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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Manjit Singh
ProfessionChartered Accountant
Designation – DGM
OrganisationHPCL
Age – 51
City – Mumbai
Work Experience (Years) – 24
Under-Graduation – B.Com, Delhi University
Professional QualificationCAICAI

Please give us a summary of your Career.

I cracked the exam for being a Chartered Accountant in the third attempt and also did my B.Com side by side from Delhi University. Soon, I got a job in Hindustan Petroleum Corporate Limited. I have worked here ever since. Being a transferable job, I have stayed in most of the parts of North India and then got shifted here, to Mumbai with my family. I have preferred consistency in the career. Hence, I did not feel the need to change my job after specific intervals since my company provided me with a good salary and other facilities.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities.

As an employee here, I have to attend various types of audits on yearly basis and internal audits on a quarterly basis by visiting the clients’ units established across the country. Hence, most of my time is spent on audits. Whenever I am at the head office, I have to attend the clients’ income tax return works. In addition to that, I also give advice to my clients on various tax-related issues and attend local audits besides preparation of audit reports of completed units. I also have to guide the CA interns, during their internship, by supervising their assignments and other work.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 10-20 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 – 20-40 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?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Never
Does your work require you to travel?
Never
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Often
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Not 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?
One can clear the CPT exam in order to become a CA.


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
As it should be
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Good
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
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?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Simple Graduation
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
No
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
Cheap
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 using logic by weighing pros and cons
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
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
One needs to have good communicating skills and a very logical mindset if he or she wants to be in this field.

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

The first and foremost advantage of becoming a CA is that you will never fall short on your income growth. Chartered Accountants are highly paid professionals who can increase their incomes according to their proficiency. All you have to acquire is work competency and the required mindset. You can work from your own city or hometown. Even after retirement, you can open your own firm. Another perk of this profession has no upper ceiling i.e. there is never a shortage of jobs as all other professions require a Chartered Account.

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

The main disadvantage is that the head starts for this profession are quite tough. There is no security that once you clear CPT, you will be a Chartered Account. It requires continuous hard work and patience. If one pursues career one needs to study all through their life. The biggest one would be the constantly changing nature of the profession, tax and financial laws are often amended and new ones introduced with every new budget and parliamentary session. The most recent example being GST. Working in private firms as a CA can affect your personal life due to the long working hours and hectic schedule


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?
Very Easy
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 have still picked the same profession


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