What a journey it’s been so far! ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been 4 years since I stepped into the corporate world. I remember by first day very well. Mom and Dad dropped me at our Training Center and I stepped into the building with a bunch of documents and a truckload of dreams. And here I am, 4 years later, standing with considerable satisfaction looking back at how things have gone so far, how incredibly lucky Iโ€™ve been and looking ahead, looking forward to the rest of the journey.

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Over the 4 years, Iโ€™ve switched between teams and this is my 3rd team.ย  Iโ€™ve jumped to completely different streams, which is not quite common in a predominantly technical oriented organization. I started off as a developer in Java (hey, I am an oracle certified programmer in Java!). After a year of working in Java, as much as I got to learn I got bored because I knew Iโ€™d have to keep doing the same thing over and again and I moved to a non-technical role. I had to take up an interview and some written tests and then I was ready to become a Technical writer.

I moved from a Customer role to a Corporate function and I was blown away by the exposure and the network of people I got to talk to. It was here that I had started conducting soft skills sessions (a part- time faculty) and I enjoyed conducting all those interactive sessions.ย  2 years into that role and I realized there was nothing more I could do anymore, and after it was clear to be that there was no proper career path from there, I jumped to another team. A team that was formed just recently and I was lucky enough to find a place there.ย  Iโ€™m currently a content writer of sorts and Iโ€™m looking forward to whatโ€™s in store for me.

Itโ€™s been a wonderful journey so far, and Iโ€™ve been extremely lucky. I use the word โ€˜Luckyโ€™ a lot because itโ€™s being in the right place and the right time and meeting the right people that has got me here. In an organization as big as ours, to move into a non-technical role and still find opportunities for growth and options to choose from is slightly challenging and Iโ€™m glad I did have options. I met the right people who told me about many aspects of the organization that most people wouldnโ€™t have been aware of. I got to know someone because I had to shift my workstation from one block to another and my new next-cubicle acquaintance was impressed (I think!) with my blogs and after a few discussion I was in her team. It just clicked.

And how exactly did it click? People believed me and entrusted me with work. Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™m properly qualified to do the work that Iโ€™m doing/Iโ€™ve done. It was the belief that people had in me, and the opportunity that they had given me that has brought me here. Iโ€™ve worked with some incredible people and teams and itโ€™s been such a great learning experience. Beyond a point, I realized that more than the qualifications itโ€™s our attitude that matters the most. Being in a communication field, attitude and people skills definitely add to our advantage.

I know I am happy, because I donโ€™t hate Mondays. I am as excited about my work as I am about my blog and oven. My work isnโ€™t monotonous. I get to be creative, but with a deadline. Thatโ€™s ok because I at least get to showcase something which I think, I think, I am decently good at :-). Iโ€™m really not sure what the future has in store for me as Heaven hides from its creature the holy book of fate, but whatever it is I am excitedly looking forward.

Cheers!