2016 has brought up a professional change in my life. I switched organizations, and with that I switched almost everything I had previously with me, either completely or partially. Some important transitions I had to make in myself due to shift in my job are:
- In 2016, from a 210+ year old US organization, I moved to a 70+ year old Indian organization. As expected there is a drastic difference in the two set ups as both are driven by policies which are originated from the laws of their parent country. Therefore all these years what I assumed would be a mandate, was actually not as per law, for eg. allocation of privilege leaves in advance and after successful completion of certain period in the organization etc.
- Second transition was from a national capital city, Delhi, to a tier-3 city, Udaipur. Living in both have their own pros and cons. From a fast paced life, I moved to a relaxing and a slow life. From a heavy traffic daily commuting time of 4 hours, I moved to an un-managed lesser traffic with daily commuting time of 40 minutes. Udaipur gave a fresh breathing space with almost no pollution and hence I had no more coughing seasons, but this also meant moving from a well luxurious life to a simple life almost like retirement. The city brought some memories of my childhood back, but then I was almost used to a top level city with best medical facilities, better hanging out joints, more connected to other destinations, better training opportunities, better opportunities etc.
- Transitioning from my complete family to the nuclear family: My parents decided to stay back in Delhi while my wife and I moved to Udaipur. I was staying away from my parents and siblings almost after 7 years. This was a difficult move, but it gave my wife and myself some time to ourselves which wasn’t possible in a busy schedule at Delhi. Luckily Udaipur has some direct flights to Delhi which helpes us to stay connected with our families often.
- Work-life-Balance had a completely new meaning. From a 5-day a week, I moved to a 6-day a week setup. Working on saturdays almost seemed impossible initially, but then it got discounted with my returning home early every day. I thought there can be no flexibility without work-from-home, but then staying at Udaipur has almost minimized the need for work-from-home as the number of people staying together were just two instead of 5 initially.
- 1-domain to a multiple-domain role: From an expert of a domain, I moved to a Jack of all and expert in delivery kind of a role. I always assumed myself that I would do fairly well in application solution delivery kind of roles, but now I chose not only application or solution delivery but infra+applications+security=technology+process solution+service delivery role. My new role as per my expectation is teaching me a lot in new arenas and also giving me opportunities to show a bigger perspective and share a larger experience with the organization. What I love the most is being in action for almost whatever happens at my site with respect to IT. Remember the “T”, I had depth understanding of applications and now i am moving across the breadth of technology touching other areas.
I now expect 2017 to be kind to me with more unlearning and new learning and continue contributing to my family, career, organization, society and myself.
Note: All views in my post are my own and does not reflect views of my organization or any one else working with me.