June 15th 2011 was one of the important days of ma life. It was ma first day of my work in IT industry in the shape of SOFTWARE AG. I was placed through college placement as an intern. Frankly speaking, i wasn’t expecting an offer because i thot i need to prepare myself more to get into IT industry, but luck favored me and i got selected into the company.
Its been more than an year now in Software AG and i had many experiences (good and bad). Prior joining to the company, i was very much afraid or rather say hesitated because i never wore formals in my life. Its a serious NO-NO to my wardrobe. After getting selected, i started buying formals clothes and ma friends gifted me with clothes as gift. I felt very uneasy in formals as i wasn’t comfortable in it. One the 1st day of office, the first person to meet was Mrs. Mythri Kulkarni, she was the HR of the company. she greeted us and took us to one of the conf. room and told me and pradeep to sit there. After few mins, there were two guys who entered the conf. room and sat in front of us. They introduced us as SHANAWAZ MANIYAR and SHANKERRAPPA SAJJAN from RVCE college. These two people were talking in english contionously and tried impressing us but everthing went to vain when we asked about their natives 🙂 :). One of them was from hubli and other from bidar. Then we stopped talking in english and started talking in proper kannada (uttar karnataka style). Then we filled up the formalities and went to respective teams. I was into BPM team and was greeted by Vidya Bhagwat, Nabin Singh, Harish Limba and Praneetha. Vidya was the one who was leading the team by then. The 1st thing which i felt was the warmth with which vidya welcomed me and made me comfortable with in the team. I still have great respect to her and treat her as my mentor. She was very polite to many of my mistakes and always corrected me so that i can understand well enough.
Time slowly started moving fastly and i was getting used to the office environment. I stopped wearing formals and was back to my best in causal wears as company wasn’t strict on dress code :). Then after few months, i was shifted to different team called SUSTAINING TEAM which was led by Rekha. I started to learn more about automation tools under the guidance of Geetha and Karthik. They taught me in different areas and made me understand various concepts. Sometimes there was enough pressure put but that brought best in me and worst also of-course. I slowly got accustomed to the work and started gaining more knowledge. And from the friends circle at office, it was also growing and i made many more friends. Rekha was another person who understood me well and always guided me in correct way. There were many people too but as she was the manager and my interaction was more with her, he bonded well and always used to suggest me to improve in different areas by giving feedback. Then one of the saddest moments of the company happened, when one of our colleague died in accident. It was all of a sudden this mishap happened which shook many people including me. It took many days to recover from that incident (we still remember him in many ways). After few days, somewhere in the mid of september i was appointed as the employee of Software AG. It was like a shock for me which i didn’t expect. Later i shifted to other team name called Software Update Manager (SUM).
One day, we all friends planned to have lunch outside office @ 24 tech hotel in our tech park. We were a gang of 12-15 people and were enjoying so much at office and outside too. This was the first outing with in friends which we had and captured in the pictures.
I wanted to get involved in office extra activities so joined Employee club which plans events for the company. We had many events in the past one year like Annual day Celebrations, trip to wonder la, Indoor sports tournament, cricket championship etc. We had loads of fun organizing events and also managing to work.
We performed at annual day celebrations of the year 2011 which was the coolest things happened at Software AG. We did loads of practice for dance and skit (in which i played the role of DON 🙂 ). That night was filled with fun and enthusiasm.
Then we organised Indoor Sports Tournament which included chess, TT, Carrom and FoosBall. It was almost one moth event and was so much to see players wining and others cheering them up. Rohit aka roti (as we call him) and me were handling the duty to make the tournament successful and in a way we did a very good job.
There was cricket championship which was conducted recently by employee club which turned out to be success. I believe every company should have a small team or club which should arrange activities which keeps them interested i work and also brings relaxation to mind. As per today, i have made many friends like pradeep, shanawaz, akshay, bapi, shankerappa, chandra, harsha, prashanth, kalpan, biswa, amit, manish, nadaf etc (sorry if i missed anyone). We have fultoo fun at office especially me, bapi and akshay. I can say it has been one cherishable year @ SOFWTARE AG.