To begin the academic year, 2016 and introduce the new batch to the world of HR, a round-table consisting 4 eminent panelists was conducted on 20th June 2016. Given the unique career trajectories that each had taken, they brought perspectives and insights that were helpful in shedding light onto the practice of HR. The rich and unique experience of each panelist gave students an opportunity to visualize the kaleidoscopic world of human resources.
Stating how Human Relations was a more appropriate term than Human Resources, Susanta Mishra (Founder and CEO, Nicefit career consulting) was keen on driving home the point that competencies would be the criteria of the future, not degrees. Whether it is the duration of jobs, the value of certificates or organisational structures would be shaped by this focus on getting the right people, which is being aided by technological advances. He pointed out how getting information was no longer a challenge and that the learning process is changing significantly.
Mr. Palabatla (CHRO, GMR Hyderabad International Airport limited) shared his views on HR, he started by narrating his professional journey. He stressed upon the importance of variety of professional experiences. He believed that true professional’s achievement starts when you move out of your comfort zone. He helped students to understand the importance of being strong with their fundamentals of HR discipline at the same time building upon that knowledge base.
Mr. Mahapatra (HR Head, TCS Hyderabad) stated how it was important to understand the business of the organisation and be open to opportunities. Rigor in execution and excellence in delivery should be the standard.
Mr. Bajja (Learning & Development Head, Cyient) suggested students not to undermine the academics and insisted to develop understanding concepts beyond academics also. He is of the opinion that students should have a ‘spark’.
The panel stressed on continuous learning and be prepared to give solutions to the real world business problems. They emphasized on picking up new skills which would add uniqueness to their CV. They believed that this is the most exciting time in HR profession due to several changes.