11 Career Option that don’t require a College Degree.

Times have been changing, evolution taking its course, people shifting from theoretical aspect of life to the practical realm, chasing their dreams and doing what they want to do instead of what they should do. That’s exactly where the concept of having a degree to suffice in this world is no more a necessity.College dropouts have set examples in front of us showing why a paper doesn’t matter but the practical approach to bridge the gap between what’s needed and what’s available does. Not only does it help you out of the rigorous pressure of going through the 3-4 years of the curriculum but also provides for a head start ahead of your peers.

Let us try to list a few.

  1. Ethical Hacker

All you need is just an interest in computer operations and a free mind to be an ethical hacker! Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification is provided by many institutes which offer courses on the same which can be pursued right after completing your 10th examinations. To make it more lucrative, salary ranges anywhere between 1.5 lakhs to 20+lakhs!

Qualification needed: 10th Pass.
Opportunities: 1.5 – 20+ Lakhs.

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  1. Photographer

How about me telling you that you could make a living out of your passion for photography? Apparently, all you need to do is, get a diploma/certificate course in photography right after completing high school. Try beginning by being a supporting staff or a freelance photographer. Honestly speaking it does take time to be a high-paid photographer, but then the starting salary is not bad enough at an average of  3 lakhs.

Qualification needed: 10 +2 Pass.
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  1. Politician

All you need is 25 years of age, the Indian citizenship and some Chai( don’t start hating me for this already :P) to be a politician in India. No minimum educational qualification has been provided yet, although we hear talks regarding this topic happening all the time. Want to be the change you want to see? Well here’s your chance. The salaries range from 1lakh to 12LPA plus other allowances(this is where the real fun lies).

Qualification needed: NIL.
Opportunities: 1 – 12 Lakhs.

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4. Writer
Aah, so here we are talking about being me, Sweet!  To become a writer, the only criterion is that you need to write. And when I say write, I mean a whole lot of writing! There is no mandatory educational qualification per se but clearing your 10+2 is advisable. Ergo, keep reading & writing if you aspire to be read someday. The average starting salaries are 2.4LPA, which increases as and when your quality of writing improves.

Qualification needed: Formal/informal training after 10+2.
Opportunities: Average starting salaries are 2.4LPA.

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  1. Modelling/Acting

This is most lucrative career choice of all and revolves around confidence, appearances and how you carry yourself. If you think you have the mettle to pull it off, join a diploma course in modeling/acting and make a career out of it. The pay-scale varies according to the quality of your work and connections you make.

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: Varies.

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  1. Personal Trainer

There’s a rising demand for personal fitness trainers in India with the rising health consciousness among the masses. Hence, it can prove to be a great career choice. Having passed your 10+2 examinations is a plus, after which a 3-15 month course depending on your preferences is what’s needed. Even if you start at 10k per month, it can go up to 1 lakh per month!

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: 10k – 1lakh Per month.

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  1. Professional Blogger/ YouTuber 

No minimum educational qualification required. You can earn through AdSense, Sponsored Videos, and Affiliate Marketing.

This is supposed to be one of the most interesting career options that one can venture into. The Blog/Channel can be about just anything which interests you ( which should attract viewers). There is no age bar or educational requirement. You can earn through AdSense, Sponsored Videos, and Affiliate Marketing. The only word of caution is that make sure that you come up with interesting content often.

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: Varies (Can earn through  AdSense, Sponsored Videos and Affiliate Marketing.)

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  1. Dance Instructor

It is considered ideal to train for someone who is highly proficient in the art to improve your skill-set and to lay a strong foundation. Academies all over India offer courses in dancing, where the minimum qualification needed is 10+2. Once done with the course, you can intern under someone and thereafter go on to open your own academy.

Qualification needed: Initial training is needed.
Opportunities: Varies (Pay increases over time.)

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  1. Graphic Designer/ Web Developer/ Designer

After completing your 10+2 you can pursue a career in graphic designing/ Web Designer, enrolling in a 1 or 2-year diploma course. As experience strongly matters in this field, if you have an insight on how things are done and what’s the need of the hour, it enables you a head-start. Creativity is a very important factor for a career in design. A fresher in graphic designing can earn more than 2.5LPA

Qualification needed: Diploma courses after 10+2
Opportunities: Average beginning salary is 2.5+ LPA.

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  1. Make-up artists

Educational qualification is not a mandate to be a make-up artist. Although, there are institutes offering diploma/certificate courses for the same. The integral skills required are Creativity, patience and an eye for detail. Even for a newbie, the pay starts from 15k per month which can go up to 15k per day in the film industry!

Qualification needed: NIL.
Opportunities: Ranges according to your skill set (15k a month to even 15k a day.)

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  1. Radio/Video Jockey

Honestly, a high school certificate is sufficient enough to pursue a career in this field. All you require is an ability to entertain the audience, being witty and quick at thinking on your feet is a bonus. The starting salary is low but it increases with experience.

Qualification needed: NIL
Opportunities: Varies .

2278634289_cb533529e7_bAnd hence in today’s world, it’s really not necessary to participate in the rat race and pursue what everyone else is. You can give your career a different turn by following your passion and engaging in something you really want to do

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5 Workshops Every MBA Student Must Attend

First things first – congratulations on becoming an MBA! We know how difficult it can be to bell the CAT, or NMAT, or well… the hundred other entrance exams you guys have to take in a season in order to have a shot at your preferred B-schools. And that you did. You cracked the MBA code successfully, and now your visiting card (as well as matrimonial/tinder profile) boasts of “MBA” after your name. But any MBA worth his salt would know an MBA degree, irrespective of the field of specialization, is not the end, but the means to an end. An MBA degree sets the tone for your future business plans, but in a dynamic environment that exists today, constant upgradation is the name of the game. You need to keep honing your skills, as well as adding new ones, to stay relevant in the market.

And so, we bring to you 5 workshops every MBA graduate must attend!

1) Digital Marketing

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Unless you’re Captain America who just woke up after being frozen for 70 years, you would know the world runs online now. It would be a sin to not have your business go online and reap the harvest of immense profitability that lies therein, wouldn’t it? Eduwiz brings to you Digital Marketing 101, a one-stop shop to learn about the newest trend taking the marketing world by storm.

Topics to be covered include SEO, blogs, social media usage, components of digital marketing and much more! At 3 hours, the workshop is guaranteed to provide some nice fuel to your brain (unlike a Salman Khan movie)!

