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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MY FORAY INTO THE CORPORATE WORLD – THE TRAINING

Before I start rambling, I have specific messages for my readers. Identify which category you come under and read the appropriate message. I know you are anyway going to peek into all of them so I’m not even going to try and ask you not to.

Regular Readers
The regular readers: Hopefully, a few of you have missed me and I apologize for the inactivity on my blog for almost a month. The corporate world is trying to screw me over but trust me, I’m fighting back.

The not so regular readers but who still like my blog: I’m sure you wouldn’t have even noticed the lack of activity on the blog but I’m back, alive and kicking.
Indifferent Readers



The indifferent lot:  You really think I have a message for you?

The ones who were glad I was gone: Too bad. Party is over fellas.

Now that we are done with the pleasantries, let’s get down to the real business.

The excitement of being in my first job disappeared faster than I change the channel playing ridiculous saas-bahu drama. The training period, as we discovered, was not very different from college, except for a few added advantages, which were neutralized by some new disadvantages. Here are a few of them:

Advantages:

1)    Paid to study. Really helps in motivation.
2)    Totally air-conditioned environment. Conducive to sleeping and passing time faster.
3)     Most time devoted to hands on experience; hence we didn’t have to endure too many boring lectures.

Disadvantages:

1)    CANNOT BUNK! This disadvantage can brush aside the entire advantages single handed.
2)     Need to dress up formally with a tie, 4 days a week. Might not sound like a big deal but it is pretty painful if you are not used to it.

The new boys at work
Since training was quite like college, with most of us actually from the same college, the atmosphere wasn't new or alien. We made the training centre our own. The administration ignored our boisterous and crass behaviour initially, attributing it to excitement of being in a new environment. They were under the impression that things would get back to normal in the course of time. They couldn't have been more wrong – we were just getting started.

The administrators were up for a shocker and I can’t blame them for it. The training centre is usually filled with nervous and scared looking grads, so much so, that trainers have to go out of their way to make these poor fellows feel comfortable.  However, our batch had a stark difference. We were a vociferous and riotous bunch, who were here to have fun while making that little money. A kind they weren’t used to.


The first month went like a breeze- we did our thing, the administrators and HRs did theirs, there was complete harmony in the disharmony. Life couldn't have been better. But what's life without a twist.

Things were beginning to change. There was an unusual silence that day in the office, the kind before a storm. For a second I thought I had come to work on a holiday. However, I soon realised that things were not all okay here. There was a shift in the mood. 

Those few nervous moments
I soon came to know that somebody had complained. It was college all over again – administration on our back, threats, rumours and total drama followed. The training had taken a whole new direction. People walking in groups were stopped and questioned, an idle terminal would require an explanation and that a high profile enquiry would be conducted to find the culprit who spat paan in the dustbin; events that were highly unexpected.

A couple of weeks to go, the exit tests would decide our fate, nobody wanted to mess around. There was an eerie silence in the air; supervisors would take rounds 7-8 times a day; juniors were asked to stay away from our batch or meet our fate.

We spent our last few days amidst threats and warnings, gave our tests and kept our fingers crossed. The “extension list” was quite an anticlimax. Most of the trainees had cleared the tests and would soon be mapped to various projects. Hurray! Not really. We were just waiting to be put on the bench and enjoy a few days of paid vacation.

Right through the training period, we were told, “The training is the honeymoon period, enjoy all you want, this would all change once you get into a project”.


Now that apparent "honeymoon period" is over, let’s see if this marriage is going to be a "lived happily ever after" or end in a divorce. Only time will tell.

Author's note: The other posts in the "My foray into the corporate world" series are

My foray into the corporate world – Prologue

My foray into the corporate world – post prologue


8 comments:

TinTo said...

hehehe.... Trained to be Notorious ain't ya..???

and "honeymoon period" huh?? did u know that Amazon, CTS, Intergraph and couple of other corporates in HYD used that same bloody phrase during the training...!!! :D

i wonder where did these guys get THEIR TRAINING from??? it can't be a co-incidence... ;)

isha.. said...

well it clearly reflects how awesome ur honeymoon was :P all d best for real life ;)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@TinTo: Absolutely ;)
Really?? WOW! That's news to me...I guess the trainers are all trained at the same place. It might just be called the "honeymoon training academy" ;) :P

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Isha --- It sure was :D thank you...let's see what the future holds :)

ABI said...

i bet ur "honeymoon period" cudn hv got any zanier(trainees spit "paan" in d trash,,in TCS.. WOOOW.. LMAO) and sad as well (awww):P :P

loved d blog.. keep t coming.. :D

Ashish Kalsi said...

@Abi-- well the paan spitting incident was a one off thing...and it was in the dust bin anyway...
n thank you :)

Ashish Kalsi said...

@TinTo: Absolutely ;)
Really?? WOW! That's news to me...I guess the trainers are all trained at the same place. It might just be called the "honeymoon training academy" ;) :P

ABI said...

i bet ur "honeymoon period" cudn hv got any zanier(trainees spit "paan" in d trash,,in TCS.. WOOOW.. LMAO) and sad as well (awww):P :P

loved d blog.. keep t coming.. :D