Importance of Education
Name – Swapan Kumar Baidya
Profession – Insurance Sales
Designation – Branch Manager
Organisation – Bharti Axa GIC Limited
Age – 48
City – Jamshedpur
Work Experience (Years) – 14
Under-Graduation – B.Com, Ranchi University
Professional Qualification – 6 Months Computer Course. 3 years Hotel Management.
Please give us a summary of your Career.
My career started as a soldier. I served the Indian Army for a year in 1994. I then joined the Hotel Management course.
Post that, I worked at the Hotel Taj in Jaipur from 1999-2001. Then in 2001, I joined the Hotel Citizen in Mumbai and worked for a year. I also worked at Hotel Mehfil in Amravati from 2002-2004.
In 2005, I again changed my career stream. I joined ICICI Lombard and worked for nine years. In 2014, I left ICICI as a Sales Manager and joined Cigna TTK as an Assistant Manager.
I joined Bajaj Alliance in 2016 and thereafter my present company in 2018 as the Branch Manager.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as a Branch Manager.
During the hotel management phase of my career, my duty was to supervise the work of stewards and look after the customer service. My prime job responsibility as a Sales manager was to manage the network of business agents and develop strategies to hit the sales target in the required time. I was also responsible for the management of the broker channel network.
My present job responsibility includes supervision and management of a team of human resources to bring out the best results in the interest of the firm. I also represent my firm to the Banks with whom our company has tie-ups. I also have to keep check of the agent channel and the ensure that Sales Target is achieved.
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 – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 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?
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 the profession of Branch Manager Risky?
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in the Profession of Branch Manager?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
What are the different ways of entering this profession?
The most common way to enter this field is through an MBA degree. One can qualify management exams such as MAT, CAT and enter as an MBA graduate. One can also enter through graduation and post graduation. Experience is, however, an equally important factor.
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 of this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful as a Branch Manager?
Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
Studies are very important but hard work and patience are equally preferable.
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?
According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful as a Branch Manager?
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 the pros and cons
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 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
Patience and Toleration need to be high in this field as the work pressure sometimes goes immensely high and seniors may not be as compassionate.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join the Profession of Branch Manager?
This sector provides an abundance of opportunities. Though initially, the availability of a job is meek, once experience is gained, options increases.
Secondly, this field brings in contact with many influential people. Also, we get to meet a variety of people on a daily basis.
This field enhances latent leadership qualities. It also teaches co-operation, teamwork and patience.
Fourthly, most of the firms provide travel allowances, mobile allowances, yearly bonus and medical facilities which serve as yet some other popular incentives.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as a Branch Manager?
The workload and the compulsion to reach the set targets sometimes become so immense that they affect the personal life adversely. One has a strong tendency to become naturally agitated and irritated being after a long time.
Also, long hours of a desk job and computer work strains the eyes and tires the muscles which may lead to severe health problems.
As mentioned earlier, the difficulty for a fresher to get a job in this field is high unless with some strong recommendation. This is yet another con about this field.
Recognition in your Profession
What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
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?
May be 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 liked to remain in the army because that is to me the most noblest and important professions of all.