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I have completed MBA (HR) by distance mode. I am working as Project Coordinator. I want to change to HR. how to start in HR
I would give you answer based on personal experience. Just having done HR course (full time or part time don't help). We need a basic experience in the field to actually understand what happens. It is only then that one realize what HR is all about. For a fresher, start with some consultancy and be there till you understand recruitment (as it is the simplest and the most important activity of HR). You can later move as per your expertise and skills.

Since you are already working somewhere as a project co-ordinator, it becomes a little tricky. However, you can ask your senior about considering your new education qualification and if there could be something done about it. You can proactively say that you be given a mixture of HR and Project Mgmt at this initial stage and they can test your HR knowledge and can eventually push you more towards HR dept. There are lot of things. However, before you request, proactively suggest what is it that you can offer help with on an initial grounding base.

Wish you all the best :)

Dear Ankita,
Your information has been quite valuable, I had been seeking advice on this subject and you have been a great help. I just wish to ask whether doing a course of an HR generalist will help and do you need to do mba in hr before doing this course

I do not know if you have any experience or are fresher, but would take it both ways again.
I want to know firstly that you mentioned about HR Generalist course. Do you want to do that course from some private institute or some University is providing you?
From your question I understand you are interested into a generalist profile, but before I could proceed further, could you let me know what is your understanding about the profile?
I shall help you accordingly. Also let me knw about your experience status and your interest level in HR and why you wish to do HR.

HR Generalist (for Ani and others)

Generalist profile is preferred by HR freshers as they can understand and work on different fields and then move to the core interest area.

However, getting a generalist profile is quite different, especially in current market scenario. Most of smaller organzations do give a generalist kind of profile which is HR-Admin related work, which also can be fine for entry levels. You would be handling attendance, leave, payroll, joining and induction, hr auditing and the major part of your role would be recruitment. (They usually give you 70-80% recruitment and rest generalist). You can start up with such organization and can use the platform to learn more about other HR activities which might not be in your KRA - employee motivation & engagement, T&D, reporting and MIS handling.

Sure the pay might not be upto the expectation and kind of work will only exhaust you, but trust me that's the best possible way you could learn. :)

Hope it helped all :)



** In the above post pls read different as difficult (getting a generalist profile is quite difficult) Typo-error :P Regards, Ankita :)
Dear Ankita ,

Thanks again and my apologies I didn't give you the complete information . I'll start with your first query , I am currently working as a recruiter in a consultancy (for 4mnths),they deal with a lot of non-bpo and bpo companies and have given me a good insight on the whole recruitment process. Although what I am looking for in a HR profile is a lot more like conducting interviews , joining , induction , orientation , taking care of salary slabs and other admin work . I was adviced to do a HR generalist course by my asst. manager, as it would give me a complete overview of the duties of an HR although I don't hold an MBA in the said field . I am planning to do this course from some private institute as I am really not aware of any university or known establishment offering this course ,which again is something I need to give a lot of thought too. Like you said the market is not exactly overflowing with jobs these days so I would be more than happy to join a small organisation to learn more about the HR profile, but even those are hard to come by in the present scenario . So again in the end , can you advice me on whether I should first complete my M.B.A or go for HR generalist as mba would take time I really can't afford to loose and generalist course would help me find the desired profile sooner and also get me acquainted with the H R work

Salary is not much of an issue , at least in the beginning ...consultancies don't pay much too : )

Thanks again


Dear Nandita,

Not an issue, it always happens. I hope you are clear on generalist profile that i described in the last post. Moving on with it, Let us now get to your problem -

A consultancy's experience is actually a really good grounding to start with, esp to know the in and out of recruitment, understand industry and different organization's expectation. It is 4 months in a consultancy that you've served. I would advice you atleast serve a couple of more months. In the mean time you can look out for jobs elsewhere which would give you more emphasize on HR grounding.

Believe me or not when you work in a consultancy, even if you're given a generalist profile, 90-95% of your time is dedicated to recruitment. Seldom you might get to learn other aspects like employee motivation, employee engagement, policy designing and implementation, handling employee grievances, maintaining leaves, career planning for your staff, performance management, etc etc.

It is a misconcept and most of people believe into that HR people have only recruitment to do. So it becomes really essential for anybody to have experience in a company (even if it is a smaller firm) and be able to explore different rooms of HR apart form recruitment (unless that is the only thing you wish to do whole life)

Since you're residing in New Delhi and I have no idea abt the city, yet what i can suggest is, I am sure you're off on Sundays atleast (if not Saturdays) There might be showrooms, (go to branded showrooms like Hyundai, or Toyota or Tata) they have one position for HR-cum-Admin. You'll be responsible and handling whole HR from salary processing to leave and attendance to performance to policies to everything that you can't even think of and also minor admin work like looking after stationary or other petty items and handling cash/customer enquires etc. You can walk-in and meet the concerned person and negotiate the profile and package to suit your best. Stick around for atleast 1 year and you'd see a change in yourself. Trust me on this.

As far as MBA is concerned. There won't be much different with the degree too in the economic turmoil (Saying so coz I have had a bad time job hunting myself inspite of having a done masters in HR from reputed insti and all) It just appears that if we do MBA, Cos would run after us, the reality is irrespective of our degrees, we only run after Cos to get us hired. So don't waste much time in thinking for MBA. You can first start with generalist profile and if you feel ur very keen on it, you can google some HR certifications or diplomas that could be done with your job on.

Hope it helped.

Dear Ankita,
Thanks for your information. I am now 39 and can i get job in hr as fresher and i have experience in project and office admin of 15 years. i have tired in present co. but no vacancy in hr dept. so how to proceed. and what is the minimum salary for hr job. at present i am getting 4 Lpa

It would be easier to answer if I know what roles you perform...
Though project management & Admin is very different compared to HR.
HR Fresher wouldn't get the kind of sal currently ur drawing, to be a little honest I'm getting half of wat ur drawing (me too fresher around 6months in industry)
So lets take a diff course... Give me an idea of what all tasks can you handle? You can put the pointers and then accordngly reformat your CV and look out for companies job openings.... Meet personally... You may have to switch at same offering if you're keen but then there would be growth in a year's time...
All the best :-)

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