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Work-Life Balance Job Security Income Potential Work Culture Importance of Education Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Sri Murali Pavankumar
Designation – Senior Software Engineer
OrganisationUST Global
Age – 27
City – Trivandrum
Work Experience (Years) – 6

Under-Graduation – B.Sc. in Computer Science, All India Institute of Technology, Hyderabad

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I started my career as a Junior Software Developer in Durga Software Solutions, Hyderabad. My job consisted of working on different projects for developing software for different clients. I usually worked 5 days a week, if my project required, I work on weekends also, which was very rare. There was a good work culture. They provided a stress-free, friendly yet professional atmosphere, so I could maintain a good work-life balance. I worked there for four years, thereafter shifted to another company which is a well known MNC named UST Global. Now my designation is a Senior Software Developer.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Senior Software Engineer.

As a Senior Software Developer, my work is pretty much same as that of a Junior Developer. Since I am working on a regular shift, my typical working day starts at 10 AM. I work for 6-7 hours on daily basis. My job requires working on different projects assigned by my company. This is a general process in almost all software companies. Based on given projects, I need to update myself with required technology which is a very crucial part of my job. Being an ardent programmer, I love this process and looking forward to more challenges which will bring out my whole potential.

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 – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 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?
5 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?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?

Growth opportunities will depend upon your performance, if you are an under-performer, you will remain at the entry level.

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?

If one has good programming skills, he/she can join a company as a software developer or quality analyst. B. Tech holders have an edge, but diploma holders and BCA or B.SC(CS) holders also can join if they are skilled at programming. It is important to remember that your career growth will completely depend upon your potential, not just your degree.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
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 the Profession of a Software Engineer

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?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

There not much debate here as everybody knows IITs and NITs have an upper hand when it comes to Engineering degree. A couple of government institutions also provide standard education and good placement opportunities for their students.

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

Depending on the institutions, costs will range from 1-15 lakhs. Scholarships are available, so I would suggest students study hard and get into the merit list so that your parents will be at ease

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 Software Engineer?

First Personality Trait – Prefer working alone or in small groups and focus on few tasks at a time
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 using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organised and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
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 is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

A person with good analytical, problem solving and logical skills will surely excel in this field.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Software Engineer?

The income potential is extremely high, especially after your first couple of years of experience. You can work in a very comfortable environment. You will get to work with individuals of the similar age group which will add a lot of fun and emotional support. This job is transferable and very flexible. You can go on deputation to foreign countries if your performance is good.

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

In the IT field, you are bound to the tight deadlines and have to work for long hours. Sometimes, unusual working hours due to the difference in the time zone of the client. One has to be updated with the latest technology, otherwise, you will be no longer a
player in this field. Monotonous work may lead to boredom after years of work. Lack of physical activity. If you do not take care of you properly, sitting before computers for long hours will take a toll on your health.

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?
Very Easy
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?

Becoming an agriculturist was my dream for years. So I would definitely prefer that above all professions.

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