Dear seniors,
I am a final year post graduate student in HR who is at the verge of placements.I need your guidance at this critical stage of decision making. Which industry could be the best to start with? Is it manufacturing or IT or Banking and Financial Sector?
I heard from many of my seniors that even though IT industry pays you handsome perks when it comes to experience and exposure wise manufacturing is best.Is this just a myth? Which one should I go for? HR is my passion and I want to explore and experience more at the beginning of my career, Kindly guide me....
Edwin Thomas

From India, Chennai

HR Professional of an MNC
Dear Edwin,
As you said that HR is your passion, according to me, you should start with a good Manufacturing company where you will have exposure of Core HR activities including employee relations, statutory compliance, labour cases, etc.

From India, Bharuch

HR executive (Right avenue infotech)
Just to add to your question, because you need to think for future too. Not only where you start...
Also check if you start your career from manufacturing company after a year or so, will it be easy to shift to any other sector... if the possibilities are high then you can go ahead with your interest..
Hope this helps.. if not please ignore..
Radha yermal

From India, Bangalore

Training and Instructional Design Consultant
Apart form the industry I would look for the brand name of the company and the kind of span I shall have.
If you pick up an organization where things are all set you will get to learn the systems well.
If you pick up a company which is still developing then you will get fresh hand experience.
I fail to understand how a manufacturing company can provide vast exposure.

From India, Delhi

Director of Company
Please note that HR as a function is industry independent. All HR processes, such as (i) Recruitment & on-boarding; (ii) In-service management: including Leave/ Attendance Management, Payroll, Performance Appraisal, Employee Compensation management, Training & Development, Discipline & Code of Conduct, Employee Welfare, Complaints & Grievances etc..and (iii) Separation/ Exit process are to be followed whether you join Infrastructure, Retail, Manufacturing, IT & ITES or any other industry vertical. However, the employee categories may include industrial/ non-industrial workers in some labor intensive organizations. In such industry verticals, such as manufacturing & infrastructure, you get exposure to Labor laws, compliance & Industrial Relations (IR).

It is basically your own interest which should decide your preferences. If your interest is to work in a 'white collar' environment, IT/ ITES, Telecommunications/ BPOs/ Retail may be some of the choices. But if your genuine interest is to learn about industrial relations, a manufacturing set up may be a better choice.

From India, Delhi

HR consultant
Hi dear, Greetings!!! I always suggest you to go for Manufacturing industries like food, FMCG,FMCD, Durable, cement etc. there are lot to know from all of these industries. regards Prasobh Chandran
From India, Nagpur
Dear Friend,
As a fresher in HR the best situation to kick start the carrier is to pick up what comes your way first and stick to it for at least a year.The future is then decided by what your understanding of HR as science is and your acceptability in the given environment as also effective contribution to the organizational goals at the end of the period.In conclusion please also note the style and kind of Mgmt practices of the employer rather than whether which industry they belong.
best wishes
Pipalia M P

From India, Mumbai
Eswararao Ivaturi

Ex-Manager (Pers&Adma)
Hellow, I would like to add here that in a big manufacturing organisation
like steel sector, power sectoryou can find how the rules and regulations are formed for personnel, financial and Industrial Relations etc. and how they are implemented. Also able
to know how certain problems are araisen and how
tactifully it is solved.
Ofcourse, just joining such
organisations will not help.
One has to go through the compadiums pertaining to
different departments which
will help as a guide to the
person and helpful in thinking to prosperity in
building up the carrier.
Hope this information will be helpful to some extent.
Eswararao Ivaturi.

From United States, Cupertino

Dear Seniors,
I respect you and express my sincere gratitude for all the valuable guidance and information. After taking all your valuable points into consideration and a bit of research, I was able to understand that joining a quality manufacturing brand with extensive and full fledged HR portfolios should help me move up the ladder easily by acquiring substantial knowledge as most of the IT,ITes outsource their processes such as statutory compliance's as well as payroll works to consultancies which might limit the possible exposure.I dnt know if this is entirely right yet this is my humble understanding.
Thank you
Edwin Thomas

From India, Chennai

Dear Edwin, Being a HR practitioner, your concern must be "which company has more professional and strong HR department". HR practices are rather depend on company HR practices rather than industry.
From Pakistan, Karachi

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