By Roadtrip Nation

Minni Vittal


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in India.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in economics followed by an MBA with a post-graduate diploma in human resources management.
I came to the U.S. after graduating, moving to the California Bay Area specifically, and started trying to build my career in human resources, but struggled for over a year to find a job.
After struggling for so long, I decided to take up temporary jobs to gain experience, working as a human resources generalist, a recruiter, and a compensation manager.
I also attended the UC Santa Cruz extension program and took courses in areas that I thought would be most beneficial for finding work in the U.S.
When I finally got my break and could establish my career in human resources, I chose an opportunity in high tech because I knew it would open doors for other opportunities in the Bay Area.
After 10 years, I moved on to work as a people business partner for PayPal, which was a great opportunity because I really wanted to work for a true California Valley company.
I eventually landed in my current role as chief people officer for PROCEPT BioRobotics, a medical technology company.
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Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

I manage human resources for a medical technology company.

Career Roadmap

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Working with Others

Day to Day

My days are usually filled with meetings with other executives about people issues and business initiatives, meetings with my team to work on design, delivery, or problem solving around people programs, or meetings with employees to talk about company-wide initiatives. I may drop in to new hire orientation, interview for leadership roles, or work on budgeting or workforce planning. Since I spend my day in meetings, I'll spend nights catching up on work that requires uninterrupted concentration.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

You can get an undergraduate degree in a wide variety of communications, business, psychology, and human resources management majors to be able to enter the field of human resources. A master's degree is not required to enter the field and could be obtained later if you wish to obtain more advanced technical skills in the field.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"We can't hire you because you don't have experience working in the United States."