HRD a smart career option

Human Resources Development can be a smart career option in the current situation with good packages being an added asset.

A company’s most valuable resources are its people, and almost all employers would agree that it is vital to find the right employees– people who have the requisite skills, intelligence and cultural fit.

As corporates have begun to recognize this fact, thanks to increased professionalism and cutting edge practices, the Human Resources (HR) department has been increasingly playing in a larger role.

This growth role ha resulted in new opportunities in the field of HR, for those who have strong ‘people’ skills. With so many new avenues having opened up in recent times – in Retail, IT and KPOs, to name just a few – the demand for the right people in an organization is stronger than ever before.

A course in HR not only offers tremendous job opportunities, it also promises huge salaries and perks. At the fresher’s level, salaries can range in the region of Rs 3 to 5 lakh an annum, and growth prospects depend on qualification and experience.

The main work criterion of the department is to recruit new employees and keep a check on their work by motivating them to increase productivity. The department not only looks after the productivity of the company but also helps ensure the company gets the best out of the individual. The department also creates a healthy work atmosphere for employees by solving their problems, providing health related and welfare services, training programs, and nurturing a pleasant atmosphere within the organization, both among the employees, and with the boss.

Many large organizations may have an HR department to match. There is a head manager, who then delegates the work to other team managers. Some small companies also think it necessary to have HR departments, while others hire counselors to plan the work strategy with the HR department.

There are several institutes which offer courses in HR, both at the diploma and post graduate level. Maharasthra Institute of Labor Studies (MILS), XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Vile Parle, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Deonar Wellingkar Instoitute of Management, Matunga are some of the institutes offering HR courses These courses help you to get the theory knowledge required for HR professionals. A student doing a degree in media or management can also opt for post graduation in HR. MBA courses also have specialization in HR.

Apart from education some extra skills can help an HR professional to be tremendously successfully. In dealing with personnel, an HR professional should be a fast decision maker. Having good leadership qualities can make the department more competent. Possessing good communication skills can help in interaction with the people and help solve their problems easily.

Being a good judge of character and personality certainly helps, especially during the recruitment process. Working under pressure can help them in their internal growth and prove their efficiency. An HR professional should understand the demands and be able to anticipate the future fort he further policy planning. Working accordingly can yield good outputs for future.

A HR professional says, ‘I wanted to go into the corporate world, but always liked to understand human behavior and connect with people, which is why I opted for HR. I did my degree in Arts with economics and my MBA in HR’. A HR professional’s work involves people management, understanding the psychology of the people. A company also hires industry psychologists in HR departments. Large organizations have an HR department, but small departments merge their administration and HR department together. Salaries in HR depend upon the companies’, experience and qualification of the individual. My advice to students is if you really want to be amongst people then go for HR. According to me, HR has become a strategic business partner and helps the organization a lot.

Apart from fully functional HR departments in the companies, there are independent recruiting agencies providing jobs to people, which prove as a tool for human resource.

A strong Human Resources Department actually plays a vital role in helping company grow and become successful. So, a career in Human resources can surely be challenging and of course, lucrative.