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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Dr. Harpreet Singh Virdi
Designation – Doctor, MBBS
Organisation – Family Clinic
Age – 50
City – Chandigarh
Work Experience (Years) – 24
Under-Graduation – MBBS, Government Medical College, Chandigarh

Please give us a summary of your Career.

After completing my MBBS degree from Government Medical College, Chandigarh, Chandigarh, I opened my own clinic with the help of my family. I wanted to be my own boss and hence, I avoided working in a hospital. The timings tend to be a bit irregular and you have to be present in the clinic for any kind of medical emergency. My job mainly Includes treating people with sickness and referring them to the hospital in case it is serious. I have spent the last 24 years of my life in this career. Even though the income might not be good at times, it feels good to treat people and save lives.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

My normal day starts with me going to the clinic to see my patients. I hardly ever get a day off and the income also tends to be low at times. Since my only source of Income in the Clinic, the income part becomes more like how it is in a business. I need to be there in case of any medical emergency at any hour, be it 3 in the morning or 2 in the afternoon. There are some days when I hardly get patients and I get to spend time with my family and there are some days when there is no time to breathe. One main important things about this profession are that one really needs to be hardworking and should know about the latest developments in the field.

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?
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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?
All 7 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?
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?

You need to get a degree in the field, which is usually an MBBS degree.


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Very Stressful
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?
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?

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

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 by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
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 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

One needs to be very responsible and hardworking for this job. If there is an emergency at any oddest hour, you need to be there. Being a doctor is a full-time job and it requires a lot of determination and patience.

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

One really good thing about this job is saving someone’s life. The feeling is simply too good and it makes all the struggles worth it. Every single patient you treat is like your contribution to this society. Apart from that, you can also work in various NGOs and social services. There is a lot of pride in being a doctor and you get a lot of respect from your family and society. Having my own clinic kind off makes me my own boss. This makes it easier for me to manage my personal and professional life the way I want to.

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

The income in this job is limited. Even if you are a Radiologist and have your own clinic, more than half of what you earn goes in the rental of the different kind of machines used. Opening your own clinic also requires a lot of investment, which is a bit risky. One needs to be available and approachable at all times. Also, this is a very competitive field and one needs to work really hard to clear the examinations. I had to take a year’s gap to do that.

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?
Job (Annual Family Income upto 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
May be 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 would stick to the same profession.

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