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Hello Everyone,

I am a MBA HR from lucknow university & got campus placement in an fmcg industry in Up east. My job profile is the same as i've always wanted i.e. of HR GENERALIST. But gradually i am given to understand that although it is a good job yet somewhere i am not able to learn as i thought before taking the job.

The work is quite typical, where everybody in the organisation thinks that Hr is only good for recruitment. But i have no major interest in Recruitment but Performance management & training which i am not able to do because of the typical mindset of the top management. Even My salary package is not that good.

While thinking over all these points i find that somewhere my efficiency is going down & i am terrified that my career will get stagnant.

I request u all my seniors,kindly provide me solutions for this as i am having really hard time thinking over this.

12th November 2013 From India
Zufar Jamal,
You have well written your career problem and it is clearly seem that you know what your career plans are and what you want to seek at your career path. Start searching new job according to your preference and once you get it, leave the current job. Do not forget to tell your potential employer, the whole thing you wrote in your query, in interview.
12th November 2013 From Pakistan, Karachi
Well, it looks you have accepted the offer without going through or knowing the job description in detail and that's why you are facing such problem. Even some companies don't put the detailed JD and in that case you need to ask what exactly be your profile and job for the post you have applied or selected and based on the same you decide to accept or reject the offer.
However, think again what exactly you want and choose and apply carefully for the jobs only that fulfills your need.
12th November 2013 From India, Lucknow
Thankyou so much for your valuable reply. I really appreciate it.
But the thing is, I'm not handling what i want to & i am not getting any jobs in that regard. the problem i am having is that if I'll be working on this for so long i might get stuck with the current profile & get offers from the same profile only. My question remains whether i should leave & search for the profile i want or i should continue with same. Because sometimes it gets so irritating & i do lack confidence at times too that leads to decline in my performance.
I would really appreciate if u can help me with the same.
12th November 2013 From India
Hi Zufar Jamal,
As you started your career just now I would suggest that you should stay back for at least one year in the initial company. Since, it is your favorite profile and it's your first job don't think too much just learn whatever you can learn in this company for the next 6 months and then give proper notice before leaving the company. It is our professional ethic to do every thing in a proper way.
Once you complete 1 year in the company then your experience will counts. Especially,HR profiles highly demanding experience. Please don't take wrong decision and step out from the organization.
12th November 2013 From India, Hyderabad
dear Sir,
Thakyou for your valuable input.
Just one more thing sir, i need to ask you that what role salary pays at my career stage as i am not getting that much amount. What should be my approach?
12th November 2013 From India
Dear Sir,
Thank you for your Valuable reply.
As I have mentioned earlier i haven't done MBA from a very good B-School as far as HR is concerned. this was the only vacancy that came in my way through my college apart from consultancies. I didn't had other options at that point of time. but as the time is passing i am not getting any clear answers coming in my way about my current position bcoz i don't want to get stuck into this profile. & by all these things somewhere my energy,enthusiasm,confidence is not the same as i have started my career with.
12th November 2013 From India
Hello Zufar

Look for the following options :

1) Is it possible for you to move laterally to training and performance mangement functions in your present organisation if you show initiative. If so, try this option to gain exposure in other HR functions.

2) Some times the companies have the policy to deploy freshers in recruitment and after some time, they deploy them on other jobs since recruitment too one of the HR functions. Please go through the company's policy and their on boarding process. If it is so, you may regret leaving the job latter.

3) Be sure about the reason for job change over. Is it really the fear of being stuck in the current profile or the feeling of being underpaid since you are complaining of low package? Please be infrormed that even for a fresher, the package is comemnsurate with the reputaion of the college, the potential of the candiadte and the undersatnding of HR concepts.In the initial stages of your career, the emphasis shall be on learning skills. Money will follow latter.

4) Even in recruitment there is lot to be learnt ? For example, have you understood what is talent and how to identify it? Because these are the questions you are likely encountered in interviews for other functions of HR which you are targetting as the interview panel may want to know that you hae aptitude for learning.

5) After thourough analysis only, you sahll take a call on job switch.


13th November 2013 From India, Mumbai
Zufar,Your problem is not very big as you need to change,you can learn so many things from your company as management don't know about Hr system,so you will not be having more pressure.learn the basic system highlight your points in your resume so that recruiters will catch your resume & you will get your dream job very soon.Being fresher you got a hr job which is very much difficult now days.You are working in manufacturing & branded company be there learn the things & don't leave till you don't get good job.
13th November 2013 From India, Gorakhpur
Dear Brother,
My advise is that this is the starting of your career be stick to your current assignments. Try to learn from the new job as much as you can. All companies does not let the fresher to handle all kind of hr assignments. if you have been given the assignment of recruitment, learn it correctly that will help you out to excel your career in future. You cann't underestimate any job as every job brings some learnings along with it. Don't get frustrated try hard to grip it.
Best regards
13th November 2013 From India, Nagpur
I too subscribe to the advice given by most of the valued contributors. You are too young and inexperienced at the moment to handle what you desire your career goal to be. Moreover how much of recruitment can an FMCG be involved in? They are sure to move you to more challenging assignments. If you were working with a placement consultant there was a chance of your getting stamped a s a recruiter. But, in case of FMCG I don't think you need to fear about it.

