In Conversation with Seema Bain, Dietitian and Mess Manager

Mess Manager (Seema) |
2 Star Rating | 2 Star Rating | 3 Star Rating | 4 Star Rating | 5 Star Rating | 3 Star Rating |

Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Seema Bain
Designation – Dietitian and Mess Manager
Organisation Bel-Air Hospital, Panchgani
Age – 32
City – Panchgani
Work Experience (Years) – 12
Under-Graduation – B.Sc., Govt. Home Science College

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I joined Bel Air in 2006 and worked till 2011 as a Dietitian and Mess Manager. Later, I left my job and joined Inshape gym in Kota as Branch manager and Nutritionist. In 2016, I rejoined Bel Air at the same post.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as a Mess Manager.

As a Mess Manager I keep a check on the diets of the patients. If someone is on a liquid diet, Diabetic diet, soft diet, I have to take care of that and what time they should get food on time.
My main role is as Mess Manager. I have to take care of the mess. I decide what has to be cooked and in how much quantity.
Refilling the stock and order things which are needed for the meal are some of the other aspects of my job.

Average Income as a Mess Manager  in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 5-10 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?
All 7 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?
2 Star Rating |
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
2 Star Rating |
What are the different ways of entering this profession?

One has to complete Undergraduate degree that is B.Sc in Nutrition and Dietitian course.


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
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
4 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?


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


Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
5 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 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 routine and stable life
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

Someone who is willing to keep work first and personal life after it.

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

1. You talk to so many people and teach your patient healthy habits.
2. It is satisfying to see patients progressing.
3. You get to see many work environment.
4. One positive aspect is that you can be self-employed.

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

1. Sometimes it becomes difficult to manage patients.
2. Managing the diets of so many patients at a time is also a task.
3. If some patient requires you at late night, you have to attend them keeping all your personal things aside.
4. Sometimes people behave in a rude manner, dealing with it is difficult.

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

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?
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 have become a beautician because that is a fast growing industry and it interests me a lot.
Back in my hometown, I have received training also but once you get into a profession like this it becomes difficult to come out.