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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Ishwar Dodamani
Designation – Senior Section Engineer
OrganisationIndian Railways
Age – 54
City – Mysore
Work Experience (Years) – 26

Under-Graduation – B. E, BMSCE, Banglore

Professional Qualification – Diploma

Please give us a summary of your Career.

After 2 years of training at Villupuram, I started working at Villupuram near Tirchi as a Junior Engineer for 6 years where my basic responsibilities were to do the certification of goods and coaching trains and I was then transferred to Harirar in the same department and designation where I worked for 8 years. Later, I was promoted to the post of Senior Section Engineer in Mysore and have been working in Mysore for the last 12 years. The responsibilities of a senior section engineer are the maintenance of railways coaches, coaching depot and wagons.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities in Indian Railways.

The job responsibilities mainly include maintenance of the coaches of railways, coaching depot and wagons. Trains that arrive at Mysore from various destinations such as Varanasi, Delhi, Solapur, Ajmer, Dharwad, Hubli, Bagalkot, Jaipur, Howrah, Nanjangud, Patna, Bangalore. These trains have to be maintained and certified. The daily work regarding these are checking the wheels and machines, connections of strings to the train and the pulling chain in the train for emergencies are also checked which will be used in case of emergencies.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 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 in your profession?
Very Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?

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?

Achieving the right educational degrees is an important step in this profession. You will need several technical degrees to enter the field.


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?

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

2 Lakhs per annum

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 Indian Railways?

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 by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – Person should prefer to be self-disciplined and organized
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

It is important that the coworkers are friendly enough and cooperative as you are dealing with a large-scale task every day.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join Indian Railways?

This is a very secure job which motivates the worker to do their job with a lot more effort. Motivation is must for every person to work with some effort. Incentives or bonus provided on occasions motivate people in this profession. And also, there is a definite rise in the income as you grow in the field. Thus, they get the right salary as per their efforts. Since it is a secured job there is the assurance to the worker that they will not be unemployed.

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

This profession is going to be a little stressful as the time passes and since the field work is more as it includes more physical work each and every day. It includes traveling. Balancing work life may become little difficult as it is fieldwork and sometimes require traveling and night shifts as per to complete the assigned job or if the Co-worker is on leave. His or her work will be assigned to another worker along with his daily work by which he may experience even more pressure or overload of work.

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 Neutral
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession in Indian Railways

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

It is not possible to start a business in railways as it requires an enormous amount of capital that is not easy acquired by citizens and the state has to take the responsibility of setting up and maintaining railways in India.

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 take up the same profession because I am satisfied with the work and profession and also, the security of the job.

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