As far as I know, the profile of HR Generalist is quite difficult to come by in today's market scenario, specially in the sector where you are. You should always look for opportunities but unless you join an organization and start working you cannot be sure that what has been promised will be given right away. Pls give time to the mgmt also to assess your strengths as they also cannot hand over PMS and HRD to rookies. You can meanwhile update your knowledge on the areas of your choice and change only when you get a better offer. Experience of less then a year is rarely counted as experience and you also cut a sorry figure of being a job hopper.

All the best for a great professional career and a bit more of patience.

Dr Parveen Ahmed Alam
13th November 2013 From India, Calcutta
Morning Zufar,

I hope you doing well at your level. I can easily understand your concern. We all who are experienced today were some day a fresher like you. Normally at beginning people start switching reason can be anything.

But my point is if you are working in core recruitment company then it will be compulsory that you have to focus 90-100% on recruitment and you can perform if you have passion for that profile. Rest HR doesn't means only recruitment but yes in all companies % of recruitment in your job profile can be differ , HR is very vast concept like Maintaining MIS, Event organisation, Employee welfare, Employee Engagement and every thing will be done if you are willing to do that. And remember every new idea need some time to accept by others.

So as a whole i believe until you get good opportunity stay on this one and bring more innovative ideas in front of your seniors and till then its up to you you want to learn or not. Because some said only I can teach my self no one else.

Feel free to get in touch with me for any other clarification or support you may need.

Keep up the good work.

Best Regards,


14th November 2013 From India, Chandigarh
Dear Zufar,
I completely agree with Mr.Saikumar and Mr.Ravi Teja, Your career is at a very initial stage that too in HR for you to comment on stagnancy aspects,HR is a vast and extensive field ,each area has a lot to understand and study,HR jobs are difficult to get by,I would suggest you should stick in your current role ,learn and imbibe the aspects of HR from your seniors at least for year and a half ,you will find yourself much abled and confident then to take on the new roles.Every job has something exciting to offer you just have to arm yourself with that excitement and continue,I am sure you will soon be well established in your forte!Al the best!!
14th November 2013 From India, Bangalore
Hi Bro,
Its good to hear that you were selected in campus placement & joined immediately after the completion of your MBA. Don't leave the job until you get your dream job. My best suggestion is that go for a certified training on performance appraisal from a very good institute. Work on a live project & grab some real time experience. Approach the HR dept head or MD & tell about your interest as well as your certifications. If they are really interested to retain you, definitely they will offer you the new position or else search the other company who will offer you the desired position. Salary should not be the constraint as you are fresher.
Have a bright future.
14th November 2013 From India, Vijayawada
Dear Sir / Madam,

You are a fresh MBA Graduate passed out and glad to note that you have got recruited through Campus Recruitment Programme in an FMCG in the UP East.

You are in the initial stage of your career and this is called as learning stage for you.

As far as your role is concerned, whaterver task is given to you as a HR Generalist in the Organisation where you are presently working, you may take it up as a challenge and complete the task and impress your Department.

If you are not interested to take up your role as a HR Generalist , you may talk to your Boss and try to change your profile to specialist role where u can concentrate on one role.

I think you are a bit worried about your careers path , which you need not worry at this point of time as you are now in a learning stage and try to grab the knowledge from your learning and prove the same to the management when the oppurtunity comes to you at right point of time.

I wish you to take it in the right spirit and do not bother about the CTC as this point of time.

Wishing you all the very best for a rewarding career.


S.Deepak Trivedi
18th November 2013 From India, Madras
My two bits:
a) 6 months is too little time to judge a job, that too, your first job
b) Work everywhere is typical and routine - its not that HR generalists in other companies are building rockets. Infact, even building rockets becomes routine after a while. You need to balance your desire for thrill and the need to do the same thing for a long time so that you attain excellence.
c) Switching jobs is fine. Done smartly, it can really launch your career but you got to be rational about why you switch and where you go to. Don't go with unrealistic expectations.
d) Play the long term game. Build skills, build resume points, build contacts. Then use them to get your dream job. Don't jump off the ship in a hurry.
19th November 2013 From India, Delhi
A fresher should work at one place for at least 1 year. No Hurry in building career / goal. Understand what for HR and its functions. Recapitulate the subject in respect of IR other HR related laws while doing job. It boosts your confidence practically.
Sr. Manager (HR & Legal)
21st November 2013 From India, Guwahati
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