What is it to earn like Rs 25 lakhs to 30 lakhs per annum in India?
I am a Computer Engineer from an IIT and i am currently making 30+ lpa. (Less than 4 years experience. Almost all is fixed. No bonus/variable component BS) and let me tell you:
It feels great & I am really proud of it!
Why? Maybe because i earn more than some of my peers?
It feels great because i proved a point to someone who had made me feel the lowest i have ever felt, made me doubt my capabilities and said i was good for nothing! Interested to know the whole story? Read on. Apologies for the long post, but this is some serious shit!
How it started:
When i started off, my first company used to offer 8.5 lpa to IIT freshers. It was like a paid vacation, i was really happy because i was making enough to live a decent lifestyle and i had an awesome gang of friends.
But sometimes even in a chilled out company, 1 in 500 people get to report to someone who is a “not so good”. Unfortunately, i was one of them.
Everybody has good and bad days at work. Every time i made a mistake or couldn’t finish up something, i used to try harder the next time. I was making all possible efforts from my side to make thing work. But my superior was like Jon Snow. He literally knew little or nothing about the code or the product.
All the blame used to come on the developers. The team was not at all helpful. It was getting difficult to survive. I felt suffocated. I felt helpless. I used to blame myself.
Then slowly i started realizing that something was wrong with the team and him, not me I tried communicating this to higher management, but as usual, they favoured you know who. He was making my life hell. He was micromanaging. Sometimes he used to take hourly updates of my work. He used to call me in his office and literally tell me i write crap in the production bugs. Going to his cabin was like a torture. I felt harassed.
- I hit Rock Bottom, in terms of confidence, enthusiasm and ability to learn and work both professionally and personally.
- I reduced all social interactions and i reduced talking to my family.
- I stopped talking to all my friends.
- Hell i was going through a depression. It got worse with each passing day. Everybody in the office knew he was troubling me. I had become a laughing stock for his set of “loyal” employees. (Boss’s yes-men).
The Turning Point:
My mom used to get really worried after hearing all this. One day, after another bad day at office, i told her everything. She was in tears. Imagine how i felt! My mother was in pain because of me.
Why? Because i was letting someone else decide how i felt about myself, because i was letting him decide how capable i was and i was letting someone who knew nothing about the product blame me for all the faults and misbehave with me.
After that call, i felt horrible. It was the worst i had ever felt! I remembered this line from a motivational dialog from the movie Rocky:
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
The world will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it! I was not going to let it. No more. That day i decided i would not let him worsen my life. I will change!
The Hard Working Phase:
I sat down, didn’t sleep the whole night and made a study plan. I needed to change my company after a couple of years. I had forgotten the interview syllabus. After that i made a study schedule.
- I studied for around 9 hours a day apart from office for around 2 months.
- I prepared hard for technical interviews, watched lectures, read books, coded a lot of interview problems and worked extremely hard.
- I was cut off from all my friends/relatives/well wishers. My flatmates used to see me after one or two days. I was always in my room. I used to talk only to my mother.
- I started giving interview, failed, analyzed, prepared harder and kept trying again and again.
The little phase called happiness:
Finally, God had been kind and i had worked hard. Before long, i cracked something which i had dreamt of in my college days. I had cracked Goldman Sachs apart from 7 other companies. I negotiated an offer of way more than even double of what i used to get at my previous firm. This was the exact emotion i was going through:
I was soaring with the feeling of success. The day i received the offer letter, i took two boxes of sweets, one for my team and another for you know who. That day i probably felt the best i had ever felt. After all i had made my point! And i made sure he knew my salary (I told it to one of his most loyal employee !)
I spend around an year at GS and shifted again when a wonderful career opportunity came across. They paid me around 30 lpa+ and that is what my current salary is.
I do not think it is a great achievement. I still study hard to learn the things i missed before. You have to keep learning and evolving to survive this industry. If you have the skills and knowledge, money is sure to follow. No matter what, in this world there are people who are way better than you. Stay humble. Always!
Funny how life works, recently i came to know from a friend of friend who takes some part time classes with You know who that Mr. You know who told him, there was a guy who moved from his firm to GS to a third company and is currently making 30+ lpa. He seemed upset about it as for him i was a useless resource who was good for nothing!
Oh buoy, that was real happiness personified! That very moment, i felt like the kid in success kid meme.I had never before felt so satisfied, so contented in my life.
That was my little revenge. I was happy that i made the person because of whom my mom shed tears feel that way. Sorry for sounding all proud and mean there but i can’t help it. I don’t even feel bad about saying it!
It is rightly said – The best revenge is massive success!
I wish this answer gets a million upvotes and somehow Mr. You know who gets to read this:
There you go – IN YOUR FACE!
- I definitely was arrogant in this answer. Possibly the anger filled within was channeling out. I apologize again for being rude and mean. That is not how i am in person. Just that some people manage to bring out the best in you , and some the worst 🙂
- I dedicate all of my little success to my charismatic mother. She has been my strength, my support system, my daily dose of motivation and someone who has always believed in me even when i was doubting myself.
This is all for you. I love you ma!
I am simply amazed at the kind of warmth and response i received from my fellow Quorans. Frankly i never expected my story could inspire so many. 3.5k upvotes within 12 hours is too much for me to handle! I am overwhelmed and extremely thankful to everyone for the love and support they have shown!
Also, based on a lot of requests and after giving it a good amount of thought, i am finally removing my anonymity! 🙂
As far as preparation plans are concerned, i would post that shortly. Thanks again everyone.!
Many of you have asked me how i prepared for the interviews. Hence i have compiled and updated a list of resources used during the preparation in this answer here:
Please note i have not completed each and every thing mentioned in the answer above. But it is a good source of learning based on my research. Hope you find it useful. 🙂
Good Luck and Cheers !
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