Job experiences teach you many things beyond polishing your skill-sets. These learnings tend to be your guidelines for the coming times in personal and professional life.
The ‘My First Job’ captures this essence from the industry leaders. Here is an account from Gurinder Bhatti, Chairman & Managing Director, ESS Global:
‘My First Job’ was:
I started very early in life, I remember I used to support my father in his business of cable. During my holidays and after school hours I used to work for him for collection of payment and also do the wiring for laying down the cable connections
Because of my early start and understanding how difficult it is to earn money, I realized the value of money and all the hard work goes behind earning your living. It helped me realizing that there are no free lunches in the world. I used to work with the electricians and engineers employed by my father on ground. Being the owner’s son I was not sitting in the cabin rather I was in the field. Even till date I spend significant amount of time meeting new clients as the purpose is not only to generate business but to be very close to the pulse of the market and change with the changing trends and make new products and services to be offered to clients
Things I learnt:
As mentioned above with my first job I learned how important it is to work hard to be successful and value of money.
Skills I Acquired:
The skills I acquired with the job were being a problem solver. Its very important to understand that everyone can talk about the problems but people value the person who can be a solution provider. Till date I value the people inside and outside my organization who come up with the solutions to the challenging problems rather those who just come with endless problems. This is the skill which I acquired and I apply it everywhere. Another important skill I have acquired is to be far sighted and take the bigger picture and work towards it as shortcuts only leads to short time success which fades away with passing time. I believe that in today’s world its all about team efforts and I truly believe in the statement once quoted by Mr. Ratan Tata that alone you can walk fast, to walk far you need to take everybody along.
My Manager’s Teaching:
My first manager was my father and the first lesson he taught me was to be fair to your stakeholders. He didn’t give me any preferential treatment at the work rather he pushed me around to work hard along with others. He was firm believer that your success lies in your meritocracy and things don’t come on platter. You have to work hard to achieve success only then you will be able to value it and enjoy it.
My Journey So Far:
I firmly believe the statement of Steve Jobs choose the work you love and you never have to work for a single day in your life. I quite often say that my work is my girl friend. Journey so far has been incredible and blissful. I look forward to every day to get back to work and see how I can further simplify the things and add value. I have failed numerous times till the time I have tasted the success. Failures don’t put me off rather they add on to my experiences and I quite openly call them as my learning cost. The more learning cost I am incurring, the more successful I will be.
Turning Point in my Career:
Turning point of my career was when I went abroad for my higher studies and I spotted the opportunity that there is a huge gap. I still remember people used to take illegal means to go abroad, their was lack of knowledge among them. I realized and sensed the business opportunity and decided to make my career out of it and ventured into the business. It was not the rosy start as I still remember that when I started I had Rs 3000 in hands and no family support. But luck favored and my hard work paid and I am where I am.
My most crucial step/assignment:
The most crucial step was when I disclosed my family that instead of studying what they have sent me for abroad, I want to start my business and I don’t want to study anymore. They didn’t support me and I was absolutely alone at that time standing at the juncture where on one side was my family and on the other side was my dream. I chose to follow my dream but that was the most crucial time of choosing one out of the two for the time being and proceed further.
My advice to the employees would be to be problem solver. Solutions to the difficult problems also lie in front of you but sometimes you are not able to see them. Don’t panic in tough times as tough times are like the phase which passes by and only the people with strong attitude and strength are able to survive. Don’t work for your living rather work for your passion. Do the job which you love the most, the chances are very high that you will be able to be very successful rather than doing a monotonous job which you don’t like.
Where I see myself 5 years from here:
5 years from now I see myself being running 10 different businesses successfully and generating more employment. I see myself creating a workplace where people enjoy working as I believe if they enjoy their work than the outcome can be much more productive. I always tell my employees you take care of my customers and I will take care of your family. I see myself working towards the same and achieving the goal. I see myself simplifying the process for all the stakeholders and keep on adding the value in the entire process.
Source: Times Jobs