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Girl’s Life After #College

Why say the obvious? It’s a world known fact that college life is the best phase of life.

Carefree, stress-free and fun filled days and that too in abundance. Lots of friends, least of budget and still the best of the moments and memories.

But life takes an unexpected turn after college life gets over. While in college, every girl seems to have lot of confidence and even bigger dreams and ambitions of being ‘big in life’ someday. But all this changes and that too in stages. So what are real and drastic changes that the girls face after completing the college?

Job Search

While they start searching for jobs, that confidence and dream of being big starts shaking. In college, girls get used to get attention but while out in the real world as a job aspirant, they get ignored a lot which they are not used to. This brings their confidence level down to a new low.

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At this stage, girls really start thinking about what their professional life will be and how difficult its going to be an achiever among the crowd of professionals. Another realization is that they cannot go in groups like the good old college days. When going for an interview, there are no friends to be with her in transport or during the interview. So she has to manage on her own.

While desperately trying to impress the interviewer, girls also realise that college language which they were famous for is no longer considered as ‘cool’. fuck ya, nope, don giv a damn gets replaced with yes sir, No sir and I will take care of it sir.

First Job

After getting a call that you have got the job, the dreams and confidence are again at the highest level, just the way these used to be during college days. But things start looking very different the very first day in office. First realization is that there is no ‘fresher’s welcome’ like college, infact no one seems to be giving any attention. A new girl in office is as lost as a kid on his first day in a theme park.

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Lots of questions start bombarding the mind and heart and liver and intestine and what not. Am I looking ok?/is my dress appropriate for the office?/should I just bump into everyone and introduce myself anyway?/how and when will I have my lunch and with whom etc. the list of such questions is endless.

When the seat/work station gets allotted, girl is surrounded by many others but no one actually talks to her. All are busy in their own world. Sitting in an office so quite for 8 hours becomes very difficult especially when the girls are used to college canteen gossip for hours. She also gets uncomfortable from the quality of work point of view. No one is asking her what new she can bring on the table and what new ideas she might have about the work. Office just wants her to act like a machine and keep following the traditional work blindly.

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Relationships

College mates and boyfriends are cool to hang out with because they are immature, pure and childish but innocent kinda guys and more importantly they have time, lots of it. But after joining office life, it’s not the case. The childish boyfriend seems irresponsible now. You feel change in you and hence you expect your partner to change too. If you get non-stop messages during office hours, you will get irritated because everyone sitting around you in office seem so formal and artificially so well behaved.

All of a sudden, the requirement of a cool guy changes into a requirement of a responsible man. And hang on, parents also play their part very well in this. ‘You have graduated, you have got the job, so next step should be obvious, you should settle down now’, does this sound familiar? Oh yes, it does. If you are in any Asian country, this is the usual sentence parents use for their kids post college.

In short, life in real world outside college is very different. It is dynamic yet boring, its routine yet interesting, its artificial yet reality of life. iChhori suggests that you go out there and learn as much as you can. Try, execute, fail and try again with passion. Keep your cool, build your confidence and conquer it!

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Will I get a job?

Before you pass the judgement, let me introduce my candidature to you. I am MBA (Human Resource Management) from a tier I institute and a commerce graduate from Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi. And I have been a great speaker and comparer at my college level. I can speak English fluently and I have got very good listening skills. My introduction seems to be an impressive one, doesn’t it? BUT this is not what my potential employers seem to be interested in!

They are in search of something special, which I probably am lacking. Just like any other aspirant, I have got my CV made by naukri.com team and have subscribed to their premier service of flashing my CV to potential recruiters. And it has resulted into some interview calls from good companies. Responding to the calls, I have followed all the steps which an obedient and sincere (read desperate!) job seeker would do. I have attended interviews in formal dress which I had to buy just to impress the HR personnel of those so called ‘good’ companies. I practiced my answers for the interviews questions, many a times, in front of the mirror.

But wherever I go for the interviews, the male candidates look at everything except my CV and my credentials. Size of my breasts seems to score more than my distinction in MBA. They are more interested in my hobbies and who I live with rather than my HR skill sets. Once I went to an office, I was asked to goto CEO’s directly. I was bit shocked as HR usually takes the first round of the interview. Anyway, I followed the office boy who escorted me to the CEO room. All I could see there was the back of a big chair and a big computer screen. I hardly had entered the room and I heard ‘sit down’ voice coming out of that big chair. I took the seat hesitantly and placed my credentials on the table. Chair turns towards me and I see a smiling, old and bald boss staring at me. He looked at my face for about a second and then spent rest of the minute by scanning the contours of my timid body.  ‘Relax, no need to be nervous’ he says to me, while still staring at my neckline. I was quite uncomfortable but said to myself that it’s natural to be nervous in the interview. I slide my CV towards him and he slides it back to me and says ‘no need of a CV, I have even seen your FB profile’. I was shocked not because he has seen my FB profile but by the way he looked at me while disclosing this piece of info to me.

Without asking any academic or skill related question, he asks, ‘are you comfortable in travelling with the CEO on business meetings?’ I wondered why HR employee needs to travel with the CEO for business meetings. Before I could answer the peculiar question, he adds that ‘it will be FUN’ while giving special emphasise on the word ‘fun’. At that point I could sense that it’s not my HR skill set but something else that he is looking for in return for a salary. But I was not ready at all to be a volunteered corporate slave. I smiled, gathered my credentials and ask, ‘Sir, do you have a daughter?’ He replies, ‘Yes, why?’ I added, ‘does she travel for business meetings?’ He gets visibly upset and before he could say anything, I gather my stuff and leave the chair saying ‘it must be fun’!

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