Importance of Education
Name – Sharnjit Kaur
Profession – Education
Designation – Lecturer
Organisation – Lovely Professional University
Age – 31
City – Kapurthala
Work Experience (Years) – 5
Under-Graduation – B.Tech ECE, Punjab Technical University
Post-Graduation – M.Tech ECE, Thapar University
Please give us a summary of your Career.
After the completion of my Master’s degree, I worked at an MNC for 2 years. I was not satisfied enough as my job site was quite far away from my hometown and the pay was not worth the hard work and effort. I returned to Punjab and applied at LPU at the post of a lecturer. Working here for 3 years, I enrolled myself here for a P.hD. Now along with my Ph.D., I am and will be teaching here unless I decide to get retired. Now with the increase in opportunities, many new avenues have opened up for me.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Lecturer.
On weekdays, being the lecturer I have to take a lot of lectures in a day: 3-4 being theory lectures and 2 being practical labs. Being an ECE teacher, I have to help my students with the theory, numerical as well as practicals. Apart from this, I also have to conduct class tests after a specific time and take care of assignments. I am also the Vice Head of a club that deals with the making of electronic devices for student welfare. So, I also have to take care of the activities of that club. For example, the interviews for members and meetings etc. On a majority of the weekends, we have a holiday unless you have to conduct some extra classes to complete the syllabus.
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?
On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as Lecturer require you to travel?
Does your work being the lecturer require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Overall, it is a great experience and I am loving it so far. The job of a lecturer is really something that is most suitable for anyone looking to working in a good working atmosphere. You can have a very good family life as well as job satisfaction. Although the problems come with the income as the salary remains constant or increases by a negligible amount.
Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
What are the different ways of entering this profession?
Entering this profession is totally based on your educational qualification. A Master’s degree is a must for an Assistant Professor, whereas you should be a Ph.D. when it comes to being a Senior Professor.
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 as Lecturer is
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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?
Post-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?
I would advice one to try their best to get enrolled in government institutions, as a private institute is quite expensive. Like in Punjab some relevant colleges and universities are Punjab University, GNDU and the colleges under them.
What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?
The cost of education is based on your choice of institution. In a government institute, it would be around 12000-20000 INR/ annum for bachelors and around 20000-25000 INR/ annum for Master’s, whereas in private institutes, it is 3-4 times than that of a government institution.
Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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 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 is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details
A successful lecturer is definitely one who understands that they are shaping many lives. You do not stop learning. You should be regularly updated about new technologies, new theories, and new opportunities. And you should have a strong personality in terms of values, confidence, honesty, and integrity.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to Become a Lecturer?
What I love about being a Lecturer is pursuing new and interesting problems, keeping in touch with technical developments, and even other socio-economic-political developments around the world. You get to meet interesting people visiting the campus and even while teaching the students. We can remain in touch with the youth on campus. We can inspire them and get inspired by them. This profession carries a lot of respect in society. The position carries respect from students and staff, especially in an Indian setting.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Lecturer?
There are not many negatives to being a lecturer when you compare the work environments of professors to somebody working in the mid-management of a corporation. The worst are legal staff approvals. Salary is low in comparison to other local employers. Many faculty members do not expect to get an extremely high salary. If you are a professor who is untenured, your life is full of hardships. Until you are tenured, you simply cannot relax in life.
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?
General Information of your Profession/Business
What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Small Business (Annual Family Income upto 20 Lakhs)
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?
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?
Although I am satisfied with this profession, I would have chosen to become a lawyer.