Will Joining an Multi National Company satiate your desire?
The article explores the motivating journey of a software professional from joining a Multi National Company to become co-founder of his own company.
In September 2005, I with my college friends was on an Educational Tour in Pune. We visited one of the top Multi National Company in the country. On my way to the auditorium, I saw hundreds of computer cubicles. A security man came and said, “That space is for company employees. You are not allowed there.” Pointing towards right he said, “There’s the way to the auditorium.” I walked towards the auditorium. Millions of thoughts suddenly occupied my mind. I wanted to be a part of the people who sit in those cubicles. I murmured, “Let there be a day when I become part of this big company.”
On Dec 2006, my dream came true. I was selected for the same company and given the same Pune location (now I understand it was just a mirage). I had long desired for being a die-hard programmer. July 2007, My training began at Hyderabad center of the Multi National Company. Training was awesome, I was given training on subjects like Java, Unix, Oracle etc. I learned a lot about coding skills and technical aspect of various languages.
Oct 2007 was when I started realizing the corporate reality. I was allotted a project of IT-maintenance work. My job was to run few SQL scripts, perform some bug-fix in already placed code and generate reports. Now I was basically a Software Support Engineer, but my designation was Software Engineer. Soon I realized all my near/far friends were doing the same. Again lot of questions filled my mind. I asked myself, ” Was this what I wanted on the very first day when I Joined Engineering (in 1st year) or was this I wished on my graduation day?” My friends satiated themselves by seeing everyone doing the same thing. But I wasn’t. I wanted to be a programmer and had said once to my teacher, “I want to develop OS (Operating System) of my own.” I looked onto this MNC world to satiate my hunger.
This isn’t my story, this is the story of nearly all guys working out in corporate. This could be your story as well. Many will console themselves by seeing their near one also doing the same thing.
The first lesson learned from this experience was that one should never look upon any external factor (person/company/world of Multi National Company) to fulfill his desire. What I did next was something which almost everyone on this planet opposed. I choose to join a startup company with 10-15 employees and discard offers from Multi National Companies offering an attractive package. Package offered from this startup was just enough to satiate my daily needs. But then at the end of the day, I was happy with kind of work I was doing. I was working on most cutting edge technologies and on the future products of the world. I found myself one step closer towards my goal. As I always dreamt of creating an OS of own, I took the initiative of working on Open-source OS in this company. The idea was much appreciated by everyone.
My next stoppage was another startup in which I played an important role in developing OS for cars. Neither Rome was built in a day nor do dreams are achieved in short span of time. The second lesson learned was to trust yourself and have patience. I waited and prepared myself for 7 years before I Co-Founded Invenzen Technologies (now known as Motherson Invenzen XLab Pvt. Ltd.). Since then it has been a long journey, we raised funding, develop IoT based solution for the vehicle. Still, it’s a long journey ahead.
Dear Friends, Wake up from a dream of joining a Service based Multi National Company!!
If you aim to fulfill your desire, then wake up from a dream of joining a Service based Multi National Company. Companies like IBM, TCS, Tech M, Wipro, Satyam etc ain’t gonna help to boost your technical career. They aren’t bad in any sense. Millions are working and are doing good, earning a good salary, making trips to UK/US etc. If the motive is to earn handsome money for life, enjoy on weekends Multi National Companies are a good option. You will be ending up doing the same task every day. Let me be not harsh enough, but a Software Engineer in the service industry is paid handsomely for junk software work he does. And from this salary, he will buy some branded Jeans, watch, shoes and get his ego satiated with the thought, “yeah my Watch is better than his/her?”
Let me ask you, how many Software Products have been created by companies listed above? Let’s talk about the smartphones you carry in your hand. Almost all Smartphones are designed in S. Korea / China, Software is written in UK/US. And in India, only Hardware assembly is done (just like a computer is assembled).
If our country is to grow (in Information Technology), if you want to grow, the student needs to come out of this Multi National Company culture and think like an Engineer who works in Sweden. He needs to think like an entrepreneur in the USA.
Below are my suggestions for you all:
- Join Product based Company. Product based Company develops Software Product of their own. Here you will have better chances to learn and implement your knowledge than in service industry. And while going out of office you will feel proud of what you did today.
- If you really want to have some fun in your career and you love to program, be either a part of Google, Yahoo!! Prepare yourself from today to be part of them, because it’s not going to be that easy.
- My favorite option: Be Entrepreneur or join who already are. Being a fresher, better option for you will be to join those who are Entrepreneur. Join a startup organization because there you will be indirectly interacting with entrepreneurs and the visionary people. They will be paying you less but the amount of knowledge you gain from being a startup guy is tremendous. One you have good skills money is going to follow you next.
To be a part of Startup Company is not easier, you will have to work day and night (sometimes even on weekends). Startup suffers from a risk of being unstable as well. In fact, I have been part of startups which were shut down, the result of which was that I along with some like-minded people started our own company:-)
Ask yourself today, “Where do you want to see yourself 5-10 years later”. If you want to be an entrepreneur, being a startup employee is a very good option. But remember Life isn’t worth without taking Risks.
Co-Founder – Motherson Invenzen XLab Pvt. Ltd.
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