The year 2008 in my life was very long as I had to put up with the loss of my father in an accident. As also I was forced to take a break due to the ongoing global recession which left me nothing to do except do freelance work to build up my resume. The wait for my first job got very long and I was able to join only in September 2009 with a year's gap in my resume. I had an opportunity with a leading MNC but only on a contractual basis for 6 months. I was told that my tenure will be extended only post my 6-month review and I took this as a challenge that was exciting and worth a risk otherwise.
I demonstrated a deep interest to learn in the project at work and was soon able to adapt to the organization's culture. I was also keen on reading newsletters but to my disappointment, my project did not have any resources. I was able to focus well on my job otherwise while very keen to do something about the newsletter. Then I met one of my managers, though he did not supervise me. I expressed my willingness to start a newsletter but was never convinced about getting the opportunity as I was employed as a contractor. After several discussions with my manager, I was asked to prepare a draft and to go about starting the first newsletter in the team! I was very excited at this opportunity which gave me wings to explore my creative side.
I took up this initiative as an additional responsibility apart from my core work. The support rendered in the process was tremendous due to the open work culture but I could sense failure in some of the people's eyes and at times I felt I was at the wrong place to think about the newsletter. My manager on the other hand was completely supportive and professional and it was during my interaction with him I learnt to always succeed with confidence and hard work which will pay off!!
I knew no time as I prepared the newsletter draft and it was completed with all necessary inputs by a team of over 100 members. All this while my focus was only to work for 1 year on a contractual basis and then wait for the appraisal to move on as a permanent employee. The newsletter was highly appreciated by the team including the managers and I had the satisfaction of involving in this creative project without any expectations!!!
My initiative to drive the newsletter in the team finally paid off!! I was informed about being moved on rolls as a full-time employee just after a 6-month contractual stint. I never expected this to happen especially when I was very scared to ask questions confidently and was hesitant otherwise to approach others owing to my self-imposed nonexistent inhibitions. During the review, I learned that my manager had noticed my hard work and sincerity towards the newsletter project and the panel made me realize that I deserved to be on the rolls of the company! So I was soon onboarded in the organization and successfully bought out the newsletters for 2 consecutive years in my project. It is over 10 years now that I am still in touch with Mr.Aditya who carries the same energy and passion right from day one of our meetings.
Hard work pays off!
This incident has led me to believe and work hard towards any goal without any expectations. The result will always be in your favor but the focus should be on the goal with the right attitude and sincere efforts. I am now a successful Internal Communications professional extensively dealing with preparing newsletters for my organization-thanks to my initial efforts I put up to start my first newsletter. I have now taken up many voluntary initiatives including driving newsletters across many organizations without any expectations but with complete satisfaction.