Date: 09th Dec, 2017

Venue: Connaught Place, Central Delhi

For bookings and more info, click here!

2) The Aeonian 2017

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Don’t let the exasperating farrago of a word confuse you. If you’re a newbie MBA graduate who is looking to sprout wings as an entrepreneur in life, make this event your phone’s wallpaper. And your WhatsApp DP. For this is your chance to step into the big, but awesome world of investors, start-ups, pitching, and everything that comes along with being a successful entrepreneur!

Organized by Aspire Media, the event is going to be a destination for all budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges that includes prominent investors and venture capitalists like Prakhar Agarwal – venture capitalist at VilCap Investments, Vivek Kumar – CEO of Venture Garage, and so many others. It is the perfect way to ignite the spark of entrepreneurship within you and learn from the who’s who the ways of going about it and ensuring a successful venture for yourself!

Well, we can’t guarantee you TRP, but the event is going to be broadcasted live on NDTV. Who knows, you might end up being given more than just TRP next year after this steroid of inspiration…

Date: 22nd Feb, 2018 – 24th Feb, 2018

Venue: World Trade Centre, Mumbai

For more info about schedules, events, and passes, go here
(P.S – There’s a discount for early birds booking now! Go be a true Indian and avail the discount now!)

 3) Technology – It’s Impact on Supply Chains and Decision Making

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The Indian School Of Business, Hyderabad – one of the topmost B-schools in India – has organized a 2-day workshop on the applications of technology in decision making and its impact on supply chains. It is the flagship event of the school which is presided upon by various influential speakers from all over the globe to provide students and professionals a global insight on the aforementioned topic.

The keynote speaker list this year is ‘lit’ as usual with eminent personalities from various top universities of the world. You wouldn’t want to give this a miss – it may sound boring, but when you have the world’s top personalities at one of the top B-schools… you better take it seriously!

Date: 14th Dec,- 2017 – 15th Dec, 2017

Venue: ISB Campus, Hyderabad

For more info regarding accommodation, travel, bookings, etc, click here.

4) Public Speaking

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“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…” goes your mind at the mere prospect of speaking in front of hundreds of people, doesn’t it? After all, it takes more than just guts to go out there and speak. With people judging every word, waiting to pounce upon the slightest error in grammar or otherwise, it can sure seem like a Herculean task to open your mouth…

No more! Join hands with Tushar Razdan, an eminent public speaking and personality development coach, to move over to the greener side of the grass – a place where you rule the world of speaking and fear none, be it 10 or 10,000 people. Over a course of 1.5 hours, you will learn the tricks of the trade required to excel in any given environment – be it an interview or an investor pitch. You will be guided on various fronts – how to overcome fear, build confidence, improve your vocabulary, etc. All this, at the cost of 1.5 hours of a lazy Sunday-afternoon sleep. Worth every night you will sleep peacefully after this though…

Date: 10th Dec, 2017

Venue: Saket, New Delhi

Click here to get your ticket!

 5) Advanced MS Excel – All India Tour

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Well, you don’t need even need to be an MBA to know just how important Microsoft Excel is, especially when it comes to business management. However, for most people, the knowledge of MS Excel is limited to basic formulae and a few keyboard shortcuts. Most people are unaware of the real magic Excel has the potential to create with the help of advanced tools such as macros, PivotTables, VBA, etc.

So don’t be that idiot who sits and drags-down on excel all day! Be that wizard who creates a whole different world of his business using Excel tools. Join the bandwagon with Black Feathers, with workshops to be conducted in multiple cities across India from January to April.

What’s more, you get a certificate at the end of it too! And a free booklet for future references… well bargains never got better than this, did they?

Date: 13th Jan, 2018 – 29th Apr, 2018

Venue: Lucknow, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Indore, Chennai, Ahmedabad

For exact schedule, full list of specifics to be taught as well as bookings, click here!

If you have too much free time and don’t wish to waste it watching Big Boss or Saath Nibhana Saathiya (wise decision!), you can also check out various other events related to multifarious fields, such as HR, SEO, Web Designing, Blockchain Certification, Online money-making, etc. After all, what else can separate you from the thousand other MBA’s who pass out every year having studied the same stuff that you did? Surely not Heena Khan…

Raking in the Moolah: How to Raise Sponsorship for College Fests

If you’ve ever visited any college fest, you must be aware of how awesome it is (our deepest condolences to you if you ended up at a crap fest!). The DJ-nights, the swinging, and grooving, the treats at food stalls, the loudspeakers blaring your favourite tunes all day… yes it’s legen-dary! But have you ever tried considering what goes into making an event as awesome as you find it? How do organizers (teens at the same level of college as you) even manage to set-up an entire gala for 100’s of colleges, for a whole 3 days? The answer, perhaps, lies in those funky tees of the assistants and volunteers constantly shoving you away and nagging you to do as they say.

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Yes, sponsors! After all, the money won’t walk to you itself, right? Nor is anyone so rich enough to bear it all on his own expense (unless it’s some Birla or Ambani & co.). Again, no company would just give away their money because someone asked for it, would they? Fellas, now you realize, raising money is not so easy after all? Once you’ve joined a committee to organize fests (click here to know why exactly you should!), you will realize just how difficult, and at the same time, important it is (10x more than you did the last sentence). Here’s the tonic to your panic though – a quick guide on how to rake in the moolah for your college fest!

1) Attain Nirvana

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No, we’re not asking you to go to the hills and meditate all your life. There can be other ways to achieve self-realization too – like brainstorming, having a round-table conference and establishing a blueprint of your fest. A dark shade of blue, that too. You must know exactly what you’re going to do – which and how many events, how many prop-requirements, near-accurate estimates of expense of each committee in each area, budgets for extra-splurges like celebrities, etc. It’s simple logic – why would any sponsor be willing to part with his money when he doesn’t even know what use it is being put to? A firm blueprint can go a long way in convincing the sponsor that “yes, they know what they’re doing and they also know what they need to do, which means my money is in safe hands”. As Ankita Katdare, owner and writer at CrazyEngineers, puts it, “A lot of students fumble when asked to list simple stats about their events. For instance, “What is the maximum strength of students attending on every day of the event?”, “How many other sponsors have you contacted?”, “What was last year’s turn out?”, “What are the major spots where you will put our banners?”, “How is your event relevant to our company?” etc.” You don’t want to be caught up in such an embarrassing situation, do you?

