Finally after a 3 month hiatus, I am back on this page. Well my life has been such a crap nowadays that I do not even feel like doing anything worth while.
Now that the placement season has started for the juniors back at joka, I was reminded of the standard question which most of us would have faced in any interview. It could be either framed as “What are your long-term/ short term objectives?” or as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?”
This just got me thinking. Now that it is more than 5 years since I started my first job, I thought how about having a look back and seeing what I have achieved in the last 5 years to the date.
|5 years before||Now|
|Was a fresh Software Engineer who had passed out of college the previous year||Am a fresh MBA Graduate who has passed out of college the previous year|
|Was working in a well known IT company||Am working in a little known IT company|
|Was testing a software application||Am still testing a software application|
|Was paid peanuts for what I was doing||Am paid peanuts for what I am doing|
|Was frustrated with my life||Am frustrated with my life|
|Had put in my papers with a job in hand||Thinking of putting in my papers even without a job in hand|
|Had plans of going for further studies||Thinking of taking certification, but intimidated by the cost and doubting the usefulness of the same|
Well, at the first look, it looks like I haven’t achieved anything. But as far as I see it, my life has moved a full circle. In the intervening 5 years, my life has moved from the abyss I was in, in an upward spiral at my new job and culminating in getting into one of the leading B-schools in India and then moving in a downward spiral, culminating in me passing out of the institute in the peak of the worst recession after the great depression and getting stuck in this place with no exit path in view apart from the above said one.
I do know there has to be another cycle starting somewhere (unless this continues as a further downward spiral till 2012 and the world actually ends taking me with it). But I just could not see the goddamn exit out of this present cycle to start the upward spiral of the next one. I have been looking out for that for a long time and apart from a couple of mirages there is nothing my tiring eyes can find in the horizon.