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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Devendra Kumar Choubey
DesignationAssistant Professor
OrganisationP.K Roy Memorial College, Dhanbad
Age – 57
City – Dhanbad
Work Experience (Years) – Around 40 years
Under-Graduation – BA, Ranchi University
Post-Graduation – MA, Ranchi University
Professional Qualification – Pursuing Ph.D. presently

Please give us a summary of your Career.

My career started as a government school teacher around four decades ago. And for over thirty years, I worked as a school teacher before becoming a lecturer in a college. As a school teacher, my responsibilities included preparing the class curriculum, creating lesson plans, tracking student progress, helping them understand the basics of the various subjects, working with the school administration to prepare standardized tests. I tried to ensure a positive environment for all my students where all of them could garner knowledge while at the same time come to get back to me with constructive criticism.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Asst. Professor.

At the college level, I am required to help the students articulate themselves in a rational and critical manner. Being the Asst. Professor, I take regular classes where I deal with the prescribed syllabus and also I ensure that I make contemporary topics a part of our classroom discussions to ensure wholesome learning. As I am closely involved with the Hindi language, I try to make sure that my students are well versed with new works. As a means of engaging closely with my students, I also promote their participation in cultural activities and I myself take up the leadership of some of the cultural programmes.

Average Income in this Profession 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 in the Profession of an Asst. Professor

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 as Asst. Professor 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?

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?

Post Graduation in any chosen field followed by a Doctiste are generally the minimum requirements for a Lecturer. One might also have to qualify government education tests such as NET.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work as Asst. Professor 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 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 suggest Central Universities such as DU, Jamia Milia Islamia, JNU.

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 as Asst. Professor?

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 by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
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 cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

You need to be a calm person as you will be dealing with a lot of curriculum at the same time. You also need to manage your time as it is difficult to constantly engage yourself with one subject only.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become an Asst. Professor?

The biggest advantage would be that we get to learn something new everyday due to our constant interaction with the younger generation. If not about the academic subject, the knowledge can also be in terms of life perspectives, or technology or behavioral patterns. The working hours are reasonable. We do not have to stay out for too long and late at night. You get to share your passion with so many people. You get to have an impact on young minds and mould them into idealistic individuals.
Also, the work settings are not generally very competitive like it is in the MNC’s and thus it is an amicable setting that we get to work in mostly.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Asst. Professor?

Well, in India the biggest drawback of becoming a part of this profession would be that with the coming in of privitization, hardly any permanent recruitment is being done. Then, it is tough to live the life of a lecturer as the salary is meagre and you will have to work for extra hours. Infrastructural facilities are not very good in some of the colleges and people face problems in even finding a decent place to sit in these colleges. Lastly, income growth is slow and not guaranteed particularly.

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?

I love teaching, that is my true passion. I guess, I would still chose to be a teacher.

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