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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