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Name – Rachna Agarwalla
Profession – Mathematics Teacher
Designation – Teacher
Organisation – Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School
Age – 46
City – Thane
Work Experience (Years) – 10
Under-Graduation – B.E (Biomedical Engg), Thadomal Shahani Engineering College
Post-Graduation – M.Sc (Maths), SIES College
Professional Qualification – B.Ed
Please give us a summary of your Career.
I have always been a maths teacher. I started first with private tuitions at home with just 4 students. After a year, I joined Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane as a teacher in their Mathematics Department. I now teach kids from class 6 to class 8. I only had teaching responsibilities in the initial 3 years as a teacher. Then, as I slowly became a senior faculty member, I began getting involved in curriculum building and also played a role in preparing question papers. Now, I also act as a faculty adviser in the cultural events of the school.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.
My typical day includes five to six hours of teaching. I teach eight different classes from standard 6th to class 8th. However, my job role does not only include teaching, I also help organise annual days and sports days, etc. It is important that I oversee and actively help in properly conducting these events in the school.
Average Income for a Mathematics Teacher 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 as a Mathematics Teacher?
Would you consider being a Mathematics Teacher Risky?
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance as a Mathematics Teacher?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability for a Mathematics Teacher?
What are the different ways of entering as a Mathematics Teacher?
One needs a basic undergraduate degree in any subject along with a B.Ed degree and can 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 of this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
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 in your Profession?
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 self-disciplined and organised
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
The teacher needs to be compassionate towards the students as not every person learns in the same pattern. Most importantly, they need to be passionate about the subject they teach and should try to provide knowledge and insights that go beyond the textbook.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?
The profession provides a stable and balanced lifestyle, that allows you to concentrate on any and all spheres of your personal life. The work culture is healthy and many times, very supportive. There are ample vacation days that allow you to travel or spend your time the way you want. The income also increases with experience.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?
Stress levels can be extremely high at times, especially when students are non-cooperative. So, you have to learn to work your way around such obstacles. The day starts early and you may have to create a rigid schedule on weekdays, especially if you manage a household as well. A student’s failure can be perceived as your failure as well. You have to be the link between students and the administration, which can be tasking at times.
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?
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?
No, I would still prefer to be a teacher.