2) Know you Sponsor

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Which is doing what you love to do anyway – stalking people on the internet. Only, stalk your sponsors with as much gutso as you do your crush on Facebook! Read up about your potential sponsors, understand what exact business they transact in and how. Only after knowing this can you decide whether the sponsor is even relevant to your fest or not! e.g, if it is a cultural fest, you would naturally think a banking company or a mutual fund company have no relevance with your event. It is only after delving deep into research can you find out if any such institution has a campaign for attracting culturally back-ward sections for their services – in which case there’s mutual benefit for both you and them if the sponsorship deal goes through.  It also helps you in developing a customized approach to the sponsor, letting him know that you have done your research. After all, who doesn’t like the feeling of someone trying hard to get to know you? It gives you a chance to offer them things no other event could. A customized approach can ameliorate your chances of getting a nod from your sponsor manifold. More than anything, only research can tell you whether the company/individual is interested/in a habit of sponsoring or not.

3) Might is not always right

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We know what you think – BIG BUCKS! Yes, the prospect is enticing – getting big money from big people and organizing a big event with big crowds… yes we know you like it big. Unfortunately, this is where most newbies go wrong. If you think you will approach all the biggest names like Samsung, Starbucks, Amazon etc., and will get millions of dollars as sponsorships – we’re sorry to break your bubble but this is not happening! You can approach them all you want, but understand that they receive millions of such applications from people like you and thus all you’re going to do is add another mail to their spam folder to be deleted every day! Instead, small is big here. Contact your mid-size local businessmen. Here’s why it is preferable –

  • The local businessmen themselves are looking for ways to grow, which means they will be readier to agree to your deal.
  • They are easier to contact and negotiate so you can get a great deal out of them, as opposed to biggies who will get their own way due to their might.
  • It is possible to forge a more personal connection with them, which means that you gain a potential sponsor for future events as well.

Yes, we know a local businessman is not going to be able to give you the whole Rs. 20L as the biggie might have. But 10 such locals giving you Rs. 2L/- each.. what’s the difference? If anything, you just gained 9 more logos to publicise! That in itself helps attendees think “Wow it is a big event that is attracting so many sponsors!”. In short – a complete win-win ecosystem!

4) Know how to interact

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Sponsors are not that best friend of yours that you can walk up to nonchalantly, slap on the back and demand money with utter impunity. You have to be thoroughly professional in your approach to impress them. Imagine receiving a mail like “hey sir, im head of ___ fest, i need monye fr it. can u sponsor it? i hope u do. Pls reply asap. Thnxxx sir.” as a sponsor! Your first impression decides in the mind of the sponsor if you’re worth his/her money. Hence, there are certain things you should keep in mind when contacting them –

  • The best way to convince them is to meet them personally and talk it all out. Visit their website, call the relevant number as obtained from there and try fixing up a meeting if the concerned person is reachable. Leave no scope for confusion and explain your proposition properly. Do not stammer or be unsure, nor should you fake accents.
  • If it is not possible to meet, or if the sponsor insists on e-mail communication, draft a grammatically correct mail (hail the grammar nazis!) and in as crisp a way as possible, explain what your event is about and why you think it is a good idea for them to give you the money. It should be short and intriguing and should immediately be followed up by your contact details so that further negotiation can be commenced without them having to waste their time. If they don’t respond within 4-5 days, call them and confirm if they have seen it and what is the progress of the proposition.
  • Never forget to follow up regularly. Keep them aware of where their money is going at what time for what purpose so that they know they haven’t made a mistake in sponsoring you. With various cases of scams being reported, companies are alert and proactive, so you do not want to risk running aground with their trust.

Also, check out Hitesh Gossain’s inputs on How To Write a Sponsorship Letter and other tips!

5) What’s in it for the sponsor?

 

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Sure, your need is money. That’s all you care about, we know. But business, like romance, is a 2-way street! You cannot expect to be given everything you need without giving something back yourself. Which is why you need to convince the sponsor why it would be beneficial for him/her to do it. In the world of business, this means marketing. You need to give ample footage to the sponsor so that it creates a situation for him/her where the money spent in sponsoring you is given back to him indirectly by way of increased sales for his products. This means, if it possible, the sponsor should be allowed to set up banners at prominent places, stalls where he can display and sell his products, logos to be printed on tickets, t-shirts, etc., social media promotion as well as giving their products as prizes for winning certain events. E.g, a Rs. 2000/- Myntra voucher can be given as the prize for winning a fashion show event if they are the sponsors. Also, now do you understand why the IPL always has a “CEAT tyres strategic time-out” and a “DLF maximum!”? It’s give and take folks!

6) Be realistic: Quote the right amounts
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Once again, we insist – don’t go too big! We know it’s a temptation to ask for big money from big giants because what’s Rs. 1 crore to someone like Pepsico who deals in turnovers of 1000 crores? But be wise, and listen to the words of Mahatma Gandhi. “There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.” Only ask as much amount as is required for the event (which you would know only when your blueprint is ready #1). Research thoroughly, be aware of the going rates in the market and quote accordingly. Also, don’t shove a huge fraction of the total event cost on 1 sponsor e.g if your total fest budget is Rs. 50L, do not expect a single sponsor to cough up Rs. 30L for you. Be realistic, and keep the quotation below Rs. 3L. An important note though – do not end up falling too low either! If you ask for measly sums of say Rs. 10,000, do not expect them to respond to you either way. It works on the same principle as you buying phones – if it’s too expensive, it’s out of the budget. And if it’s too cheap, then it’s probably a feature-less phone of poor quality. Keep these in mind when you give the figures to sponsors!

7) Outside Help

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If you’re a newbie in this business, there are bound to be nerves. Worse, there are bound to be mistakes at some point. Do not let that jeopardize your event though. There are always others to help, right! Various sites, such as TheCollegeFever, as also SponsorMyEvent help you to connect with interested sponsors and guide you in sealing the deal in your favour. It can be a great learning experience for first timers and can help you in creating a network via these sites for future events as well! Don’t forget to check these out!

Bet you didn’t know sponsorship could be done so easily, did you? Have no fear, these tips are always here! Go on, get your money, and don’t forget to give us free invitations for your events!

