I'm at loss of words if I'm asked to talk about my first job. I can't imagine the number of days I waited for my joining days. It was the great recession era and hence the joining date for us was delayed by a period of 6 months. I had secured the job through the third year campus placements and by far that was the turning part of my life. My excitement grew more since then but because of the delay it soon faded. There wasn't a single day I didn't refresh my mailbox. But my happiness hiked when I saw the letter.
I had my joining location as Pune. For someone who wasn't used to wake up before 8 and a momma's boy, it was difficult to acclimatise. But I did manage. We underwent an initial training programme to be eligible for projects. After successfully completing the project, a major shock awaited me. I got my first project and I was posted to Noida. By then, this place was known for many wrong reasons. I felt weird and helpless. I tried talking to the HR's but they bluntly asked me to resign if won't join the Noida project. The phase was such that there was not much IT jobs. I had to listen to my mind and when I think about that decision I don't regret.
I somehow joined my project. The positive was that my friend was with me. We both struggled to find a house for rent. When we settled life moved on and there was never looking back. The first day at project , Noida decided to greet us with hailstorms. The solid particle fell on my head and it did hurt me. The wind was so strong that we hugged a tree to save us. Our clothes were messed up as we fell on the puddles. It was embarassing for us to enter our ODC in such a manner. Every one looked at us and it was awkward. I never knew we would meet our Project Manager at such a state. We were given formal Knowledge Transfer and soon we became productive. But there wasn't a single day when I didn't think about my family. I used to cry for hours. During one Skype call, my mother broke in to tears when I informed her that I was having problems with the food. Life had did injustice to me and I had spent sleepless nights. My digestive couldn't digest the nasty foul smelling Rajmah Chawal at our office cafeteria any more. I found solace in a group of Bengali friends. They all loved me as their own.
I got to understand a lot about the various Project models. I worked on the live projects and got to understand the requirements as I closely worked with the business folks. That laid the foundation for what I am today! My Manager understood my plight and soon sent me to Pune.
The First Job is memorable to everyone. I had a troublesome past that even continues till today. But still I have fond memories of my first job. I never had timing issues as I worked in the US shift and flexi hours through out my career. First Job was indeed memorable!