MY JOURNEY FROM INDIA TO POLAND
Chapter 1: How it started...
To be honest, I never dreamed about Poland. But here I am! 🤩
Chapter 2: So Far So Good!
Chapter 3: Half Celebration...
Chapter 4: What the hell?
So I called my friend, and we met. We discussed the interview as usual. But this time we were so happy. We talked about all the situations, doubts, questions and answers of the interview and interviewer. How much I was scared and excited at the same time. We also discussed, what will be the next situation like and what we can expect in the manager round. We also discussed some salaries and what range we can give them, so we have gone through some cost-of-living websites provided by HR so that we will get an idea of how much it can cost for a month to live in Poland.
At that point, I knew I had to wait 2 days for a response from HR and I somehow convinced myself to wait till 1.5 days. So it was going great. I was doing my office work and exercise and busy with series on Netflix, Disney Hotstar etc. In that period, I have written a reply to HR many times and saved it in a draft. It happens, you know like we are waiting for someone's reply but nothing was happening and we just started overthinking about it. Finally, after waiting 1.5 days, I replied to HR saying please share the feedback. after sending a reply I received an email within 15 minutes saying that the process takes 2 days and that as soon as she gets the feedback from the interviewer, she will inform me. I was like what the hell? how much time it needs. 90min interview and 2 days for evaluation? It doesn't seem right. and then I decided not to bother them again. Why? if they replied then ok. I will get to know whether I am in or out. but if they didn't send me a reply means I am successfully rejected. That's it.
I was angry with them. I did not like anything at that time. I was like, I don't want to go to Poland. You know it was like the 'Angoor Khatte Hai' situation. Also, my friend once told me, ' Mann ka ho to acha, Na ho to or bhi achha...'. So god knows what is good for me and that's what going to happen. So I have accepted that I still need to apply to other companies. And that's what I did. I applied to a few other companies from linked in. I felt good. I didn't give up. I am still in the race.
The next day, around 01:00 in the afternoon, I received an email for a manager round which was scheduled for 45 min after 1 week. That felt so good. I danced for some time, relaxed, and saw 1 movie. And started studying. But this time a little less study. Overconfidence.🤪
Till this point, I didn't tell anybody in my family that there was an opportunity for a job in Poland and I applied for that. How can I tell them? It's not that simple. You know everyone's family is a little bit complicated. So mine too.
When it comes to my family, there is a lot to tell. We are a total of 7 in our family including my parent. 4 sisters, 1 brother(youngest) And everybody is smart in their way.
When it comes to 'going outside India', any parents would restrict their child. Of course, they can't see their kids going anywhere far from them. They want their kids to be safe.
In 2020, when I was just planning but had not started applying, that time when I asked my parent if I want to go out of India to study or for a job. My mom was like a typical Indian mom. "No no no, why do you want to go outside, if you want to go to study, we don't have that kind of money. and if you want to do a job, what is wrong with your current job? Infosys is a very good company, everyone loves Infosys. You can even retire in that company. Don't go anywhere. Pune is the best city. You can come home every weekend. You can go to your sister's home. Life is here and not outside India. There is nothing outside India. Just forget it. I don't like this topic. etc".
My father is a cool and calm person, he replied that time, "If you want to study, go for MS in Computer Science, and if you want to do a job always remember it's not easy to go out of India and live. India is our country, but outside India, we can't imagine what you will face. But sure I support you if you want to go that's ok. Don't worry about anything else."
I remember that time and the day when I informed them that I am going to Poland, I mean it is still 60-40 chances, but yeah. I will be going soon.
So I called my mom, she was reading Haripath. I told her I want to tell both of them something important. She called papa and they both said ok go ahead, I told them about the interview and everything that was going on, as well as the current situation that the Manager round has not yet happened. But once it is done and if I got selected, I will be moving to Poland for a long time.
My papa was so happy, he said Poland is a very nice country, you will be safe there, he congratulated me, the happiness in his voice was unexplainable. I said thank you. But I didn't hear anything from mom, she was awfully quiet. I asked her to say something. She said nice. Her voice was low, she was sad, I sensed it. I tried to convince her that this is the best opportunity and that if everything went well, I would not lose this chance. She asked me when are you leaving. I said maybe in April/May. Then she counted how many months I will be In India, and she asked me, when are you coming home. I said I will be coming home once my manager round is done. I need to study for that. She said ok. best of luck. and then we disconnected.
That was not a very happy conversation. I was ready for that, but I was happy that my father was happy because in our family for the first time someone is going outside India for a job. I can feel how much he was proud of me.🤓
I started preparing for the Manager round. I have done all my study in 1 week. I was all set and ready for the interview. as the interview was on Monday i.e my favourite day. I knew I will get selected, there was no reason to reject me. I am a strong, confident and knowledgeable person. I know, I was fit for this position. With that confidence, I joined the meeting and waited and waited for 20 minutes. No one joined...
The interview didn't happen...
Chapter 5: Celebration and Party
I disconnected the meeting after 20 minutes and I was disappointed. I opened my email to reply to HR and then I saw a new email. From some other HR saying sorry for the inconvenience as Manager was not well, he was on leave and they are rescheduling the interview for next week. I was like WHAT🤬 I replied, "Thanks for the update!"
Now what, study again for the whole week. You know how it feels. It was like school days, we know that teacher is going to take a test and we prepare and study everything and when they enter the classroom and suddenly change their mind. It feels like they don't like when you are confident. Now I need to change my plans. I was looking forward to going home. I said I will come home at the weekend once my interview was over. But now I need to postpone that. I was trying to convince myself that whatever happens, happens for a reason. You might need to study a little bit more and be prepared for selection and celebration. Maybe this was not my day. I should say thanks to god. But My other mind was frustrated, wanted to finish the interview and be free. Free from worry and study for some time. And wanted to go the home and explain to them, how everything happened. Wanted to see their expression and smile. I love my parents. Sometimes they do things which I don't like. But that's ok. But now we have to face reality. We need to wait one more week.
Now I was in the same routine. Study - work - exercise - tea - food - Netflix - sleep - repeat. And the day had come, Manager Round. I Was not that worried. but I was feeling even more confident. I joined the meeting, from the other side he has already joined and smiled. And the interview started. It was moreover a friendly discussion but in between, he tricked and turned the discussion into the Interview. He asked me related questions as well. I have given my best. He seemed happy with my answers. It ends well. He informed me that HR will contact me for the next round. So I got selected. I was so happy. It means I am going to Poland. I know Poland was never my dream country but it's good to start. I was eagerly waiting to visit my parents. But before that, I called my friends and we went to Barbecue Nation and had dinner that day. And we started watching youtube videos of Poland. How are the weather, food and different places?
To be continued...
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