The beginning of my job journey
I started my job journey as soon as I finished my masters. Soon my job hunt made me realize the significance of a professional college. 2009, the year of the biggest recession in India, unfortunately, was the same year I graduated MBA.
Rejections, rejections and just rejections
No company wanted to hire a brain full of ideas. A person is full of enthusiasm and hunger for learning and experience. Yet an average scorer from a below average college. It took me eight months to finally get my first job. During those eight months, I realized that as a fresher, you are no more than a piece of paper. Organizations do not see you beyond your academic, especially when you’re a fresher. And I did everything that I could to present my prepare my resume in the best possible way.
They don’t want to invest in your training and learning. Instead, they expect an expert fresher. They want a 23-year-old resource passed out with the at least expertise of 3 years. My aspirations and my hopes have touched the taste of sand not once but several times. Reality hit me hard on my face, but something inside me kept me moving, so I decided to struggle and make my way out.
My first break in my Job Journey
My first job was that of a Recruiter, which was not my area of interest. With no other choice in hand, I accepted that role and there went my dreams for a toss. I don’t regret that anymore, as a career in recruiting is great, which I understand today. But certainly, it wasn’t the best for me, I knew I belonged not here but somewhere else.
Well, after a week’s training on the entire recruitment process, I started on my job and I sucked at it. Being a recruiter was the hardest thing I have done in my life. I continued to work there for a year and a half, but I quit when I couldn’t take anymore. Now I was jobless and experienced yet-skill-less. The opportunities I was receiving were all related to Recruitment in which I was not good enough. And I was struggling to find my passion and find a job accordingly.
Learning over salary: My biggest mistake
That was the time I made a huge mistake, mistake of putting Salary as a primary concern over learning. It was 2010 and recessions had slowed down. There were opportunities, but I was not willing to start afresh. Today I realize that could have been the best time to start afresh.
After struggling for two months an opportunity knocked on my door. An opportunity to work with a start-up for a marketing department as an Executive. It was more of a secretarial job. Another misfit. And even then I couldn’t make up my mind to start afresh. I was still looking for better-paying jobs and my job journey was getting harder. My resume now shows two different experiences, which landed me nowhere. I stayed with them for two years and finally frustrated, I dropped that job as well. Again jobless.
My next break
After six months of the job hunt, I got a break from another company. It was more or less the same role but at a different location, Bangalore. Though the role was not my choice, today I’m glad I made that choice. Being in this job and this city, made me realize what I actually wanted to become. This role was a total mix of talent acquisition, employee engagement, staffing, vendor and account management. I learned the real dealings with people.
Realization: It’s never too late
Once I was asked to mentor a junior on my team. That was the day I realized that I want to become a Trainer/Mentor and nothing else. I am good at teaching, but I never wanted to become a teacher. Being on this side of the stage has always fascinated me. The realization of my goal gave me a clear path to do what I owe myself to do.
Yes! I am born to inspire and now that has become my ultimate goal of life.
Today I am associated with one of the top most brands. But I am determined to pursue my dream besides my bread-earning job.
I can dream yet again!
And Finally! My two cents
- Never follow the money, it will come to you by itself once you’re skilled enough.
- Don’t give up on your will to fight.
- It’s okay to not know right now. Follow your confusion, get lost with your wish and you’ll eventually find your way.
- Don’t underestimate the power of knowing what you want to become.
- Don’t kill your dreams, but don’t be too blind to realize that you also need a living to pursue your dream.
- Keep dreaming! Keep fighting! And Aim for the sky! Always!