Just out of my management Institution with a Masters in Business Administration, I felt life is going out be a great fun. I dreamed corporate world would welcome me with open arms and I will join them and I will stay like a family with them. I thought I would work hard and grow with them and will not change jobs like other people and stay with them for long.But when I faced real corporate world, I got shut doors instead of open welcoming arms. Nevertheless, I managed to find a job. I worked hard in the hope of making my bosses happy. I felt if I was honest and worked hard, I would keep growing in the corporate world.But when the appraisal came, instead of getting promotion, I got many suggestions from my boss on what should be done in the coming year so that I could be promoted next year. After few years I realized that I would not get growth here and so eventually quit the job.In the hope of elusive growth, I joined another company. Although, I was bit skeptical about the growth factor, I worked hard and delivered excellent quality and quantity statistics. Seeing my zeal to do things in a better and quicker way, I was selected for a core group, which was supposed to be trained in different processes to be able to do multi-tasking. This group was deputed in different departments and was given on-the-job training by the employees of that department. Being part of that group I became multi-skilled. At the time of appraisal, I was dead sure that I would be promoted to the next level by the virtue of my multi-skills. But my hopes were dashed when I saw the same old appraisal result. I was not promoted. What hurt most was the reason cited for not being promoted – I was told that I had not spent minimum stipulated time in single department and so I cannot be considered for promotion. So, my getting trained in different processes/departments turned out to be bane rather than a virtue.I felt I had enough in this company so quit here too and joined another company.During this time I also used to dream of doing something on my own rather than just doing a job. But I neither had the idea nor the funds to start something.Although I always worked hard in my new job but I never dreamt of getting a promotion unlike in my previous jobs. But somewhere deep down in my heart I felt a need for recognition and promotion in this job too. Then came the time for appraisal but this time I was rather skeptical. I kept my fingers crossed for the results. In my appraisal interview, surprisingly, my boss was full of praise and appreciation for my honest and hard work and he had also shown me the appraisal report, which recommended me for a promotion. He also assured me that I would be promoted to the next level.Then came the appraisal result. Unfortunately, this time too I was not promoted. Same boss who appreciated my work and skills said that the higher management did not approve of his recommendations simply because there were so many people who were in queue for promotion and these people were waiting for so many years. So, people who were older in the organization got promoted and that too at my cost. As always, this boss too assured me that I will get promoted the next year. But those were just few consoling words for me and they had no meaning whatsoever for me. We both knew next year too there would be people ahead than me in the queue for promotion. Here too my dream of doing something on my own was very much alive. But in the absence of an economically viable idea and funds, I had no other option but to slog in this menial job.Being disillusioned in the current job, I quit this job too and joined another one.And at the time of writing this, I am in my new job but still everything remains the same. In my earlier jobs I used to work for 9-11 hours but here I work 12-14 hours per day. Work environment is filled with lot of stress and pressure. Very little has changed since I started my corporate life. But what keeps me going are my wife, my one-and-a-half year old daughter and my never-dying dream of doing something on my own someday.Right now I spend most of my time working in my most hectic job, which I abhor to the last extent. I am never able to spend quality time with my wife, daughter and my passion of reading books. I have already spent half of my life but I don’t want to die working in these menial jobs. I want to be powerful enough to manage my own time and life. Does someone have an advice on how do I realize my dreams.
This abstract was checked by WhiteSmoke Solution. Learn More.