“I had originally written this post on March 11th, 2011 and in an opportunity to reinvent while reviving my blogging spirit, this is a blast from the past, with a revived look!
Mind, imbued with a sense of difficulty and victory, I stepped into the spanking new arena of a multi-national Corporation way back in August 2009. Being a fresh clay out of the college, I had my own blues about “campus to corporate” transition. Out of the safe haven of the classroom, there came a time in Technical Training when we were tested on schedule and deadlines. Completely out of my passionate and comfort zone of Bio-Technology, I had to raise my standards which demanded me to top up my cup of tea with Object Oriented Programming and J2EE. Greek and Latin were not the only languages that swirled around my ears like an Anopheles that eagerly whistles for her blood meal, I whispered to myself, in one of the training sessions…
Always with an open mind to accept challenges and to convert them into opportunities, I have glided myself through the variety that life imposed on me! Examinations and prayers with self-confidence went hand in hand..60 being the cut off grade to clear the Technical examinations, I had notched the 57.5 mark thrice over the span of 3 months, thereby forcing my wait in the break out area for exit formalities with the HR.
What stopped my tear in rolling down my cheeks that afternoon?
What pushed me to look life beyond the true multi-national Corporation spirit, then?
What doubled my morale?
There is always a life beyond what we think is Life and a life within ourselves if we travel inwards!
Yes, the confidence and strength I gained that day, pushed me to back the training room! The news that senior HR had travelled abroad on-work reached us, and that I was given a chance to continue with my training from the very same day! Completed my Technical Training with a vigor, I was one among the very few who was placed in a project the very next day of Technical Training completion! Was it the confidence that I had in myself that paved the way to showcase my talents? Or was it the luck factor that took its head when tossed up with? Like Armstrong’s one small step on the Lunar Surface making a Giant Leap for Mankind; my small entry into the Giant multi-national Corporation really opened up vistas infinite for which I thank the Heavens since heavens are reachable with ‘pluck’ rather than with luck per se.
A personal round of interview with the Team Lead made me aware of the fact that Development Designing is a world by itself and to fit in there would take decades for me! With a lot of guidance and support from my team members, I became functionally strong in no more than 6 months time and attended a telephonic interview with my Client to move on to Quality Testing framework in the same team! Pretty impressed and it clicked my way.. From there-on, till date it’s a constant march forward.
Not just with the project deliverables, but with a space for my own creativity, I teamed up with the Managers to initiate various proficiency related efforts and other value-adds that could be inculcated being on the Corporate Social Responsibility side! Blooming with constant accolades & appreciations for the responsibility and efforts undertaken has been a part and parcel of my growth here! I have always been looked upon for any kind of content creation or a power point presentation to the leadership and very senior leadership teams. Am proud to look back at the turning points in the Corporate especially when successful certifications fell into my bucket, and even more proud, to be associated with the same Account for several years which was flavored with gradual promotions too!
Looking through the lens, I feel accenturized to walk into the campus each and every day of my career!
‘Richard Bach’, author of ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’, quotes on the marvel of a book, viz, ‘Zen and the art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ by the world famous expert ‘Robert M Pirsig’ as “A hypnotist’s crystal… sparkled with diamonds”… I for one feel that I am finding diamonds in the Corporate. This book will change the way people think and feel about one’s Life. I read this book, but my realization culminated in the Corporate’s philosophically pragmatic work culture!!
Being a part of HPD (High Performance Delivered) unit will be a pleasure and a learning curve throughout my life!
This has been my stepping stone and will shine like the pretty most star in the Galaxy of Life!
What has been your journey of influence and growth looking like ?