It is IT

What to ex­pect.

Alive - - News - by Sri­ran­jani Srini­vasan

IT, the In­evitable Taut­ness, so-called In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, does not just give life to many, but has be­come the life of many! This is a guide to the fu­ture pro­fes­sion­als and a funny look back into the half-empty life of ex­pe­ri­enced ones!

To start with, I had been an IT pro­fes­sional as well. I can clearly put for­ward how one’s life within a com­pany and es­pe­cially IT com­pany is.

Be what­ever your course in en­gi­neer­ing, your first tar­get tends to be IT. Just to have bulky purses, life in for­eign lands, good spouse, and the tag that you are into IT puts oth­ers’ mouth open.

Though at least one in ev­ery house is into IT now, par­ents keep on forc­ing their chil­dren com­par­ing them with oth­ers at neigh­bour­hood. The charm is still not lost!

IT is an epi­demic which af­fects ev­ery per­son at least once in their life­time and whose ef­fects pro­foundly af­fect most of their good as­pects. Mostly it at­tacks stu­dents do­ing fi­nal year of UG or PG.

In­ter­view, just a half an hour process, de­cides your des­tiny, would be your idea.

You stu­dents from any depart­ment, will be hav­ing some books on pro­gram­ming, data struc­tures and ap­ti­tude on top of it.

If the com­pany needs more peo­ple, you are lucky as the books you read may come in handy. If not, your prepa­ra­tion may be waste.

It is very hard only to pick peo­ple and def­i­nitely not re­ject­ing them. Group dis­cus­sion and HR rounds are the hir­ers’ court. Your pro­nun­ci­a­tion of ‘English’ as ‘Englis’ is enough for him to send you out. Be in ten­sion, or by prac­tice, he does not mind.

Mean­while, if he wants peo­ple and you say “I don’t know”, even that will help you… “We need peo­ple as frank as you” would be his re­ply!

What you can do ut­most is, show you are pos­i­tive and smart. Your book takes a rear seat when it comes to clear­ing an in­ter­view.

Fi­nally, on or off cam­pus, you will be one among the lakh they re­cruit ev­ery year. Oth­ers who awaited the re­sults would be jeal­ous of you and you will just not be feel­ing on your feet.

Be­ing fresh out of col­lege, you won’t be equipped enough for a cor­po­rate life. Do you know what ‘cor­po­rate life’ means? And that is what you will be en­coun­ter­ing as you flip through this note.

Start­ing with a for­mal in­duc­tion the first day, you can wit­ness all pro­ce­dures go­ing on in full swing for a day or two…You will have your fu­ture en­e­mies in front of you, de­liv­er­ing speeches in the mildest tones and friendli­est words pos­si­ble. The cool au­di­to­ri­ums and their warm speeches will be al­most driv­ing you into deep sleep and fur­ther into deep dreams if some­body doesn’t wake you up. Af­ter

Long train­ing, few as­sess­ments and few gos­sips are things you will be hang­ing on to….A few among those who are a bit knowl­edge­able would have be­come two al­ready by the end of your train­ing. Who knows? Your beauty might be in the list too! The day your train­ing ends, should have been the day you re­joiced af­ter your first day there.

the long lul­laby, you will be asked for many sig­na­tures. You will also be glad as if you were asked for au­to­graphs and sign ev­ery­where they show, amidst your gos­sips with your batch­mates about the com­pany and the smart, hand­some guys and beau­ti­ful girls who spoke some time back. When have we gone through the of­fi­cial pa­pers or li­cence agree­ments while in­stalling soft­ware? You will not even know that you have signed a bond and if at all you know, you won’t know the terms in it.

Ac­count open­ing

And the most ex­cit­ing part of it would be the bank ac­count open­ing for­mal­i­ties. Peo­ple from many banks, claim­ing high of them, would be wash­ing your brains. Although no­body would have gained clar­ity, you will dis­cuss with your friends and de­cide on the one of­fer­ing ‘max­i­mum ben­e­fits’.

