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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Usha Rathi
ProfessionTeaching
DesignationAssociate Professor, Economics
Organisation – Govt College, Pali
Age – 52
CityJodhpur, Rajasthan
Work Experience (Years) – 20
Under-Graduation – B.Sc., Govt College, Ajmer
Post-Graduation – M.A. in Economics, Govt College
Professional Qualification – M.Phil., Ph.D.

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started giving tuition after completing my 12th grade at private institutions as well as at home, as I completed my graduation and post graduation. After completing M.Phil., I joined JNVU, Jodhpur as an assistant professor in Economics on a contract basis. In 1998, I was selected as an Economics lecturer in college education by RPSC. Since then I’ve been working in this sector. Currently, I am an associate professor. So far I have written 5 books and published around 50 research papers in this field. I have conducted and still conduct research in various fields such as Watersheds, Women Empowerment etc. I have completed several research projects sanctioned by UGC and ICSSR. A national seminar and various workshops on women empowerment and female foeticides have been conducted by me.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as an Associate Professor.

My current job responsibilities include Teaching, research, developing course material, assessment work.
Along with this, as an Associate Professor various other job responsibilities assigned by the head of the institution like handling NAAC community activities, taking charge of admission processes, election process, the examination process. I also work in RTI committee, scholarship committee, planning forum committee, women cell etc.


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
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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?
6 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Never
Does your work require you to travel?
Rarely
Does your work as an associate professor require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Often
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Very Secure
Would you consider the profession of an associate professor Risky?
Not Risky

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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Complete the essential qualifications- graduation, post-graduation, Ph.D., and then through RPSC or UPSC.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Fun
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
OK
How would you describe your co-workers?
OK
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
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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 of this Profession?
No
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?
Yes
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Negligible
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

DU, JNU, top universities in the country

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

1 lakh at max.

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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful as a Professor/ Associate Professor?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on a few tasks at a time
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep the 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 organized
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 is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

A person who is continually learning about the development in his field of work and be innovative and creative to design methods such that they make the process of delivering to students more effective.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone become an Associate Professor?

One of the best things about this kind of job i.e. is job security. There’s a joke that runs around that as much as it is tough to get into this profession, to get a permanent job in the government sector, it is almost equally difficult to get out of it.
Another thing is the amazing work-life balance and fixed hours of work, and there’s always plenty of time left to harbor hobbies.
Also, one of the major driving factors is that you get to interact with students on a one-on-one basis. You’re the hands that shape up their future. Various non-teaching work such as preparation of syllabus etc helps you to constantly be in touch with the updates in your field.
For everyone who never wants to cease the learning process in their lives, this is the ideal path to take.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as an Associate Professor?

The only negative or I wouldn’t even call it a negative but rather a huge hurdle circling this profession is the amount of consistency and hard work required to get into this job in the first place. I personally worked hard and never considered any job menial on my way to being in the position that I am in right now, no matter how many hours of tuition I had to teach, no matter the lengths I have to travel to go for home tuitions, etc.
Also, being in the government sector, there’s a possibility of finding yourself stuck at a stagnated point with passivity filling you up, because you have a constant and secure source of income, but that aspect is really in your hands.


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
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General Information of your Profession/Business

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?
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?

Same profession.


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