Importance of Education
Name – Debapriya Roy
Profession – Software Engineer
Designation – Senior Consultant
Organisation – Capgemini India Pvt Ltd
Age – 30
City – Kolkata
Work Experience (Years) – 8 years
Under-Graduation – B.Tech, Heritage Institute of Technology
Professional Qualification – Oracle Certified Java Associate
Please give us a summary of your Career.
I am a senior software consultant with more than eight years of experience in designing, developing and maintaining telecom OSS solutions built around order management, network inventory, and activation system. I have held various positions across multiple MNCs like Tech Mahindra, Ericsson, Wipro, and Capgemin. My roles and responsibilities have also extended to the mentorship of junior team members, participation in learning and development programmes, developing innovative and reusable solutions that can lead to potential cost saving through effort reduction.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.
A normal day in the office for a consultant mostly means spending time around designing and developing solutions and fixing potential defects. As a part of a continuous effort to remain aligned with emerging technologies, it is customary for me to attend various training programs to sharpen my technical acumen and develop the necessary skill sets to increase the degree of sustainability and to expand my capabilities to contribute more towards the growth of my organization. Being a senior resource, it is imperative for me to participate very actively in grooming the team.
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 – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 40-80 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
On an average, being the Senior Consultant how many hours do you work per day?
More than 9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
How often are you required to work in night-shift as a Senior Consultant?
Does your work as Consultant require you to travel?
Does your work as a Senior Consultant require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
IT jobs are somewhat risky due to the continuous need to expand the skill sets, learn niche technologies to stay relevant in the market. These initiatives are mostly to be taken by individuals. With the progression of age and increasing level of family commitments, it may become difficult to maintain the same zeal, courage, and stamina to hold on to the same level of steadfast resolution and determination towards the profession that so typically characterizes the freshers. Moreover, in a bid to reduce cost, companies prefer to replace experienced resources with freshers.
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?
Graduation degrees like BTech, BCA, MCA, BSC/MSC in Computer Science and Electronics help to join the industry as well as lateral entry for professionals experienced in other industries can also enter the profession.
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 Senior Consultant 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?
It depends on how adaptable and flexible the individual is. Being studious alone doesn’t warrant success here. Being innovative and analytical in nature helps.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?
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 possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative 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 easy-going and flexible with life
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 have a lot of discipline in your everyday life as you need to be constantly be updated on the latest technological developments. You also have to work with a lot of focus as you will be developing software and coming up with solutions accordingly.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Consultant?
On-site opportunities could motivate someone to join this industry. With a bit of luck and strategy, it is possible to travel to onshore and stay there from a week to several years depending on the nature of the assignment and immigration policy of the country you can travel to. Onsite locations could potentially augment earning and hence, it is something one aspires to travel to. Innovation lies at the core of this industry. People with creative mind will appreciate the air of innovation that surrounds this industry. Creativity is appreciated and rewarded. Lastly, the IT offices provide an infrastructure that helps one cruise in their work life pretty comfortably, for example, air conditioning inside office premise ergonomic sitting arrangements, cleanliness, facilities of work from home etc. All these factors really encourage people to be a part of this profession.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as Consultant?
Work-life balance is often missing and is likely to be a cause of exasperation for many as timelines are very stringent, thanks to continuous endeavors on the part of each organization to win tenders by biding lowest possible price for a project and committing to unrealistic timelines. Night shifts for people engaged in operational support roles could be hazardous. DevOps mode of delivery could entail health hazards for those who are not comfortable working at night. Extreme competitiveness amongst peers can lead to a lack of mutual empathy and cooperation as everyone aspires for similar positions and opportunities in industry and hence resorting to shrewd tactics for personal gains is not uncommon. The job itself is very risky as freshers are more likely to displace experienced workforce due to cost, flexibility and agility factor.
Recognition in your Profession
What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Unimpressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Neutral
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 as Senior Consultant
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?
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 go for a career in medicine as the profession is noble and adds more meaningfulness to life than my current profession.