A career in IT: Shaping yourself for the future
The Future is full of uncertainties.
How can one be prepared if the future is uncertain?
While, this is true, the basic principles never change much. Except in rare cases where future brings a lottery win to the most unlikely of the individuals, the rest have to slog for every penny they earn and every day of their future they secure for themselves and their dependents.
The only word I have learned for getting ready for future is “Get SMART”.
Smartness as per English dictionary is …………., but in real life, smartness comes only when one gets out on their own to face this ruthless world and find their way out.
Like most families, my family was very protective and my caring parents did everything possible to see that I get into an engineering college. My father, who came from meagre means, ensured that we did not get that protection when we were not supposed to.
I was send to an engineering college that was more than two thousand kilometers away from my home and into a region where few knew my mother tongue neither my culture. I was put in a hostel room along with four more boys. While I was used to live in a crowded room, my roommates were not. They pushed me in a corner to get whenever they could to get more for themselves. Initially I accommodated, but eventually, I got used to my corner.
I made great friends with them and in no time, we loved our crowded room. We shared everything and studied together. Each of my roommates had few other friends from their state and my friendship grew leaps and bounds through such a network.
My seniors ragged me. Initially, I was repelled by the whole episode, but soon realized that it was all because I had created my own inhibitions, which needs breaking if I had to face the brutal ragging. I still remember those times with great fun and the bond I developed with my seniors just because I was a sport even in a bad thing like ragging.
While I had no choice, I tried to make the best of it, learning from such episodes.
I loved talking, playing sports which were played in teams, participated in extra curricular activities and had fun in whatever way possible. I however retained kept a few principles in life forever.
I never consumed alcohol, neither smoked. Unlike most of the students who hid their homework and never liked helping others in studies, because of the fear of competition, I did just the opposite. I volunteered in teaching tough subjects to my colleagues who needed help. In most cases, I was myself not very good at them, but the repetitive sharing of these subjects helped me master them.
“I tried to make the best of the unpleasant and challenging episodes in my life“
Some of my professors were very strict. In one such class taught by a strict professor, I was found sleeping. This happened the morning when I was ragged the previous night and had hardly slept. The professor however felt very offended and kept on pushing and pulling me in every class he took. His extra strictness towards me in the class resulted in me getting the highest marks in his subject.
I was well shaped for my future by the time I was ready to pass out of my college. My existence alone in an unknown place, far away from my home and protection of my parents, my friendships, my activities and my attitude to help others ensured that I got shaped up as one of the smartest boys of my class.
IT was probably not because of my good marks in my college, but my smartness that I was the first to get a good job in my college for that year.
I would love to know your experiences as well as a student and the challenges you faced.Please share your experiences in the comments below.