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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Col. Jairam Lal Kanava
ProfessionIndian Army (Retd.), Businessman
Designation – Retired Colonel
Organisation – Kanava Enterprises
Age – 77
CityJodhpur Rajasthan
Work Experience (Years) – 33 years in Army and 20 years in business
Under-Graduation – B. Tech.
Professional Qualification – Trained in bomb deactivation

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I hail from Khatolai, a small village near Jaipur, Rajasthan. My father was a Ved (Doctor of Ayurvedic Medicine), who served the bourgeoisie and the royalties. Since I was born in the British era, I have witnessed my nation’s independence. As a result, I understood the importance of Sovereignty when I was a child and hence decided to join the Indian Army. I promised myself to keep the tiranga waiving freely. Thus, I left my home when I was 18 to become a soldier.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

I am currently an entrepreneur, who supplies goods to the Army. When I enrolled myself in the army, I was only 18 years old. Thus, I underwent rigorous training and mental stress to become what I am today. I have fought Indo-Pak 2 and Indo-Pak 3 wars. During the civil war, I was also sent to Sri Lanka with the relief forces. I was shot in my leg during Indo-Pak 2 and stayed alone for 3 months without being in touch with my family. I have also diffused a human bomb at Indore. My job responsibilities included- physical and mental fitness, vigilance, diligence, sturdy heart, and complete dedication.

Average Income for a Colonel in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 5-10 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?
7-9 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?
Very Often
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 Colonel?
Very Secure
Would you consider being a Colonel Risky?

Serving in battlefields with the enemies may put our lives in danger but we take it as an opportunity to serve our nation till we breathe.

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

We can enter the army through NDA after 10+2 or after graduating through CDS.


How would you rate Stress-Level as a  Colonel?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Very Helpful
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?
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?

AIT Pune, AFMC Pune

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

Education post 12 is not mandatory to get into Army.

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 the pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep a flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be easy-going and flexible with life
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 get easily stressed out, angry and irritated
Please provide details

Other traits that are required to enter Army are-
1) Fitness
2) Healthy Habits
3) Diligence
4) Patriotism
5) Dedication
6) Quick Witted
7) Sturdy Hearted
8) Warrior Spirit

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

Some of the positives of the army are it gives us a good pay. Although all the army men consider it their duty and not a profession, yet when it comes to the positives a good salary is what most of us consider. The Indian Army, with the name, comes its reputation in the society. The awards or the designations all speak for itself. Another positive aspect of this profession is that we get to travel a lot. So, if you’re a rolling stone then this may a suitable profession.

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

Some of the negative aspects of this profession are that we cannot spend the desired time with our family and might have to stay away from them for as long as the situation demands. Another major drawback is that we put our lives at risk, the risk of life or even risk of health. We have to be prepared for the worst situations to give our best shot. Besides that, there is no fixed time or fixed schedule of work that we have to follow. It is all unplanned and we have to mold ourselves according to the situation.

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
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?
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?

Even today, if I’m taken back to the 12th standard, I would choose the same profession because it gave me an identity, a name in the society and made me a true Indian and hence I was able to serve my nation.