Sunday, November 16, 2008

How was my CAT ?

today I woke up early in the morning to pray........ I do this regularly on every exam day :). Then as usual I got some call from my friends wishing me luck.

But I knew luck is not going to help me much. What would help me is the ability to keep myself calm under strenuous conditions. So I did not bother studying and went on to have my breakfast.

I left home by 8:45 and reached the test venue(St.Josephs college)at 9:00. I saw very few members at the gate and thought that, not much of them are as punctual as me and wouldn't have come so early. I did not realize that I was at the back gate of the college until I saw two beautiful girls climbing down the Benz(C-class). One was a bit stout and had a even more fat book in her hand. She seemed as though she knew what questions were coming in the CAT and so memorizing only those questions. The other girl had a beautiful smile on her face, yet seemed nervous and had a pageful of formulas hand written.

These girls asked the person standing beside me the address for the main gate.... He pointed towards the main gate and they moved along as I followed them. There was a very huge crowd waiting for the gate to be opened. The time was 9:30 by then and the administers had told the gate will be opened only at 9:45.

i had just had a look at my competitors and felt the jerk. Some had that nervousness. some were very anxious and discussing about what surprises can this CAT turn up. I also heard some one who has come all the way from ahemadabad to write this CAT, not because he had prepared well for CAT, but because he had feared recession and lay offs. After a while I found out that he is working in TCS. Many of his friends were laid off by the same company recently.

We went in at 9:45 pm and took our seats. The proceedings began at 10:00, and for half an hour there were OMR sheets to be filled and Instructions to be read.

At 10:30 we were allowed to open our test booklet.
As usual in CAT there were three sections. Section I and II consisting of 25 questions and section3(verbal) consisting of 40 questions.

I took up verbal because of the amount of questions involved. I really don't know how well I have performed. But to be frank. I took a lot of chances in all the three sections. I attended 21,10,8 questions respectively in verbal,quant,DI. I couldn't attend much in the DI due to time constraint. I was hoping DI to be easy and took time for quants from DI section.

The paper maybe termed as challenging. some were straight forward while many were actually tough.

I was in a bad mood after doing the CAT so badly. As I saw the grim faces when I walked out of the room...the tension eased a bit....every one were even more anxious looking than they were before CAT. Each one of us had that baffled look. No discussions nothing, I just came back to the parking place...and leaned over my bike to see the same two females whom I saw when I entered this place.

This time the picture was different. The girl who I said was a bit stout had tears in her eyes. She was explaining her friend how much she had worked for this day. It seemed like the other was condoling her and also feeling pity about herself in her heart.

I thought to myself. This is not the end of life !!!!!!!

OR IS IT ???

Sunday, June 29, 2008

To be a better professional

1) The harvest come only in the long haul:
Job satisfaction,
Do you have that ? If you answer NO then, working towards your long term goal will give you a job satisfaction, you always aspired for. If you have too many choices before you then zero in on one and move towards it. No point in living someone else's dream.

We always try and find solution to get out of the situation we are in. I hate coding, IT industry has taken my self, I don't have free time and I am a looser in my personal life all these are an attempt to get out of thing which we don't love.

So, what to do, if my goal is not related to the industry am working in ?
You got to understand that the work you do now is essentially required to make you a better professional. Irrespective of what work you do, remember you are being molded as a professional.

2) Work Unsupervised - remember you are the system:
You should be able to create your own work, structure it and deliver it with minimal supervision or none at all. The ability to work unsupervised and the ability to reach out and ask for help are the critical requirements of a professional. In a managerial language be proactive. You might have heard your manager use it many times :).

3) Think on Big. Act on Small:
Remember you have been given a part of job which has been assigned to your boss. Keeping the big picture in mind will help you to get inline with the picture and construct a small deliverable in accordance. The ability to focus on today and moving towards tomorrow is an uncommon quality that is a pre-requisite for a better professional.

4) Things do not work as per plan -- do not get flustered:
They do not work as planned, do they ? You wake up in the morning planning to finish the work assigned to you by 6:30 pm and moving to a movie. With enthusiasm you start your work to find you need your peer's help who is not in his seat :) . Then your boss calls you and asks you to finish some adhoc work, which you had not anticipated. While you were busy doing that work your peer would have come and gone telling he will meet you at 6:00 pm.

At 7:00 as you plan to move out of office, your boss interjects to remind that you have not yet finished the work assigned to you yesterday!!!!!. Looks similar to your own experience ?

As things fail to happen per plan, there is an inevitable period of confusion and self-doubt. To change rapidly is also a important characteristic of a professional.

5) Be Self-Confident:
Every organisation needs them(self confident people) and needs them badly. People who know that irrespective of the outcome, at a personal level they will emerge rich in experience. This is the important trait to be a better proffesional. Just observe, you will find people with this trait excelling in getting more oppurtunities and appreciation from your managers. No matter how good you are you got to display your confidence to excel in a work place and climb up a corporate ladder. This is where many of us flounder, and give way to the people who know how to maintain their equanimity.
Remember if you are not depending on your confidence then you are actually depending on someone else's confidence.

Is depending on others confidence better ?

Be a better professional, follow the five rules

1) The harvest come only in the long haul

2) Work Unsupervised - remember you are the system

3) Think on Big. Act on Small.

4) Things do not work as per plan -- do not get flustered

5) Be Self-Confident

All the best ........... Let me know if this article was worth reading (Comments are welcome).

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