Hey anks!!! and I turned back to see myself standing there all chirpy(no, it was not mirror :P ) , but here I was two years younger all full of enthusiasm and a zeal to go ahead in world and prove myself!! Though it’s still their but little coat of dust has come in the way or maybe my tired eyes are not able to recognize that I was like that before.
Whatever be the case, things have changed in the past two years! The change was not this apparent when I (Me@4th year) looked back at Me@2nd year! But this evolution is visible now (No, I haven't grown extra pair of hands in this period of evolution..but yes, You can say that I have grown them if you take into account the actual work I do now compared to college tending to zero work :D)
Training was a good fun part of professional world I say, because it was much alike college life rather than office one (with much more discipline than either of two) but after that we all faced the reality, the ugly truth about professional life. It was then I realized in college only the first layer of cake was being baked all through these years and I have a long way to go to finally put a cherry on top of it.
There are some things which you cannot just read and learn, you have to experience it around and learn from it. This applies to many things in life but in office, I would say you will find it most. Writing emails was never a thing to learn (We are writing them since we had our first access to internet, don’t we?) and it felt absurd when we were given a proper scheduled session on writing emails and were given some web based sessions also. But now realized that yes, effective email writing is an art and CC is a big tool to get your work done. Higher post person id getting added with each reminder was a mystery initially. And here, seldom is the time when work gets done just by saying it, useless mails are mostly required to keep everything documented.Oh, ya!
And, even if you are the most unpopular guy/girl in your whole school-college life and always longed to have your birthday-cake cut with your dwindling group, office will be heaven for you as you will get invites to all parties, your birthday cake will be cut and will be smashed on your face as well. :D
One thing positive which I have filtered from the rest is (No, it’s not wait for salary day: D, though it still remains the most favored thing) how shy and naive you are all the years before, you have to shed those traits at least partially to be counted as normal. You become more street smart while you are working. You have to raise your voice when time and your role requires that. And one more thing, whatever work one is doing, that person is constantly managing both the set of people -higher and lower in ladder to survive in this race.
There are always parties, outings and team-lunch outs and chit-chat @evening snacks breaks that you always look forward to as treats to all-day work and which balances the more serious 'Issues' in workplace.
That is just the beginning and I hope I evolve as much better person and professional in the coming years.