Armed with nothing more than a degree certificate fresh from the University, I sat in the office waiting for my turn in the final round interview at Chillibreeze.
Amongst the candidates was an old classmate from college, who has almost two years' experience in handling accounts. I started having cold feet and feared that I might as well accept defeat.
Finally, it was my turn, anxious and nervous I went inside the room, where the managers and leaders were waiting for me, I gathered up all my courage I gave it my best.
Hours later, when I knew I got selected, I was thrilled, and it was then that I knew that Chillibreeze is a company that gives opportunities not only to the experienced candidates but also to freshers like me. This opportunity molded my career in a way; the Government Sector would not.
I believe in the saying, "Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart." by a famous philosopher, Mencius.
I've always had a childlike attitude, even at the age of 24. No doubt, this attitude has its pros and cons.
Pros are that I like to see the good in everything and I forgive and forget easily. Cons are that I take things lightly, and I do not think ahead.
On the very first day in Chillibreeze, I learned that everything that I do would have an impact on the team and the company. Hearing about the Purpose and the value of work, I realized that if I want to be a part of the team and work here, I have to take things seriously. I can't take things lightly and go with the flow.
The team entrusted me with a lot of responsibilities, where I suddenly felt mature and a grown-up, make decisions and understand the purpose of work.
My team's mannerism boosted my confidence, and I was determined to dedicate my all, to the growth to my team members and the company as a whole.
Chillibreeze has taught me countless lessons from day one itself.
I learned discipline, punctuality, humility, accountability, authenticity, and most importantly, it is okay to admit that we do not know everything. This actually helps us learn so much more by realizing and accepting our flaws.
Working here, I feel like I wake up every day to go to school, yes, right 'School!'.
Chillibreeze is a school to me, and it is a true epitome of Albert Einstein's quote, "Anyone who keeps learning stays young."
Being in Chillibreeze made me realize that responsibility is spontaneous and not something forced upon by anyone.
The best example would be my team and me, working in the different units of Chillibreeze. Chances are aplenty for advantageous moves like leaving early, working inefficiently and others, but the sense of responsibility and enthusiasm that comes from within me leaves no room for such ideas.
I know my role and responsibilities, and I know that if I am not diligent, I will have to face the consequences.
Chillibreeze has a few pre-defined rules and policies so that everything moves on smoothly in a proper way. The employees need to follow the rules and procedures while working to create discipline and seriousness, which can result in higher productivity.
Yes, I follow the rules, but having a sense of responsibility goes beyond following rules and regulations.
One doesn't need rules to know what the right thing is. Another aspect is that rules might create a rigid structure in the company, leading to difficulty in implementing changes.
Rules may also limit one's ability to make quick decisions or to change business strategies on the fly.
In conclusion, one requires fewer rules and more sense of authority and control to allow growth and to achieve desired goals.
Before Chillibreeze, I never thought my actions would impact the surrounding. However, my perspective has changed a lot towards every little thing that I do, strikingly, now I care more about the environment and its sustainability and this is just one example out of the countless transformations incurred in my life at Chillibreeze.
Philanthropy is one of my values in life, and being in Chillibreeze made me work on it daily. Being able to help my colleagues, teaching them how to fish, not just in terms related to finance but going beyond my field to create an impact on another person, it is then, that I feel the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that no amount of money could ever buy.
Thus, each day, I go home with a happy heart and a happy mind, knowing I have added value to the company and my co-workers.