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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Shib Shankar Dutta
ProfessionAudit, Government
Designation – Store Auditor
OrganisationDurgapur Municipal Corporation
Age – 52
City – Durgapur
Work Experience (Years) – 26
Under-graduation – B.Tech, R.E. College, Durgapur
Post-Graduation – M.Tech, ACCE College, Bhilai

Please give us a summary of your Career.

My career started in 1992 when I joined ACC Limited in Bhilai, Chattisgarh. Given my qualifications in electrical engineering, I joined the company as a junior electrical engineer. I worked there for about six years and consequently left in 1998.
Then, I shifted to Durgapur and joined Durgapur Municipal Corporation where I’ve been working ever since. I joined as a tax collector and rose to be an auditor steadily through the years. I presently work as a store auditor in the firm.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Store Auditor.

During the very initial phase of my career, my job responsibilities as a Jr. Engineer included applying our theoretical knowledge on the evaluation of electrical systems, products, and components. A part of the responsibility also included conduction of quality assurance tests.
During the initial years at DMC, my main job responsibility was to file and evaluate accounts related to tax returns.
As a store auditor, my prime job responsibility is to verify assets and liabilities and compare them to records and examine data and procedures to ensure better quality is offered by the shop/firm.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 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 – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?

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?
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

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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

To enter into the auditing sector, one has to complete a minimum degree of graduation. Training and various work experiences are also preferred.


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
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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?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful Store Auditor?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
Studious students or students from the best colleges are preferred. However, if one is not very good in studies, then also he/she can excel through hard work and dedication.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

Nothing in particular.

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

Minimal, as you need only simple graduation and then clear the entrance exam conducted by the relevant Municipal Body or Government Department.

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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful Store Auditor?

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 pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organised and stick to plan
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 gets easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

Store auditing requires very minute observation and an analytical mind. Store Auditor has to keep the calculations intact but at the same time be humble and maintain good compassionate professional relationships.

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

The first positive thing about this profession which attracts people is the high degree of respect and social recognition. People tend to value this job a lot.
Secondly, this job helps to maintain a work-life balance. It also doesn’t require physical exertion which is also preferred by quite a many people.
The considerable pay scale that comes with it serves as a bonus.
Also, this job includes examining aspects like the purity of the products and cleanliness of the surroundings which along with establishing a healthy competition among stores, also ensures a quality product to the consumers.

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

The informal ways of store auditing which include filling up of questionnaires, feedbacks, and verbal communication prove ineffective a lot many times when stores don’t comply to the instructions after the audits.
Sometimes, there is seen a tendency amongst people to see this job as a profession that has a high tendency of corruption.
Also, the work of auditing becomes tedious and monotonous after a certain period of time.

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?
It Doesn’t Matter
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 have gone to the technology sector because machines and technology seem fascinating to me.

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