5 Things You Learn If You Join College Fest Committees

We all know how fun college fests can be. From an attendee’s point of view, it is the perfect way to hang out with your friends and have a gala of a time watching and judging other people doing singing, dancing, mime and every other art under the sun. From the participants’ point of view too, it is a great chance to hob-nob with equally talented people from various colleges and pit yourself against them to see how good you are.

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But the biggest gainers from this party are undoubtedly the organizers – the Core Heads, the Committee Heads, and the Committee members. Their roles may not seem the most fun at the outset – having to manage all activities and workday in-day out, flitting from one place to another thus forfeiting a chance to actually sit and watch the festivities themselves. But as they say, “No pain, No Gain” – which is precisely the case with the organizing committees. The pain of missing out on the “glorious” parts is more than compensated by the gains they get from doing what they do. Don’t understand how? Read on to find out how they, in fact, are the real winners –

  • Networking

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Those celebrities judging the dance competition who you were fangirling/fanboying over…  that millionaire businessman inspiring you and a hundred other budding entrepreneurs in the conclave events… the cheesy treat chains whopping up delights for you from their 2×2 stall… they don’t just walk in by themselves, do they? It takes a lot of networking from the end of committee members to convince them to grace the occasion. There is nothing better than a college committee to give you this experience! You learn how to reach out to people, connect with them, interacting in different ways for each individual, as also constantly following-up for different activities. This trick can come handy later on in life not only when you have to bag deals and contracts for your own business, but also when you need help and support from the individuals you had networked within the course of your fest. Check out the interesting tale of a young boy who made it big with his fests, and much more at The College Fever.

  • Time Management

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College fests may last only 3-4 days, but for the organizers, it is more than 3-4 months’ ordeal, coupled with regular college. In a span of 5-6 months, not only are you supposed to plan and implement the fest to 100% perfection levels, but you are also un-exempted from the rituals of tests, exams, project submissions, vivas, etc. ‘Hectic’ is a word not sufficiently hectic enough to do justice to how really hectic your life becomes. Amidst all this frenzy, it is inevitable you will learn how to manage time. Handling all spheres of your life – academic, non-academic, social, family – and doing justice to them all, is a trick of the trade you will be forced to learn.

  • Resource Management

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Let’s face it – committee members are no S.S. Rajamouli to be able to afford spending 250 crore Rupees on creating masterpieces. They have to do that in less than 1% of that budget – and that is just Mood Indigo, the biggest college fest of India, organized by the IIT-ian geniuses. Most fests, on an average, have to make do with less than 50 lakh rupees’ budget. This crunch teaches you budget management lessons like no economics class ever will! Plus, you get to learn how to attract and manage sponsors – something that will be invaluable when you try entering entrepreneurship later in your life!

(Talking of sponsors, don’t forget to head to The one-stop shop to ensure maximum sponsors!)
  • Handling People

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All throughout school and college years, we deal with many people. The only thing is, they are all friends, well-meaning people who you like to spend time with. You don’t have to be the mother to them and take their responsibilities and handle their whims and fancies – it’s all cool and chilled out. If only the real world was like that though! Step into the domain of handling real-world problems, and you would realize just how many types of people there really are. Each fits into their own mold, and you have to be a different self with each to handle them. There will be good-for-nothing idiots constantly pestering you and asking you a hundred questions; there will be assistants who you have to guide at every step because they look up to you; there will be selfish people; arrogant people who pay no heed to whatever you say… the list is inexhaustible. Nothing can prepare you to handle such a diversity of people under one roof more than a college fest!

  • Keeping Emotions Under Check

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If there’s one thing we can guarantee you, it is this – Virat Kohli will be proud of you by the end of any college fest you organize! For, there is no way you will ever come out of a college fest without having blurted expletives at least 10 times a day. Managing a hundred things every day; errors and accidents spoiling your efforts; last minute panic attacks… there can be a plethora of ways things could go wrong. There will be times you will want to go all-out Mike Tyson on a poor punching bag; you will want to cry like Satan just shoved a dozen onions in your eyeballs; you will want to “scream and shout and let it all out”! But, YOU WILL LEARN. You will eventually learn how to keep a cool mind and manage all s*** like a boss! You will be prepared for all of life’s contingencies, be it personal or professional. Never under-estimate the power of a cool mind! Always remember – a cool mind is what took Indian Cricket from the debacle of 2007 to the glory of 2011.

(you know what else can help you keep a cool mind during fests? Delights at a discount!)

So, even as you enjoy those 3 days, frolicking around and head-banging to the pulsating EDM music blaring at the fiesta, ask yourself – is it really you having the last laugh? Who is benefiting in life eventually? This is not even an MCQ anymore, there are just one answer – the committee members and organizers! The biggest gainers from any college fests! So go, head out and get that event cracking under your leadership. And do not forget to reach out to The College Fever Event Management for maximum success!

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5 Common Interview Questions and How You Can Ace Them

What is the first thought that comes to your mind, when you hear the word ‘’interview’’? Tension? Sweat? Tears? The fear of answering questions that seem nothing less than grenades being hurled at you… we all have been there. The fear of giving interviews is so rife, we believe it warrants its own phobia name. But that’s a task for the makers of the lexicon. Meanwhile, we are still here, suffering from the barrage of questions and desperately waiting for the misery to end like-

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But alas, life is not so good. As much as we may want this satanic ritual to be cast away, it is not going away anytime soon. Interviews will continue to be the most preferred means of selecting candidates to fill up job vacancies and it is a truth we have to digest, at least for now. So if you can’t get away with it, you might as well learn and be prepared to master it like a boss! We are not going to be the interviewers though, so in no way can we give you an exhaustive list of all the questions that are asked or are expected to be asked by different employers. What we can give, however, is tips for you to master the art of giving quick and suitable responses to some of the most common and generic questions asked by many employers. Have a look at what to do, and what not to do!

Q 1) Tell us something about yourself

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One of the most common questions. Employers basically try to see how well you know yourself as a person, and what are the foremost traits of your personality that make you who you are. This is because what comes to your mind first is the most conclusive evidence of who you basically are as an individual. No one can fake a mask within a second – hence, by default, what you reply gives away who you are as a person.

*The Don’ts*

1) Never start with something that is already written in your CV. If the employer wanted to know those things, he might as well have just read it from the CV you gave him. Why would he need to ask you specifically? Never state things like ‘’I have done ____ course’’/ ‘’I went to ____ college”, etc.

