Dear All,

I am Spandana Maheshwaram. This is my first post in Cite Communications. From the last 15day only I am reading the discussions of seniors on different topics.

I was very much tensed about my career. I got confidence with this cite that I can get a proper solution from the experts.

My qualification is B.Sc(Maths, Physics & Chemistry), MBA(Finance). I have completed my MBA in 2008 from JNTU with 72% . I have served for an MBA college for one academic year (2008-09) as an Asst Prof. I left the job as I was not satisfaction in the teaching field.

I requested my parents and I came to Hyd in 2009. I am from a middle class family so I cant ask money from my parents. In this condition I joined a company as a tele caller with the salary 6500/- on contract basis, In one year period of time I didn't get Emp Id, Sal account, even experience letter except an Appointment letter. After that I got a Job as an HR in a small company which deals with multiple projects. Here also same problem.

After an year later I joined a Software company(Small) as a HR & Admin Assistant. Here the HR dept starts with me I have full filled everything as a HR for employees and the employer. Every one is satisfied with my work. But my CTC is only 10k p/m where it is not sufficient for my survival in this city . Now I want to change the company for better salary. Am I an eligible person for the post of HR & Admin In top MNC's with this experience and MBA(FINANCE) qualification?

I request you all, please suggest me with a proper solution.

Thanks & Regards,

Spandana Maheswaram


From India, Hyderabad
Dear Spandana,

Hi, I read your above statement and would like to tell you my opinion for the queries you have raised.

Firstly, if at all you want to make a career in HR and have dreams of joining any top MNC's, you should ideally have a degree or any kind of certification in HR to do so. I would suggest that since you have now got a job as a HR and you done quite well, I would suggest you do Executive MBA or part-time MBA or any HR course through Distance Learning mode. This will help you to understand HR better and also if any Company wants you to call for a interview, they will see that you have also got qualification in HR post your MBA. In case you start looking for a job in HR with your present background, the first thing any interviewer will ask you is why are you working in a HR role when you have done your MBA in Finance. And trust me any kind of answer would not not be justified at that point of time and even in my frank opinion i think your CV might also not get shortlisted for a HR job. All the best


Aditya Ambekar

098679 89399

From India, Mumbai
Dear Sir,
I am very much thank full to you for your suggestion, but if I go for any HR course in distance or regular mode it will take min 2years of time.
So Please will you suggest me is there any university offering one year Certification courses of HR.
Thanks & Regards,
Spandana Maheshwaram

From India, Hyderabad
Hi ,
Yes .
You can get a job in MNC in HR dept as you have experience .
You can definately try to jump to a bigger company with the help of this
experience .
At the same time enroll for some PG dip in HRM from a reputed institute while serving.
Rajeev Dixit

From India, Bangalore

You can be a top HR person if you will to!

That "will" will make you work hard (perhaps while working)!

But tell me, why have you done MBA (Fin) and from where?

Do you detest finance and accounting activities totally?

Regardless of that, one would still be interested in knowing from you the reasons for your fascination for HR?

Like every other function, one has to acquire first the "basics" of HR and that would include, psychology, sociology, Organizational Behaviour, more that an introduction with labour law. Even if you do not have to practice in a court of law, your inadequacy in labour will often, at least in the initial stages be a stumbling block in your career!

Formal knowledge is essential though not inevitable but in a competitive world only proven competence gets ahead! You may have the "will" to do all that it would take to be successful HR but you would also need the skills. Formal knowledge of the subject coupled with a lot of practice (for which you need a platform called employment in an organization) to develop the skills to stand up and command attention! This is a price that will have to be paid. You may of course develop expertise in the field without formal knowledge at an institute but than you will have to be fortunate to get a boss (who is actually a GURU) under whom you will be able to learn! More pieces of the jig saw puzzle have to fall in place for you to succeed in the profession of your choice and comparatively less number of pieces will be required to fall in place when you have acquired a formal qualification! Even in such a case hard work, patience, proactive habits and finally a bit of luck (n the sense of getting good people and/or organizations) to work under under!

See, which ever route one takes success takes more knowledge and efforts than one would imagine initially!

But do not get disheartened with all that I am saying. I am only putting forward reality scenario so that your determination becomes like steel and you do not get carried away with the so called "successful" people.

The qualifications that you have acquired and the time you have spent on the job in being employment will always stand in you in good stead! You are, a I see it, wishing to change track from "finance" to "HR". That by itself is perfectly fine. But to excel in the new field you have to do a lot of home work as it were!

Finally just sharing a very popular truth! Common sense can see you through many situations but common sense is not common. There is a story I picked from a book by Mark H. McCormack in a book called "What they don't teach you at Harvard Business School?" It goes like this, a friend is telling the author, "its very funny really. The harder I work, the luckier I seem to get!"

Get the message? Sorry about a long reply but your question only drew me out!

Cheer up and start working towards your goals!



January 7, 2013


From India, Pune
Dear Spandana,
I do agree it will take another 2 years time to complete any further course, but Symbiosis is offereing a distance course MBA, where the entire course duration is for not more than 15 months. You can enrol for such courses and also continue working in your present Company and gain experience OR alternatively you can start looking out for a job change till the time you finish your MBA
Aditya Ambekar
098679 89399

From India, Mumbai
Dear Sapna,

Time taken to work towards and achieve your goals never looks pink and rosy. During our school days, we have all been studying for an year only for that one glorious day, where we would find our dream grades in the report card. That too, only to begin another year in a different class.

There was no glamour in doing the homework every day. Most of them were not connected to any ranking but corrections. Plainly hardwork without any reward.

Same goes for our career, a long drawn effort to make it where we dream to be. Best part of our career is the unpredictability. When we begin, we dream of a way, which soon either seems boring or impossible. So we end up carving out a different niche, either by accident or by choice.

You are already putting your best of efforts to build your portfolio. No sooner , you will add many more capabilities. Probably even you would reflect one day, that you had come very differently and better than what you thought you would. Remain as grateful as you can be and make most of everything that comes your way.

Wish you all the best !

From India, Mumbai
Dear Spandana

You've done you B.Sc. with PCM and than MBA in Finance which implies your analytical and numerical skills are strong. Do you not wish to work into financial department?

You said you wish to pursue a job in mnc as hr.

May I know why HR? Is it because

You have served as HR-cum-admin in a small firm and have that experience that you wish to take forward

Your people around you are happy with your work

You have anyways switched to HR so why not a huge firm with good pay

You discovered you're more inclined to HR than Finance

Kindly provide a reason for the switch.


In any case, as you do not have the certification/degree in HR, it would be little difficult to get HR openings in a bigger firm with decent pay-scale.

I can understand you can't repeat 2 year's MBA but enquire about distance learnnig / part time course which you can complete in 10-12 months or some local certifications in HR.


Also before further discussions, what responsibilities you handle in your current role?

It would give a fair idea about how much have you been able to guage up in HR and which area needs focus.

Hope it helped....

From India, Mumbai
Hi Spandana,
You have the great potential to achieve the success in industry and reach the top level in the industry.You are fit and capable enough for performing the best in what ever field you choose. Your education and certifications are the gateways and guides that will open new horizons for you.In my opinion what you require now is great confidence in your own self and You must have a definite focus towards what actually you are looking out to achieve.
With your entry to cite hr, I welcome you and wish you the great success in your life.
Pls be focused and determined and you are eligible for anything and everything.

From India, Vadodara
Dear Spandana, You can go for Advance Diploma in HR at Ajax Management. It will helps you to go as you like. Regards, M. Vinod Kumar.
From India, Hyderabad

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