Category Archives: internship ramble

THE SHIFT

A week in Google and here are some things which have turned things upside down for me.
My cab is always the first one to come. That means i have to wake up at 6.30 and get ready.
Now getting ready is another routine which I had to change. Waking up at 8.25 a.m and arriving late by 10min for a 8.30 class is something I was very much used to. And I hardly bothered about the way I dressed up.
But, Waking up at 6 and getting ready for office( the word sounds too big for me) in a professional way rather presentable way is something I am not used to.
Sleeping in class is OK, nobody cares! but dozing off during a training session and getting caught by the trainer is something that bothered me a lot.
At least once a day I would complain about food in hostel, but here there is nothing that I can complain about.
Having a workstation of my own, using the computer as much as I want without The ” who’ s after you” questions in hostel is again something different for me.
No more switching off the lights at 10.30 p.m, no curfew after 6 p.m, No screaming for ” chechi no water” and I need not worry about using my cell after 8.30.
But the sad part is my cell s on roaming and I m missing my free smses and b’lor friends :P.
I learnt to play Foosball.
Making new friends, getting to see new places, hanging out, fighting with the autowallahs (however you complain about autos in Bangalore,they re much better), its all in all a new experience.
But professionalism is scaring me these days. Quality errors, performance reports, consistency, minimal error, perfect pull……… all these are pushing me into deep uncertainty. I can’t afford to be the fun-loving, freaking out kinda girl anymore. The work demands me to be serious, focused and all those what I never was.
I m not sure what the next few weeks have in store for me.. and I move on!

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The forgotten moments

Training today brought back all those forgotten parts of my pregoogle story.
A: What are the ethical issues regarding placing porn ads in google search pages?
Me: *choked for words* well sir… it wil affect the credibility of google, blah blah!!!!!!!!!
A: what would you do to sort it out?
again I said some things which can’t be disclosed.
A: I see you have worked with an NGO, tell me what you did.
Me: Well, I worked with street kids etc etc……..
Well, That continued, about leadership and stuff which I don t wanna show off * :0)*
The same evening I met a friend who wanted to push me into chain networking and stuff..
Well, she claimed people can even earn up to 50,000 per month, students like me are very rich with their own pocket money etc. I actually attended the presentation they held and actually saw the darker side which was literally unknown to me. Chain marketing is luring so many youngsters and they earn so much money that they are even ready to forgo their studies for that. These people seemed to be affected by this craze for money and were ready to do anything for it. You just get few people into your network and you earn money. Many people do it without their parents approval. Earning such easy money can make anyone falter from their priorities. Even I did have second thoughts about it but somehow I stayed away. These people even have a cover for their activities in the name of charity. And I m left with the question….. After all why?


My pre-google story

This is how it all began. One fine Saturday I was right there in the auditorium wondering what was I doing. Google had come for Internship Interviews and I just thought why not go there for experiencing how is it like to face an interview. Making my Resume for the first time, the prelims and eagerly waiting for my results it was an unforgettable experience. Next came the Interview session.
M: Hi I’m M, from K finished my schooling ( from one of the best schools in India), engineering from( the premier institute for engineers) and MBA from ( a top b-school)
me:( thinking) man! he ‘s a genius.
I’m still dreaming………..
M: So I want you to introduce yourself in a similar fashion.
Me: I ‘m J J, did my schooling in kvp, doing my 2nd year I stay in the college hostel.
M: oh cool.. tell me what are the positive and negative aspects of being in the hostel
I resume my usual bragging about hostel.
M: ok! what s your aim in life.
Me:( felt like saying—— sir I m totally lost, just bit my tongue before that)
well, I want to go for ……………
M; tell me how would you accomplish it?
Me: I gave a repeat lecture of what I heard and read.
M: *almost dozing off*….. ok ok, So why do you wanna join this internship programme?
Me: * what’s wrong with you man! Working with Google is a dream shot and its quite obvious why would anyone want to work there.
Sir.,to gain a fruitful experience. ( honestly *grin*)
M: So what google products do you use?
Me: Google search, orkut, gmail
M: Are you satisfied with the new additional features in Gmail?
Me: yes sir, its good.
M: What improvements do you think has to be made?
Me: thinking* Am, I the right person to do that?
I don t remember what did I blurt out for that.
M: Tell me about Orkut
Me: Another non-stop bragging for almost 10 minutes. I desperately needed water!
M: OK, so I can make out you are an active orkutter!
Me:(wanting to say I am an addict) but I say yes sir!
These are few of the excerpts from what I remember of that unforgettable experience 😛
Waiting outside..
J J, You have qualified for the first interview.Please wait for 15 minutes. You’ll have a second interview then.
WHAT!!!!!!!! One more? Ok fine! Maybe I’ll make it.. No I should make it.
With a determined face I walked in. Another set of questions and answers, I was exhausted.
The only thing I remembered was comparing yahoo and Gmail.
A week long wait and the results were out! Yes! I made it. Another 6 months wait and yes I am here finally…
Rest of the story to be contd..


The NOOGLER

It was like a dream come true. Finally I m at google Hyderabad doing my internship.
Right from the day my exams ended I couldn‘t conceal my excitement of coming over here.
28th evening we were flown into the Nizam’s city and since then everyday has been like a new and wonderful experience.
Today was my first day at work. Morning we all arrived with those serious, (fake)professional looks but I never knew that would make us stand out here. Everyone seemed so relaxed and calm and with a smile pasted on their face,it was obvious that everyone enjoyed their time here.
Presently I am a Noogler, A new googler and the first day was a roller coaster ride.
Breakfast in the Cafeteria itself proved that. It s a food haven. Training sessions, meeting buddies. mentors, making new friends and above all getting a cabin, comp and desk phone for myself. It was too much for me to take in one day. Expecting for more in the coming days, this NOOGLER signs off!!!!!!because even now I m a bit dazed on what all happened in one day. Talk about the trauma on the first day of work!