2) Also, don’t try to be cheesy and over-the-top. Multiple movies show people cracking kickass lines, startling the interviewer and making him say ‘’So, how much salary do you want?’’ Well, life is not a Bollywood movie. So do away with being cheeky like “Well, I am the best!” or “I am the biggest mistake you will make by not hiring me”. It’s the sure-shot way to ensure you walk out that door and never get called in again!

3) Avoid getting too personal. So, you had 3 girlfriends who dumped you/a dog who died/almost got killed in a drunken brawl… well, those are your own personal issues. The employer gets no value or benefits from these responses. If anything, you end up portraying yourself as loose or unprofessional, and no employer wants an employee who goes about nagging team members with his personal life instead of focusing on the work at hand. It is an absolute no-go!

*The Do’s*

1) Say things about yourself that are not included in the CV – give them an insight as to who you are as an individual. Tell them aspects of your life which in some way or another can prove to be beneficial for the employer’s work. E.g “I am *your name*, a student of _____ college. But that’s already common knowledge – what is not that _____ was my favorite subject there.” Be wise enough to state that subject which is closely related to the job requirement.

2) Also, you can state your previous work experience in a way that highlights your good performances. E.g “I worked at _____ priorly, where one of my tasks was to _____. I achieved that by adopting a unique measure like _____, which is seldom seen in the industry. That unique method did a world of good for me, my colleagues and my boss’s profit chart of course”

3) You can try adding a bit of subtle humor to lighten the mood and ease things with the interviewer. Nothing hard or inappropriate, just light humor enough to make the interviewer smile and have a positive perception of you. E.g in the example mentioned above, you can continue like “…and my boss’s profit chart of course. I got a lot of confidence from it, and not to forget, an extra sick leave which I did exploit! :p” and smile yourself a bit. The interviewer will definitely view it as an acknowledgment of your sheepishness which will be welcome when he knows you provided value for the team. Again, keep it subtle of course!

Also, check out some more answers at UptoWork.

Q 2) Tell me some of your strengths

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A more direct question by the employer to know what qualities you bring to the table. Hence, it has to be handled adeptly because if you do not portray your correct strengths, the employer will never know how good you are or could have been. This requires some homework on your part though – a saint-like self-introspection of your personality and behavior. Only then can you answer accordingly.

*The Don’ts*

1) Avoid irrelevant stuff. You may be the fastest eater in your family, but the employee is not hiring you for that. Nor is he looking to see if you have the ability to create 10 different types of sounds from your mouth (unless the job you’re looking for is that of a singer). Again, you run the risk of being called out as unprofessional.

2) Never lay out clichéd jargons like “My biggest strength is me”, or “My family and my friends are my biggest strength”. Yes, they might be for real, but that again adds no value as to what you bring to the table. Also, you’re no God to proclaim yourself as the ultimate source of strength. It all sounds cheeky and kickass, but again, leave that to Bollywood.

*The Do’s*

1) Bring out those strengths that are clearly relevant in making you fit to be hired. E.g “One of my best abilities is creating friendly bonds with people around and making them comfortable enough, that they can depend on me”, or “One of the things I have noticed about myself is that I don’t really get heated up, no matter how crazy the people are going around me. I like to think of myself as the Dhoni of my team”. 2 things here – not only do you showcase important strengths that are handy later on such as team management, you also do so in a subtle way without coming across as too pompous or boastful.

2) Bring out parts about yourself that are related to your personality, more than skills that are already mentioned in the CV. Thus, saying “I have mastery in SEO”, adds no more information about yourself. Stick to the intangible aspects of your personality that are not visible on the CV but would be felt as you start working for the employer. It acts as 2 pronged attacks on the interviewer – your skills as well as your personality, making you more eligible to be hired.

Check out some more tips at TheBalance.com

Q 3) What are some of your weaknesses?
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It is pretty much on the lines of the previous question, except that it is trickier. With interviews being all about what you can do, this is the question where the employer is prompting you to highlight negative aspects yourself so as to make you dig your own grave. The trick is to not let him.

*The Don’ts*

1) Don’t end up divulging your dirty secrets! You may be a lazy panda who hits snooze 10 times, ends up missing the crucial 8:32 train and ultimately walks in 30 minutes late to the destination – but this secret has to die with you and your family. Never say critically important stuff that can potentially jeopardize your chances of getting hired. So no blurting stuff about drinking addictions, heavy tempers, etc.

2) As mentioned before, no cheeky clichés. No words like “My biggest weakness is me”, or “My friends/family are my biggest weakness – I cannot see them suffer…”. Let Karan Johar do his job.

*The Do’s*

There is just answer to it – bring about those aspects that are not exactly relevant enough to jeopardize your chances, but just enough to keep the interviewer interested and intrigued to find out the results if you overcome them. E.g “I am a little too sympathetic in the sense that I end up helping others more than I should to myself… so it does hurt sometimes thinking others may be taking advantage of my nature. It’s something I have been working on but part of it still remains”. Not only do you portray yourself as someone who would go the extra mile if needed to complete a task, it also shows that you’re aware of the problem and are taking steps to improve it.

For more tips, refer BigInterview

Q 4) Why should we hire you?

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Interviewers behave lazily themselves by asking this question, don’t they? After all, it is their job to think why to hire people – why should you be made to do it? You will obviously have just one answer in your mind – “Because I’m unemployed, idiots! Take me! I’m sick of sitting at home killing mosquitoes!” Folks, there’s a very important reason interviewers ask this question – it is to let you into their shoes, making you think what sets you apart from the hundred others vying for the same position. This is a dilemma that gives employers a migraine! So what do you do to get the job? Be the antidote to their suffering of course!

*The Don’ts*

1) Do not just repeat what all you said in the “strengths” question. Interviewers purposely ask this question after the SWOT questions so as to flummox you into thinking you have nothing left to say about yourself. By repeating your strengths, you hereby certify that you have nothing more left to say, thus falling right into their trap.

2) Re-iterating again – do not try being cheeky or flashy. Sentences like “I believe you should be asking yourself why you shouldn’t hire me” solve just one purpose – making the interviewer cringe!

*The Do’s*

The trick is to link the strengths you previously mentioned, with the job requirements that the employer must have put out in the vacancy posted on their website/newspaper. It follows a simple, logical process of demand-and-supply. For instance, if you need a burger, what do you do? Get yourself a burger, simple. No salad will quench that desire for a burger. Similarly, they will a have specific demand for the role they are interviewing you for. You may be a very delicious salad but if you want to be hired, you need to prove how great a burger you can be to satiate their desires! So what you basically need to come up with is something like “The role I am applying for requires a certain level of expertise in the area of ____, which was closely related to my area of specialization in college/was the field I worked on, through various tasks at my previous office and so I believe my experience/interest in that area can go a long way in doing justice to the work expected to be done.” Create and flaunt your USP!

