No, I am not getting into existentialism and stuff. As the big three zero is fast approaching, I am in a more introspective phase. All this is of no interest to anybody except myself, so you can skip this safely.
One of the common questions one faces while meeting a stranger is, What are you/ You are working as... In the intial phase of my career it was easy, I could answer that I am a Mechanical Engineer / Workshop supervisor. But later on things got more complicated. In the nine years I have been working I have been
Welding Engineer - Did ok. It was my first job and I guess I did fairly well. It taught me a lot about human resource management as most of my sub ordinates were atleast 20 years older than me.
Machine Shop Engineer - Struggled with this job, never got comfortable with it.
Inspection Engineer - Spent three years in this job, did fairly ok. Realised that I don't have the patience and meticulousness needed for this. Major achievements in these three years was climbing up monkey ladders and scaffoldings without fear.
Sun Certified Java Programmar - This was the first major shift. Didn't know anything about programming when I started, learnt Java in three months and became a Sun Certified Java Programmer in six months and got a job as a programmer in nine months. Had real motivation though for this drastic jump. I worked for about 6 months as programmer, but then the company I worked had no real projects.
Software marketing - Since the company didn't have projects, I took it upon myself to market our services to potential clients. Spent some 9 months in this position and turned out to be a disaster, partly because the market was bust, partly because the company had no differentiator for us to sell, partly because I was a novice.
Ship Chandling - Second drastic shift. One of the major benefits of studying part time MBA was I met the proprietor of the company I am heading now. He was my classmate at LIBA and was looking out for some professional to run his ship chandling business. What it means is I have to sell stores to ships calling Indian ports, stores needed for running the vessel, like Potatoes, Tomatoes, Meat items, Engine spares, Cosumables - anything under the sun. So in the blogger meets I introduce myself as the potato seller. In this I am really successful as the company is growing 100% YOY - partly because the base was small to start with, partly because Shipping is booming, partly because I am good at this.
Stock Market Investor - This is more of a parallel activity. I started investing after September 11 when the markets were completely down. I am a more conservative investor, get in early and get out early. Haven't lost my principal, and my portfolio is growing at a decent pace, so can call myself a moderate success.