Twenty nine year old bespectacled Sanjeev Kumar is very satisfied with the way his life has turned out. When a friend whom he highly admired went the IT way Kumar decided that IT would be his line of work as well. He recalls animatedly, "His job profile intrigued me tremendously. He used to share his work and the challenges that he faced in his day-to-day life with me. I used to find the discussion very interesting."
The job of a software professional, according to Kumar, is full of rewarding assignments and multiplying responsibilities. He himself began his career as a trainee software engineer after graduation. Today, he is the team leader for a ULD (unit load devices) management system, the sub-sector dealing with a part of the cargo system being handled by Perot systems.
He says, "As a trainee my responsibility was to help my senior at work which gave me an opportunity to get hands-on job experience. I was also assigned modules of internal projects that needed to be completed independently." After a successful traineeship, he was taken on board and eventually entrusted with the responsibilities of "developing and unit testing" assigned modules.
The position of Senior Software Engineer that followed was an acknowledgement of the good work he had put in for the organisation. "I became the contact person for other software engineers working on the same project." Sustained good work in his middle and senior level assignments landed him his present position of a team leader. On the one hand it means evaluating how the team functions, and it also involves mentoring them for improvements and motivating them.
Asked to comment on the kind of work culture he says, "This profession encourages harnessing your creativity and ideas to full capacity. The professional environment at Perot Systems allows you to experiment with your ideas." Tell him that it is surely not so rosy all the way and he goes on the defensive. "It’s true working hours can be long but that too is the demand of the job." You may believe it or not, but Kumar believes that it is a small price to pay for professional growth.