Lovely start of a haunt­ing ca­reer in­deed! Still, your Face­book sta­tus would speak “An awe­some start of my ca­reer!!”, “The best day of my life!!”,”The gift for my long wait!!”…. They will be fetch­ing 100+ likes, 50+com­ments in­clud­ing “Wow bro! Great! Wish you good luck”, “Same here!!!” all blah blah blah…

You can’t even sleep that night as your mind would be over­flow­ing with just 2% of ten­sion as how the life in the com­pany would be and the rest 98% would be about the best cre­ations of the gods whom you met that day and the al­ter­ations you need to make in your dress­ing the next day. You will con­clude that cor­po­rate life ends here. No, it ac­tu­ally starts here.

The next day would be your train­ing. You would have dressed dif­fer­ently to grab some­one’s at­ten­tion, would have al­ready got a new mo­bile with all the best fea­tures. But, would have left your guts back at home! The first sweet­est sen­tence, but the most un­for­get­table one would be “we will have as­sess­ments fol­low­ing the train­ing ses­sions. One who fails to clear it will be out for­ever from this com­pany”. Be how cute the per­son in front of you is, that per­son will be your first en­emy in that com­pany.

An­other sen­tence which the trainer is not sup­posed to speak is, “In­tro­duce your­self.” Be­cause, as I told, your guts would be back at home! Even the lit­tle English you knew would get back to books you touched long back! So pity! Still, no­body there would laugh. They know they would be the next tar­get. The trainer will by then, add one more to her words of cau­tion, “You would first be trained on soft skills, and note that, I en­joy the max­i­mum pride of send­ing most of the trainees, like you, home even at this stage.” Just can’t be­lieve that your trainer could be so ruth­less. You will never want to look into beau­ti­ful faces again un­til you com­plete your train­ing suc­cess­fully, un­less you have good stuff.

Re­quire­ments

Long train­ing, few as­sess­ments and few gos­sips are things you will be hang­ing on to….A few among those who are a bit knowl­edge­able would have be­come two al­ready by the end of your train­ing. Who knows? Your beauty might be in the list too! The day your train­ing ends, should have been the day you re­joiced af­ter your first day there.

De­pend­ing on your luck, you would get to some projects soon or stay on the bench for some time. The

time on the bench would be your golden days. You will stay close to those you love to munch on. You will be adding new hob­bies to your re­sume and if stu­dious new skills will get a place too. Cafes would be full of young­ster groups. Who knows? Maybe you will swipe in at 9 and go out, en­joy your day out with your friends or your new charmer, be back at 6, swipe out to get back home. If the day seems so sunny, you will spend your day in your AC-fit­ted cafe with your besties over ice­creams, cof­fees or sand­wiches. You will taste ev­ery­thing you have not even heard of. Be­fore you get to projects, your brain would have de­vel­oped taste­buds!

Dresses

Once a week you would see peo­ple in so-called busi­ness ca­su­als. There would ac­tu­ally be not much dif­fer­ence in the way peo­ple dress up. Ev­ery dress girls wear would be called for­mals and most of those which guys wear would be called in­for­mal. You will be will­ing to see a few, for many a times in fu­ture and will be com­pelled to see a few at least once that day in ca­su­als. Peo­ple will re­ally be un­mind­ful of how good a style suits them.

North In­di­ans gen­er­ally are fair, well-dressed, mod­ern and speak a good English. Not mean­ing to hurt any­body but my­self re­mind­ing my days out there….uu­ufffff! It looks re­ally hor­ri­ble when some peo­ple fol­low their styles in­ap­pro­pri­ately. Mind your stature peo­ple. Please! Cor­po­rate way of dress­ing does not re­ally de­mand you in tights or coats. Shock­ingly, our tra­di­tional yet pro­fes­sional at­tire, saris come out of their clos­ets only on days they de­clare eth­nic wear.

If it is go­ing to be cul­tur­als at your com­pany, you re­ally can have fun and make fun. Scope for both is more there, be it on a small or huge scale. One more oc­ca­sion to share what you will like is when your CEO or next to them are in front of you dis­cussing about the com­pany achieve­ments quar­ter-wise. These come once a year or more.

You will then get into a project where you can ei­ther con­tinue to do all you like or for­get most of those you liked. It’s all luck!

Even there you can en­joy a team out­ing or team lunch and these hap­pen usu­ally once quar­terly. You will be­friend a few of your team mates whom you have never spo­ken with. These are prof­itable oc­ca­sions for many.

