My first job experience at a construction site has been amazing for the initial one-and-a-half years which later became a mixed one. I have been working for more than two and a half years in this organization. When I completed my graduation, I had no idea what would I do. So, unlike everyone else who were thinking and preparing for getting a job in a software company I was planning for something different. These IT companies take hundreds of students from high to low standard colleges. Still, many remain jobless. I also tried to test waters in a BPO company placement drive at our low class college and was one of the rejected. I did not care. On the contrary when I was not selected in the interview of a hindi magazine ‘Aha Zindagi‘, I felt sad. I never tried for another job.
My selection in this organization was a surprise to all and not just me. Seeing my disinterest in technical subjects and average grades, I should have never been here. So, this unexpected start ruined all my ”bit different” plans or at least postponed them for an indefinite time. Contrary to what a layman believes regarding government job, this job was completely different. I got posted at a construction site as a Quality and Safety Engineer without any prior necessary qualification and knowledge. They call it on-the-job-training but it was a full fledged job without any training, kind of trial-and-error.
Learning and Experience
I never understood the seriousness (seriousness is bad, sincerity is good) of the job untill some things happen but I was always sincere and proud of my job. For a year, half of my time was spent in various kinds of relevant and less relevant trainings. Since, nothing is irrelevant for me, I find interest in everything but like to go deep in only the things I like. So, I learned quite a lot of general things and took keen interest in Safety. Initially, I sincerely tried to stop unsafe acts and unsafe accidents by my little know-how and with the help of manuals which I would find impractical most of the times. So, it was overall my hit and trial method or whatever other professionals would teach me. But, after a regular company-sponsered course in Safety, I understood the intricacies of theory and could compare what I was doing at my site earlier. I should say that this helped me become a safety professional.
The most important thing about my first job experience has been the satisfaction I felt daily evening while coming back to home from a day long tiresome job, its challenges and a hope to make things better. Everyday, I would think of improving safety of workers. I would read manuals and texts and frame safety programs. I was successful in implementing a couple of such programs due to my resourcefulness and support from my collegues and seniors and some never became realities because of the lack of resources and support from my collegues and seniors. Overall, for first one and a half year safety was my prime responsibility followed by Quality management and occasionaly welding and NDT.