Trio from city give up plum IT jobs, find their calling in IAF
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Three youths from the city have decided to give up their lucrative IT jobs to choose a career in the Indian Air Force (IAF). Pooja Pathak, 22, Ruby Choudhary, 23 and Raj Kumar, 24 will be joining the technical wing of the IAF.
The trio will be reporting at the Air Force Academy, Secunderabad, on January 5 and their training will begin on January 7. Satisfaction and the pride of the uniform are the motivation and not money, they said.
Pathak, a resident of Viman Nagar who was working with AMDOCS, Magarpatta city as a software developer is a BTEch from NIT Raipur. "My father is a Junior Warrant Officer with the IAF. As a result, I have grown up watching the life of an IAF officer from close quarters. After finishing my course in engineering last year, I joined my present organisation and started preparing for IAF entrance. I am happy that I have finally made it," Pathak said, who has been inducted into the IAF as a Short Service Commission. She will be joining AFTC in Bangalore after a 6-month training at AFA, Secunderabad. "My father is proud of me," she said.
Being employed with the central government, honour of the uniform, a work-life balance that the IAF offers are some of the reasons for Raj Kumar to give up his plum IT job.
"IT sector might have money, but my priorities are different. I prefer to have a work- life balance. When I joined the IT sector, I had no plans of quitting. But over the time, I realised that IAF is my calling," said Kumar who has opted for a permanent commission. A native of Chhattisgarh, Kumar's father works with Coal India Limited, while his mother is a homemaker.
Ruby Choudhary's case is a little different.
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