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Dear Mr. Eichinger,

I am an international graduate student in the Department of Sociology pursuing a M.A at a University in Houston, TX. I am interested in pursuing a career in HR and have relevant work experience in working as a HR generalist and recruiter in the real estate industry as well as in the financial industry in India.

I am planning on enrolling for a course which would add to my knowledge and help me to find a job in the area of HR here in the US. I have the option of choosing two courses: 1. HR management in Oil and GAS sector 2. HRD in Organizational Development Interventions. I am confused about which course to choose and would thus like to know your opinion. I would be very grateful if you would kindly guide me to make the right choice and help me further my aspirations.

I have the course syllabus details. If you would need them to help you answer my question please let me know. Eagerly waiting for you reply.

Thanks and Regards,

Hi Ragini,

I will try and provide some assistance.  Thanks for your question!

1. HR management in Oil and GAS sector:  You can look closely at the curriculum but I am sure this is a broad education in H.R., with specialization for the O & G industry.  For example I would expect you would find subjects similar to compensation, performance management, managing people, budgeting/financial, training and development, policy and practice, communications, planning, recruiting, selection, health and safety, etc.  In other words I suspect most of the curriculum would be transportable to any industry.  However, I would think that specialized topics Like Health and Safety, possibly risk management and others would be tailored to O & G.  So I would think this is a broad education in H.R. with specialized topics for O & G.  You would take this direction and curriculum if you aspired to be an HR manager, director, etc.

2. HRD in Organizational Development Interventions.  Organization and Development is usually a subset within HR, just like compensation, policy and practice, and so on.  That is not to take anything away from HODI, but it is usually a specialty within H.R.  It is possible, in some organizations; you might find it reporting to another function other than H.R...  But the point here is this is specialized, not so much a broad generalist role as the HR Manager curriculum.  So you might choose to go this direction if you wanted to specialize in O.D.

It depends on your interest and desired career path at this point in time.   You can always change your mind later.  You will find HR Generalists in industry who changed career paths and moved to OD and OD managers/leaders who moved over to the broad generalist’s positions in H.R.

That is my advice at this point, Ragini. I hope you find it of value.  Remember you can always change your mind as you move through your career years.

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Thanks again for your question.  Good luck going forward with your education and career decisions.


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Any type of question related to domestic and international Human Resources work. My H.R. passions include Compensation design and systems in competitive markets, Health and Safety in Industrial Environments, Performance Management, Talent Management (Hiring, Selection, Employee Development, Compensation, Creating Space, etc.), Communications, Coaching, Counseling, Leadership, and Management. Questions I cannot answer: I am sure there are questions within these categories that I may not be able to answer but my experience below would suggest those would be few.


I own International Human Resources Coaching and Consulting, LLC. Previously, I successfully held corporate executive and management leadership positions from 1979 to 2007 in two $9B+ multi-national corporations. Positions included: Vice President, Human Resources for the Asia Pacific Region, Eaton Corporation; I was based in Shanghai, China. Prior to that assignment, Vice President, Human Resources International and Operations, Eaton World Headquarters, Cleveland, Ohio with global responsibility for Eaton’s Human Resources practices, international assignee management, and Regional Human Resources Directors in Asia Pacific, Europe, and Central and South America. Specifically, my experience spans work at domestic and international locations at the operating plant, division, business unit, and corporate levels and most business scenarios to include startups, closedowns, restructurings, integrations, and ongoing operations. I am an Eaton Business Excellence Assessment Examiner (Malcolm Baldrige based system). I introduced processes and process mapping into the Human Resources environment. I have extensive experience with and working in domestic and international organization matrix structures. In the Asia Pacific region, my responsibilities included, leading the regions H.R. team and processes, managing the H.R. relationship with the corporation, creating and leading the professional and general manager development programs, China’s university relations program and managing the Asia Pacific key leader’s process. I have coached managers and leaders. I am a professional listener, my style open, direct, and focused on leader accountability and employee engagement. In Summary, my career responsibility included more than 60,000 employees, 60 union and union free operations, and 45 countries. I also lived in Korea for two years while in service with the USA’s armed forces.

SCORE – Counselors to Americas Small Business; at various locations I have also belonged to Rotary, Lions, Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce. I have served on Boards of medical, community and institutional organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Youngstown State University. MBA work Youngstown State University, and University of Bridgeport. University of Tennessee, Lean Manufacturing Certified. Thunderbird School of Global Management, Management Certified.

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Corporate level awards for compensation systems, communications campaigns.

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