Though You Will Get Job Security, You Will Still Have Less Control – says General Store Manager at AAI, Alka Dhyani

Alka Dhyani (General Store Manager at AAI) |
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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Alka Dhyani
Profession – General Store Manager at AAI
Designation – Senior Superintendent (SG)
Organisation – Airport
Age – 52
City – Delhi
Work Experience (Years) – 20
Under-Graduation – BA, Jodhpur University
Post-Graduation – Political Science, Kamla Nehru, Jamshedpur

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started my career as a teacher in Jodhpur and cracked my first interview and they immediately gave me a class. But honestly, I did not like it. I couldn’t do it for more than a day. I also tried my luck in hotel management, but I couldn’t bear the responsibilities and the pressure even for a day, so I quit. But throughout, my parents have been very supportive and patient. Now, I handle a general store of the AAI and I am happy with my job at AAI.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Store Manager at AAI.

The Airports Authority of India or AAI under the Ministry of Civil Aviation is responsible for creating, upgrading, maintaining and managing civil aviation infrastructure in India.
I work in AAI (Airport Authority of India). I handle a general store of the airport authority (AAI). The store includes stationary items and sanitary items of the regional headquarters.
We, general store Manager at AAI, are assigned to take the request of various items from the different departments/sections of RHQ and register it in ledger register for the further official records. The registered request is then carried forward for a physical verification and is sent to the respected departments/sections.

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?
4 Star Rating |

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?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as General Store Manager at AAI require you to travel?
Does your work as General Store Manager at AAI require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Very Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Not Risky

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
5 Star Rating |
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
5 Star Rating |
What are the different ways of entering this profession?

The only way to enter is through an entrance exam.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Easy Going
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
5 Star Rating |

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?
Post-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?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

Any reputed MBA degree can do the trick.

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
4 Star Rating |

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 the pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep the flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession at AAI?

This is a government job that provides full stability, job security, and good income. Its a perfect job for people who love routine. Though it is a monotonous job, the stress level and the work condition are very comfortable. Unlike private companies where people check and respond to emails even after working hours, a government employee is far-far away from work after punching out. But of course, there are projects and deadlines that had to be completed on time.
It is also a highly respectable job. The government has a National Pension Scheme in place to ensure employees a continuous source of income even after their retirement.

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

1.Work Environment: Many people think and complain about the lazy work environment in government offices. According to them, only a handful of people work diligently and complete their task within the scheduled time. But that’s not true.

2. Appraisals: You work hard; you expect appraisals for your hard work. It is a universal truth both in the private and government sector. However, critiques said that in the government office, people who are working hard may often go unnoticed.

3. Control levels: In a government office, levels of control is quite low. Though government jobs give you a liberty to work freely, but in a restricted space.

4. Selection process: Although you will find thousands of government jobs in India but getting a government job is tough. Plus the selection process is quite lengthy and cumbersome. Even you are placed in the merit list, you may still have to wait for a long period of time before you actually join the office.

Recognition in your Profession at AAI

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?
5 Star Rating |

General Information of your Profession/Business at AAI

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?
Very Easy
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 believe the choice and the decisions taken by me define who I am. I am really very happy and satisfied, so I won’t change a thing.

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