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.
I had a two hour commute everyday one-way. And that was the only time I had nothing to do besides getting crushed in the train. So, I got my ABAP book and would study during the commute to and from work. During the day at work, I would spend practicing all that I learnt. After months of hard work, the silver lining happened. Another friend of mine put me up for interview at his office. The interviewer was his friend and I had the questions beforehand. The new job was to give me a four-fold increase in pay. I felt nothing could go wrong. But, I failed miserably at the interview and I cried for days about the lost opportunity. My friend persisted and set me up for another interview through another friend. But, because of the previous experience, I was determined to give the correct answers. This time, I brushed up on my knowledge and also checked interview questions on the internet and went well-prepared.
After a one hour grilling in technical questions, I was appointed. And as you say, the rest is history. The change into the IT sector completely transformed our lives. It has given financial security, more opportunities and also working with some of the best companies in the world.
And I also realised that, when you hit rock bottom, there is no where to go, but up. Life gives us many opportunities. It is upto us to grab it with both hands and never let go. Hard work will definitely see results and fulfill our wishes beyond our wildest imaginations.