The first day on the Job is similar to the first day in a Relationship or your first day at School, for most of the times you don’t have any idea what you are getting into. On the first day, any first day, we’re expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we’re entering, but we don’t know those rules and customs just yet. You’ve heard it a million times: First impressions are important. It’s human nature to make assumptions about unfamiliar people. In other words, people tend to sleep a little easier when they’ve decided exactly what ‘type’ of person you are. Before I get into the experiences of my first day at Job, let’s go back to the college.
Rewinding a lil, back to the days when I was still at college, it was all about self-discovery, beer, learning (not the academic stuff), beer, making lifelong friends, beer, love in between, beer, planning for the future, boundless energy and beer :). Most of us have been there and done that and yet there is nothing more lyrical in life than the last few days of college. You know that you have a great new life, exams (trust me, the last exams are the least you care for and sometimes it brings a lot of trouble for you) and mark sheets waiting for you at the end of the road. A good job, maybe a great pay and loads of independence that you craved for all these years is awaiting you and yet there is a part of you that is happy to be stuck in college because you know that these joyful carefree days will never come back.
Coming back to 28th May, 2012 i.e. my very 1st day at my very 1st Job, pulse rising, heartbeat taking a skip, getting ready for office, all in a fancy hotel room (provided by the company :)), I was thinking about the last few years of my life and praying to God that the next few should turn out to be a tad more worth living. It’s always nice to have someone you know beside you while entering a danger zone and luckily I had Gulshan (the ever charming boy) to face the music alongside me. As it happens on your 1st date with a girl, we reached office before time (8:50 am to be exact). Nerves settled down with time and we saw new faces entering one after another, everyone looking at us with a sense of amazement as if we just landed from the Bannerghatta National Park. Sessions were the theme of the day, ranging from company policies to analytics, all sorts of bullets fired our way. At 1:30 pm it was time for ‘Fresher’s Welcome Lunch’ bringing smile to our faces. Having lunch on the 1st day with your boss, only start-ups can provide such an opportunity and we relished it. At lunch Vishnu (the proactive dude) stole all the limelight with his college stories :P. At 4:30 pm, sessions ended and that brought the end to a memorable day and one of great significance in our lives.
Thus Affine welcomed us, the very first group of freshers to its ever-growing family, a family that is set to rise and leap ahead.