Importance of Education
Name – Avinash Chandra
Profession – Journalism
Designation – Co-Founder of ZAP Infocom Pvt. Ltd.
Organisation – ZAP Infocom Pvt. Ltd.
Age – 54
City – Lucknow
Work Experience (Years) – 20
Under-Graduation – BA, Allahabad University
Post-Graduation – MA, Lucknow University
Please give us a summary of your Career.
From very early on in my life, reading and writing were two activities that really interested me. My interest in writing was what I look forward as I worked with small regional journals and newspapers from my region bringing to the fore by means of writeups small lapses on part of the administration, articles like quirky bits on lifestyles, local social problems etc. It was a little later that I became a part of the Dainik Hindustan group, which is where I have spent a major chunk of my career as a journalist.
Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as co-founder of ZAP Infocom pvt. ltd..
Well, presently I am working on this new startup by the name of ZAP Infocom Pvt. Ltd. ZAP is something that I have started working on quite recently. Along with ZAP, I have also spent the past few years in a publishing venture that I started by the name of ‘Grey Parrot Publications’. See with both the ventures I have been very closely associated in terms of investment and planning and that is exactly what I do on a daily basis and to look for ways to make things work. We plan things out. Every day is about interacting with new people to form business networks, to look for interested investors. ZAP has just been established and by means of it, we are trying to provide services related to printing to the customers. Well, we are working on it, so it will be too soon to reveal everything.
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 – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 5-10 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?
All 7 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work at ZAP 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?
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
What are the different ways of entering this profession?
I have been associated with three different professions. While the task of a journalist and a publisher require you to be well adept with reading and writing skills, business will perhaps flourish well if you have a degree in finance management.
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 at ZAP 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?
IIMs- for Business Management
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 using logic by weighing pros and cons
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 cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details
Stress is a part and parcel of such a profession. So, you will have to keep a calm mind and not let adversity get to you.
What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join your Profession?
Firstly, I can tell from my own experience that working on your own business does help you in the sphere of income. Unlike salaried professions, here, there is no actual limit to your gains. Secondly, again unlike salaried professions, you have a chance to work for your own self. You are actually not dependent on somebody else for your money. Thirdly, it allows you to channel all your skills and talent. From the ability of reading and writing to the maintenance of accounts, business startups require you to be agile and alert.
What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in your Profession?
It is tough to plan everything in advance since your income is basically dependent on your profits. No profits mean meager income for the period. There is a stiff competition that you face from the already existing established business houses(something that I experienced particularly in terms of Grey Parrot Publications). You have to be on your foot all the time. Be ready to travel distances long and wide in order to meet investors and clients.
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 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
What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Medium to Large Business (Annual Family Income upwards of 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?
May be 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?
I would be a civil servant perhaps as it comes with a lot of stability and recognition.