I banged my head on a technical manual on the very first day of my corporate journey ….an anecdote from my journey as a techie

It was in the year of 1996, I just came out from Jadavpur University as a fresh electronics and telecom engineer. I got campus placement from Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL, the only international Telecom player in India at that time). I was on cloud nine, because I got a offer from a Blue chip PSU telecom company.

During this transition time in my life from University room to corporate desk, the  big array of giant of antennas had often fancied me in my dreams , as if I were  on a  grand quest to enter into  the telecom land and darting across the giant antennas   . Finally my D day arrived, it was 9th September 1996, my joining date, I reported VSNL training center at Dighi , Pune . It was the first time , I came out from home . I had home sickness. But, the scenic beauty of VSNL training centre at Dighi made me  spell bound . I felt that my first corporate journey was going to start in a beautiful hilly village.

 After joining at training center on 9th September 1996, we went through grueling training sessions conducted by IIT , IIM professors  . Though my corporate clock started tickling from 9th September 1996, it was like a extended training session in corporate .After completion of training, I got my final posting and joining date on 9th  December 1996 in VSNL corporate office in Mumbai . That was my true corporate call to start my journey. After completion of training in Pune , we directly went to Mumbai Head office   .

On 9th December 1996, I joined technical planning section in VSNL Mumbai Office.  After finishing joining formalities, I got my sitting desk and computer.  On the very first day, I got my PC loaded with Window 95. I was amazed  to the colour screen of my PC  and the shrill screaming of bulky modem ( Dial Up Internet : first avatar of Today’s Broadband ) reminded me the advent of Internet  . My immediate boss Mr. Prasad greeted me on a friendly note . In the morning session, my department head gave me a sample DO, DO NOT advice and my boss also introduced me to other department heads. I got plenty of advice from them. But, my mind was fully preoccupied with technical equations . .For the first time, I came across filing,  office folders , equipment manuals.. In the second half, I jumped onto a big Technology manual (Optical  system by Alcatel ) and made some quick note and smartly approached my boss with  technology FAQ . He was initially uncomfortable, as these were related to very technical designs of the project. (That Alcatel was supposed to handle designs, we should not break our head for that ) , but  he explained patiently  that we need to handle this technology design issues with vendor . My job role was technology planning rather than tech. design. My freshly minted engineering brain was occupied with that technology designs only.

In the whole second half I guzzled the big files , only looking for circuits , equations and related queries raised in the projects . It was then 6 PM , I went my boss room to share  my day’s experience and report  . But, whole report was full of technology, circuit , theory only  . He shared a big smile with me and said “now onward I should look for project related technology issue.”

Finally my first day job  in corporate got over , I came out from Videsh Sanchar Bhavan ( my office building ) , had a proud look at  tall office building  and slowly threw myself into the Mumbai crowd towards VT  station ( now CST ) for reaching home . It was a great learning day for me. Today I feel , that corporate world has changed to a great extend . Fresher has a great role to play to build and enrich the corporate world . That role has to be played from the first day in corporate world.

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3 responses to “I banged my head on a technical manual on the very first day of my corporate journey ….an anecdote from my journey as a techie

  1. Wonderful. I rememered my own first day in office which started in VSNL, Cochin Project office.

    Yes, the corporate world has changed so much. In 1996 while I joined VSNL, there were many inefficiencies but there was more human warmth.

    Now, after almost 14 years, there are many efficiencies (and other inefficiencies) but human warmth has gone down.

    Corporation comes from the Latin word Corporeal, French : Couer – all meaning sentinel beings, feeling, heart.

    Modern corporations, by and large and by design is a very heartless thing.

    And recalling Marx : It is the core of all soulless things, expectation of the most greedy, desire of the subtlest crook and an opium for young men and women

  2. I am really amazed by writing on 1st day in work place. you really a very good writing skill.
    hope in future more and more things we will see through your eyes.

  3. Dear Mr Prosenjit ,

    Thanks for your compliments. I am trying to serve the community by sharing my experience with people .

    Welcoming your views for my future posting .

    Regards ,
    Gobinda

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