- Building a Coaching Institute of your own needs Patience, Time and Subject Knowledge.
- A person must remain up to date with the trending topics.
- This line is not just time-consuming but also requires a person’s analyzing skills to keep it going.
- The working hours get more hectic during the vacations and weekends as at that time students want to complete their syllabus and prepare for their respective exams.
Name — Deepak Garg
Profession — Owner of Chandigarh Tutorials (Coaching Institute)
Age — 41
Gender — Male
City — Patiala
Industry — Education
Where have you been born and raised?
I was born into a middle-class family in Chandigarh. I have done my 10th from SD Senior Secondary School, Patiala. And have completed my 12th from M.M.Modi College, Patiala. I have always been a career conscious student and had the vision to have my own coaching institute in Patiala back then.
What is your family background?
My father was in exercise & taxation department and my mother was a homemaker. I have a sister who is married. My close friends consist of Dharmendra Garg who is a CA and Sanjeev Bansal who is also a CA.
My family and friends have supported me through thick and thins. Whatever I am today, I owe my success to their unconditional love and support.
Who all had the most influence on you and how?
I have always been a self-motivated person. My parents supported my decision because they wanted me to turn my dream into reality. They wanted me to live my passion and today when I look back, I have no regrets about pursuing my dream.
Please give us a summary of your career, chronologically, including organization names and your role/designation.
I completed my B.Com. from M.M.Modi College in 1997. And I started my coaching institute right after completing my B.Com.
I did my M.Com. from HP University in 1999. After this, I pursued my LLB from Ganganagar, Rajasthan and completed it in 2002. I have done B.Ed. from Punjabi University (through correspondence) in 2008.
Which institutes are best for the education/training of this profession? Also, mention the costs associated.
Everyone has different perceptions and viewpoint on this.
According to me, if we talk about B.Com. in Patiala, then M.M Modi College is the best. But if we talk about all India level, then I believe that Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi is the best.
The costs of the same may vary from 20,000–50,000 per year depending upon the college the studies are pursued from.
M.Com. from Punjabi University is considered the best in our area and may cost around 70,000 per year.
For LLB, National Law University is considered the best. For the same, one needs to clear CLAT and the candidates are selected for interviews on the basis of merit list. If one goes for a private university, then LST test is required. The costs may vary range between 7 to 12 lakhs, depending upon the university.
B. Ed. from State College of Education is considered the best and it may cost around 30,000.
How does one enter in the Coaching Profession?
One has to be a graduate in the subject one wishes to teach in. Today, B.Ed. is required to teach at a school, college etc. However, you can open your own coaching center regardless of the degree. One needs to have a vast knowledge of the subject because students these days are very smart.
What is the range of remuneration one can expect when starting a Coaching Institute?
Income in a Coaching Institute varies according to location, size of the coaching institute, reputation etc. However, following is a close enough example of a person running his/her coaching institute in a Tier-2 City:
Starting Out — 1 Lakh per annum
5 Years — 2 Lakhs per annum
10 Years — 3 Lakhs per annum
15 Years — 4 Lakhs per annum
20 Years — 5 Lakhs per annum
Above figures are indicative figures and may vary from person to person.
Describe your work? What do you typically do on a normal workday?
I usually have a work routine from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The hours may vary at times according to the number of batches and students. The working hours get more hectic during the vacations and weekends as at that time students want to complete their syllabus and prepare for their respective exams.
Majorly my work consists of preparing for the different batches, making assignments according to the topics, and checking tests.
Also, I set aside some time to analyze each student to help them improve in the areas where they are not very comfortable with.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to consider this career/job?
This job not only gives a person a livelihood but also a sense of satisfaction of being able to give back to the society. The respect and status one earns in the society are beyond money. The person also shoulders the social responsibility as one shapes the minds of the upcoming youth.
One also gets to form bonds and relations with all sections of the society.
What are some of the challenges that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in Coaching Profession?
It is very important for a person to have vast knowledge and understanding of the subject one plans to teach about as the students are inquisitive and curious about learning new things. But in case the tutor himself/herself is inexperienced, then the negligence might put the future of the students at stake. As there is no government control of the coaching industry, the tutors are not bound by a minimum standard.
One should be well aware of the trending topics and should be able enough to hold an examiner’s viewpoint and relate to possible topics for exam or competition. And this is not possible to achieve until and unless one has a never-ending passion to pursue the dream.
What are the relevant trends/skills/technologies that are currently commanding a premium in your job profile?
The latest technologies include Internet/Online coaching wherein the students are given video lectures. They prefer listening to lectures as hearing is an effective way to learn and the included visuals leave a lasting impression.
How many years has it been down the line?
I have been on this journey for 26 years now. It has been a wonderful experience. The cheerful students fill me with energy to continue living my dream and strive further in my life.
What kind of person would be happy in your career?
A person with a right mixture of passion, determination, and patience is the apt choice to pursue this career.
Given another choice, what would you do differently as far as your professional selections are concerned?
If I would get an opportunity to do something else, I would like to become an Advocate and be a contributor in the fight for the justice.
What would be your advice to students or professionals who are just starting their journey on a path similar to yours?
A person taking up this line should be well acquainted with the fact that he/she is dealing with the future of the nation. One should never misguide anyone and help weaker students.