It’s October 17th. I had been waiting for this day since months. A complete one-year since I’m thriving in corporate life; my job anniversary. I feel like “yay!! Completed one year successfully”. But then, this delight from heart doesn’t stand a minute as my mind urges me to think what have I actually gained, what have I learnt or what I’ve lost.
My mind goes blank for a few seconds. These questions are really hard to be answered. I don’t know from where to start and how to continue. Still, my mind compels me to go through this. Yes! I’ve got to answer these questions, I’ve got to analyse this last year of mine as this was the first year of my first job and plays a crucial role in coming years. I’ve got to put aside the feelings of doing ‘Cheers and Beers’ on this day and sit down to brainstorm to interpret this last year of mine.
Lessons I learnt:
- So, what I’ve known so far is ‘we learn nothing in the first year’. By this phrase I mean the technical stuffs. Here, it may be quite offensive to some people. Yes! We learn many much of the technical things but I think that may not be enough to start the journey in any profession. The first year of the job only let us introduce ourselves with the corporate life; how it’s different from the life we’ve lived before? How to tackle the hurdles? And How to thrive?
- The first thing I’ve come to know is ‘Boss is always right’. I had heard this thing before as well but now I’ve experienced. Moreover, to correct it, I’d say ‘Boss/Senior is always right’. No matter, how good and correct you are, if you are a subordinate, then you gotta bow down. I’m really sorry if this thing sounds offensive to anyone or any senior colleagues of mine (if you are reading), but this is the reality and I know everyone has gone through the same condition.But, I haven’t taken this thing negatively. It indeed helps to bolster ourselves in exploring and flourishing the journey.
- The one thing I really hate about this life is the ‘Time Management’, which we cannot maintain. It feels like we have no social/personal life. We have family, relatives, private works, friends but handling everything become too arduous task for us. The daily schedule from morning to evening and the hectic work throughout the day suck all the energy from our body that we get no courage of doing anything after the office time. Well, it may be wrong for others but for the people like me ‘lazybones’, it’s really hard.
- They say, ‘Honesty and Handwork’ always pay off. But, I’ve also heard that ‘The hard workers go home with smallest paychecks‘. Here, I don’t wanna demotivate or spread negativity but what I’m saying is this proverb which I’ve heard is also applicable. So, ‘Work Smart not Hard’. And I’ve felt this thing in this first 365 days of working.
- “The thing with thriving in corporate life is not how technically skillful you are but how skillfully you can sell yourself in the market“. I had talked about this thing already before in my Facebook page feed. So, there’s not only technically skills that one should own to flourish in corporate life but there’s a lot of things to keep in mind like the personality maintenance, soft skills, handling clients, communication skills and the ability to make a healthy relationship among the colleagues and clients. And this is how you sell yourself in the market.
- See, before getting any job, the only thing we want is ‘to work’. So, did I. All we think is to get a job and the satisfaction we need. I was really frustrated with that period of life where unemployment, no idea about the future and responsibility strike at a same time. But, I don’t think if job satisfies anyone. Rather than the work load, tiredness and pressure make us wonder ‘why the hell I was crying to get a job?’ But then, it’s the only thing that feeds you twice a day and provides you a roof to live under. No pain, no gain. You gotta admit.
- And remuneration thing: well, let’s not talk about that 😀
Wrapping it up, I’d say the experience till this day since last year has been very helpful and productive for me personally. It has taught me specially to get ready to live a real life. The life you lived before was nothing, like you had seen nothing, experienced nothing, felt nothing. Yes! sometime you may go through those bemused times when you may think like ‘maybe it was a mistake going for this job at this particular time’, maybe you will regret one or twice. But then, you should keep this in mind that regretting is never advantageous. It brings nothing but depression. So, you gotta look forward, stay energetic always, never think to regret, keep struggling, stay optimistic and do whatever you are doing with you heart and mind.
Moreover, Living a corporate life in Nepal particularly is a real struggle. You may never get satisfied with money (that usually doesn’t happen anywhere) but if you are in a right place with right work then Bingo! That’s your achievement. Thank God! I’ve got the one, which I’ve always wanted to do.