In this 21st century, at the age of 24, you are definitely aged. You seem to have experienced everything in all aspects. Well, almost everything. Apparently, with this very same superior feeling, I have been interning at an advertisement agency. This is not my first “corporate “experience, still, I don’t get the hang of it.
Previous to this, I worked in an IT company and tried to fit into the best of professional character. Most of the time, food, water and clothing did not matter because of work pressure and late night shifts. I had the usual complains: less salary, more work and bad bosses. It stayed in mind to criticize and crib about the work load and company. All this, I did it without any remorse. Quite often they asked me to stay back because I was new to the work and had to learn a lot. The sad part was that this was the impression given to me for almost a year. If someone stayed for 16 hours at his cubicle meant he was the most hardworking and should be given better grades. Not long did I realize that programming never seemed to flow in my blood. Now, I have been corrected; there is nothing passionate or inherent talent flowing, but the usual RBCs and WBCs. Then, I realized it was high time I sought after better “standards” of living. With many futile attempts with applications and examinations, I ended pursuing MBA and I am back to square one.
I must agree that interning at an ad agency is much more chilled and less stressful; there is a difference between hectic and stressful. I got to know how things worked and what is expected of me. I am constantly reminded of who is the boss around and I need to give due respect. Here, we are allowed to dress in any attire and it dawned to me that miniskirts are not a thing to be worn only at night. I am a conservative south Indian, you know. Putting the jigsaw puzzle together, it seemed that this is what I wanted. Right? I sought for freedom to dress, move around, network, flexible timings and informal environment. It was never a stressful job that boggled my mind every time I was assigned to it. This was something I enjoyed doing. Being a little sane on the creative end, even executing a task was not tough at all. Everything seemed picture perfect.
Still, in the corner of my mind is a nag; a nag that says that I am not very happy or satisfied. There is no elated feeling of accomplishment that I used to get in my previous work. This was monotonous and no permanent friends as some one or the other left the agency every two months. There was no joy eating together smiling artificially or looking at every face that was enjoying alcohol in a team party.
In despair,I began to wonder if I could ever be satisfied with any job. After some thought and little prod around, it dawned to me that it was not just me but with many others. Though many did not work in two entirely different industries as I did, the complains did not end. It was nothing to do with oneself or the job but the sync that prevailed between the two. When the person performed the same task over again and again, he sure is bound to get bored and state of restlessness settles in. The complains start and monotony continue. This was the same thing with me. I could not see any of them as challenging or problem to solve, rather, I looked at them as a measure to satisfy someone, the client or the boss or the guide. I did not seem to understand why I am working but was doing everything with no mind of my own.
It was my perception that did not satisfy me and not the work place. To love my job, I have to change the way I look at a task. And for that, I need to look at it as a challenge. So, I was looking at a couple of a soap advertisement and framing taglines. I had to trigger the interest within but certain interests are inherent.If thats the case, why not make them your profession? Is it possible? I am very sure more than 80% percent would be answering a “no” mentally to this question. Maybe these interests are not invoked in our jobs but we have a choice to make something out of it. Why not try to bring together what we like and what you want to do? With the same lines of thought, I wrote this article