much for yours valuable inputs..
Just a doubt regarding MBA course in HR ...whether a part time or distance learning degree will have any value while searching the job...as I cant afford to do a full time course leaving the current job..

Hello Nilesh,

Reg 'where' to do the MBA-HR depends again on your priorities & circumstances.

Like I mentioned a few earlier postings for different queries, I repeat the Quote: In nature, there are no rewards or punishments, only consequences. So too in your case--there would be consequences for any option/choice you make.

Option-1 would be to do the MBA in some nondescript college thru part-time/correspondence--just for the sake of the degree. The Pros here would be: you have the comfort of an ongoing job with the associated financial comfort-level AND studying as per your convenience. The Con would be the apprehensions you mentioned. While degrees from such Institutions can't be said having 'zero-value', they surely have lesser value than the Degrees from established Institutions.

Option-2 would be to take a sabbatical from your career [depends on your financial/family situation] & do a full-time course from any well-known Institution--thru GATE. The Cons here would be zero earnings for the duration of the degree AND some amount of dislocation of life in general. The Pros would be an assured future based on the Degree you earn--since such Institutions would invariably have Campus Recruitments. Whatever you may lose in terms of lost salary for this duration would be recouped then. Some such Colleges also have Financing options with Bank tie-ups for the high cost of the study.

The choice/decision, finally, would be your's, since it's your career.



Hi Nilesh,
Just wanted to ask whether u were successful in changing your career.Because I have 4 yrs of IT experience and then i did my masters in Human Resource Mgmt and now am looking for jobs...But it has become quite tough to start my career..So need some tips...

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