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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Bidyut Kumar Das
Designation – Development Officer
Organisation LIC
Age – 53
Work Experience (Years) – 26

Under-Graduation – B.Com. Hons, Burdwan University
Post-Graduation – M.A in Sociology, Burdwan University

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I first started my career not in this field but as a teacher. My first job was of a teacher at Junior High School situated at Burdwan. I joined the institution in 1992 as a commerce teacher and taught there for about a year. However, in 1993 I left the job. In the same year, I joined Life Insurance Corporation which is often considered as the largest insurance company in India. I joined in 1993 as a Development Officer and I have been earning my bread through this job since then.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

As a Development Officer of Life Insurance Corporation, my job responsibilities primarily include recruitment of insurance agents. And nurturing and motivating them to work as a team and contribute towards the desired goals of the firm. We are given a certain business target to fulfill. And our aim remains to reach that target within the given time with a team of say, 50 agents. The agents can be working as a part timer or full time. It’s a DO’s role to guide and train them and at the same time procure business through the team.

Average Income for a Development Officer 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 – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
More than 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 for a Development officer?
Would you consider being a Development Officer Risky?
Not Risky

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance for a Development Officer?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability for a Development officer?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

One generally enters this profession by qualifying LIC Development Officer’s Exam. One can also enter through relevant Bachelor’s or sometimes Master’s degree.


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
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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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 in 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?
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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 possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
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 is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

Since this field is one of high competition. One has to be exceptionally skilled to excel. At the same time, one has to adapt and tackle with all kinds of situations. Which make it very important to have a mild temperament and presence of mind.

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

The foremost positive of this profession, according to me, is the kind of exposure one gets to the world. We get to meet a variety of people of contrasting personalities. That help us gain experience and deal with situations in a much better way. Also, the respect and social recognition that one receives in this field give you a sense of pride. There is a capacity to build and lead a team that will further enhance one’s personality which further helps with future job prospects.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?

There is immense work pressure to fulfill the given business targets within a stipulated time period. Being in this field, we seldom get any free time for our personal lives or even for ourselves. Secondly, this job is quite challenging as Development Officers need to consider and build a team of people with various interests and temperaments to work towards a common goal. This field comes with high-stress levels that can affect one’s health adversely.

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 pick the profession of a teacher because I love teaching.