2012 has been a challenging year personally, professionally and financially. I happened to set the benchmarks very high last year. I neither could match them nor exceed them this year as I had planned. Apparently, not everything goes as planned. For the first time in Life, I ended up in situations where I had no control or clarity and all I could do is hope and pray. I actually started to believe in something called ‘Luck’. The year started of on a high note and things got fucked up by the end.
Bear the chaos with me….
The year started in conjuction with my last semester in college. Early in the semester, I got selected for an Internship with one of the Leading E-commerce companies in UAE. I was balancing college with work. It wasn’t easy. Especially when you are spearheading a graduation project team where you are responsible for over 70 percent of the work done. Days were long and tiring. I was taking on load which I didn’t even think was possible. I was balancing work, studies, my sites and few clients.
I made it through. I passed out of college. I am a Fucking Aeronautical Engineer with a decent CGPA. At the same time, I had a semi formal job proposal from the place I was interning at. They wanted me to join immediately. I was to burned out to accept. I told them I’ll go to India first and then come back and join. I flew to India soon after the exams.
Apparently, Folks had booked a very long vacation. The vacation started with a blast. I traveled by train alone ( Yes, It is a big deal) to Goa to meet my friend who was already there. Then we proceeded to visit Banglore. The time spent there were some of the best times of my life. I met people whom I thought I never would see again. I did stuff which I never imagined. I had a good time without worrying about anything. It was amazing. I then had to return back to Mumbai where I was going to stay for rest of my vacation. Unfortunately, the expectations were set pretty high due to the blast I had early in the trip. Mumbai was dull and boring. Lots of issues and nothing much to do.
During the end of the trip I was contacted by my Internship company asking me to join them full time. I was eager and was trying to prepone my tickets. Shit got serious when they went out of business overnight. I then happened to have a dispute with them which made it impossible for me to join their sister company which was still existent. All of a sudden I belonged nowhere. I had applied no where, I didn’t even have a proper CV. All of a sudden, I had nothing.
My sites and side businesses didn’t do very well either. I got fucked in a lot of my projects due to lack of time. Income levels were down by 70-80%.
Soon I realized, The job market was bad. All jobs had a mandatory prerequisite Vaasta . It basically means knowing someone somewhere in the system that gives you a clear advantage over other candidates. I had none. I am not very social myself and neither is my family. We know a limited number of people and none of them have much to do with aviation. It was sad.
After struggling and pulling strings for over 3-4 months now, I have managed to get an internship with another leading E-commerce company in UAE. This was due to Vaasta again. I knew the people on the team which made I application easier. I was interviewed thoroughly and was given the post on my merits.
I am seriously hoping 2013 will be better. I hope I get something that is well paying which would enable me to retire at 35. I am yet to have a concrete plan. This is mainly because I know shit ain’t gonna go according to plan. But I have a flexible guideline in my mind. I’ll be sharing some of my findings soon on the site. Lets see how it goes….
What do I have in mind for 2013 ?
- Get a Job ( Yes, I am saying this… )
- Increase Net worth by at least 100k AED
- Have a Proper Stock Portfolio of 1 lakh Rs ( All Invested).
- Get Some Profitable Internet Marketing Ventures Going.
- Reduce Weight.
I have a vague Idea on how I am going to do it but nothing full proof. You’ll be reading some in detailed blogpost soon about each of them.
I hope 2013 brings you a lot of happiness and all your dreams come true. Make it happen.
No Dream too big, No Dream too small !