Engineering my way to HR Professional: Embracing Transformation

Amidst the hustle and bustle of life, there is a path that often calls to us- A path of transformation, embracing the unknown, and creating a new identity. My journey from being a civil engineer to becoming a seasoned HR Professional is much more than just a career change, it’s a testament to resilience, adaptability, and relentless pursuit of passion.

Since childhood, I’ve been drawn towards both studies and arts, However. Unlike many in my family who chose the noble path of medicine, I decided to pursue civil engineering. My innate desire to create and my curiosity led me to delve deeper into the art of constructing buildings and shaping skylines. To further hone my craft, I also obtained a diploma in architectural drawing.

Life’s symphony took an unexpected turn with the arrival of the pandemic. Like numerous others I found myself struggling with uncertainty as my career path suddenly changed direction. The job market became scarce, Opportunities vanished, and I found myself at a crossroads, unsure of whether to settle for a mediocre existence or embark on a completely new journey. I refused my circumstances to hold me back, so I used my communication skills to turn adversity into opportunity. I found my passion for education, where I enjoyed sharing knowledge and shaping minds as a trainer. Through this work, I realized the profound impact of human connection and eventually discovered my true calling in HR.

Transitioning from civil engineering to HR may seem unfamiliar, but for those with an engineering background, it brings unique advantages. As someone who has made this transition, I can attest to the seamless shift and natural synergies between these fields. Engineers are known for the ability to think creatively, solve complex problems, and analyze situations precisely. These skills developed through years of technical training and practical experience are invaluable assets in the dynamic landscape of HR. Engineers being a fresh and efficient perspective to the table- rooted in logic, efficiency, and forward-thinking when combined with communication skills, creates a symbiotic relationship between engineering and HR – a marriage of logic and empathy, innovation, and human connection.

Embracing uncertainty, I embarked on a journey that transcended geographical boundaries. From the heart of the Middle East, in Kuwait, I immersed myself in the intricacies of HR, Soaking in every facet of the discipline. It was a journey fraught with challenges and questions, but with each obstacle, I unearthed newfound strength and resilience. As an engineer turned HR professional, I’ve witnessed the firsthand transformative power of this marriage between analytical thinking and communication prowess. It’s just not about crunching numbers or drafting policies; it’s about understanding the intricacies of human behavior, fostering meaningful connections, and driving positive change within the organizations.

My journey didn’t end there, fueled by the insatiable thirst for knowledge and growth, I took a leap of faith and enrolled in the MBA program specializing in HR at European International University. It’s a decision I believe will serve as a pivotal moment in my professional trajectory – a testament to endless possibilities that await those who dare to dream.

Sukanya Suresh

My story is more than just a tale of personal triumph; it’s a rallying cry to the younger generation, a reminder that pursuing your passion has no limits. In a world filled with uncertainty, it is easy to become complacent and settle for less than we deserve. However, true fulfillment is found in embracing the unknown, stepping out of our comfort zone, and seizing the countless opportunities that lie ahead. So, to all those who dare to dream, who refuse to be shackled by circumstances, I implore you- to listen to your heart, embrace your journey, and never lose hope. For it’s in the crucible of adversity that true greatness is forged, where every setback becomes a stepping stone and where the pursuit of passion leads to a life truly worth living.

Submitted by Sukanya Suresh K ( MBA Student at EIU-Paris)

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