More interesting stuff at TheInterviewGuys

Q 5) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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As prompt as you may be to answer “in your seat”, you know that is not the answer. No employer wants to know his position is under threat! Jokes apart, this question is strategically very important. This is the question where it’s your chance to proclaim your expectations from the employer you wish to join. Negotiating it well ensures both employer and employee stand on the same page at the end of the interview, with both knowing what to expect from others.

*The Don’ts*

1) Don’t be too flamboyant. It is one thing to show ambition, but just daft to go beyond reason. So, an answer like “the CEO of the company” is just plain absurd. No one achieves such high managerial positions of a company after just 5 years of experience! By setting such high standards, you don’t come across as ambitious. You end up portraying yourself as someone who doesn’t think practically; a useless dreamer than a logical realist.

2) Don’t make it all about the money. Yes, it is everyone’s secret desire to earn millions and be rich, but making you rich is not why the employer would hire you, right? So answers like “earning 7 digit figures” only make the employer think you’re in it for the paychecks and not providing value to their brand.

*The Do’s*

1) Try to envisage a scenario that would work out well for both you and the employer. A future where both can be profiting from hiring you is the biggest reason why employers would look to have you on board. So the most fruitful reply would be like “On a personal front, I see myself as a much more improvised and perfected self of who I am today. I will have learned and developed a lot more and will be handling projects that are of immense strategic importance to both me and my company. I aim to be the right-hand man of the company because what’s more of a job satisfaction than knowing I’m irreplaceable because of the value I provide to the company. I also hope I will be in a position to inspire and mentor my juniors the way I was guided when I started. Oh, and of course, finally being able to afford that Lamborghini without worrying about loans would be nice! :p”. Again – subtle humor, not taking the focus away from the main answer, the answer that they are looking to hear.

There are a hundred other questions that every company can come up with. Now if it relates to technical aspects about a specific skill, then it is on you to have mastery over that skill to be able to answer it efficiently. The generic questions, however, can be sorted. Just one thumb rule – never try to get too fancy/cheeky/clichéd/over-the-top. Employers can see through the façade you try to put up there. Instead, let the work and skills speak for themselves. Also, you can visit various other websites like Shiksha.com, careerride, etc. Also, check out this video –

Good luck, nail that interview! Remember to be yourself (but not too much!).

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The Reality of the ‘Unreal’: Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

By now, we are Rap Gods when it comes to saying “Mutual Fund investments are subject to market risk. Please read the offer document carefully before investing”. Yes, we all are pretty much aware of how “Mutual Funds sahi hai” and thus, where and how to invest so as to get maximum returns. We gain our 4-5% on equities yearly, get tax benefits on it, and so it seems like a Utopian financial world.

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You really think you’re doing justice to your money though? Honestly, the only time you should be happy with the figure of “4-5%” is when it represents the % of fat in your body. Not the money added to your bank! Think large, make your life larger! “How?” you ask?

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That’s right. Bitcoin – The most interesting B-word since Virat Kohli. Most of the world is interested in knowing what it is and what it means, because the few who do, are reaping heart-warming profits (we’re still talking about Bitcoin!). That the world is fast on its way to becoming one single, digital economy is no mythological folktale. It’s the reality, and it’s happening fast. We as a country though, are still warming up to the idea of e-wallets like Paytm and are still skeptic about having money that we can’t physically put in our pockets. Which is why the surge of Bitcoin in Western countries like USA and UK has largely been bereft of our association with it. As a country with 1/7th of the world’s population though, it seems such a waste, doesn’t it? It’s time we Indians shed our ancient adulation of physical cash and opened our minds to the latest buzz of the finance world – Cryptocurrency.

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What is Cryptocurrency?

As simply put by Investopedia – “A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security.” It is like any other currency – Dollar, Pound, Yen, etc. Think of it this way – it is Rupees that you have on your computer instead of in a physical wallet or a bank. With all the buying powers of ‘normal’ currency that you’re accustomed to. Easy enough?

When? How? Who came up with this idea?

While the real identity of the creator is not yet known, the pseudonym by which he/she goes is “Satoshi Nakomoto”. Back in 2009, Mr/Ms. Nakomoto was fiddling around with the idea of creating a digital cash system without a centralized agency, such as RBI. This ultimately led to a peer-to-peer system, much like other file-sharing systems like Torrent. And so was born Bitcoin – the world’s first ever cryptocurrency.

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How does it work?

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source: BlockGeeks

It works on similar lines as the currency we have been accustomed to. However, anyone would know security is a major issue when it comes to online transactions, isn’t it? Who knows what is masked behind what digi-identity? For this reason, the money has to be encrypted, that is, the money that you hold should be legitimized to be yours! How do you that? By encryption keys, of course. For the technically not-so-sound layman, encryption key refers to a key that is essentially yours and yours alone. Think of it this way – if you had to identify your phone from a whole bunch of similar models, how would you do that? Look out for signs that make it truly yours, signs that only your phone would possess and not others – like your child’s photo as your wallpaper, or the Google account signed in..  you get the gist. Similarly, each cryptocurrency user is given such a private key – digitally of course – and this key is used to authenticate transactions.

A cryptocurrency like Bitcoin consists of a network of peers. Every peer has a record of the complete history of all transactions and thus of the balance of every account. Think of it like one big ledger book. A transaction is a file that says, “Raj gives X Bitcoins to Simran” and is then signed by Raj’s private key. After signed, a transaction is broadcasted in the network, sent from one peer to every other peer. This is basic p2p-technology. Nothing special at all.

Confirmation is a critical concept in cryptocurrencies. You could say that cryptocurrencies are all about confirmation. As long as a transaction is unconfirmed, it is pending and can be forged. When a transaction is confirmed, it is set in stone. It is no longer forgeable, it can‘t be reversed, it is part of an immutable record of historical transactions: of the so-called blockchain. Only miners can confirm transactions. This is their job in a cryptocurrency-network. They take transactions, stamp them as legit and spread them in the network. After a transaction is confirmed by a miner, every node has to add it to its database. It has become part of the blockchain.

