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Getting placed in the beginning of the college placement season

My answer to: How important is getting placed in the first month itself? How badly does nervousness affect you in the later months? (To vote and comment on Quora, visit the link here.)

You get to waste one whole year of your life. You join your job, a 3/4 engineer (or even less), without even a little bit of introspection about how you just got away with one of the worst but feel-good cultures of college.

Other than this:

It kills your choices. It kills several unexplored aspects of your future, which might have come to you within the next twelve months, out of either desperation or further exploration. It closes several other worthwhile and promising things you could have done with your life. It closes the opportunity for perseverance and being challenged to even get something like a job.

I am just too happy I didn’t get placed in the first month of my final year. It helped me explore at least four different and diverse choices for my future which could’ve made me happier.

The culture of full-year placement cycle is one of the worst and selfish parts of education. It kills the purpose of education, because in this college, there is hardly any meaning of learning left after you get placed.

No offence to those who got placed in the first month itself.

To the second part of the question, nervousness affects you depending on your overall temperament in life. If getting a job shouldn’t be challenging, what should? I loved my unsuccessful days at placements because I got to learn a new thing about myself each of those days—all of which helped me in getting the job I finally got. It’s the attitude you go out with: 1) to simply and desperately get a job by hook or crook, or 2) to be genuinely challenged and come out winning. Use the second approach in life.

I understand we all come from different backgrounds and it may be difficult to follow this approach depending on financial needs of our family, but don’t lose the bigger picture. It’s going to be your first job only, not your last. Focus on learning, not earning. This will help get over the nervousness and frustration.

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