I started my professional life in secretarial work /general administration and later gravitated to personnel administration. The general administrative experience I gained in a macro setting was put to good use when I became an HR practitioner.
In my first year in HR , the company I worked for sent me to seminars designed for the greenhorn in the profession . The studies I underwent enhanced my entrance into the field of Human Resources. I soon found out that I was like a fish thrown to the water . I love working with people and here I was in HR which is all about people business. Again, as a newbie, I imagined I would do recruitment, compliance of government legislations, employee relations, compensation and benefits, ensure that the objectives of the Company are met, etc etc……and that it would be an easy day-to-day cruise as soon as I learned the ropes. My imagination did not even come close to my realization!
As any HR practitioner will realize , the wide ranging tasks and responsibilities we carry out , coupled with other diverse assignments , ‘missions’ and challenges that can never be listed here or anywhere else — one has to be adaptable, work with heart and head simultaneously (which means, one has to be blessed with a fairly good EQ!!), fair, and a lot of other people-oriented characteristics. Most of all one has to be passionate and strongly committed to professional competence and integrity in HR !
If a survey is conducted on whether HR practitioners are happy with their decision to join the HR profession or not , I would answer “I am 100% happy with the decision I made!!”