HR MATTERS 18-09-2007

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By SANJAY ROY CHOWDHURY Managing director, Gray Matters Consulting
  • Published 18.09.07

Q:I am working in an MNC in Salt Lake and have a diploma in mechanical engineering. I want to pursue a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering through correspondence. Will it improve my job prospects and if so, where is it offered?

Supriyo Deb

A:If you really want to boost your career prospects, you should take up a full-time course in mechanical engineering. After a diploma, a correspondence course in the same subject wouldn’t be of much value. You would need to analyse your current situation based on your age and job considerations and then take a decision.

Q:I am a 35-year-old MA in economics and I have cleared the Tally-certified professional exam in January. I have also done ‘O’ level from DOEACC. At present, I am working in a private firm. I have a year’s experience in teaching TCP. However, the pay at my present company is not satisfactory. Should I take up short professional courses in banking or income tax? Will that make any difference?

Suparna Ghosh

A:At this age, changing directions by acquiring a new skill might not be a good move since it won’t give you the advantage of your previous experience. I think you should augment your basic qualification depending on your job requirement.

Q: I did my BSc in computer science from Bangalore University in 2004 and also did an MBA in marketing and IT from Pune. At present, I am working for Airtel Enterprise Services in Bangalore. I am thinking of doing a course on clear case administrator and I want to know whether this will make any difference.

Sagar Nath

A:Any additional course would be beneficial if it is a requirement in progressing in your current job or the career path chosen by you. In your case, you can go in for a course in clear case administrator only if it helps you further your career in your current organisation, or helps you further your career plans in the next organisation. You may be tempted to do various short-term courses that are mushrooming due to a rapid change in technology, but you should be very careful in choosing them.

Q:I am a 26-year-old graduate. I have two years of experience in customer care and in telemarketing in a private bank as well as in a reputed private life insurance company. I am planning to pursue an MBA from Sikkim Manipal University in HR. Do you think a degree from there would have any value in the market? However, I can’t afford to quit my job since I am the sole breadwinner of my family. In these circumstances, what options do I have?

Name withheld

A:The best possible option for education in any field is a full-time course from a reputed institute. But many of us are in circumstances where we need to compromise. If you cannot leave your current job due to family requirements and would like to pursue a career in HR, I think you should approach your management in your current organisation and seek an opening in that department. At the same time, you should enrol in a distance learning programme in HR so that you can combine theoretical inputs with practical exposure. Given your situation, this would be the best solution.

Q:I have done a BTech in IT in 2005 and am working as a PHP, MySQL developer for the last 15 months in a software firm. Unfortunately, my compensation package is quite low. I am looking for a change to JAVA or .NET but there is no chance to change the domain in my present firm. What do I do?

Pratik Debnath

A: If you have the competency in JAVA or .NET and if you wish to pursue a career in those domains, then why restrict your search within your current organisation. There are several organisations, which require these skill sets and you should apply to these places. In case you do not have these skills, in the short-term, you should look for a change where you would get adequately compensated for your current skills and competencies and also be able to further your knowledge with courses in JAVA or .NET. After that you could seek better prospects.

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