As a fresher, and a keen interest in networks, I succeeded in landing a job
with Hutchison Telecom East Ltd as an engineer in the Switch department
Every technical fresher in a telecom company, has to undergo a training, to
get a holistic understanding of the system. This starts with a brief introduction to the
systems and the network in general and then he is sent to the vendors place to
understand better the functioning of the system using the vendor?s test bed. This
training is usually conducted only once in one year or two years and is crucial to a
fresher because he gets hands on experience with a test bed. As every fresher, I
looked forward to participating in this training program in all earnestness.
A few days before the month long training program was to start, I met with
an accident. Hospitalised with a broken leg, I was nearly heartbroken. I thought a
misfortune had befallen me, depriving me the chance to attend the crucial training
programme for that calendar year. The doctor advised me complete bed rest for one
full month then only there was a chance for the fracture to mend itself. I was
seething in anger but directed it in learning with force the basics of telecom systems
and further developments.
The forced rest and assiduous pursuit in studying the systems, guided by
experts in the respective fields released my stupor and encouraged me to move on
an equal footing with colleagues who have run past me during that period. I ignored
the advice of the doctor and a few days later hobbled on my broken leg to the office.
I studied the systems documentation thoroughly and used every opportunity to
assimilate knowledge pertaining to the systems. Simultaneously I turned out
productive work for my employer. Working was rather difficult with a leg encased in
a heavy plaster cast; nevertheless, with a little assistance from our vendor and
senior colleagues in our team I did gain a holistic...
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