As there would be no big en­thu­si­asm once you get into a project and work starts both­er­ing you, I have got a lit­tle space to push in my words start­ing here…

You will come across many jar­gons while in the team like ‘at­ti­tude’, ‘billing’, ‘Client visit’, ‘de­liv­ery’, ‘sched­ules’, ‘stretching’, ‘RAT­ING’, ‘AWARDS’, ‘PRO­MO­TION’, ‘au­dits’ apart from those which gets more tech­ni­cal. The three words high­lighted al­ways come when you have cer­tain spe­cial qual­i­fi­ca­tions, but not al­ways.

The fu­ture

Those qual­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude your man­ager and you be­ing from the same re­gional area or your mother tongues are the same, you get them to party of­ten, you speak high of them al­ways, you be­ing their spy and so on. At­ti­tude, is one word, with which your su­pe­ri­ors would scold you of­ten, “She or he has got an at­ti­tude.” At­ti­tude in their terms mean you are ego­is­tic. Just that , only that. Billing is when your client pays you for your work. But you will be re­ally shocked to see that your com­pany’s share of your pay­ment would be more than yours. It ac­tu­ally af­fects you no way, but still, you will be so wor­ried that you have not be­come bill­able. Only dif­fer­ence is, your on­site coun­ter­part would be as­sign­ing tasks to you when you are bill­able and not those who stay at your floor. But do you know? You can con­vince to skip some work if you aren’t bill­able, that be­comes dif­fi­cult oth­er­wise.

Client visits or audit is when you will be trained to act the way you are sup­posed to be­have on all days. De­liv­ery and sched­ules are nor­mal for clients as they are so sys­tem­atic. To us, they are the warn­ing bells. As they are rung, you need to au­to­mat­i­cally stretch your day at of­fice to com­pen­sate your pro­cras­ti­na­tion till then. If you, by chance, get an award, do not be so en­thu­si­as­tic. In most of the teams, it comes to ev­ery­one me­chan­i­cally or comes to those who re­flect their man­agers more.

The higher you go up the lad­der, the more you hear these words. You will be en­thu­si­as­tic for a few months from the be­gin­ning. Slowly, your tea breaks will get longer. Your lunch ta­bles will have lit­tle food your mom pre­pared and a lot of trou­bles that you pre­pared. You will get more ir­ri­tated when you find peo­ple chit-chat­ting mer­rily at re­strooms or at cafes, where once you had been do­ing them. You will not be able to ap­pear on so­cial net­works as fre­quently as be­fore. How to kill your bore­dom will be your mil­lion dol­lar ques­tion. You will get time only to sleep on week­ends though you will have full 48 hours. Ku­dos to this stress-prone life.

A few will still won­der­fully man­age it, though a ma­jor­ity will strug­gle to get through.

As a small piece of sug­ges­tion, re­mem­ber, of­fice is where your brain needs to work and not your heart. If you lis­ten to your heart sit­ting at your bay, you will have to carry your works home ei­ther in your lap­top or mind at least. If you have time to no­tice, you can un­der­stand you are work­ing for some­one else other than your client and that they’ve got some more time to bend your boss.

Be­ing cau­tious

Be­ware of such smart peo­ple!

This is just a note of cau­tion. In no time you will learn to be smart. And that’s why you start switch­ing jobs fre­quently.

A year or two, you get your pro­mo­tions af­ter com­ing across a lot of un­pro­pi­tious cir­cum­stances.

It is not the nine-let­ter word that gives you hap­pi­ness. Be­cause, you know it brings noth­ing bet­ter than a few more trou­bles. Your six-let­ter word be­comes bulky and that is what is lu­cra­tive in IT and that makes you feel proud to say you work in an IT firm.

The next at­trac­tive part of IT is on­site op­por­tu­nity. You need to tweet: “So cold out here”,”Miss­ing u all guys!!” and a few pho­tos. You will be pre­pared to even sac­ri­fice your rare trips to your home if away and ev­ery com­fort here, just to tweet these few words. Of

As there would be no big en­thu­si­asm once you get into a project and work starts both­er­ing you, I have got a lit­tle space to push in my words start­ing here…

You will come across many jar­gons while in the team like ‘at­ti­tude’, ‘billing’, ‘Client visit’, ‘de­liv­ery’, ‘sched­ules’, ‘stretching’, ‘RAT­ING’, ‘AWARDS’, ‘PRO­MO­TION’, ‘au­dits’ apart from those which gets more tech­ni­cal.

course, it is a beau­ti­ful part of your life. You will be paid more, you feel com­pletely in­de­pen­dent and you will feel great to take up the re­spon­si­bil­ity of sup­port­ing your par­ents fi­nan­cially and oc­ca­sion­ally to take them abroad with you for some time. Agreed!

