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B School Students Cold Shouldering HR as Career
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Chrm Message From: nath Total Posts: 36 Join Date: 07/06/2008
Rank: Executive Post Date: 12/04/2009 00:08:38 Points: 180 Location: United States

Dear chrm'ites

For students in the top B-schools across India, Human Resource (HR) doesn't seem to be a very attractive career option. They are more attracted towards fields like finance and marketing. At IIM Lucknow's Noida campus, only three students are specializing in HR among a batch strength of 277 students. At the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad, of 540 students, only 5.5 per cent or 30 have opted for the HR specialization this year as compared to 53 last year. Experts believe that HR continues to be `the not-so-preferred choice' in comparison with finance and marketing because HR is often seen just as staffing. Although pay packets in HR have more than doubled over 10 years, students at B-schools are giving it a miss for now.

Source: 12-08-08 Business Standard Compiled by

What is your say on this ?

Warm Regards,


Chrm Message From: Taashu Total Posts: 4 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 23/07/2009 15:01:11 Points: 20 Location: United States

          Well HR Irrespective Of the B schools and rated Colleges doesnt Seems to be a Lucrative Career...As HR and Admin had always been Inseparable Decades Back we had PR that was Done By the Admin or Sales Departments..But these days anything we take Comes as An HR...Basically a Production Operations could be Undertaken by a Person Specialised on the same so is the fate of Finance and Other Departments that requires specific skills and Functions..In case Of HR the Portfolio is easily Perceived and carried by anyone an admin person could Do the job ..and In India Only few IT Companies and a Drop of ManufacturingOrganizations Like Ford Give weightage to HR...All are Not Placed in these Organizations and Companies also hav a Perception that any Body could fit on the Shoes Of HR.Cos all are Humans and Basic Traits and Attributes would be the same a Bit of training would fit them as Human Resource Professional and for this they May not have a separate HR Dept and Professionals to pay a Cost Cutting measures and due to massive Hit of Recession...oly main specialisations are Given more weightage and People doesnt wanna tak risk in the Troubled water...

                  Hope the trend soon change and HR Occupies a Prime Importance

Chrm Message From: rkuppili Total Posts: 121 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Leader Post Date: 24/07/2009 03:09:58 Points: 605 Location: United States


One reason could be as Taashu mentioned, HR being not as lucrative as other career options. Also, now-a-days, more and more importance is boing given to the careers on the front end job profiles than the ones which are considered the back bone. Everything is getting showy. Thats why we have come up with so many job positions for for the same job descriptions. Taking a career plunge also depends on the personal interests of an individual. And there is no doubt that "money" plays a big role to decide its future.  

Again, the career growth is another important aspect that cannot be missed on. Growth in HR is comparitively slower than most other functions.

So this could be the main resons that are pulling the crowd away from HR.

Never the less, let's hope for the best to come in times to come...


Chrm Message From: aakaknsha Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 22/01/2010 05:48:12 Points: 10 Location: United States

Dear all,

This is reality that students are not opting for HR specialization. this is very strange.


Chrm Message From: ArkjaSingh Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 07/06/2008  
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 01/04/2010 08:31:25 Points: 10 Location: United States
Greetings...... I understand that students are nowadays not opting for HR as their major. But this is mainly due to the fact that they are no more interested in pursuing, what they actually want in life, as their career. All seem to have a lot of other things on their mind. Money & Lifestyle(without any exceptions, not even me) for one thing, & Confirmity(with family & frriends) to be the second, for that matter. To achieve these people tend to ignore their inner personality types. Though people know that they might be good at, say, Managing People they still won't go for HR. And untill this phenomenon exists, it just might continue. Students would only start opting for HR in bulk when this sector would become visibly large with huge packages, in future. Something similar to the way different courses come across their boom period & then lost popularity, like Engineering & MBBS used to be at a time, then came MBA in Finance & Marketing(as students prefer as for now). Soon HR too would have an unbounded extent. Regards...... ArkjaSingh :)

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