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education Updated: Nov 03, 2011 17:11 IST

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The lowdown
An HR manager has to handle all aspects pertaining to human resources in an organisation. These include recruiting, training, team building, performance updates, employee policy, salary, benefits and increments, employee health and safety as well as staff amenities. The manager is also responsible for mobilising the workforce towards the company’s accomplishment plans and objectives, by creating a work environment where people are motivated. Their role varies as per the organisation

Clock Work
The average day of an instrumentation engineer at an oil refinery:
9am: Plan the daily calendar with special focus on priority tasks
11am: Attend to priority tasks Noon: Focus on process setting
1pm: Meeting with consultants, vendors and agencies
2pm: Lunch
3pm: Progress meetings with team
4pm: Closure on executional / operational plans
6.30pm: Closure on updates and daily task list
8pm: Leave for home

The payoff
Starting salary for a management trainee with a PG diploma is Rs2.5 lakh to Rs4 lakh a year. With three years’ experience, the salary can be around Rs9 lakh a year and with 10 years’ experience, your earnings can go as high as Rs27 lakh a year

Must be good at math
. Ability to understand humanrelations
. Leadership skills a must
. Understanding of different cultures

Getting there
One can obtain a bachelor’s degree in human resources administration and management. Follow this up with a master’s or MBA programme in human resources. A summer internship in a company’s HR department will stand you in good stead

Institutes and URLs
XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur
. Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
. Various Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

Pros and cons
You have a wide knowledge base
. Being part of recruitment, it is satisfying providing employment to the right candidate
. Nurturing and watching people develop in the organisation
. Playing the mediator between the management and employees can be stressful
. Sometimes one needs to put personal feelings aside and make hard decisions based on facts