How­ever, you may miss your beloved ones, healthy foods, good sleep af­ter a spell.

If not cau­tious, you will get a green card along with it a huge debt be­hind your credit card. You will still love that lux­u­ri­ous life!

The life

Still you will go, you will suf­fer, you will earn, you will miss! Your par­ents will be pack­ing raw ma­te­ri­als for you to cook there when­ever you plan a visit. A few years pass. Some come back, a few get set­tled there claim­ing that they re­ally find a bet­ter stan­dard of liv­ing there. Thanks to IT! In­dia is al­ways held low when it comes to stan­dard of liv­ing from IT peo­ples point of view.

Why don’t you go abroad, learn how they main­tain that stan­dard of liv­ing there, come back here and make this place a heaven so that no IT peo­ple in fu­ture pre­fer to stay there per­ma­nently, in­stead your clients come here with all the en­thu­si­asm? You do a lot for peo­ple within your home. Do a lit­tle to those out­side the four walls too. So­cial ser­vice is noth­ing more!

Once in be­tween, you will be com­pelled to fly to In­dia, to get mar­ried, if you stay there for long. But you will need to marry soon be­fore you shed your hairs and grow a tummy in­stead. Any­way your en­gage­ment will hap­pen on­line as you will be en­gaged there oth­er­wise. Par­ents are those who need to be ad­vised first. Please do not en­cour­age your guys or girls to marry some­one sim­ply be­cause they stay abroad. You need to be dou­bly cau­tious es­pe­cially when you are un­able to meet them in per­son.

You marry, you need to con­sider their opin­ion. Sim­ple and ideal de­ci­sion would be tak­ing your spouse on­site with you af­ter mar­riage if she doesn’t work or get a trans­fer if you do. It’s log­i­cal too. Even be­fore en­gage­ment the other per­son would start visa pro­cesses, ap­ply­ing for pass­ports etc. They will love it too. Par­ents are al­ways happy that their daugh­ter or son is liv­ing abroad. Prob­a­bly, they are happy that you won’t dis­turb them any­more!

Though seem­ingly a slight de­vi­a­tion from the topic, I would like to re­mind you that IT does not only af­fect your pro­fes­sional life but also your per­sonal life.

Af­ter a de­tailed fight with your health im­bal­ances, if any, you will get a kid and your par­ents would be the first ones to strike your mind when it comes to tak­ing care of it. Even if not so, you will want your par­ents to be with you to sim­ply en­joy with your kid and to take them around to places nearby. All kith and kin would say, “Those par­ents are so lucky! They fly ev­ery now and then as if US is at their next door!”. The other one would say, “Their son or daugh­ter is earn­ing, and they are go­ing! [deep sigh].

How­ever, most of such par­ents like not just go­ing and stay­ing abroad with their sons, daugh­ters or grand­chil­dren but also at their own place, with a few of their well-wish­ers around. Adding to it, their emo­tional quo­tient, pri­vacy, feel­ing that they are in­de­pen­dent and the at­tach­ment they had with their neigh­bours, friends and rel­a­tives at their place will all be mute though ac­tive in their minds.

In the end

Af­ter spend­ing a lot of your life there, you will get back here per­ma­nently . But, you would have lost many in your life and gained many other by then. Your kids would have got a very good ed­u­ca­tion but would have picked up a dif­fer­ent life­style. They will be to­tally in­de­pen­dent but you can’t guar­an­tee that they will keep up your good name. If so, you may even feel why you had been abroad for so long. Too late! You will have your shields, medals and your prop­er­ties to speak highly of you but very few peo­ple to re­joice them. Wealth, and your po­si­tion in

your com­pany will zip your lips when you meet some.

