Are you looking for a job? Are you considering applying to Chillibreeze, a Meghalaya company serving global customers?
If yes, you may find my experience useful. Let me share my story with you.
First Step - Filled a Form
On hearing about an open position in Chillibreeze, I quickly browsed through the website to get a glimpse of what Chillibreeze does. After reading the job description I looked for the apply button. It was easy to find since the color was a bright red.
Filling up the form felt like an exciting adventure! Once done I clicked on the ‘Submit’ button and waited for their response. 🤞
Within 4 days, I received a mail informing me about a one-month crash course where Chillibreeze would coach and guide us.
I was told that they would evaluate my strengths and capabilities during the course, and if I fit the needs of the position, that I am applying for, then I would be recruited.
I was surprised as I did not know anything about this course.
However, I was excited about the opportunity, and I said, Yes! I am
up for it.
The Crash Course Orientation
Thus… my journey began.
As part of the on-boarding process, the Chillibreeze HR team arranged an orientation session for all the Crash Course trainees, to educate us about the course structure and the expectations. I could clearly see that this course would help youth looking for a job to develop themselves. I felt I was lucky to have got this opportunity. And it was free!
Due to the pandemic, the course was delivered virtually.
As it is an online course, we were asked to join the virtual meeting
I patiently waited for the Zoom meeting to begin. I was ready!
I had my laptop on standby half an hour before the session. I was nervous and excited! I did not know what to expect.
The session began, and it was the first time I was using Zoom. I spent the time discovering the various buttons (like mute button, hand raise button, etc.).
The meeting began and I could see many others had joined the meeting too. Representing Chillibreeze were two professional women, Dolcey and Nazarine. The Chillibreeze team greeted us professionally and casually talked with each of us.
As the other Crash Course trainees introduced themselves, I waited patiently, more eager than ever, for my turn.
Finally, it was my turn! I was not aware that I had muted my microphone.
Silly me, I kept talking to myself with confidence, and the others could not hear anything from my end.
Then after a few seconds of talking to myself, I heard Naz's voice saying, "Hazel, I think you are muted, please turn on your mic”.
I checked my screen with embarrassment and searched for the unmute button with a shivering hand and I quickly unmuted myself.
Oh! How embarrassing it was. I made such an awful first impression of myself in front of everyone.
Overall, I enjoyed the meeting as they provided an overview of the crash course. It was a lot to take in, but luckily, they sent us an email later that evening detailing the one-month course.
The Crash Course
The Crash course finally began! It was to be a one-month training course.
Just a quick update! I initially thought the crash course was going to train us only on PowerPoint. But, Guess What?
I was completely wrong!!
We were added to a platform called Mighty Networks, a community platform that brings content and online courses together.
We are given access to the courses on Culture and Values and the basics of PowerPoint.
Okay! Before joining the crash course, I thought the assignments would be all related to PowerPoint.
But this was not the case; the assignments we received were totally out of the box and interesting.
I want to tell you what the assignments were, but I don't want to ruin the surprise. Best that you discover for yourself. I will give you just a gist. 🤫
Every week the HR team would give out assignments - to write summaries and to share experiences on the learning. While writing and expressing my understanding, I felt like a rusty and broken part of me was getting healed. I think I grew when it comes to how I see life and my behavior.
It reminded me how our experiences can be challenging at times, but what matters is how we heal and overcome them.
The assignments on Culture and Values are more about sharing our experiences in life. We have open discussions and these sessions helped me be vulnerable with my fellow teammates and also my mentors.
The PowerPoint assignments, on the other hand, were impressive. It filled my mind with various ideas. I was amazed by how a car image can move in a slide! Though this might not be new for my fellow trainees but for me, it was something totally amazing!
All I thought about while doing the PowerPoint designs was how I could make them attractive and appealing.
There were even nights when I dreamt about merging shapes! Funny Right?
I'm told this is a recurring dream for all CBer's (heheheehe).
When I saw that we will be having group discussions every week, I thought that it will be like a classroom, where the HR team would share, and we would listen.
But that was not what happened. It was an open discussion where each one of us got to share our views and perspectives.
The environment during the group discussions was relaxed – we could express our thoughts freely. No suggestions or views were right or wrong. Each of us had our own unique understanding, and we learned from each other and supported each other.
I remember Nafissa shared, "one member adds sugar, the other the flour, the other member the cream, another member the icing, and the other cherry on top” – a combined effort for a wonderful outcome.
Lessons for Life
From the Crash Course, I learned more about Chillibreeze as a company, and I am starting to understand more about the company's purpose and vision.
We were introduced to a book, The Conscious Business, and a Podcast by Patrick Lencioni.
Though we got to learn just a little from the Conscious Business book, it was a lesson for life itself. I could relate it to my own life and I am able to ponder on my strengths, weakness and how my choices affect my life. We learned about integrity, humility, being vulnerable, and teamwork.
Having got the opportunity to be part of the crash course, one thing I can truly say is that it was educational, and it gave me lessons for life.
A statement from this crash course had an impact on me, on how I want my file to be, which was "Success Beyond Success” (you will learn this in the Conscious Business book).
Soon the crash course ended, and it was time to face the test. Now I have to challenge my life to practice what I have learned.
The road beyond success may not always be smooth but having gone through the crash course I will be aware, to consciously make choices, as I face what lies ahead.
It was an enlightening experience and a blessed opportunity to have joined the crash course.
Cheers to the Team!! A big thanks to Chillibreeze and the Crash Course it offers.