I am an year 11 student ... Am confused between 2 career options.... Councelling psychology or human resource management I wanted to know if I could become a human resource manager after doing masters in organisational psychology or not?? Is there any pathway for that ? I want to do psychology because i am still not very clear with my goals.... Therefore I want to keep both options open.
From Australia, Adelaide
Hello Chanvi,
Just to shed some light on Human Resource Managment, one cannot simply become a HR Manager by doing Masters. It requires a loads of on job experience, seeking guidance from seniors.
Whereas, Organizational Psychology/ Organizational Behaviour provides you with knowledge and understanding of human behaviour within the work place and supports the core areas of organisational/occupational psychology.
Since you are still in your 11th, I would suggest you to do a thorough research. If you wish to be a HR Manager (I wish you all the best) then start from the scratch.
All the best for your future deeds...!!

From India, Visakhapatnam
Dear Chanvi, My question to you is why not?
Second, you must go to subject that you like most or have interest in it and for this the very best option I can give you that can help you to discover your need and real choice. Go to Google and read about HRM, Psychology, and scope.
But if you wanna know from other what subject you must go with, can have lots of suggestions here that you must go to HRM which is expected and obvious as this is the place for HR people.
You must go to https://www.citehr.com/16473-psychology-hr.html and im sure this will certainly help you to know your choice.
You also can go to following discussion where member has already discussed this same topic and have defined how both are connected to each other. https://www.citehr.com/114784-hr-psychology.html
With my personal and professional opinion, I want you to go with HRM

From India, Gurgaon
Although there are quite a few overlapping areas between Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (HRM), there are fundamental differences.

The first and perhaps the most obvious difference between them is the knowledge foundation. As psychologists, they base their work heavily in science. All work has to be backed up by scientific evidence and statistics is always in their toolbox.

In contrast, HRM is essentially a business study which emphasizes more on the practical side, with less focus on the scientific side. Moreover, in addition to working on overlapping areas, they work on different levels. Organizational Psychologists focus more on the design and development of procedures, tools and principles while HR professionals work more on the operational level, such as implementation of selection systems and applying training principles in real training scenarios.

My Suggestion is if you are interested in doing masters in organizational psychology, go for it and also purse Hr and labour related diplomas.

From India, Bangalore
Hello Chanvi,

At the outset, let me 'really' congratulate you--not many have a flair for psychology @ the school level & more so to have a clear-minded focus on making a career in that line.

Pl go thru the Links that Anil Arora has given--they would bring clarity to your 'thoughts', which obviously would form the basis for 'action' as you move-on.

Adarshsunkara has given a very relevant & practical point to think about--quite often the line differentiating Organizational Psychology & HRM is very thin & blurred--it depends more on the individual concerned than a 'generic' way of segregating both to handle day-to-day issues in order to utilize the know-how--whether positively or negatively.

If you can keep your feet on the ground even while pursuing BOTH, the combination of Organizational Psychology & HRM can be very complementary leading to a high rate of success in career--after all, HR emanates from understanding human psychology, which in-turn forms the bulwark of the 'group/collective psychology' of any organization.

All the Best.



From India, Hyderabad
Anil.Adarsh and Tajsatish provided you well defined guidelines and enough inputs as to how to clear the clouds confusing you about your option between Organisational Psychology and HRM. While endorsing the members views that both organisational psychology and HRM are complimentary to each other, we can say that Organisational Psychology is a Part while HRM is a whole running through the whole gamut of people management. You can also discuss this with people who are currently performing these jobs in your social circle and also have an eye on the career prospects & path in both the streams in Australia.
HR & Labour Law Advsior

From India, Mumbai
Hi Chanvi,
I think you have got good support from others and if you still have questions you may call me to discuss it more.
I am into career counselling too and I am sure I can give you a free session for about 30 mins... :)

From India, Delhi

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