Years ago I met Gargi (name changed for privacy) a simple middle classed Indian girl who completed her Engineering in Information Technology from not so reputed college with a Pass Class. Those were the days of boom of IT service industry in India.
Most of the reputed IT companies till date in India demand a first class for freshers and jobs are filled through campus placement in reputed colleges. So Gargi was left with little but no options, she tried to apply for jobs using job sites but did not get any response. Months passed and she started loosing hope.
One day through somebody’ s reference she was called for an interview since it was her first interview without asking much details about the position she went for the interview. Few days after that she was called to join the company, without any formal letter just with an oral confirmation, Gargi went to office for the first day. When she asked for the letter she was told she will get it in few days.
Gargi’ s job profile was that of a hardware Engineer and salary meager Rs 2500 (much lower than standard back in those days also), little did she have any idea of the work she was expected to do. Looking at the few trainees around she learnt how to assemble a PC and install the Operating system. Nobody around her explained her anything about work they just said you have to learn on your own, nobody assigned her any work also. She used to go to office every morning sit for 9 hours and go back home in evening. Life seemed like a drudgery but she had no choice as she had got this job with great difficulty and could not muster the courage to leave it.
One month passed this way and suddenly one day she was asked to leave and collect her pay cheque after few days, she was shocked, after waiting for months she had finally got a job and it was lost. It was not that she loved this job in fact day by day it was becoming more of punishment but now she was again a fresher with a pass class.
Much to her surprise within 15 days she was called for an interview in a small company, she was asked to solve an online IQ test and then leave. She went home and was just having her lunch when she got a call to join on the next working day. On her first day she was not assigned any work she started feeling worried what if these people also ask me to leave after a month or so then what, will I be able to survive here or not.
After two or three days she was assigned her first task of programming, she struggled for few days learning new technology and all along this, till she completed her first task she was worried that she will get fired if she cannot complete this. Another thing about this company was there were constant songs being played as everyone around was music lover. One such song particularly touched her as it matched her situation.
Song was about a “Broken winged bird ,who was robbed in such a way that he could never fly, down came he crashing on the ground but still dreamed of clouds (flying), in his broken pieces he saw the will of God and smiled, after losing his wings only he learned how to fly” .
She also felt like she was broken winged bird when she was fired from her first job, all her dreams crashed.But over a period of time she realized that this was God’s will which redirected her from job she hated to a career in a field she always wanted.
Once she completed her first task she got her confidence back that I will survive in this corporate world.After that days and years passed she learnt new things, switched on to new job and become a successful IT software Consultant. Had she not been fired from the first job in a month she would have been stuck in a job she hated and would have missed the career opportunities lying before her.
Sometimes we experience failures in life, things do not go the way we planned but later in life we realise this was God’s way to redirect us to something better.