Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Aryan Naresh
Quality Analyst
+2 Others

hello,

i have completed my graduation in B.Sc electronics technology and management and currently working in MNC as quality analyst/business analyst, i am planning to do MBA in HRM from any of the top b schools in India after putting on 3 years of experience from the organisation in which i'm currently working in. i asked my self many times 'why i really need to do an MBA in HRM' where i ended up getting couple of answers which gives me a transparency of me choosing HRM. but i have few questions in my mind i hope this is the right platform where i can understand things in a better way.

is it good for a guy to do MBA in HRM ?

can a HR become CEO of an organisation (in existing reputed organisations)?

scope of HRM in the business world (IT,consulting,product based org...etc) down the line ?

will organisations step forward to recruit men for HR position ?

where can i see my self after graduating in HRM from any of the top b schools in India ?

how does my work experience(quality analyst/business analyst) help in pursuing HRM and how does it come handy after pursuing HRM ?
Dear Aryan,

It appears that you are confused while choosing the direction of your career. Nevertheless, let me clear this confusion by replies your queries:

is it good for a guy to do MBA in HRM ?

Comments: - Though there are more women in HR field, this function is gender neutral.

can a HR become CEO of an organisation (in existing reputed organisations)?

Comments: - This is little ticklish question. Look around and you will find that not even 1% CEOs have HR background. They are either from Finance or Marketing. Former has edge over latter. Partially this is because in India, HR function is not understood. Otherwise, HR also is also equally blameworthy. They lose out to others because they do not understand how businesses work. Neither they have analytical skills. By their own admission, large number of professionals choose HR because of their weakness in Maths.

How many HR have capability to understand balance sheet of the company? How many HR have capability to prove that particular HR initiative helped in reducing some operational expenditure?


scope of HRM in the business world (IT,consulting,product based org...etc) down the line ?

Comments: - Scope is there no doubt. Much depends on the type of B-school from which you complete the course and your academic score.

Will organisations step forward to recruit men for HR position ?

Comments: - Organisations will recruit depending on the vacancies. However, do not become recruiter after completing MBA in HR.

where can i see my self after graduating in HRM from any of the top b schools in India ?

Comments: - You might see yourself in the HR department of some good company. But then whether HR will have functional parity with other functions is a surmise.

how does my work experience(quality analyst/business analyst) help in pursuing HRM and how does it come handy after pursuing HRM ?

Comments: - Technical background is essential to understand the business. Your technical background will help you in recruitment, career planning etc. Nevertheless, in some companies, HR's are glorified clerks. Therefore, please be cautious you do not become one amongst them. What is your command over Maths? If good then MBA in Ops or Finance is also equally good option.

Final comments: - Just because you complete MBA HR, it need not mean that you should work in HR department only. You can very well work in Ops, Production etc. There is more scope to implement theory of HR in these departments. I have seen procurement professionals or operations professionals who have HR background. No degree in itself can add lustre in your career. You need to implement the theory that you learn the MBA course. Whether it is from HR, Ops, Finance or any other that does not matter.

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar


This is my way of looking at things.
With your present qualifications of BSC,why do you want to change track?
Why don't you qualify and specialise in your own basic field?
HR unfortunately is not a core field in any company the way operations will be.
Do read this link:
https://hbr.org/2008/07/why-did-we-ever-go-into-hr
Number of HR people becoming CEO is less in the present times.
A lot depends on your thought process-
why you want a change?
What are you looking forward in terms of career?
How good are you in your basic field of technology?
Scope of HRM is widening but about becoming a strategic function-will take time.
Technical knowledge helps you in recruitment functions.
Overall you need to think over deeply and then look for a change in career.
Do see these links
https://www.quora.com/Why-does-an-II...p-universities
The seniors above have chipped in with valuable inputs to your queries.I intend to give my perception as different insights can help you address your confusion about different careers. My perceptions about your queries are as follows

1) Is it good for a guy to do MBA in HRM ?

No function is unimportant to run a business. People management is a much a key skill as financial management more so in knowledge driven economy in which we are living. But It is not clear as to from which perspective, you have asked this query. Is it from the perspective of remuneration ? is it from the perspective whether it suits women more than men? or is it from the perspective of career with an eye on the post of CEO? Your query is very general in nature.Even if I say that finance is more remunerative and has better career prospects, do you have aptitude for Finance?Finance requires special aptitude for business mathematics,flair for dealing with figures, ability to deal with mounds of data for financial audit and financial analysis and the traits of patience.Similarly every function requires some special aptitudes and talent.Therefore, you need to research about other functions like Finance or marketing or material management etc and find out whether you have aptitude and natural flair for them in the event you do not opt for HR because climbing a career ladder in a particular function and thereafter to CEO depends up on the excellence of your performance in that function first and you can perform a function excellently only if you are involved in it and you will feel involved in it if you only enjoy it and you will enjoy it if only you have aptitude for it flair for it and passion for it and to be CEO, it is not sufficient to be master in your trade (HR Or Finance or marketing) but imbibe fair understanding of other functions of business..This may, to a large extent address your confusion about different careers.

Spend consider time figuring out the real real reasons for asking this query as this will make it easier to find answers for other queries as learned members have already given inputs on them.

B.Saikumar

Hr & labour Law advisor


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