Name: Ankana Dey
Branch: Civil Engineering
Company: Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
Position: Executive Trainee (posted at Corporate Centre, Gurgaon)
1. What is your schedule-like on a normal day?
The office hours are from 9 to 5. Being a trainee I am under the supervision of an AGM to whom I have to report every day. Since I am doing my training in office my work revolves mostly around official work which is technical in nature.
I have to check the documents, staad drawings, designs, prepare technical specifications for the clients, compare the specifications prepared by the company and the client and reply to the queries of the clients, if any. There are also meetings that I need to attend. They are held for negotiations between the organisation and the client.
Apart from this, there are IOMs (Inter Office Memorandums) for which I have to prepare replies.
2. On a scale of 10, rate your satisfaction level from the job?
Well, I will give eight out of ten. It is quite satisfying. The office hours are fixed and I don’t have to bring any work home. So, after office I’m absolutely free to enjoy my life.
3. Three things you like and hate about your job?
The pay is quite good here. Besides the work environment is very healthy. Neither you are overburdened nor totally relaxed. The amount of work assigned is just right; proportionate to the employee’s ability and organisation’s demands. You can say Power Grid takes good care of its employees.
There is nothing in particular that I hate. I just wish that the class room training period was a little shorter. Three months is too long. There is too much of theoretical learning and visualization involved, which is almost similar to what we did in college. Instead, I feel field training should be emphasized.
4. What options/prospects do you see in this particular field?
I personally feel that PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) provide a good option for career advancement in this particular field. There is lot of work and ample opportunities for personal growth. Since it is a government organisation, the promotions are based on experience and performance. However, if your performance is good you are promoted earlier. On the other hand, you can also be demoted if you fail to perform well.
5. Anything you would like to share with engineering aspirants who are in class 12th?
Engineering is one field that demands hard work and passion. Students must go for it only if they are really passionate about it.
While selecting a branch give preference to your interest. It is more important than institute/college. However, in case you feel that you have landed up in a branch that you don’t find interesting you must not leave it. It is not a wise option. Complete the course, take a degree and pursue your own interest side by side. There are non-core jobs too which you can get. It is not necessary that you have to work in your core field only. But for that you must prepare well.
On the basis of my experience I can say that all branches are equally good and they offer quality opportunities to those who really study hard and well. Pursue your own interests because until and unless you are really interested in what you are doing, it’s not possible to succeed. Take a job that gives you satisfaction, because only then you can give your 100 per cent to it.