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Chrm Message From: vikas4hr Total Posts: 21 Join Date: 14/02/2009
Rank: Executive Post Date: 14/02/2009 23:52:15 Points: 105 Location: India

Hi, I am a Business management and Human Relations major finishing up may of 2009 ! I am looking at getting into the Diversity field. What would be my first steps into this field?

thanks for any help!

Chrm Message From: hrtech Total Posts: 32 Join Date: 14/02/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 14/02/2009 23:53:44 Points: 160 Location: India

Hello;

Starting any career is tough -- you don't want to start in one job, find out you don't like it and then start over with another. Before embarking in a career in Human Resource Management it is important to ask yourself why do you want to work in HR?

If you're just coming out of college, many large companies have general management rotations where you'll get a chance to work in many business functions, including HR. But big companies aren't always the answer. If it's your first HR role, you may have better luck getting in the door at a small organization where you can take on a greater amount of responsibility quickly.

If you are interested in labor relations, your best bet is to hone your skills at a manufacturing company. You can also look at getting into training with a training company.

ASKING will give you more information. Meet people who are currently in HR roles and understand what they are doing and what it takes to be successful in HR.

Wishing all the best in your career!

Cheers!
hrtech

Chrm Message From: Uday Total Posts: 28 Join Date: 14/02/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 14/02/2009 23:55:28 Points: 140 Location: India

Dear vikas,

Working in the field of diversity requires cross-cultural sensitivity, and related soft skills training and facilitation. If you are passionate about it, I suggest to join a learning and development function under HR. Better still is to work for couple of years with a management training and consultancy organizations. All the best.

Regards

Uday

Chrm Message From: subramani Total Posts: 30 Join Date: 14/02/2009  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 14/02/2009 23:56:23 Points: 150 Location: India

Diversity field is tough and not as easy. If you want to consult or train on Diversity, you might like to get a few courses under your belt - MA in Intercultural Relations from Intercultural Communication Institute, Portland - Oregan, USA in collaboration with Pacific University. Also pls take an IDI certification course. Join a network like SIETAR and attend their learning events to build up your knowledge base.

Working and living in diverse cultures is a must for developing your competence in this field.

 
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