Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coming up on Defining Me

defining ayesha

Hi All!

I have been MIA for a while. So I decided when I do start blogging again I'll make a few changes to the blog. When you invest some time on something, you tend to show more commitment to it. So I gave it a few days, came up with a different header, made a few changes to the layout and planned a few posts in advance to prevent procrastination and in turn avoid long gaps between the posts.  I've also taken up the 100happydays challenge on instagram and you can see the pictures at the bottom of this page. 

What's coming up on Defining Me?

Declutter your life series
As you all know the last 9-10 months have been hectic and stressful. I started this series to share my experience while I de-cluttered my life. I have realised I enjoyed writing this and I know that many people can relate to my experiences and so I want to continue this series.

Know my city series
Bangalore is a resplendent city. Capturing its essence completely is not possible, but I will share my experiences and joys as I revisit the places in Bangalore. I want to share my opinions on wherever I go. Since I don't go out too too often this may be an infrequent series. But I will try to make it as insightful and entertaining as possible.

Previous posts:

Tip off series
I have a tip on my mind. Do you think I can keep it to myself? Mostly not! I go around telling everyone around me if I have read something new. Be prepared for a bunch of tips in this series.

Previous posts:

Life in the corporate series
I started work 3 months ago and I am experiencing new things everyday. Anything share-worthy will be up here. Wish me luck!

TGI Friday series
Friday always brings happiness to the people who have weekends off. In this series I want to share anything that makes me happy. #allabouthappiness #TGIF

Previous posts:

Loads and loads of standalone posts 

 Random stuff come to my mind. Oh, I like that outfit. Might do a post on that! Or that speech I heard on news; may be that! OR anything else, without a category. 

Hope all goes as planned. And hope you enjoy all the nonsense that I put in front of you!

Thanks for reading,
Hope you continue to do so,
XO Ayesha

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New learnings and experiences

Hi everyone,

Its been exactly 3 months since my last post, and my apology to those who read my blog. I have been busy but not too busy to not be able to write. LAZINESS is a bad attribute! I had almost forgotten what blogging means to me till a friend of mine asked me why she hadn't seen a post from me. I haven't really read or written anything around the blogosphere. Of course, I can't say the same about work related reading that I've been doing! I've been undergoing training for work. Phase 1 of the same is over. If I have to sum it up, I'd say, loads of java+web tech. But a few other things that this training has taught me are team work, best practices and the sapient approach.

I met many new people during this training. Meeting new people is always delightful as it bring new experiences and learnings. Being a people person, I have always enjoyed human interaction. So it was an obvious pleasure to engage with 26 other trainees. We had a great trainer. At first it felt like we were back to college. We were at a wrong view point. This was a wrong approach to corporate learning. My manager spoke to us about the push versus pull strategy. Push strategy was what was applied in our schools and colleges where the teacher pushed the information to us. In contrast to that, we have the pull strategy, where we the trainees, pull the information by being inquisitive and asking the right questions.

We had the rewards and recognition ceremony which gave us the opportunity to recognize people for 6 core values that our company stands for. This was an enriching experience because when you recognize someone for something, it does not only make that person happy, but also makes the recognizer happy. I won for the core value of openness. I was very happy as this was my first recognition at my work place.

We also had a mock project after the classroom training, where we were given a stub for an online bookstore, and we had to complete it in 19 days. We were assigned a project manager and an architect. We also had a in-house client. This mini project gave us a mini insight on what's in store for us in the future. It taught us that if we work together, it is possible to smoothly complete a project in the given amount of time.

The training was happening at a lab dedicated for the same purpose. Since we spent most of our time together in that room, it brought all the trainees together. There was bonding over coffee and banana cake along with training. We got so close that we felt bad when the training got over last week. We will never forget the last three months together. This was our first three working months and we were fortunate enough to experience it together.

Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

P.S. It will not take me 3 months for the next post. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ayesha's internship experience

In my last college semester I was interning at a company. It didn't fetch me any money but what it did do for me was a lot more. I just want to highlight some of the benefits of an internship at an IT company.

Firstly and most importantly, you get to learn about how a company works. You see how people interact, how office tools work. You get to explore intranet and use many online facilities that wouldn't have been available as a student or wouldn't be very useful when you're working full time and you're overloaded with work. You get to learn to send semi formal emails, send requests etc.

Secondly, you get to learn about the project specific details. You can learn about the technology and platforms and frameworks that are being used. And of course, you understand the work you are doing.

Thirdly, you get to see how a team works in the office. The collaborative efforts that lead to formation of a product can not be seen while sitting in a classroom. A team usually includes some developers, testers, a team lead, manager, architect, and product owners. The learning process requires that all the members of the team cooperate and collaborate in order to give good results.

Fourth, free snacks!!! (Well, that was probably only in the company where I interned) Anyhow, coffee machine is always free and so useful.

Fifth,  you are allowed to make mistakes. One thing that really helped me get comfortable with my team was that they helped me rectify my mistakes. You will not be judged for making mistakes because you are there to learn.

Some of these things I might have experienced because I had a good team. A good team forms a great support system. Even though I went there 2-3 times a week, I felt at home. I want to encourage all college students especially engineering students to have this experience at least once during their college life. It is great to go into a full time job after doing an internship because it always helps to know something before hand. It gives a confidence boost and a positive attitude. What if the internship experience was not good? Well, then you know what not to do!!

Fun at work!

All the best!
Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha

Friday, June 27, 2014

From an end to a beginning

It has been forever since I last wrote. So long that when I sat to write again I had trouble forming my sentences. I wanted to write about college getting over, a new beginning to an old ending. Instead I shut my blogger account. And did not open it until two weeks later. That is, today!

A lot has happened over the last few months. So, so much has changed! I can not even put all my thoughts in words. All I can say is, a lot of it has been positive change, even if it has kept me away from blogging for a while. A long while.

I had my last semester in college. There were internship, college project, 4 subjects to take care of, amidst the entire anxiety of leaving an era and entering into a new one. It was not just about leaving college. It never is, right? College is not just college. We have our teachers, who we have love/hate relationship with. We have a routine of going, sitting and spending 8 hours in a place that is sheltered, where we are spoon-fed with all the information that we are never going to be using later in life. And, most importantly college life is tied up with the friends who make it a "life", without whom it would have been difficult impossible to get past even one day of college. The thought of everyone splitting up and scattering to different places logically and geographically was numbing, but it happened. Farewell happened. Exams happened. And it was over. Just like that, four years were over.

I didn't have much time to mourn over my emptiness. I was called to join my work within a week of college getting over. Thank god! The excitement of first week over shadowed things in a way. I'm sure, I'd have felt it harder if I had stayed home. New workplace, new friends, new activities and a new debit card too! :P .. But by the time weekend arrived, I needed to see my friends. It was my friend's birthday on that Saturday. So we got together and celebrated it. Sunday was just a day to relax after all that excitement during the week. Monday onwards involved a lot of learning amongst other things. Training has not been as hectic as I thought. Thank god! But yes, an hour and a half of traveling can drain the life and soul out of any normal person. Wish the traffic could just smoothen out a little.

Today I completed the 10th day of my work. So yes, I filled the time card for 10 days. Beginning of my career. So much to learn, so much to do. No time to waste! Sure feels like something. And this new feeling drove me to type this entire post. And I feel proud to finish something that I was not able to for so long.

Completely irrelevant, but here's a random selfie taken on an office morning :D


Thanks for reading,
XO Ayesha