Hello All, I have been working in the HR domain for 2 plus years, mainly handling recruitment, on-boarding, induction, documentation, employee engagement, exit formalities, assisting in PMS, and reviewing employee handbook and also HR policies.

I have restarted my career after a long gap of 7+ yrs, previously been in project management and operations in the Banking industry.

I am pursuing PGDHRM from Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning, Pune. I am very keen to steer my career more towards L&D, Employee Engagement Initiatives, Competency Mapping, more on the behavioral science expertise.

Require genuine guidance, how I should proceed further. Which certification should I opt for and how will it help me further?
Or any other way I can move to that area of HR.

Thanks in advance.

From India, Mumbai

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Dear Gkasture,

I recommend that you complete the course that you are pursuing now. On completion of the course or even while pursuing the course itself, I recommend you implement the knowledge gained from the management course. Apart from acquiring certificates, one should develop the execution capabilities as well. While executing something, you will come across challenges. The learning gained while overcoming the challenges will improve your confidence and is important than the certificate course.

At this stage, you may not take any course over and above the management course. I am not against any certification course as such, however, one should be absolutely clear about the utility of such a course or the tangible results of the course. Therefore, the certification course should be just a medium and not an end itself.

By the way, in the HR field, improving oral and written communication skills is absolutely important. I have seen many MBAs who are unable to write a few sentences correctly. Therefore, acquiring knowledge apart, its presentation is also important. Please do not ignore this factor of career development too.

Finally, career development also depends on guidance from the superior authorities or your HOD. A competent HOD could teach you hundreds of things that a certification course may not teach. However, we cannot choose our boss and this factor is beyond our control.

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Dear Dinesh Sir

Thank you for your prompt and helpful response.
I completely agree with everything you've said so far, and I believe that experience is the best teacher. Validation to actual experience, on the other hand, is a certification.

At the end of the day, when interviewing for a lucrative position in any company, the addition of specialised certifications, along with experience, will may carry a lot of weightage. I am relatively new, hence I am interested to know what tangible results I can expect.

Exposure to various facets in a live working environment for my career development may or may not be possible if I lack the necessary valid education / certificates. Hence this query.


Warm Regards
Gouri K

From India, Mumbai

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