In the last 10+ years many asked me what I did for a living. I proudly told them I was a trainer. Few understood what that meant and many didn’t.
Here is how a typical conversation occurred. I had one recently which gave me an idea to pen this down.
Imagine I bump into someone from my home town when I visit for a festival or a holiday.
After the initial pleasantries are exchanged, well wishers get into the career part of my life.
-So, what are you doing these days?
-I’m a trainer.
-I thought you were a Software Engineer!
-I kinda am. I’m in the IT industry.
(Anything related to IT/ Software Development/ Computers = Software. You have a tag and an ID card. If you have a cab pick and drop you from work, you’re working in a Call Center)
-Software. Software, sir. Software.
-Do you work with computers?
-Every [freakin'] day, yes.
-Where do you work?
(I tell most people I work in Hi-tech city, irrespective of my location. That is where many non-IT people I know relate ‘Software’ industry to.)
-Which company do you work for?
(XYZ = whatever organization I’m associated with at the time)
-I was told that Satyam is a very good company?
-You didn’t get a job in Satyam?
-I didn’t apply. I don’t want to work with Satyam.
-I was told all good Software Engineers work in Satyam?
-Umm, well, uh, …
-You were a clever student all through your schooling/ college, right? You passed ‘first class’ all along!
-Then why didn’t you get a job in Satyam?
-As I said, I didn’t approach Satyam for a job!
-Why not? It’s a good company! How about Infosys, Wipro?
-Oh okay. Those are good companies, you know. Software companies!
-So, what do you do?
-You ‘take’ training? Or, ‘give’ training?
-Yes, I provide training. I train employees on certain aspects.
-Well, there’s technical training, product training, soft skills and much more.
-Like C and C++?
-Not exactly, but yeah, something close.
-So, when will you become a Team Leader?
-I was told Team Leaders get more money than others.
-So, are you a Team Leader?
-No. I’m a trainer.
-When will you become a Team Leader?
-I won’t. It’s two different streams!
-So, you’re a normal Software Engineer?
-Trainer!!! I provide training to employees and clients!
-Team Leaders have 8-9 people working for them, you know!
-Why didn’t you become a Team Leader?
-Apples and Oranges, sir. Apples and Oranges. Both are different streams!
-Do you have any employees working for you?
-Not really! I do have employees attend my training sessions.
-So, you ARE a Team Leader!
-Well, umm, …
-You’ve been working in Hi-tech city for a long time now, aren’t you?
-I was told Software Engineers get promotion after 2 years and become Team Leaders?
-Well, in some organizations, yeah.
-So, you should be a Team Leader now!
-Well, thank you!
-Good to see you become a Team Leader man! You were this little when I first saw you, remember?
(Most probably, they are indicating with their hand that I was at their knee level or waist level when they say “this little”)
-But I hope you get a job in Satyam! That’s a big company!
-Anyway, am still happy that you’re a Team Leader!
-I’m a Team Leader alright!