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5 years on the job

This is just the beginning. And it feels I’ve been working forever.

Today I’ve completed 5 years with Oracle, 5 years since my first day at work, 5 years since Oracle has been my pay master. How much faster can time fly?

Over the last 5 years, I have crossed all possible milestones possible in anyone’s first 5 years in the corporate world. Seen all the ups and downs. Like all aspiring and budding professionals, I had set myself timelines,milestones, short-term and long-term career goals. Too early to get to those long-term goals but all short-term goals are ticked off. So its time to set new ones. What I need to be doing for the next 5 years, where I see myself going and what I want to be doing. Time for some career introspection.

It’s weird how we spend our entire lives working & slogging yet not knowing the reason why. I want to know that. I want to know why.

Working with Oracle has been my highpoint. It is the largest enterprise software company in the world. And despite the economic downturn, the company been able to maintain a more than healthy balance sheet all along. So much so that, of the 45 companies it has acquired over the last 5 years, 10 have been in the last 18 months. That is something.

With 5 years completed, I already feel like a dinosaur. Maybe I need to retire by 40. How’s that for a long-term goal?!

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52 thoughts on “5 years on the job

  1. Congratulations for completing your kindergarten years at work.! I can assure you the adolescent years will be more exciting and challenging. Enjoy working – most crucial – and never forget the SHIT theory.;-)

  2. Wow..You work with Oracle!!! Congrats on completing 5 years..Have a great career ahead..I pray that I too will write a post like this,six years from now :)

  3. Keep it up bro.. Thats a commandable achievement and that too being your 1st job. I still remember your 1st day at work and the hours we used to spend in doing “slice and dice” and ways of scr$@ing our competetion.. ;) Freshers should take lessons from you..!! Cheers..!!

    Would love to see one big blog from you on “experiences and people u came across in these 5 yrs”.. :)

    • Oh yes, I can never forget those strategizing, slice n dice days. Those ‘skills’ brought me here today. Ideal fundamental building blocks.

      That’s a good idea for a post. Could be fun. Will work on it :)

  4. i say congrats and u say same to u. u have stuck with same company and this is my third.
    the answer to ur question is “MONEY”

    • Congrats to you too. Well, you’ve stuck with your current company for close to 3 yrs. So that is something :) The first 2 were more or less experiments :D

  5. Congrats to you. :)

    It certainly is a milestone !!! Great going !!!

    Retirement – really need to think on those lines, to enjoy more time with Ibbu !!! :)

  6. Hey Congrats ..5 yrs is a milestone indeed and with one company .. woww!
    I complete 6 yrs [3 companies ]in July and I can’t believe I hv been working for so long :P

  7. Congrats! :)
    I will be completing 7 yrs this September!! Whew! :d
    no clue where all the time went, especially since I still feel like a fresher at times! :P

    But, yes, wishing you all the success and good wishes to complete your next set of short-term goals and planning of long-term goals as well! ;)

    retirement at the age of 40 is not a bad idea if one has the money to enjoy!!! ;) ;)

  8. LOL yes absolutely. If my future is financially secure by 40, I would blindly retire. 12 more years to go. Time will tell :)

    7 yrs? wow. Sometimes I feel like a fresher amongst you all :D

  9. U r fresher then me too :-)
    I have completed 5.5 yrs in three diff company :-)

    Wishing u loads of luck for next set of goals and do celebrate ur Kindergarten completion :-)

  10. Congrats Bro… 5 years with a single company is an achievement in itself. :) I have been working for over three years and already hopped once and all set to change the job for second time now!! ;)

    • Aah..finally someone with lesser work ex than me! Good. so now I can reinstate my lost pride. Confused? well, browse up and read some comments and you’ll figure it out ;)

  11. Working..slogging & blogging…. :D I misssed reading so many posts :(..BTW, you would be eligible for gratuity now :D

    • You’ve been missing from action, Dew. Good to see you.

      LOL yes, gratuity. see, i hadn’t thought about that…hmmm…now i’ll have to think of some more new ways to spend it ;)

  12. And about finding the mystery behind why we work? I guess it’s gonna be tough, I have thought a lot about it but no answers yet!! do let me know if u find answers for it!! :)

    Retirement @ 40 is really a great idea.. You know what, I am little ahead of u here and I am planning my retirement @ 30 ;) as I started working early at 18..

    • haha its a never-ending debate. but the simple answer has to be ‘MONEY’. but i know that is and must not be the only reason. but who cares, as long as we continue making shit loads of money, dont give a damn! :D

  13. Congrats bro… Even before 3 years i am feeling like i am working forever :) :) 40 is real perfect, i think… But i dont know… How the things will be then… Hope for the best :)

  14. I just realised that I posted the comment for both the posts in your last post. Congrats again anyways…and retiring when you are 40…well will see about that ;)

  15. Congrats buddy !!! Being first company,I know Oracle must hv special place in your heart..may you feel the same happiness and satisfaction there throughout your career..Yes retiring @ 40 is too long term goal as of now ;-)

  16. Oyy, congrats !!! you managed to survive in oracle for 5 years, huh? may you work there for another 50 more years (a lill too much, isnt it? even i felt so :D)

    We guys can never retire; thats our fate ! Sigh :( So theres no point in even thinking about it ! :D :D :D

    • 50?!? Err..OK, maybe you meant till I turned 50 or I’ll pretend that’s what you meant.

      Yes, we can never retire. That’s the ground reality but we can atleast dream :D

  17. You lucky guy…who gets paid to sit and plan milestones :roll: I am gonna complete 10 years in my job as a model adoring wife and I can’t even plan what’s for today’s lunch!!!

    Congrats to Oracle for retaining employees like you :lol:

  18. Missed this post, Masood.

    5 years and you feel like a dinosaur? I retired after 9 years on the job – what does that make me? Mega dinosaur :)

    Congratulations on the milestone! Here’s to many more and hoping that you get to retire at 40 :)

  19. For Retirement planning visit me !!!!! :P :P :P

    lol… thats what I have beenlearning these days… !!!!!

    and that is actually my goal… to retire at the earliest !!!!!!!! :P

    its a simple maths formula actually !!!

  20. its your current expense *(1+inflation rate/100) raised to the years you have for retirement.. !!

    you just have to assume inflation… !!

    and then the reverse will give you how much you must put every month to get that value… sometime when I m online i ll show it to you !!

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