I am probably one of the very few who thinks about quitting job on the first day in a company as a fresher! Yes, I wanted to resign the day I joined TCS! I was determined to get the hell out of the I.T. Giant after serving my 2 years bond period after saving as much as I can, money being the sole reason for joining the company!
Training period was very much enjoyed by me in Trivandrum, I mean, the time outside office! Second phase training luckily brought me back to Chennai. Everyday was filled with agony and boredom in the second phase, the thought to quit increasing everyday! Then came the blissful 5 months of "Benching" - employed and paid for no work, not even going to office!
The luxury of getting an intact pay-slip at the end of every month without going even a single day to office was just too much! Finally, I got into a project, which ended up being my first and last in TCS.
My mom always said, I never cried to go to school as a kid, but alas, here I was, 22 year old and crying (literally) everyday to go to office. The honest truth is, my project treated me quite well, in fact, better than how my close friends' projects treated them. When they used to slog hard even in the weekends, I was happy with just 9*5 job and most of the days even less than 9 hours.
I got good ratings, learned the art of team work, managing a team as a lead, diplomacy with clients and in particular how to effectively project yourself to everyone at the right place and right time! In spite of a very smooth and peaceful office atmosphere, I detested it from the deepest part of my heart! I always felt that this is not where I belong to. The only problem was, I did not know or found where exactly I belonged to!
Now after 3 years and 8 months, I seem to have found a place where I might actually feel a sense of belonging and job satisfaction. Yes, it is a risk in terms of salary and other benefits, but compromises ought to be made at any point. When the cost of living is soaring sky high, I have opted for a demotion in terms of money, but, as we all know, Money is not everything!
TCS has shown me what I want and what I do not want! It gave me opportunity to learn and analyze about myself. Most importantly, it taught me the art of Money Management when you have in surplus!
Now it is time for me to bid Goodbye to never ending tiresome bus travel, monotonous everyday, point-less meetings, treats at big hotels where I feel like a misfit, clients who behave like GODS, politics that get on to my nerves, hefty paychecks at the end of every month and all CORPORATE benefits in general! GOODBYE TCS!
I am taking a new birth as a teacher loading all my hopes and anxiety on the hands of GOD! Wish me GOOD LUCK!