Story of a professional
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Here, I am going to share you my story, being considered myself as an IT professional. I had been thinking about sharing my story with you for a long time. Please share me your thoughts and feedback even though it’s a little boring one. That really matters a lot to me, you have no idea how much I love to hear from you.
The professional cycle
There is a place called Trichur, a district of the state Kerala in India (which is also known as “Gods own country”). That is where I born. My childhood was not that good, as we didn’t have enough money for living. My mom struggled a lot to make each day liveable. But still we were happy together, we played so many things, games which is unknown to the new generation. Thank god that I was born in 90’s. If I born now, I would have also followed the same Mobiles, tabs, computer games, and wasted my childhood.
In the year of 2007, I passed my HSC from GHSS. The years 2005 to 2007 was very beautiful for me, thanks much to all of my girlfriends. You all deserve a big appreciation. Coming back to the life. I have two elder sisters, as mine was a poor class family, my parents were not able to make all their children graduated. Eventually that chance came to me as I born as a boy. So it was me chosen as a warrior, warrior to solve all of the financial crisis and other problem, a wall. Finally I joined Engineering with my friend Ajay, he is the one who boosted me to select engineering. Thanks Ajay.
It was an average college, since there was no much facilities. I was a back bench er, but somehow managed only to get passed in exams. Please be noted that it is my story, there were students who were scoring 100 out 100. I must say that, apart from study, that college was fantastic, we had full freedom. What are all the things you will do when you get full freedom at that age? As a result, studying were postponed to just a day before the exam. We enjoyed even if no one had money in hands. Now even if we have enough money, we are unable to enjoy that much. Again I must say thanks to all my friends to make those days wonderful. I didn’t have a particular dream in my mind on those days, the only goal I set in mind was to get a job as soon as possible. Finally I got my engineering degree in the year of 2011 (luckily with no arrears).
Internship at HCL CDC, step towards a job
In a wink, four years passed. Finally I was an Engineer (with no job). There was not even one campus recruitment in my college. How it sounds? After all, it doesn’t matter where your life taking you to, what matters is how you are facing it.
What matters most is, how you see yourself.
Few days after I managed to get a job in a hotel as a receptionist, where I was forced to spend almost 15 hours a day. Even though it was not related to my degree, I hardly needed a job. The only thing I required was money, no matter how less it is. Usually the wok timing was 8.00 AM to 11 PM, in between we were allowed for a tea break and lunch break. I could do that job only for two months, I resigned. Even if I was going for some small jobs during my vacation in schooling for 100 Rs per day (not even 2$), that was the moment I got such huge amount of money in my hand (6200 RS). My two months’ salary, felt really good. I was almost running to catch my bus to go home, as it was hectic two months without seeing my parents. I bought an umbrella for me before going home, and I gave all the remaining money to my mom. Can you guess how would that moment be?
After few days, back to coding (in my 12th class I took Computer science, I must thanks my computer science teacher Jisha here. She is the one who taught me the coding. In my Engineering classes, doing codes were very rare), I joined in Dot Net course at HCL CDC Trichur, Kerala. There I learned dot net and I could teach few students there, my first mentoring program. Thanks to all HCL CDC members for giving me that opportunity. I started my professional career there. I got my first reward as Certificate of excellence, my first professional award.
Joining in C# corner
In the year of 2012, I came to know about the communities and how people are helping each other in our professional world. I joined C# corner, which was my first step towards community contribution. As you all know starting things are pretty much easy, continuing is not. There was no participation’s from my end for another two years, I got buried in my office works.
In the year of 2014, I logged in to C# corner again and started contributing community. There I received a much warm welcome from all the C# corner family members. I really appreciate that. Many thanks to C# corner. And from 2014, I was in the monthly winners list of C# corner several times, and my articles were selected in Asp.Net as article of the day. These things really motivated me to contribute more.
In Jan 2015, I was awarded as C# corner MVP, my first C# Corner MVP award. I was really happy and I was given a chance to be a part of C# Corner annual conference as a result. That was the place where I got to know about the Microsoft MVP program. I had set my goal towards becoming a Microsoft MVP there.
In the year 2015, I started my own blog and joined DZone, where I have been selected as MVB (Most Valuable Blogger).
In Jan 2016, I was awarded C# Corner MVP second time. I was super excited to see my contributions were recognised. Thanks much to all of my readers. I kept contributing to communities like C# corner, Code Project, DZone, MSDN, Asp.Net, Stack Overflow, Tech Net etc.
2016, April 1st was the day which I can never forget in my life. There is a saying “Patience pays off”. It is true, I got rewarded for my patience and hard work. I would treat this as one of the great achievement in my life. Feeling proud to be a part of such a great community. I was super charged to read a mail received in my mail box, saying that I had been selected as Microsoft MVP. I was screaming like anything, for a few minutes I forgot that I was in office.
Effect of being a Microsoft MVP
Upcoming days were fantastic, each day my inbox was filled with appreciation mails and congratulations from my colleagues and friends. Many thanks to my Employer Customer Analytics India, the motivations you have showed was much appreciable. My image was published in my company website. I felt proud when I saw that. That was cool right?
As an MVP, I was given chance to be a part of Product Group Interaction (PGI) events organized by Microsoft. I met lot of wonderful techie professionals, I learned a lot from them. I was recognized in the crowd, which was really new to me. And I enjoyed it, still enjoying. It is a great feeling when people ask you some suggestions or help, I really improved myself when giving suggestions or help. You will learn in that way a lot.
Let me introduce myself
Name: Sibeesh Venu
Number of years in industry: 6
Microsoft MVP award category: Visual Studio and Development Technologies
First Microsoft MVP year awarded: 2016
No of C# Corner MVP award: 4
No of Microsoft MVP award: 2
You can find my achievements here
It all went good, and now I am in a position to solve all of my financial crisis and other problems as my parents wish. I am doing that for almost 5 years now. Thanks much to my parents, for making who I am today.
I’m neither an expert nor a guru, but still I would like to point out some do’s and don’ts which is a drop I learned from an ocean.
Did I miss anything that you may think which is needed? I hope you liked this article. Without your help and feedback’s, I would haven’t reached where I am today. Thanks much. Please share me your valuable suggestions and feedback.
Your turn. What do you think?
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