The last week, June 25 to be precise, I completed 15 years of joining the IT industry. It was an event that has had long term impact on me and my family. I can look back at life and point to this date with certainty and say, “That day there, it changed my life.” Nothing has ever had as much of an impact as this day in life.
Prior to that, though I was a computer programmer, I was working in one of the user companies and even after close to 6 years of work experience, life had really not taken off. To add to it, we had 6 full day work weeks. With a toddler in tow and living in a joint family, I did feel at times that there was nothing much to look up to in life.
When I had resumed work post my first son’s birth, I was surprised to find that my company had moved on from custom software to an ERP system called SAP. For me at that stage, it was a software I had not even heard about. And my IT Manager was a new guy. Not knowing what the future will hold, I went about it and could barely focus on work with visions of being obsolete and removed from the job.
Life had other plans. The IT Manager gave me the option to choose between Web Designing and SAP. Web Designing and Java were hot at that time and everyone was doing it. I knew my limitations on the creative aspects. But, the other option was unknown. Here, my friend, suggested that I should take the leap into SAP as there was nothing to lose anyway. The company wanted me to pick up the new software on my own as training was outrageously expensive then for SAP. Continue reading