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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Anupam Gupta
Designation – Civil Contractor
OrganisationNorthern Coalfields LTD
Age – 47
City – Greater Noida
Work Experience (Years) – 19

Under-Graduation – B.Tech, Aligarh Muslim University
Post-Graduation – M.Tech, MIT Aurangabad

Please give us a summary of your Career.

After completing my Masters at MIT Aurangabad, I joined my father, who was the President of Hindalco Industry in Chaibasa. After working there for a couple of years, the mines were shut down due to Naxalite disturbances. Then, I moved to Greater Noida with my family and started a clothing business with my cousin. The business was running quite successfully until my cousin got a job offer from America and went off. The business was shut down. Now, I have become a civil contractor of the Northern Coal Fields Ltd.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Civil Contractor.

Talking about my normal day at work, I first go to my office to see that if there are any concerns with the work process. I have to then present the accounts of the mined raw material, tonnes of coal crushed the previous day and the total quantity of coal transported to different industries. After that, I contact the Head Technician to see if any new machines are required and see that the old ones are maintained from time to time. Once a week, I have to send the report of the operations taking place under my supervision to the head authority.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 40-80 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 80+ Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

On an average, being a Civil Contractor, how many hours do you work per day?
More than 9 hours
On an average how many days in a week do you work?
All 7 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as Civil Contractor 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?

Though my designation yields quite a handsome income, there is always a risk of an accident happening at the plant, which would surely put you in a loss.

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

Sound technical and management skills are of utmost importance in this case. Moreover, you also need to have proper knowledge of the mining processes and need to consider all the risks involved.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Very Stressful
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 the Profession of Civil Contractor

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?

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

Around 20-25L

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 Civil Contractor?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
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 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 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

The field of profession that I choose is one where you need to control your temper and should able to control your stress. You need to be level-headed in order to deal with problems.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Civil Contractor?

First of all, working with the Northern Coal Fields yield a handsome income for the family than any other job could not have provided with the same work experience. You do not need any such degrees for this profession but having a keen knowledge of the work processes is surely a priority. Moreover, this sort of profession also raises your social status and helps you keep a high profile in the society. The Northern Coal Fields also provide for quality schools and hospitals for their employees.

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

The work pressure and stress levels are usually very high in this profession that involves great sums of money. You need to pay attention to every operation going under your supervision. Moreover, you have to attend to the concerns raised by people working under you. If any mishappening occurs, you have to leave all tasks and make it your priority. Such a job usually does not let you spend time with family a lot. Though they are happy about my work, being with family is what you want at the end of the day.

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?
Medium to Large Business (Annual Family Income upwards of 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
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 think I would have preferred to work in an MNC but this profession is satisfying, nonetheless.

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