In Conversations with Maya Bohra, Founder of Lakshya and Spandan

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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Maya Bohra
Profession – Rehabilitation Psychologist and Psychotherapist
Designation – Director
Organisation – Lakshya and Spandan
Age – 51
CityIndore
Work Experience (Years) – 15
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/maya-bohra-265407107/
Under-Graduation – B.A, Jawaharlal Nehru Vishvavidyalaya
Post-Graduation – M.A, Devi Ahilya Vishvavidyalaya
Professional QualificationPsycho diagnosis, PG diploma in guidance and counseling, Training in Gestalt therapy Psychotherapy, PG diploma in rehabilitation psychology, Diploma in early childhood special education.

Please give us a summary of your Career.

Formally I started my career in 2005, before that I was in career counseling. In 2006, I established the Lakshya Child Development Centre. It has been 12 years and Lakshya is growing day by day. Now we conduct workshops, seminars, and training for parents, teachers, and students on stress management and behavior development.
After Lakshya, I established Spandan, an NGO working free-of-cost towards suicide prevention and spreading awareness on mental health.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities in Career Counselling.

In Lakshya, we take care of slow learners. We are into remedial learning for students with learning disabilities, autism. This is the only center in MP, which provides remedial education to such kids. We are also into psycho diagnosis and also provide training and workshops to various institutions including schools and colleges.
We organize different workshops for students, for parents for both Lakshya and Spandan. The theme of the workshops ranges from behavioral training to mental health awareness, stress reducing and much more. Through Spandan we receive many cases where someone tries to commit suicide, such people are taken to the center and counseled. If required we advise them to consult with a doctor.


Average Income in Career Counselling in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 40-80 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 80+ Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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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?
All 7 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Rarely
Does your work require you to travel?
Often
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Often
How would you consider the job security in Career Counselling?
Very Secure
Would you consider this Career Counselling Risky?
Not Risky

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance Career Counselling?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability in Career Counselling?
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What are the different ways of entering Career Counselling?

One has to complete either Under Graduate or Post Graduate with Psychology as a core subject.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Good
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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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?
Yes
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Post-Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
No
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
OK
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

Any institute affiliated with Rehabilitation Council of India.

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

It depends on where you are doing your education. It is nominal from government college. Private institute charge more around 50 thousand plus stay. If you do some specialized course or therapy course the charge is again high for authentic training.

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on facts and details and apply past experiences to come up with practical solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
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 easy-going and flexible with life
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

If you have good interpersonal and intra personal skills you will be happy in this career. Unconditional acceptance should be there. You cannot be judgemental and critical about any one. One should be able to easily mingle with others. You have to have a learning attitude.

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

1. You meet a lot of people and hence every day it is a new experience.
2. You meet people who have many problems in life and then you help them in resolving the issue and help them to find a motive in life.
3. You learn a lot, each day is a new learning.
4. It gives you satisfaction from helping people.

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

1. There is not much awareness of mental health hence less acceptance is there.
2. If you are not able to draw a line between your personal and professional life, you will end up disturbing your personal life. So, once you get back to your personal life, you should be able to shut the professional inside you.
3. If we receive a call that someone is trying to commit suicide in some place at 2 am, you have to rush to be able to save that person, so work-life balance becomes a little difficult but I have developed a positive attitude and accepted my work hence I never feel tired.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Job (Annual Family Income upwards of 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe 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?

I would choose to be a psychologist every time I get a chance.