Hey Freshers, how are you feeling? Wait… I know. You are feeling excited for a new IT Company thinking how awesome it is going to be when you will earn your first bucks. You start creating your own castle of dreams and how your life would transform after that. Ahem ahem… this article is going to be a wake-up call for you all. I will be talking about the collective experience of different people in this article including myself. Hope you will have a look inside a freshers life in an IT Company.
During the last week from your joining date
If you have always lived with your parents in your own house then you will definitely get a weird feeling of leaving them. The feeling is difficult to explain in words but it is similar to the situation depicted in Jab We Met when Kareena Kapoor says “Jaise koi Train Choot Rahi Ho”. Suddenly, you will want to spend more quality time with your parents. And you will receive a similar reaction from them too.
When the day comes…
When the day comes, it is time to say goodbye to your family because you are going to start a new life. Your dad or sometimes even mum will accompany you to the new city. Everything seems so beautiful. You travel to a new city, you see IT Parks with mega structures of which you are going to a part soon. Then the company offers you accommodation in some hotel room with 3-star facilities or sometimes it’s a bungalow.
Your life takes a hike from feeling average to extraordinary. And you should feel that way because your company wants you to feel that way. A feel of a super luxury lifestyle. It is exactly what you wanted in the first place? Isn’t it? Well, this is the best part of the whole process. You get a feel, it’s maybe temporary but it leaves an impression on you for a lifetime and motivates you to make it permanent. This is probably the most important part of an individual’s life. No matter where he/she has come from… mere feeling of becoming independent earner becomes one of the best moment of your life. But if you will closely observe yourself, you will also find a feeling of insecurity… We’ll see Why?
It is your joining date today. You have to reach office at 9:00 AM probably. You wake up early, start preparing for your first day of joining. A lot is going on in your mind at this moment. Some of the collective thoughts that I was able to dig out from people around me were like:
- How am I going to reach there?
- Where would I go after I reach there?
- Am I looking Good enough to make my first impression?
- Should I visit a temple on my way there?
- Should I take my parents with me or not?
- Taxi or Auto (it’s always taxi :D)
- Revise all the documents which you will need there…
- Jo Hoga Dekha Jaega?
- And the list goes on…
You seriously start thinking individually. The only person visible to you at that time is YOU.
You reach your destination. You look many people similar to you, who probably might be thinking same as you are. And then all the question clears out. Now, you have other people with you on the same ground. You are not alone anymore. You get inside in a group. And the usual process begins…
It’s time for induction. Once you reach inside the building, you will see a known face welcoming you. It is almost the same everywhere. You are ought to find someone who you have seen before during the interviews or seminars or something. The point is – The person will be known to you in some way or the other. He will brief you on the current situation and ask you to be seated. You will love that person by the way 😀
Now, you will be briefed about the different aspects of the company and people and the ethics and the moral and so on and on… Induction may extend from 2 days to a whole week.
It’s time for Freshers Training…
It is quite the same as your college days. You will go in the morning and come back in the evening. You will learn the same thing which you already have known but in a different way (practical way). On the basis of your training, you will get daily assignments and weekly assessments which you will have to clear in order to proceed further (it depends on the company). Training will be stretched for three months and meanwhile you will start exploring the city and post many pictures on facebook showing the world how happy you are :D. This is the best part. You are not under any pressure and you have lots of time for yourself. Just make it count. You won’t get this period ever after.
After the Training…
Finally, the training has come to an end. It is the time when you will be relocated to the different location. Your friends will be left behind (behind means in a different place). Again, this time, you are alone. You will visit a new place with new faces all around. The feeling will be quite the same but this time, you will know what is going to happen and you will cope up with it patiently and peacefully. You will be assigned a 4X4 cabin where you will have your own workstations setup with a name slip in the front and a phone on your desk. We all have seen this in the movies. It is exactly the same. It’s exciting for the first time, as you have seen this in the movies already. But, sooner or later it starts to get monotonous. Everyday is the same. You follow the same cycle every day:
- Get ready
- Travel to office
- Be at office (10 to 7++)
- Travel back home
- Eat food
Wow, it’s so predictable, Isn’t it? You already know, what’s going to happen with you in the coming days. This is the scenario of every major IT Company in India. It is quite different with the startup companies where you are concerned with lots of different things and you have to take responsibility and the job becomes fun but in mega companies, you will have people around you to take the burden off your shoulders and thus job becomes bored. You won’t learn as much as you should be. Start-ups let you learn a lot in a very short time but if you have already started big then the learning curve smoothes. That’s why all the IITIANs are involved with the major start-ups in India and not the people who are working in the big IT Companies from the start of their careers.
This was just an eagle eye view of the experience from different people who have been there in your shoes. This article was intended for you to learn as much as you can from the experience of others. There is a lot that happens, for ex- your first salary. I really want you to experience all these things in your coming years but just observe yourself all the time and be different. Don’t be a crowd, be the creator of it. I also want to talk about the financial knowledge which is going to be very important for you in these coming years. Maybe, I will dedicate an entire article for that. Just let me know how you liked about this article in the comments below.
And as always,
Be My Aficionado 🙂