In­creas­ing em­ploy­a­bil­ity

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Course Fo­cus -

Lim­it­ing their point of fo­cus to a sole HR man­age­ment po­si­tion is un­wise, as they pos­sess a cer­tain ver­sa­til­ity upon com­ple­tion of study and like any peo­ple-ori­ented field, the HR man­age­ment field is sub­ject to evo­lu­tion and shifts in per­spec­tives.

There are sev­eral op­tions avail­able for the HR in­dus­try new­com­ers. Most con­sul­tan­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions re­quire new hires to con­trib­ute a few years of gen­eral HR man­age­ment du­ties, be­fore they can spe­cialise or di­ver­sify. Three dis­tinct path­ways are avail­able for con­sid­er­a­tion – busi­ness leader, HR leader or HR spe­cial­ist.

A busi­ness leader po­si­tion would in­volve sup­ple­ment­ing ex­ist­ing HR qual­i­fi­ca­tions with knowl­edge in busi­ness and fi­nance op­er­a­tions to gain ex­pe­ri­ence to run or­gan­i­sa­tions. A busi­ness leader must be will­ing to be in­de­pen­dent from HR and seek new ex­pe­ri­ence in other ar­eas, in­clud­ing tech­nol­ogy. A HR man­age­ment back­ground sup­ple­mented with di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of skills could also open the gates to a po­si­tion in top man­age­ment.

“In the past, most chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers (CEOs) were peo­ple with tech­ni­cal or fi­nan­cial back­grounds, but now I see peo­ple from hu­man re­sources get­ting po­si­tions in top man­age­ment. Har­vard Busi­ness Re­view re­cently pub­lished an ar­ti­cle on how skills of HR of­fi­cers make them great CEOs, high­light­ing a new pos­si­bil­ity for us,” says Ah­mad Raji.

On the flip side, spe­cial­is­ing in HR man­age­ment in­volves gain­ing a deeper un­der­stand­ing of the field’s im­por­tance and con­tri­bu­tion to or­gan­i­sa­tional suc­cess. Ju­nior HR of­fi­cers can be pro­moted to spe­cialised de­part­ments such as com­pen­sa­tion, re­cruit­ment, tal­ent man­age­ment, in­dus­try re­la­tions and even le­gal po­si­tions. Some of­fi­cers move from big­ger com­pa­nies to start up or join spe­cialised HR con­sul­tan­cies, or even be­come free­lance con­sul­tants.

As Ah­mad Raji sums it up, “What­ever op­tion you choose, the only way to grow and move for­ward is to plan your ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer, pri­ori­tise per­sonal and ca­reer de­vel­op­ment as well as en­hance net­work­ing within and out­side of your or­gan­i­sa­tion of em­ploy­ment.”

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