I had a dream. The dream was to become a Management Consultant. However, during my B School placements, I crumbled under pressure and I did not manage to clear the interviews for any of the consulting firms. To make matters worse, three days into the placement and ten interviews later, I did not get placed in any job. I was on the verge of losing hope.
However when you reach the tipping point towards hopelessness, somehow, an unseen force from another dimension always intervenes. On the fourth day of placements, a prestigious global multinational company came to our campus unscheduled. The company was intending to recruit for their Management Trainees programme. The programme trained future leaders and included rotation across various business lines and locations of the company. Since more than half of my batchmates were already placed by the fourth day, I easily managed to get recruited. The Management Trainee profile had nothing to do with Management Consulting and to make matters worse it was mostly a Marketing job and different from my specialisation – Finance. However I put my heart and soul into the job, learned the tricks of the trade and in time, I started performing well. But this was short lived. September 15, 2008 is the day the Lehman Brothers collapsed. Little did I know that this would trigger a series of events that would ultimately result in me losing my first job. Nine months later, I was without a Job. At the time the Job market was dry and for a guy like me with just an year of work experience, it was a nightmare finding a job matching my profile.
“It doesn’t matter what you have learned, what matters is your willingness to learn new things.”
In my desperation, I took up a job in a BPO. As one of the top ranking students of my B School, it was a humbling experience for me to work night shifts and to do a mundane outsourcing job. However I tried hard to love what I am doing so that I can eventually be good at it. In time, in this job too, I started performing well. But I never settled in the job and never gave up my dream of being a management consultant.
Today, eight years after losing my first job, I work in one of the leading Management Consulting firms’ in the world. There are many lessons I have learned in these eight years. The most important one being – the willingness to learn new things and keeping on reinventing oneself.
These lessons have been expressed by way of ten short stories in my book. The book revolves around three main characters, and through their eyes, I have tried to communicate the dilemmas a modern professional faces at work and more importantly, focusing on aspects that actually matter in life – Family.
About the author: Tomson Robert is a Management Consultant by day and amateur author by night. Husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable baby girl and raised (along with a smart younger brother) by loving parents in God’s Own Country (a.k.a Kerala, India). Currently living in Dubai and working for a consulting firm. He can be reached at : firstname.lastname@example.org
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About the Book :
Work Life & the Balance in Between is a collection of 10 contemporary short stories based on the corporate world and life in general. Although these stories are works of fiction, they capture real life situations and dilemmas that I have seen and faced. Each story is aimed to leave the reader with a message.
Are you stuck in a job you don’t love? Are you made to do flunky work in office? Do you struggle to balance work and life? Do you want to quit your job and start a business of your own? Do you wonder about the meaning of love and life? If these questions apply to you, then this book is for you.