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I am currently working in Java Field at a reputed IT Company holding an experience of 2 yrs. Now I feel my interest lies in the field of HR and am planning to move from Technical to Non-Technical Background.
I am opting for a MBA degree in HR via Distance Education Program.
While doing the course, Do I have a possibility of landing in HR job(With 2 yrs of exp in IT) ? If yes, What would be the minimum salary expected?
Please provide some guidelines. Your help would be most appreciated.

From India
Hello Anu36,
Moving from a pure technical area/function to HR has very good advantages....BUT..a VERY BIG but.....it all depends on the reason(s) for your choice.
Why do you want to move from technical line to HR? Your mention of "Now I feel my interest lies in the field of HR........." conveys a two-mind scenario--more of a 'feeling' than any concrete reason(s). Pl elaborate.
Also, getting a HR job while doing the MBA COULD be tough--for obvious reasons [no relevant exp]. The best bet for you would be to get into HR-related activities while you are in the technical line--like taking technical interviews, etc. That could add to your value when you go for HR jobs after the MBA.
However, like I mentioned above, you FIRST need to be clear on WHY you want to enter into HR field. Else, this could turn-out to be a costly experiment in your career.
All the Best.

From India, Hyderabad
Thanks for your time.
It is not just a feel but I am passionate to be a part of HRD. The HR activities in Recruitment process and Employee Relations gave me a positive sign towards HRD.
When I graduated from Engg., immediately I got an IT job and stepped into it. Now I got an opportunity to look into what HR is all about and I am confident that I can give my best here.
To add up to why I am leaving technical line is because I am not very comfortable with programming.
I want know if I am moving towards the right decision with this career shift from the field which I am not comfortable to the one which I am passionate about.
Please suggest your viewpoints.

From India
Hello Anu36,

Like the Saying goes: In such things, there are no 'rights' or 'wrongs'....only consequences [this is w.r.t. your line:'......if I am moving towards the right decision....'].

It all depends on one's aptitude--again to quote Zig Ziglar: "The altitude you reach depends on your attitude & aptitude". Where there is Will, there is always a way.

Hope you get the point.

Like I mentioned earlier, the transition period ]between the shift from IT to HR line] will be definitely quite tough--a sort of testing phase by....let's say nature.....to check IF you really mean to change. However, if you really feel very strongly for HR, you will definitely make it.

Coming to the "HOW" part, I have already mentioned the possibilities--getting into HR activities while you are a programmer. You haven't mentioned the size of your company. Usually in small/medium-sized companies the opportunity to 'help-out' in other functions is higher. So if there's any chance for you to get involved in HR activities [of course with the OK from your superiors], that would be the best-case-scenario [meaning lesser transition trauma] for making the change-over.

Another way to get the 'feel' of HR function, suggest make friends with HR functionals--that would enhance your exposure to various HR-related aspects/issues. In a way, until you get into HR formally, 'think HR', 'eat HR', 'drink HR'...............

Yet another way would be to get into a regular MBA course in an established College, where there are Campus Placements--that way you are, by & large, assured of a HR job after the MBA AND with your technical background becoming a PLUS.

All the Best.



From India, Hyderabad
A better option for you is to go in for a full time MBA program from a reputed institute. You may choose H R (as Major) & Marketing (as Minor) areas of specialization. Added to this, your two years of experience as a software developer (in JAVA), can possibly get you placement in the Business Support role as 'HR Analyst' in an IT Company selling HR products.

However, if your interest is in Core HR, your prior experience shall not count and you have to join as a fresher. Your growth can be faster if your company has all their HR processes automated since you can take on the additional role of 'HR Administrator' to maintain & manage their HRMS platform.

In either case, your focus should be more on migrating to the field of your own choice, rather than looking for pay packages (which vary from job to job and company to company).

But one thing is sure that only relevant experience counts in salary fixation. To that extent, continuing as a JAVA programmer may offer better remuneration if you focus on sharpening your skills in this area.

From India, Delhi

If you have decided finally to make your rest time of career in H.R. then its O.K,

Make a mind set up that in future you are not going to quit this trade any how,

Ask and justify yourself that do you really want to go to H.R.

Find the real reasons of such switch IT to H.R ,

Do you really have interest in H.R trade?

Initially no company is going to pay high package at entrance level as for them you will be treated as fresher only,

Just try to get any H.R. Related job in concerned company or of you feel better you can join any H.R. consultancy infact for time you are completing your MBA for basics and deep knowledge of HR activities,profiles,work culture,companies requirement etc.

You can find any good university for MBA via distance mode,

Read journals from HR trade,

Get updations of same field,

so after completing MBA you can announce strongly with confidence that you deserve to get good job in H>R department in esteemed organisation.

Best wishes.

Thanks & Regards

Manish Srivastava

From India, Lucknow
Dear Anu,

The shift from technical background to HR is -->

1. Difficult (yet not impossible)

2. Requires efforts (In order to be sustained in the transistional period)

3. Requires Clarity (Why HR?)

As you said you're passionate about HR, I think you'd find a way out.

I'll share my experience. I'm graduate in IT just like you. I shifted to HR. While pursuing my full time MBA, ppl told me that being from technical background, and better understanding of concepts, i should be taking up finance. Also since majority of my class were all engineers, and most of them taking up finance, they all adviced me same.... We had 3 classes, and in my class, i was the only one to take up HR. People mocked me saying there would be difficulties getting a job... (as was known also to us that HR students were a little diffcult to place) and they brain washed me to the extent that i was in double mind. I literally had to stop and think what do i want? and walked the HR path.... and it was not over there...

With this you'll also need perseverance, determination and most important patience....

After i completed my course, i was at home for more than 6 months before i got something to start with. A consultancy picked me up. I took it up but wasn't happy as i wanted a generalist profile. I was determinant to get one, and today i've got one of the best profiles one could ask for.... But those 6 months were difficult when you see your frns gng on job and most imp all those ppl who adviced you not to take up HR would come to you and mock at you saying "I told you so" but i feel, all that was worth what i've got now...

Look at all pros and cons... This transition is not as simple as it seems on paper... It would require real guts to stick to what you said, knowing the fact that you can land up perhaps nowhere....

Wish you luck :)

Hope it helped... :)

From India, Mumbai
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