If you are a boss, the credit is not all yours. It is be­cause, some­body be­side you has worked for you. You for­get that even the se­cu­rity or your com­pany driver re­gards you not as a team lead, or a man­ager. All he knows about you is that you are an em­ployee. Even that recog­ni­tion is not yours. It gets down to your ID tag. Ul­ti­mately your iden­tity as a su­pe­rior shrinks to just 1 or 2% pop­u­la­tion. You are only that much! Come down and calm down !

Fi­nally… you quit! Af­ter you quit, you will not even know what you are fit enough to do. Your hands will be soft only to hit a key on your key­board and noth­ing more. Your man­age­ment skills will be nowhere use­ful, not even use­ful in mak­ing de­ci­sions within your home, as your wife would be more skill­ful in that do­main. If you had saved some­thing for your fu­ture you es­cape! Else, you will feel let down.

You would have seen all good and bad be­fore you are 50. But still your kids will take only the best part of it for build­ing their ca­reers. They will not mind skip­ping a pil­lar in their foun­da­tion.

It is def­i­nitely not all neg­a­tive about IT. IT has been, is and will be a very good place for those who in­tend to lead a de­cent, chal­leng­ing and con­tented life.

Works mat­ter most

You get a hand­some salary. Though you do not use any­thing from what you have learnt in your cur­ricu­lum, you will learn many new ad­vance­ments in tech­nolo­gies. You will come across a va­ri­ety of peo­ple from whom you will learn how to han­dle and min­gle with each one around you, the most re­quired qual­ity in us.

You will learn all what­shoulds and what-nots from the peo­ple there. Wher­ever you go, you need to put ut­most ef­fort to hold your po­si­tion amidst oth­ers. That char­ac­ter of pos­i­tive fight­ing im­proves. But, once you miss the race, your batch­mates will be your bosses!

Self-con­trol is one mantra which can pro­tect you from all evils and per­ils around, be it in a so­cial space or cor­po­rate space.

I have shared this with you… As a fresher, you should feel your feet when you get placed in an IT com­pany and pre­pare your­self for cer­tain changes or chal­lenges you could face.

If you are ex­pe­ri­enced, you will have a lit­tle smile around the cor­ner of your lips wel­com­ing the cool me­mories which never get time to peep out from your sched­ulers, cal­en­dars, alarms and in­ter­preters. I mean your brain.

If you’re a par­ent, you will know why your kid is so en­thu­si­as­tic about get­ting into an IT com­pany and as that of a fu­ture ITian, you will know that you should only lead the kids through their favourite path. Any­thing forced on them will not yield good re­sults pro­fes­sion­ally or per­son­ally.

To stu­dents, IT is not the only place you can sur­vive! You are brainy, then you are the brain of many! If you work hard, you will be your boss! You need not feel de­jected or jeal­ous if your bestie or foe gets into IT and you don’t. If you had gone through the con­tent above, prob­a­bly you may even feel happy if you had been ex­pect­ing a dif­fer­ent life there.

IT is not just you and me. It in­flu­ences life of many and binds on many other eco­nomic is­sues. Be­ing smart is be­ing safe. Do not waste your money if you are es­pe­cially into IT. Save as much as pos­si­ble be­cause you can’t de­cide your des­tiny in your pro­fes­sional ca­reer, es­pe­cially when it is a highly volatile one.

I em­pha­sise the im­por­tance of you be­ing hum­ble al­ways. Too much of en­thu­si­asm will spoil your life! Wish you fu­ture IT peo­ple, good luck!

You get a hand­some salary. Though you do not use any­thing from what you have learnt in your cur­ricu­lum, you will learn many new ad­vance­ments in tech­nolo­gies. You will come across a va­ri­ety of peo­ple from whom you will learn how to han­dle and min­gle with each one around you, the most re­quired qual­ity in us. You will learn all what-shoulds and what-nots from the peo­ple there. Wher­ever you go, you need to put ut­most ef­fort to hold your po­si­tion amidst oth­ers.

Em­ploy­ees dressed in pro­fes­sional at­tire in a cor­po­rate of­fice.

Boss ad­dress­ing the em­ploy­ees at the train­ing ses­sion in an IT com­pany.

IT in­dus­try em­ploys mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide.

Long train­ing, few as­sess­ments and gos­sips are com­mon things in cor­po­rate life.

Self con­trol is nec­es­sary to be in a cor­po­rate space.

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