How is it different from ‘normal currency’?

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The most critical aspect that differentiates the 2 forms of currency is control. Regulation. Authority. The money we know since years is regulated by the Central Bank i.e RBI. The RBI decides how much money should exist in the market: the government regulates where you can utilize that money and for what purpose. Not to forget the taxation system that applies to every transaction and keeps the money flowing through various sectors as required.

None of this applies to Bitcoin.

If you understood the concept of Blockchain as mentioned before, you would realize that all this money lies merely in “spreadsheets”, i.e databases. It is as simple as a 2-columned table on excel – one with your “name” i.e whatever identity you choose to put on, and the other column stating the bitcoins you own. The government cannot interfere here – it’s all encrypted. There is no taxation regime – you take something, you give bitcoins – and that’s the transaction. No question of 12%/18%/28% GST, octroi, Swachh Bharat Cess, anything!

The other major difference lies in the supply part of it. Traditional currenies have been known to increase in supply if the Central Bank deems fit. The RBI can easily print new notes and circulate in the economy, thus creating more supply. This is not the case with Bitcoin. It has been established in it’s algorithm that at no point can there exist more than 21 million bitcoin. It doesn’t matter how many people start using the currency – it could be 10 people holding 2.1 million bitcoins each, or 1 million people holding 21 bitcoins each. The supply is finite.

Why invest in bitcoin?

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The very fact that supply is finite, and continues to be even more so day by day, is reason enough to know that the only way the value of Bitcoin can go, is North. The logic is simple – the fewer the no. of bitcoins per person, more shall be the value of the each bitcoin. In mathematical terms – it’s . The numerator stays static at 21 million. Naturally, when the denominator goes on decreasing, the value per bitcoin will keep increasing. It’s basic maths!

In case you’re skeptic about it, we recommend you check out this case of an 18-year old who became a millionaire by just investing in bitcoin!

Holding bitcoins not only increases the value of money you have, but it also eases one major area that is currently facing major red-tape – international payments. Transfer of money from one country to another is log-jammed by a slew of international norms and Acts, such as FEMA, and it makes the whole process too cumbersome. Bitcoin, however, transcends that hurdle, and you can easily transfer bitcoins to/from that chachaji sitting abroad – be it “Amrika” or “Canedda” – at the click of a button!

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How to start investing in bitcoin?

So now that you have made up your mind, how do you start investing in it? There are essentially 3 ways one can get in the midst of this –

  1. Bitcoin Exchanges

Pretty much like your normal stock exchanges, whereby stock refers to Bitcoin. Various currencies can be converted into Bitcoin from these exchanges. Sites like Zepbay allow you to convert your rupees to bitcoins. Famous exchanges like mtgox control more than half of the bitcoin exchanges in the world!

  1. Transacting in bitcoins

You know how digital payments work, like Paytm wallets. Similarly, you can set up your bitcoin wallets, (visit – https://www.buybitcoinworldwide.com/wallets/set-up/ for detailed steps) and start accepting payments in bitcoins for your products.

  1. Mining

As mentioned before, mining involves authenticating bitcoin transactions. It is done by solving complex IT and maths issues in the process, using computers with special software. For every successful mine, the miner can earn close to 25 bitcoins. This is easier said than done and requires extensive technical knowledge.

Also, don’t forget to check out a detailed explanation by The Guardian.

Is bitcoin the only cryptocurreency?

Not at all. Bitcoin was the first, but is not the only cryptocurrency existing today. There are various others like –

  • Ethereum

It has ascended to the second place in the hierarchy of cryptocurrencies. Other than Bitcoin its blockchain does not only validate a set of accounts and balances but of so-called states. This means that Ethereum can not only process transactions but complex contracts and programs. Ethereum is more a family of cryptocurrencies than a single currency, like Ethereum Classic, DigixDAO, Augur, etc.

  • Litecoin

Litecoin was one of the first cryptocurrencies after Bitcoin and tagged as the silver to the digital gold bitcoin. Faster than bitcoin, with a larger amount of token and a new mining algorithm, Litecoin was a real innovation, tailored to be the smaller brother of bitcoin. It is still actively developed and traded and is hoarded as a backup if Bitcoin fails.

  • Monero

It is the most prominent example of the cryptonite algorithm. This algorithm was invented to add the privacy features Bitcoin is missing. If you use Bitcoin, every transaction is documented in the blockchain and the trail of transactions can be followed. With the introduction of a concept called ring-signatures, the cryptonite algorithm was able to cut through that trail. However, the actual usage of Monero seems to remain disappointingly small.

In a nutshell, the values of major cryptocurrencies can be seen as under-

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You can check out more at https://coinmarketcap.com/

What’s the fine print?

Yes, we know what you’re thinking – where is the “*” mark? After all, if something seems too good to be true, it usually isn’t . Well, the unsinkable ship sunk in it’s maiden voyage. It is natural that bitcoin will have its share of concern too. Check out this video to get an idea –

Guess the dummies’ guide to Bitcoin has left you not so dumb after all. We’re pretty sure you’re intruigued – after all, who doesn’t like money? You know what else people cannot hate? Shows. Which is why we bring to you Banking On Bitcoin, a Netflix Original™ documentary on the rise and rise of Bitcoin. Do check it out!

Small Businesses: The Untold Earning Story

We strut across malls and are enamored by the dazzle of the few hundred lights shining upon every commodity put up for display there. We visit lavish, uber-cool cafes and spend a few hundred bucks on getting a coffee personalized with our name. And then we come out from those places and are greeted with people living and selling their wares on the street, with no more than a single 100-watt bulb illuminating their thatched-roof establishments. You look down upon such “downmarket” shops and feel pitiable for the poor souls rotting in oblivion. How do they survive? How do they manage to get up every day and go back to their menial jobs that provide no money at all? You wonder, don’t you?

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The answer – they don’t! They don’t wake up to and sleep with the kind of poverty that is often fallaciously associated to them! They don’t “just survive”; they grow, grow phenomenally, grow more than they want their thatched roofs to make you believe. As a matter of fact, what we told you that they actually make more profit than even seemingly well-established malls and all other things with razzmatazz? We know you’re no Indian TV serial bahu, but,

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shock laga laga laga shock laga?

Be prepared for more, for TCF is here to make you see how 3 seemingly small businesses make a lot more money than any of us could ever fathom!

