Mining is a Great Profession, especially for those who don’t Mind Living Far from City Life – says Akhilesh Kumar, Mining Engineer

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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details

Name – Akhilesh Kumar
Designation – Deputy Manager
OrganisationCoal India Limited
Age – 27
Work Experience (Years) – 6 years
Under-Graduation – B.Tech, VNIT Nagpur

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I joined Coal India Limited as a Management Trainee right after my graduation. For the first year, I was given the opportunity to understand the Insights Of Mining. After a year I was promoted to the post of Assistant Manager. Now my job is of Shift Incharge, where I have to monitor safety and working on the project(plant) with a manpower of around 150 people. I work in 3 shifts – day, night and second. The second shift is from 4 pm to 12 am.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

My role is to see if everything is in order. As I mentioned I work in shifts and in every shift, there are 150 people working under me. While going underground to dig out coal, I have to be sure of the security of each individual. To check if there is no gas leak, people are taking safety measures or not.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?3 Star Rating |

Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Not Risky
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.inOverall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.inWhat are the different ways of entering this profession?
B. Tech in Mining Engineering is the minimum that you need to enter in this profession. However, many are entering after their post graduation also.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?3 Star Rating |

Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?
Although IITs and NITs are the best institutes for B.Tech, Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad is best for Mining.
What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?
4 Lakhs.
Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?4 Star Rating |

According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be just and fair and not try to make everyone happy
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details
Work can be stressful if you don’t have the proper resources. But being flexible and calm helps. Working in coal industry is very different experience. You have to find your comfort zone and expand it.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?

You meet a lot of people in your life. If you love being around people, you’ll love this job. There is a lot of learning exercise that you get while working and certain emotions that are developed for the people in your surrounding.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?

Plants are generally located in remote areas. Usually far away from major cities, which makes living difficult for a person who was born in a city. There is a risk of life when people go beneath the surface for mining.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Neutral
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?3 Star Rating |

Insights Of Mining

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
May be Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?
Armed forces. I love the discipline and lifestyle.