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Profile Details
Name – Vandana Tamta
Profession – Education
Designation – Head Mistress
Organisation –  Aryaman Vikram Birla Institute of Learning
Age – 45
City Haldwani
Work Experience (Years) – 20

Under-Graduation – B.A English, Meerut University, Haridwar
Post-Graduation – M.A English, Meerut University, Haridwar
Professional Qualification – B.ED.

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started my career as a nursery school teacher in (old) Wendy School, Kanpur. Then, I moved onto Woodbine School as a primary and senior school teacher. I had to shift to Dehradun where I joined the Aryan School and later on, Scholar’s Home School, both, as a middle school teacher. Moving from that school to Kasiga School as a senior teacher, again. Now, I am finally the Head Mistress for the primary wing at Aryaman Vikram Birla Institute of Learning at Haldwani. My primary subject has always been English.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

My normal work day would include me going over the events and activities planned for the day. I have to see that every thing is in order and ready for the students. All aspects of the curriculum, the kind of material that the students will be receiving, the standard of difficulty for examination, all have to be overseen by me. It is no longer just a simple teaching job, teachers have to be the guiding force for the students, taking on a lot many roles all at the same time. Being in the primary wing does not mean that I am not responsible for activities in the other wings. We are all part of a team.


Average Income for a Head Mistress 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 – 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?
Less than 7 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?
Rarely
Does your work require you to travel?
Rarely
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Rarely
How would you consider the job security for a Head Mistress?
Secure
Would you consider being a Head Mistress Risky?
Not Risky

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

A graduation in the relevant stream and a B.ED


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level for a Head Mistress?
Stressful
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Good
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Office 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?
No
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?
No
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Expensive

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 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 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

You need to be passionate about your subject. A school environment should energize you.

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

I think of my vocation as a vacation. It is a very empowering feeling that I play such a significant role in shaping young minds and that too in a subject that they will need for life. The income will be low at the beginning of the career but it will increase as you gain more experience. It is a profession where you have to understand the needs of the students and not just the demands of the subject.

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

There is a down-side to everything in life. Though it is a very giving profession, it comes with its own stress. There can be times where, more than the students, the parents can be difficult and it is sometimes difficult to make them understand the situation/problem from your point of view. It can get very hectic on the days of any event or outdoor activity. You will have a strict schedule and will have to meet deadlines at all costs.


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?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Difficult
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 still pick this profession as I am very happy where I am in life right now.