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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Confidential
Designation – Colonel
OrganisationIndian Army
Age – 47
Work Experience (Years) – 25
Post-Graduation – Post Graduate from India Military Academy

Please give us a summary of your Career.

Promotions up to Lieutenant Colonel are time scale, every officer eventually becomes one. Thus, only a certain percentage get promoted to Colonel. As soon as you become a colonel you are sent to command a unit, irrespective of the arm you belong to. If you are an infantry officer you command an Infantry Battalion, if an Armoured Officer an armored unit and so on and so forth. Your first appointment as a colonel will always be as a commanding officer of a unit.
Subsequent postings(until you either get promoted to the next rank, or you retire) depend upon the arm or service you belong to and it is way beyond the scope of this answer.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

Colonels can be found as commanders of regiments and possibly brigades. They are also found on the staffs of major headquarters.
Their primary function of Colonels is to serve as commanders of brigade-sized elements (around 5000 soldiers).
Colonel can also serve as staff officers or as commanders of smaller units in specialized branches, such as law or medicine.
Regardless of the size of the command they hold, Colonels are the final authority on everything that occurs in units they hold charge of. They are responsible for everything their units do or fail to do.
Colonels are the highest-ranking officers in the slate of field-grade officers.
The holding of the rank of Colonel is a highly prestigious position, it is a highly respected job and difficult to attain, achieved only by the most qualified of officers.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 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?
7-9 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?
Very Often
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Very Often
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?

One can enter this profession by giving different Entrance exams for the Indian Army like NDA and SSB


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 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?

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 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 the pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to be organized and stick to plan
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer routine and stable life
Sixth Personality Trait – 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

 To become an Army Officer One should be highly disciplined and physically fit.

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

Job Security
You’re always needed in the military. You are trained for a specific job that will be yours as long as you want it. People in the army rarely get fired and there aren’t any layoffs either. Thus, this highly increases its job security.

Travel The World
People are drawn to the army usually to see the world. You are often stationed or deployed in very exotic places all over the world.

Great Benefits
It is no secret that the military offers incredible benefits to the people who serve. Free healthcare, education, and great retirement plans are all given to every person who serves in the United States Military.

Easy To Get In
The army is the easiest branch of the military to be accepted to.

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

Away From Family and Friends
Being in the army requires you to spend a large majority of your time far away from your family, friends, and loved ones. This can create a lot of stress on relationships and the overall mental well being of the soldier.

Risk of Death
The army is the first batch of the military to be deployed, when something happens. Thus, they are most at risk of being seriously injured, or even killed, during battle or on the job.

Intense Routine
Waking up extremely early every day, working just about all holidays, and doing intense workouts are a part of every Indian army soldier’s life while they serve.

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?
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?

Same Profession