Waking up every day to the same old routine is easy. Take a shower, have breakfast, go to work, work, go home, and the cycle continues. At the beginning it was exciting. It was new. But it got very boring very quickly. And the thirst for something new arose. However, in a grey environment, you can only stay colored for so long; and before I knew it, I had picked up the cycle and got comfortable with it. ‘Things have been this way for the last 30 or so years. Why would they change now? I bet everyone thought they could change the world when they first started. Why would it be any different for me?’, I thought.
So when suddenly, bank laws changed, savings interests hiked and the company suddenly seemed to become obsolete in several functions overnight, there was cause for panic. The real question became, what do you still have to offer the company?
Experience? There’s nothing unique about that. Knowledge of a redundant process is insignificant in a dynamic environment. Especially when the shift to dynamism is sudden and urgent. Competition had changed, and was filled with young people that knew how to deliver products that were faster and efficient. Suddenly, we were old school. And there is no room for old school.
So when HR requested for the latest certificates that we had acquired since being offered employment, I was glad for the free online diplomas I had accumulated in the recent months, and the evidence of their application in the recent projects I had executed.
The thirst for continued learning never ended, even in a grey environment, and it prepared me for paradigm shifts that could not have been foreseen as as soon as they happened.