Hi, I have done my BE(Information Technology) and working in MNC for the past 3 years.
I am doing my MBA(HR) and want to move to the HR field.
I am various questions like :
a) Which area in HR will be suitable for me?
b) What will be the career growth?
c) Is it good to jump from IT to HR?
d) Can I jump to any field in HR where my 3 years of experience is not wasted?
Kindly help me in solving my above-mentioned queries.
Hope to get a reply soon.

From India, Bangalore
Hi Megha
If you try to jump your career from IT to HR then I think as you should start your career from the scratch as fresher & even the payments will be not as good as you are getting now.
As now a days there are many competency It will be very hard to get the job as fresher.
What I feel is it is better to be in developing & look for higher positions using MBA Degree.

From India, Bangalore
Thank you jeevarathnam for your reply.
I have done my MBA in HR, how it will help me in looking for higher positions. I need to take some step to move from IT to HR.
I am really confused which field in HR to take too....
Kindly help me in solving my queries.

From India, Bangalore
Hi Megha
I feel it is better to continue with the same field. Any how lets wait for the responses from few of our friends.
If you want to look for higher positions as you have doe MBA you should have knowledge of
Man & Machine management
Time Management
Motivation of Team Members
Training & Development
Project Management
Project Scheduling etc
If you get idea on these then you shall try for Sr. positions like Team Lead & Manager positions.

From India, Bangalore
Hi Megha,
You are already doing your MBA with HR as major, and why do you want to think now that is HR right field for you. Selecting a career path is a very critical decision and at right age. Well i am not aware of your age and wouldn't ask also.
But if you have decided to shift your career plans to HR than you shouldn't look back. Within HR there are various sub-departments and based on your interest you can select your career. It is you who have to decide your interest and nobody else. There is various interest of HR like from pure and traditional HR personnel to Recruitment Specialist, Performance Management, Training and Development etc...
You decide you choice of interest and than go ahead.

From India, Mumbai
Dear Megha,
If you are a hardcore IT guy then why you have selected HR as your major subject why not IT. Now you have to start from the scratch.Again in HR you can act as a IT recruiter and you can handle senior IT at first you have to choose such firms or consultancies where maximum IT recruitments are going on. Otherwise stick to you IT field as it is the back bone of any organization.
We are a 360 Degree HR service company where recruitment is a part.

HR Management - Human Resource Management Services Company India, HRO Solutions,Manpower Consultancy Recruitment Firm, Payroll,Leading Recruitment and Staffing agencies|Iris-Corp.com

From India, Gurgaon
Dear Megha,
If you really what to make the move do so, it is always best to follow your heart so you will not repent later in life. The best time to take risks and face challenges is when you are young.
With your experience in IT I think the best way to start your HR career is to try and get a position in Talent Acquisition. This will be the way in, you have the technical knowledge to qualify for this activity.
Remember always find a small opening to get into a new career, squeeze your way in, then work your way up. The small opening should be your skill that can be used in a new function.
I hope this helps.

From India, Hyderabad
Hi Megha,

If you really want to be an HR then you have lot options for you out there.When I started my Carrier as an HR.I started from scratch.You also said that you have experience in IT field then look for in the field of work.When you said that you are currently doing MBA(HR) you have to keep it in mind what you learn from the books and practical field lot of different.

My advice would be start as a HR recruiter in the IT field as a specialist.There is lot of companies and consultants will take you.But start as a fresher if you are looking for a long range plan.You can't expect a carrier growth from the start.It's a competitive field like all others your performance and your skill with your IT skill set you apart but only through hard work you will get the growth you expect.

And don't expect a high end salary from the beginning.Search for which company is looking for an HR-IT freshers and apply for it.Even if it is an Consultancy start your carrier from there.Before you do decide weather this is what you want to do.



From India, Chennai
MCA/ B.Tech (computers) & MBA (HR) is a good combination to start a career as 'HR/ Business Analyst' in an IT Software Company marketing HR Solutions. The role demands client interaction & mapping client's HR processes on the HR product of the IT company, with a view to provide an appropriate solution. Product configuration is part of such a role, which probably can be done faster by a software qualified person.

But let me also caution you against bragging about your experience with MNC since you do have to start from scratch in your new job, although you will certainly pick up faster than other freshers working as Analysts. Please be sure that the role is demanding, and it eventually leads to active Customer Support. The career path is HR Analyst --> Business Analyst ---> Senior Business Analyst ----> Manager Business Analysis & Support ---> higher level positions in Customer Support role.

If your reasons for migration to the HR domain are to find more time for personal needs, I may advice you to be content with your current role. Possibly switching over as a software engineer to an HR products based company could help in utilizing your knowledge in HR & also your 3 years experience in software development.

From India, Delhi
Hi Megha,

This is Jayashree Sairam. I have been thru' all the replies to your query and would like to add my 2 bits.

I was in the IT field for about 15 years and now I have set up my own recruiting firm. It was a decision I took after a lot of deliberations and I am happy with it.

SO, like the others have said - it is something for you to decide as you know your situation best.

As a recruiter I have seen profiles where individuals have switched careers - moving from one field to a vastly different ( and seemingly unconnected ) one. So follow your heart if you are set on the change.

But you must be prepared for:

1. Your previous work experience not being considered by employers. Employers look for 'relevant' experience

2. Taking a pay cut ( I earn much lesser now than I did when I was in the IT field , and this I am okay with)

3. You may start work with people younger than you and may even report to someone younger that you, as you are starting as a fresher. Be mentally prepared for this. Of course, this can happen even without a career change sometimes.

4. If you currently enjoy being in IT ( the highs of being part of a team working on cutting-edge technologies, the joy of meeting a deadline, rectifying a bug in the nick of time etc ) know that the situations will be different. There will be highs and lows, camaraderie, deadlines etc. but they will be different one. The profiles of your co-workers, even the jokes cracked to relieve stress will all be different.

While most people have suggested becoming an IT recruiter ( and this is a good suggestion; I am proof of it ) you can also consider working in IT specialising on HR modules of ERPs as you would have gained functional knowledge about HR in your MBA and can understand both IT and HR viewpoints, getting into Training ( for different technologies ) - Training many a times is part of HR function and you can maybe find your niche here .... I am sure there are many more

Feel free to contact me on 09818838490 anytime between 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. IST

my email ID is 'thehelpinghand at outlook dot com'

My skype ID is 'jayashree dot sairam'

Believe in yourself and do what you feel is right for the present. And be ready to work hard in you new venture.

I will end with my favourite quote by Maya Angelou -

Nothing will work, unless you do.


Jayashree Sairam

From India, Delhi

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