Infosys Training | What should someone Do Who Has Been Kicked Out of Infosys Training !

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Infosys Training | Majority of the employees are hired as a fresher. All the new joiners go through rigorous training for 3 months or 6 months based on the technology. Infosys conducts college campus interviews all across the nation. From thousands of students, few get selected.

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Infosys Training | I don’t know whether ‘being kicked out’ would be too harsh a thing to say, but the fact is I couldn’t complete Infosys’s training Programme and failed narrowly (with 59/65 and 63/65 marks) in both comprehensive exam and re-exam. I couldn’t clear the viva and re-viva either. I did miserably in the first viva by trying to act too smart and announcing in the beginning itself that I hadn’t learnt a thing of programming in college and I simply hated mainframes (the training stream that I was put into in Infy). In the re-viva, I prepared well but had a nervous breakdown as an intimidating and a very senior Infoscion (a bigwig, whose identity I’m not disclosing here) was leading the panel. I simply went blank.

Thereafter, I was summoned by an HR Manager and was asked to resign – which I did promptly without uttering a word. I just wanted to get my fat ass out of that place as soon as possible.

Infosys Training | Now, some background info. (TL; DR)

Infosys Training | I was a top performer in my class throughout my school-life. I excelled in Maths, Physics and English. I was always at my best when there was no pressure exerted on me. I always crumbled under pressure. That has always been my biggest weakness. That’s why my parents never forced me to study. I studied when I wanted to. I didn’t when I didn’t want to.

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Infosys Training | The engineering entrance exam was one of the very first occasions when I faltered under pressure. I was well prepared and scored heavily in the mock tests. But on the exam day, I totally screwed up Physics and Chemistry sections. I still managed to secure a rank, slightly above average, only because I had done quite well in the maths section.

The rank was good enough to get me a berth in the Computer Science department of a decent, fully residential and strictly administered engineering college.

Infosys Training | It was when the real game began. I couldn’t cope up with the pressure in college and often fell sick. I just couldn’t handle the strictness of the administration and immense peer pressure. My batch mates with much poorer academic credentials and much lower JEE ranks hugely outscored me in the first two semesters. By the time the first year was over, I didn’t have an iota of confidence and self-esteem left in me. I had given up. I regularly flunked classes, gave labs a miss, slept like a log and started drinking alcohol and smoking weed. I simply didn’t bother about assignments and deadlines. I studied only what I wanted to and when I wanted to. This led to complaints in my name to my parents, guardian calls and even open humiliation in front of the whole class by an asshole of a lecturer who is by far the most unsympathetic bastard I’ve seen in my life.

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Infosys Training | In a way, losing my self-esteem and keeping myself totally away from the rat-race somehow started working in my favour. Third semester onwards, my marks started showing signs of improvement and by the time I completed the four year course without any backlogs, I had raised my overall percentage of marks to a level that I never thought I would when I was in the first year. I became an engineer on paper. But I actually learned nothing. When it came to hands-on programming, I was a big ZERO.

My marks were still not good enough for most of the companies to let me sit at their campus recruitment drives. So my only option was trying my luck off campus.

I had almost no hope of getting any interview calls, so I enrolled myself in a coaching institute to start preparing for CAT and GMAT. And this time, I was dead serious. I went about my business with utmost seriousness and determination. Gradually, over a period of 3 months, I regained my confidence and I realized that it was the college campus that had sucked life out of me. Once I was out of it, I came alive again. Having said that, a couple of days before CAT, I received an email from Infosys inviting me for their written test which was scheduled 2 weeks after CAT.

Infosys Training | On the exam day, I went to the venue with a free and confident mind devoid of any fear. When I walked out of the exam hall, I felt like a rockstar and was sure that I had cracked it! However, that satisfaction turned into disappointment and dejection as soon as my father, who was waiting for me outside with a gloomy face, informed me that CAT has been canceled due to question paper having been leaked and that all candidates would have to take the exam again once the new date is announced.

Infosys Training | I didn’t want to take any risk. So I went for the Infosys written test 2 weeks later. The test was a cakewalk for me as I had been solving those puzzles and riddles during my prep for CAT. The English section was ridiculously easy too.

There were no interviews for freshers those days. Cracking the written test meant getting into Infosys.

Within a week I got an offer to join their Bangalore campus.

It was all happening so fast that I didn’t even get time to realize what I was about to step into.

In Infosys, there are two different training courses for freshers conducted by the Education and Research (E&R) department.

For people from Computers or IT background, there’s a Short Cycle training (6-8 weeks) – This covers no basics. Of course, it is assumed that CS/IT grads already know the programming basics. Trainees are randomly put into one of these specialist streams – Mainframes, Java and Open Systems.

