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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Aman Singh
DesignationShop Owner
Organisation – Shirvi Stationary
Age – 35
Work Experience (Years) – 8

Under-Graduation – B.Tech., Modern College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pune

Please give us a summary of your Career.

Firstly, I was not placed in any company from the campus placement of my college. I tried off-campus placement but still did not get any job. So I had to start my own business to sustain myself. The campus placements of my engineering college were extremely poor. Currently, I sit for about 12 hours in my shop attending to customers searching for proper engineering study material and proper stationery. Mostly, the income is just to suffice my expense. Lastly if not for leisure, the profession provides for the basic needs of the family.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

My job is no less than that of an ordinary stationary vendor. I attend to customers starting at 8 am in the morning. By noon my daily shipment of good arrives, I take account of the goods that arrive and pay the pending balance to the distributor. I receive most customers between 2 am and 6 pm. June and July are the most profitable months, as that is when students seek fresh admissions in the college. During vacation periods, I give out clearance sales offers in order to raise funds for my shops renovation.

Average Income running a Stationery Shop 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 – 80+ 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 running a Stationery Shop?
Would you consider running a Stationery Shop Risky?

This kind of business mainly depends on the needs of the customers and less on your services, so you have to try and provide a lot of variety.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance running a Stationery Shop?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability running a Stationery Shop?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

No particular educational qualification is required.


How would you rate Stress-Level running a Stationery Shop?
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 of 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?

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 – 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 keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
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 is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

The person should be a risk taker as any business requires some amount of instability, especially in the beginning. Thus, you should be confident and consistent in your work.

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

First of all, there is no definite income from this business. If you provide quality products at adequate prices, you are sure to succeed. Such jobs usually give you flexibility with your schedule i.e you can attend to other matters leaving your main task aside. The job allows you to have a good knowledge about current customer demands and can help you to shape your career accordingly. You get to know where to invest and where not to.

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

As mentioned earlier, the business yields no definite income and so it becomes quite a risky profession. The items that I sell are prone to damage, if not taken proper care of such as damage by rodents etc. Lastly, any serious incidents like robbery, etc. can ruin your business all at once. As your income increases, you start spending more time in the shop, which results in less time for leisure. Thus, your work-life balance is disrupted to big extent.

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 Unimpressed
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/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Small Business (Annual Family Income up to 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Very Easy
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe Easy for Few
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?

Maybe I could have taken up the management field as I am quite interested in that. Moreover, a line of work with a big MNC would be great.