Swimming the corporate ocean - 2 : The Tag "Freshers"

Well...I really did not want to write the Part-2 here thinking companies would fire me for providing gyan without any monetary benefits or experience which is the price you pay to learn all crap, but still curiosity and democracy combined with some comments that my article was what exactly what they wanted to tell made me continue this...

The topic I was more interested and gathered some research on is the most used term in the Corporate World, "FRESHERS". Hearing that used to give me a warm feeling, think that term was coined to make newbees feel comfortable and mostly they are more fresh and work more. But the way the term is used in the current scenario? pathetic, bleedy, atrocious (I am not allowed to add bad words because that makes me lose couple of male fans...huh...males are the current females..;)). Puns apart, what does the term fresher mean? Technically, "A freshman (or sometimes fish, freshie, fresher. Slang plural frosh' or freshmeat) is a first-year student in an educational institution. The term first year can also be used as a noun, to describe the students themselves (e.g. They are first years)."

So this is naturally yet another term that we took from the western country and using without any rationale...Now in western countries people who are doing their first year in their first degree are called freshmen/freshers. But people who are doing their masters degrees are just called masters. How good it would be if people in the industry understood that...I am an MCA graduate, so its naturally part of my plea. But I am sure I will also have voices behind me. In the current industry irrespective of the number of degrees you hold, you are categorised under fresher. I wonder whether they are calling Phd graduates also as freshers somewhere. But really this sucks man...I spent 3 yrs after my 12th roaming around Loyola College counting the number of trees and figures(I studied Bsc.Maths, so double meaning is unavoidable and the actual meaning is left to your discretion..;) ). In my final year, the campus company people used to term us freshers. I was happy. I did not know anything about companies there.

Next cut scene and open in a bigger campus with more trees and figures(this time only single meaning..:) ). Struggle a bit, get one seat among 120 (actually to me it was 1/24), join Anna University, study or struggle or swim your way through 5 semesters, become one among the top 10 in your batch(summa scene vidathaan..:)) and lo when you enter placement, you can hear the company HR hammering through your ears, "Welcome freshers!!!". In that hall there would be 150 Engineering graduates and nearly 100 hundred graduates. I am not sure about the other 99, I am sure people never felt cool in that AC auditorium because of my stomach burning. Not out of ulcer, but out of illiteracy. The definition of masters according to some dictionary and many educational boards are as follows, " A bachelor's degree tends to cover a broad range of topics under a certain field, whereas a master's degree concentrates on narrower subjects. The concepts taught in a master's degree are also more advanced than a bachelor's degree.". My Specialisation got me nothing more than 15k a month when some stupid engineers(not all engineers are stupid) who do bench warming for the same 3 yrs end up getting 3 times your salary also end up team leader or project leader and laugh at you for being a fresher. If newly joined people are called freshers then are people termed freshers if they switch over from one company to another? The only change I see from my college is that I have a dedicated system and more work and also in colleges, it was more brains and less work, but here its more work and less brains involved...

I am fed up of this word now. Now the experienced people just told me this. Gyan2:"What we did in those three years is not going to give us more salary, but it will give us broader range for improvement, because we are 6 yrs experienced in cheating and mocking whereas they have only 4 yrs...". I was not an expert in cheating too, pretty pathetic even in copying, so that piece of advice goes to all who were waiting for a message in this blog..:). Use that if you can. Think we will be interacting lot sooner with some new inside information...hope I am not fired by then...take care guys...Oops...freshers...


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