My one and only dream ever since I was in 9th standard was to become an aerospace engineer.
My dream plan – study and get superbly amazing marks in 12th standard, crack ISAT and get into IIST, IIST to ISRO, ISRO to NASA and probably getting a Nobel prize in physics !
I gave twelve engineering exams and trust me on the fact that my most dedicated attempt, till date, was when I was attempting my ISAT.
I travelled the entire country to give engineering examinations and so in the process, I met this guy on the train who was going to Pune to seek admission in Bhartiya Vidyapeeth (law faculty).
We discussed as to what we wanted to do in life, I said “Engineering Dude !!” and he came up with this very weird thing called “IPR”. He told me about whatever he had researched, related to intellectual property rights. I found it pretty interesting.
We got off the train, topic over, I wished him luck with law and he wished me luck with engineering.
Four months later, the same guy contacts me over Facebook and asks me “ Hey! Hows your engineering going?” and I go like “Engineering! haha! Am doing law dude!”
What led to the above situation is as follows: despite giving 12 engineering exams, none of them secured me aerospace engineering.
And my ISAT score, well, don’t even ask ! Hence I started panicking and filled up all sorts of forms, everything, from B.A to B.Com to Law. B.A and B.Com were still fine…but law , I had never even thought about it, never ever.Law was never an option.
Hence, I genuinely wanted to screw up the one and only law exam that I gave. Despite knowing that there was negative marking for every wrong answer, I marked the answer for each and every question! And as luck (or bad luck) would have it, I got selected and my attempt to “not get selected” went absolutely futile.
And here I was, in a law college, having absolutely no clue as to what I was doing here.
I am in second year now, and trust me, the situation is still the same. I can intern, I can moot, I can do anything and everything to build my CV and secure a job.
But that is not the point here. Point is, do I have any interest in law? Even if i get a job (which I know I wont) and work for 18 hours a day, would I be happy doing it ?
Anyways, this can be thought about once I do get a job. Reasons as to why I think that getting a job is gonna be a humongous task, read on:
Apparently, networking plays a very important role in law. You make contacts, become friends with your seniors, become friends with your co interns and later use these contacts in getting a job.
So, what about a person like me who doesn’t believe in the concept of networking? Who finds this concept absolutely shallow? If you wanna get a job, why not get it on your “own” merit rather than using “jugaad”?
Since I have no idea whether my interest actually lies in law or I am studying it just because I am in a law college, my mind keeps wandering elsewhere.
As of now, the options that I am considering are as follows:
1. I can join the army after completing my third year or the fifth year (or)
2. I can give CAT and pursue M.B.A after my third year or the fifth year (or)
3. I can pursue a course in event management (or)
4. I can work full time with an NGO (or)
5. I can pursue journalism (or)
6. My newest option ! I can become a lecturer !
God only knows where I’ll end up!
You’ve got a very narrow, and I am sorry to say, wrong notion of what ‘networking’ is.
Networking is not just about ‘making contacts’ and boot-licking the seniors.
Helping people out is the best way to network. Think of networking as being ‘professionally friendly’: helping each other out with career.
Generally there is a specific personality type which is not comfortable with ‘networking’. Not everyone should be or can be a lively extrovert. Introverts too have their own powers. And they ways an introvert and an extrovert ‘networks’ are differently.
I mean, introverts too can network.
Networking is not jugaad, it’s ‘connecting’ and there is a whole lot of ‘merit’ in that.