Friday, 25 November 2016

Arranged Marriage with Profession

'The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.' The axiom holds more true when it comes to the profession. I have come across few people who are really satisfied with the profession, that they were in. The ones who seems satisfied secretly envy people in other professions. If only we have chosen the right path when “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, /And sorry I could not travel both / And be one traveler, long I stood / And looked down one as far as I could / To where it bent in the undergrowth;.....”

We have a tendency of looking at the positive side of the other people's job and vice versa for our own profession. In an organization, the happiness in the job depends on the inter-personal relation, your own attitude and the attitudes of the people that surrounds us. And lesser we say about the boss the better it is.

The tricky part is that most of the time the job selects you and not the other way round, here. Your aptitude, your interest, your passion and your predilection all goes for a six after you are selected to undergo professional studies abroad after class XII, or after getting selecting from RCSE (Royal Civil Service Commission) selection examination. It is good to employ only the best. But it is better to employ right man in the right job to stop job hopping seeing the greener grass on the other side or lacking aptitude in the present job.

Many pupil strive to become doctors, engineers or lawyers; just because their parents/guardians told them so. It is like an arranged marriage for most. Either you learn to fall in love or be doomed for life, trying to earn a living out of it. Most people stay hooked on to the first profession even without much zeal. Ten years is the minimum service requirement to be eligible for pension, if one is in civil service. And ten years is enough to make one get used to!

I remember a story of a right person in right job and who seems to have love and respect for his profession....

A new school bus driver took over the school bus which was left grounded, after the previous driver resigned to look for a new job, elsewhere. The bus was in shabby conditions.

The first thing the new driver did was to clean the bus throughly. It was repaired. The shabby curtains were removed. It was scented and brought it into ship shape conditions.

When the students got inside the clean looking bus, he told them, “Dear students, I would like to tell you that this maybe just a bus for you, but it is an office for me. And you are requested to treat it as an office and behave accordingly.”

There was silence in the bus. The students noticed a marked difference between the previous and the present driver. He took his profession seriously. Until now, none of the students thought driver as an option for a profession. The new driver kept his office clean always. The students respected the office and helped him to keep it clean by not littering in the bus.