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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Tapati Patra
ProfessionHuman Resources (HR)
Designation – Assistant Manager (HR)
OrganisationSGB Scaffolding and Industrial Services Private Ltd
Age – 38
City – Jamshedpur
Work Experience (Years) – 17
Under-Graduation – BCom Hons, Ranchi University
Post-Graduation – MBA (Correspondance), IIMT Ghaziabad
Professional Qualification – Diploma course in Computer Application

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started my career in April 2000 at Balbir Power Generation Private Ltd in Jamshedpur as an Account Assistant.
Then I went to Delhi and while pursuing MBA worked in NCCV New Delhi as a Telemarketing Executive in the credit card division.
In 2002, I joined GE Country Wide Consumer Financial Service and served as a leader in the loan department for 3 years. In 2005, I left the firm and worked for a few months in Bajaj Alliance as an LIC Agent.
Later In 2006, I joined Mithila Motors Ltd as a Front Office Executive.
In 2010, I joined my present company as an office administrator.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as assistant manager.

I presently serve in my company as an assistant manager in the Human Resource Department. Thus my work mainly deals with the maintenance files of employees. My prime responsibility being an Assistant Manager is to assist the Senior manager in coming up with incentives that can be offered to the employees. Another prime responsibility of mine is to take care of the attendance sheet of the East Zone which comprises of approximately 1700 employees. I also take care of the salary sheet. I am in charge of reconciliation of salary and billing attendance. And I also supervise the joining formalities of the freshers and settlements of people who leave.

Average Income in this Profession 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 – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, being an Assistant Manager 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 as Assistant Manager requires 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?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Graduation is the minimum requirement to enter the profession. MBA is preferred though. One can enter through qualification and work experiences or one could directly be allotted the position if passed from a renowned business school such as IIM.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
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?
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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?
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?
Meritorious students are preferred but candidates with relevant work experiences are also preferred.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

IIM, XLRI etc.

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?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful as Assistant Manager (HR)?

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 be organised and stick to plan
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 cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

Along with the above traits, one must keep her/his cool during times of crisis and should not be personally affected by the workload.

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

Income in the HR department is considerably good. Also, it is a job that requires minimal physical exertion and more office work. It thus promises a high pay with less physical work. Most companies these days ensure health and travel insurances for the employees’ which help a great deal in times of need. Also, the respect and social recognition which comes with the post are one of the most alluring things about the job.

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

The workload in this profession sometimes becomes immense which often affects the personal lives. It becomes difficult to maintain a balance as the working hours tend to exceed sometimes. The work culture is moderate and competitive as each employee is driven by a motive of promotion. In the private sector, exploitation of workers is not uncommon to see. One has to keep his or her emotional self in control and act according to the orders in the interests of the firm.

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?
Medium to Large Business (Annual Family Income upwards of 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Difficult
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 pick a job in the medical line as it appears to be very noble and appealing.

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