Infosys Training | If a trainee fails to complete the short cycle training, s/he gets enrolled into the next batch of long cycle training. In a way, s/he is offered a second chance. Failing in the comprehensive exam means appearing for a re-exam. Failing that would lead to a viva and re-viva subsequently. Failure in re-viva means out!

And for people from non-IT background, E&R conducts a Long Cycle training (12-16 weeks) – This starts with programming, OS and database (SQL) basics followed by a specialist stream training (as mentioned above). No second chance here. Failing in the comprehensive exam means appearing for a re-exam. Failing that would lead to a viva and re-viva subsequently. Failure in re-viva means out!

Infosys Training | I, being from a CS background, was put into a short cycle batch and my stream was Mainframes which I absolutely and whole-heartedly hated. I narrowly failed in the comprehensive exam by 1 mark by getting 64/65. In the re-exam, I succumbed to pressure and failed disastrously. 55/65.

Thus, I, along with three of my short cycle batch mates, was put into the next long cycle batch which is kind of a rehab workshop over there. Again, my stream was Mainframes.

Being the jackass that I was, I still didn’t mend my ways. Therefore the inevitable happened, as I have already described in the beginning of this answer.

  • Aftermath (this part of the answer is most relevant to your question):

Infosys Training | I didn’t know what to do, who to talk to, where to go. So I simply confined myself inside a room for 2 days. “Enough of company-paid vacation. Put your lazy ass to some serious work. Do something now.” – I said to myself.

I started applying at different companies again and also started visiting offices of every company that put job ads in the newspapers or on the Internet.

I’ve seen it all during this period. IT companies, call centres, coaching institutes, travel agents – any place that used a goddamn computer.

I also got my CV forwarded to different companies by my friends but forget getting any offer, I wasn’t even getting interview calls.

It would have been easy for me to give up, leave Bangalore and go back to my hometown but my parents stood by me like two solid rocks and supported me mentally as well as financially. They clearly told me I was free to decide what I wanted to do. That I could keep searching for a job or I could return home and go for higher studies.

Infosys Training | After a grueling struggle of a month and a half, one fine day, I got a call from an unknown number. The person on the other side said he was my friend’s friend. He wanted to check if I was willing to go for an interview at the company he was working for. It was a product-based startup and was paying reasonably well to youngsters if they cracked the technical interviews. I had nothing to lose, so I readily agreed. I was there on the very next day.

Two very senior gentlemen came to interview me. After a quick intro, one of them asked me what my favorite subject was in school. The moment I said it was Maths, I was not asked a single programming question. They asked me some questions about my skills and experiences and gave me some mathematical problems to solve. Luckily, it was my comfort zone and I was able to solve all of them without much difficulty. I got the job. Not just that. I was offered a salary 60% higher than what I was getting in Infosys as a fresher.

Infosys Training | I would go on to work in that company for the next year and a half, before moving to one of the largest IT companies in the world. In those 18-19 months, I learned what I couldn’t learn from 4 years of engineering and 9 months of Infosys foundation training. Instead of studying and passing exams, I learned programming hands-on, in real time production environment.

After that there was no looking back for me.

Better roles, overseas opportunities, promotions and an Executive MBA – everything followed.

Of course, I had to upgrade and fine-tune my skills regularly in order to save myself from getting rendered redundant.

I’ve stepped into my 13th year in this industry now. I’m employed with a firm which is one of the largest clients of multiple Indian IT companies (a few of which hadn’t even considered my resume worthy of an interview call in the early days of my career).

And guess what, I’m now also a client of Infosys who didn’t find me good enough to be working with them. But I have no hard feelings and hold no grudges against them. I just concentrate on doing my job i.e. getting the work done by them.

Infosys Training| The point is, for me, Infosys was never the end of the world. Even though I wasn’t a programming genius, I knew I was good at many other things and sooner or later I’d get my dues.

What the exit from Infosys did to me was it made me extremely aware of the harsh realities of the corporate world. It also taught me that there could be no substitute for knowledge and skill, no matter how smart or talented one was.

That one incident made me stronger, calmer and practical.

Sometimes, I reckon, it’s necessary to get shaken up, to reboot your internal systems and start afresh. I guess that’s what happened to me.

After facing failure and rejection, I was desperate to get that one chance. A chance that would allow me to demonstrate my strengths. The interview with maths problems was that chance for me. It came suddenly and I didn’t drop it. I fully utilized it to my advantage. It was like a high pressure cricket match where you need to grab each and everything that’s in your ‘zone’ – it could be a loose ball while you’re batting, a catch while you are fielding or a misjudgment by the batsman when you’re bowling. There would be just one moment. And you have to be vigilant and confident enough to seize that moment.