Insights

  1. In IT, it really doesn’t matter, which academic background you come from. What matters is your ability to learn technologies and excel in them.
  2. There is a lot of scope for your growth and income if you focus on work.
  3. Being in a senior position gives you the benefit of interacting with youngsters, who are always bubbling with fresh ideas and innovations.
  4. Changing companies and/or technologies help in broadening your horizon, so don’t get stuck with a particular hardware and software.

Profile Details

Name – Alok Jauhary

Profession – CEO of Cybix Technical Services

Age – 58

Gender – Male

City – Gurgaon

Industry – IT

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/jauharyalok/

Where have you been born and raised?

I was born in Allahabad. I have been raised in various cities in Uttar Pradesh such as Lucknow, Kanpur, Firozpur and in the capital city of Delhi etc., because of my dad’s transferable government job. This also lead me to attend several schools. I have one elder sister.

My dad was a doctor in the railways and mom a housewife. I was most influenced by my father when growing up.

Please give us a summary of your career.

I did my class 12th from Christ Church inter-college, Kanpur in 1978. Then, I did my B.Tech. in metallurgical engineering from IIT Kanpur from 1978–1983. Thereafter, I worked in Tata steel in Jamshedpur till 1991, while I was simultaneously doing an evening management course from XLRI Jamshedpur. Then, I worked in Tata consultancy services from 1991–97. I joined HCL Perot systems in 1997 and worked there till 2004. In 2004, I moved to NIIT technology. In 2016, I opened my own company called Cybix Technical Services.

Which institutes are best for the education/training of IT?

I don’t think I can answer this question because I would not know. It has been so long since I was associated with academics that I have lost track. But, even if I do have to give an answer, it should be places like IIT, BITS, NIT for engineering and IIM’s for business management.

What are the costs associated with the education/training of this profession?

For an undergraduate degree, one should be spending around Rs.12–15 lakhs. Post-graduate degree in management can cost as high as 30 lakhs.

What are the typical entry level jobs in IT?

The minimum requirement is an undergraduate engineering degree. It can be any branch of engineering, this field does not require a specific branch

What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting out in your line of career & industry?

5-10 years of experience – Rs. 6.5–7 lakhs

10-15 years of experience – Rs. 12–25 lakhs

20+ years of experience – Rs. 30 lakhs +

Please describe your work.

Right now, my job profile is very different from what I have an education in. We are into IT infrastructure services, which includes things like repair and maintenance of IT hardware. I also have to look after the sales and keep an eye on profitability. I have to make sure that we meet customer deadlines and complete the work on time.

On an average, I work 8 hours every day for 6 days a week, which makes it almost 48–50 hours a week.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider a career in IT?

Some of the positives, which I feel that exist in my job profile, are satisfaction, money, and interaction with youngsters.

There is a certain type of satisfaction, that I get when I am able to deliver a customer project in time and of quality as expected by the customer. Positive feedback from clients is very rewarding.

There is obviously, good money because of the growing scope in this field.

I get to interact with youngsters. One gets to learn from youngsters because they are so full of fresh and new ideas. And somewhere I feel, being in a senior position allows me the chance to shape and mold their careers and ensure that they are doing well.

What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in IT?

One of the biggest challenges in opening your own business/company is that you have to wear multiple hats of manager, accountant, advisor etc. In other words, you do all the work.

Secondly, coming from a big company (in my case NIIT), where I was an employee, it is a complete change of lifestyle. You have different working hours, different work atmosphere, different lifestyle etc.

What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?

One must have intense knowledge of computer hardware and software and must use abilities of critical thinking. The IT infrastructure domain is extremely diverse. So, one should keep learning new technologies and not get attached to one particular hardware/software.

What kind of person would be happy in your career?

The person should be analytically and logically competent. He/she should have good aptitude skills and enjoy a lot of analytical work.

Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?

No. I changed my career when I had to and now I am happy.

What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?

Focus on whatever you are doing and how it is impacting your end goal.

You may also like to check out our conversation with Mr. Subash Chaganty (Chief Technologist at ZAG Information Technology and Services, New Jersey)