  1. The not-so-humble-after-all Vada Pav Sellers

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One of the most essential qualifications for being a Mumbaikar is to love Vada Pav. No kidding – it is an absolutely mandatory degree that you must have if you do not want to be outcast by the society in Mumbai! Vada Pav is for Mumbaikars what Anushka bhabhi is for Virat Kohli. Thus it is indeed surprising that people still purview Vada Pav walas under the lens of poverty.

Here’s the truth though – as long as you have you a Vada Pav, you WILL make money! And the more Vada Pavs you have, the more money you’ll make! Don’t believe us? Let’s break it down-

Assume a Vada Pav seller sells, on an average, 20 vada pavs in an hour. The cost prevailing nowadays is generally Rs. 15. Which brings about the following math –

  • Earnings per hour: Rs. 300
  • Average hours worked each day: From 7 a.m to 10 p.m, i.e 15 hours on a normal day
  • Daily earnings: 15hrs x Rs. 300/- = Rs. 4500
  • Monthly earnings: 30 days x Rs. 4500 = Rs. 1,35,000
  • Yearly Earnings: 12 months x Rs. 1,35,000 = Rs. 16,20,000

Impressed yet? Carry on…

Almost every seller also sells Samosa Pav, at the same rates, being closely related to the prior snack. Assume he sells 15 Samosa pavs in the same one hour. If you’re sufficiently good at maths (in case you aren’t, head here), you’d know that a rough estimate can be quickly provided as follows – Rs. 16,20,000 x 15/20 = Rs. 12,15,000.

That’s Rs. 28,35,000 a year. From vada and samosa pav alone. And they don’t even pay taxes, because well, why will an I-T guy harass someone who looks poor and sells stuff on the road in his dhoti-banyan?

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We’re not going to do the math here, but imagine the earnings of those sellers, like Anand Vada Pav, which also host a consortium of other dishes like sandwiches, frankies, dosas, etc.

To get a glimpse of the magnitude of the money involved here, check out the story of the crorepati vada pav waala – Dheeraj Gupta

What if we told you that this not just a Mumbai thing? Hell, what if we told you that this is not even just an Indian thing? Check out this awesome tale of a Londoner who is making crores by selling vada pavs there!

(Note: The expense side of the cost sheet not provided as it is subject to multitude of variables which is not feasible to be discussed or explained here)

2) Xerox-cum-stationery store

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Ahh, the familiar yellow colored banners! How we desperately look out for a glimpse of those when we need to submit Aadhar Card copies for, well, everything nowadays. Admit it – xerox shops are the reason you’ve survived college. That last minute rush for notes, entire classrooms hoarding the poor guy with shouts of “bhaiyya mera kar do na abhi late ho raha hai”… it’s not surprising that this meme got so famous on Whatsapp –

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While it is unfeasible to get down to the earnings per paper, let’s take rough estimates. At any given point, some school/college/institution etc will have some exam going on, or about to commence soon. Which means the demand for notes never really goes down. Also, with textbooks being faded out and making way for e-books and PDF files, combined with increased awareness among students about the effects of excess screen viewing, demand for bulk prints and Xerox is at an all-time high. So let’s try some maths here –

  • Estimated sheets black and white xeroxed a month, taking into consideration inter-day variations: Roughly 3000-5000@Re. 1/- = 3000-5000
  • Estimated colour xeroxes for special purposes: Roughly 500-1000@Rs. 5/- = 2500-5000
  • Estimated black and white printouts a month: Roughly 1000-2000@Rs. 5/- = 5000-10000
  • Estimated colour printouts a month: Roughly 500-1000@Rs. 10/- = 5000-10000

Going as per these established market rates which are unlikely to differ in a perfect competition market that exists, the owner is likely to earn anywhere from Rs. 17500-30000 a month from just xeroxing and printouts. And that’s just rough averages. For those located in close proximity to schools and colleges, the numbers can be a multiple of 2, if not 3.

Now think of the twist, when a shop runs additional services, like spiral binding and laminating, which most do. Also, when they start selling stationery like pens and files, which again, most do. Suffice to say, any xerox shop would earn close to 40,000-50,000 bucks a month minimum? How many graduates ever reach that level?

(Note: The expense side of the cost sheet not provided as it is subject to multitude of variables which is not feasible to be discussed or explained here)

3) Driving Home the Money

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The most irritating of the lot, some might say? Talk about constant demands and strikes for fare hikes, fare refusals for short distances, their uncanny ability to drive over every pothole in the best way to break your back… well you can go on complaining all you want. You won’t though if you’re the driver. Because these fellows have quite a laugh along with their merry ride to the bank! Their constant demands for fare hikes may make one think they’re getting peanuts out of their jobs, but the stats suggest otherwise.

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Let’s do some costing here. All autos run on CNG, the cost of which is approximately Rs. 25 per kg in Mumbai, subject to minute deviations from 24-27 depending on the taxes levied by the Municipal Corporation holding jurisdiction in that area. Each kg of CNG gives an approximate mileage of 25-28 kms. Also, the base fare is Rs. 18 for 1.5kms, and Rs. 12.19 for every subsequent km. Assuming auto driver drives on an average, 100 km total on an average day, we get the following numbers –

  • Earnings for 100 kms: Approximately Rs. 1500-2000, depending no of trips making up the 100 kms, as also other additives such as luggage and waiting time charge)
  • CNG required for 100 km: Approximately 4-5 kgs.
  • Expense on fuel: Rs. 100-150
  • Profit per day: Rs. 1300-1900

That is a cool Rs. 40,000-60,000 a month! After providing for maintenance, a driver can comfortably earn close to 30,000-50,000 bucks a month!

And what if I told you that Ola/Uber drivers earn even more than that? Their costing works on different methodologies, which we are not going into length here, but the crux of the matter is, that our point has been proven! Even as you take that rickshaw in the sweltering heat, jostling with a dozen other commuters, and reach your office for the pesky 15000 a month job (worse if you’re an intern!), your ragged rickshaw wala uncle has twirled his mustachee for a happy 40K-odd a month. Which is why you need to ask yourself – Are they really ones driving us? Or is it vice versa?

Suddenly, life seems like a big lie doesn’t it? All these fancy white-collared jobs that you were lured into, and still earn a penny of what these “small”, “pitiable” people get.

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Anyway, let us know when you open your own vada pav stall/xerox centre. We’ll visit sitting in our rickshaws. Front seat, screaming,

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