Importance of Education
Name – Karuna Jha
Profession – Teaching and Administration
Designation – Headmistress
Organisation – Manav Rachna International School, Gurgaon
Age – 47
City – Gurgaon
Work Experience (Years) – 22
Under-Graduation – B.A., Dayanand- Girls College
Professional Qualification – B.ED
Please give us a summary of your Career.
I started my career at a school in Kanpur in 2000, where I taught English to Grade 4 and 5.
Then, I went on to teach for another 10-11 years in schools of various boards like CBSE, IB, PYP and so on. A lot of these schools required me to teach almost all subjects to one class. However, my primary subject has been English.
Now, I have been working for 9 years in administrative jobs at Manav Rachna International School, Sector 46 Gurgaon. I started out as a Coordinator and currently working as a Headmistress for the primary wing (Classes 1 to 5).
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as a Headmistress.
As a Headmistress, I ensure that the school is ready for the children to start coming in. I have to constantly make sure that all security measures for both teachers and students are in place and that everyone is on time.
Even the classes and other extra curricular activities need to happen on time. It is part of my job to ensure the smooth functioning of all these areas.
The complaints of teachers, parents, and students need to be dealt with and sorted on time.
All cultural, academic and other events that take place need to foreseen by me. Therefore, I have to overlook all aspects that take place in the building.
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 – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
As a Headmistress how often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as a Headmistress 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?
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
What are the different ways of entering this profession?
Any person needs a Graduate Degree and needs to complete their B.ED to enter this profession
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
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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?
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
The art of teaching any subject does not require you to be a topper, you just be knowledgeable about your subject and should be able to connect with your students. Marks are not a definitive way to success 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?
4-5 lakhs per annum from a private university
Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful as a Teacher / Headmistress?
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 using logic by weighing the pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organized and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organized
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
You should be passionate about the subject that you are teaching and should be willing to spread the same in the students you teach.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join the Profession of a Headmistress/ Teacher?
It is a very giving profession as you are educating young minds, even though it may be limited to one subject. The work can be stressful but there is no field where there will no stress at some given point in time.
This profession also gives you time-off (in terms of many vacation days, etc). Therefore, you can plan out vacations and pursue personal interests of your own. At the same time, it is a profession that offers a lot of stability and steady income as well.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as a Headmistress/ Teacher?
It is a very demanding job. There are a lot of other roles that a teacher is now expected to take on, which does not take place in class. Like, organizing cultural events, annual functions, etc. You are even expected to accompany the students on trips, attend teacher conferences etc.
These can get tasking to a certain extent. Therefore, you will constantly be challenged with tasks of various kinds.
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?
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?
I would still pick this profession as I cannot see myself do any other job than this. It is a very giving profession.