From the last day of college to the first day with my current employer!
It’s a pleasure sharing my journey from the last day of college to the first day with my current employer!
A few years back, I had applied for a random role in a random company, just because my friend suggested I do so. Never expected this to be a life-changing Career moment!
Before I share that with you, here’s what you’ll find in this week’s Newsletter:
- A Question for you
- My abscond story in short
- My life-changing Career moment
- Blend with me on Spotify
Before you dive in, if you find this Newsletter useful, then please refer your friend who would like it or find this useful!
A Question for you
Your ideas are worth speaking about! Let’s make it anonymously interesting!
My abscond story in short
2017, was the year when I graduated from college and started working as a Software Engineer for 10 months in FSS (banking domain). Got to tune up some JAVA programming with Spring MVC during my training period.
It was those times when I used to be busy with Codbello, the company I had started during my college days. I never bothered about finding new interviews, as there were no demands from FSS to work on their products for the first 6 months. Later, I got a chance to work on an Ionic app, which is currently used by KVB. I had a great time exploring the possibilities in the banking domain with the most interesting (at that time) Ionic tech.
Our usual day in the FSS office starts at 10:00 AM in the cafeteria. 11:00 AM come to the cabin and sit idle, make fun, wait for 12:30 PM to go for lunch. 2:00 PM come back to the cabin just to sleep a little and wait for the tea break at 4:30 PM. After that, we come back to the cabin at 6:00 PM and talk about the privileged people who are leaving early every day. Around 7:30 PM, we start winding up and leave the office!
It was until I was put into a server-side JAVA project in which I had no interest or much knowledge, I wanted to change my job. Life couldn’t be this messed up. We desperately wanted a change for many internal reasons. We didn’t bother to even jump off the track for no higher pay. But, didn’t look out for any interviews seriously.
Amid all this, something interesting happened in FSS, for which I’d always thank for being selected there. If you’re interested, give it a skim!
My life-changing Career moment
On a random day, my roomie attended a first-round video call, which was a second chance given to him. Second chance, maybe we were that careless I guess. He attended the interview with care and got through though. He suggested me to apply for it, as he felt it was simple and will be a sure shot. Of course, we were developers and the interview was for a support role, and what would they expect more than knowing the basics, where we were kind of intermediates in those stacks they required.
I too filled out the simple google form for the first round, probably a few moments before the form was closed.
With no expectation, I received an email that read in the notifications with the below text:
Hi Thina, Thank you for your interest in interviewing with REDACTED. We have now moved on to the Onsite Interview step within the interview process.
I was almost going to swipe it off, assuming that I am not selected, as their first-round screening was already over on the day when my roomie gave his video screening.
I still don’t know, what made me open such emails I might receive. In fact, the other companies that I used to apply for didn’t even bother to call me up for the first round.
The complete email reads the below:
A Career change, than a Job change
Moving from Software Engineer to Support Engineer Role wasn’t quite an easy decision to make. I and My friend took a lot of suggestions from other friends and expert mentors to take this decision; a Support role was considered to be a lower profile than a Development role during that time. I guess, even now that’s the case. There are different support roles, which can set your profile even higher than a developer.
We chose to attend the interview on 22nd April. We ended up getting selected in the process. We didn’t sleep that night when we received the selection email. I can write a complete newsletter about it sometime later.
It was a change in the career track than merely a change in role. Many of my friends said that it would be hard for us to shift back to a development role later and our career would end up supporting customers. A very few of them suggested taking the offer, as the package was almost 4x more than the current one.
We ended up making the decision in favour of the selection, and honestly, it is the best decision in my life. All thanks to Ankit Kumar.
It’s been 3 years and 8 months now in Cloudera, as a Customer Operations Engineer. The learning curve has started pacing towards the unending peak! Life has been progressing at its best in all aspects after this!
The lesson I have learnt through this journey is that when it comes to opportunities – don’t hesitate or complicate your decisions. Just be open to change, and go with the flow!
If the change impacts good, wonderful; if not, experience!
Life-changing decisions aren’t easy to take, but they are the ones that have the most impact on our life. What’s your take out of this?
Thank you for reading. Now, this is for just you and me!
Seriously, just you and me!
Blend with me on Spotify
For those of you who are not aware of this feature in Spotify, Blend Playlists is a new way for two users to merge their musical tastes into one shared playlist made just for them, making it even easier for users to connect, discover, and bond over the music they love with one another.
In Spotify ads voice,
“Tap the banner to blend with my music taste!”
You can do this with your friends by following the below steps:
- Tap “Create Blend” in the Made for You hub on mobile.
- Next, tap “Invite” to select a friend to join your Blend via messaging.
- Once your friend accepts, Spotify will generate custom cover art and a tracklist for the two of you filled with songs that combine your listening preferences and tastes.
- Share your Blend results across your social channels by tapping “Share this story” at the bottom of your data story screen
Love the connection with you! Keep in touch!
Btw, don’t forget what I had told you at first?