”We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is
pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.” --Buddha
I am Manjula Sankaran now working in RenaultNissan as an Engineer. I came up from a poor family with my father, a Cook and mother a home maker. But after some stage in my life, my mother was the only bread winner of my family, who brought me up and my younger brother. Amidst several chaotic situations in her life, she stood beside me in my studies and was keen that I finish my graduation at any cost.. My mom faced many challenges economically, socially and physically but her only goal was that I pursue my studies. Without her hardship, sacrifice, unconditional love and blessings I would not have achieved what I have. Right from my school days, I studied with scholarship which I always feel proud to say , because doing whole education in scholarship is not easy as I had to consistently maintain my top grade.
I entered into FFE scholarship family at my Eighth grade and successfully continued till my B.E final year. I secured first position in Mathematics in my tenth grade and in my twelfth grade too. As I secured good percentage in twelfth standard, I was able to get into a good college where I fulfilled my dream of becoming an Engineer. I got first class in BE – with distinction. My mom was proud of my achievements.
From the grass root level in smaller grades to graduate level, I have been awarded scholarships at every year. Though there was no support from my relatives when needed the most, I was determined not to give up with my studies at any cost, for I believed that education can show the way to success and achievement in life. I strived hard day/ night to reach my goal all the time during examinations. I saved every penny my mom earned for me for use of my exams and my family’s only hope was my education.
I came to know about Mr. Raghupathy, one of the mentors when I was in my second year of my college. I should thank God for bringing Mr. Raghupathy in my career. He helped and motivated me a lot when I faced my first hurdle, and many other hurdles. Because of the code of ethics, he always emphasized HONESTY, EXCELLENCE & COMPASSION to be practiced as a habit. I practiced and was successful at the end of fourth year, in the campus interview, I got placement in TCS at first attempt.
Although I got placement in IT Concern, that is TCS, I decided to join a core company according to my background of study, that is Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) in BE. Just out of college, and joining a first company for a pay less than what TCS offered was then at the back of my mind. It took some time for me to realize that it was my mom’s wish again that I should have joined a lucrative initial offer of an IT company.
Those were really hard times for me in my career. Nevertheless, I threw away all those misconceptions that only IT will give me better bucks, for I believed money was not only the motivator, but also Core knowledge. I learnt the core concepts in a startup company for about a year and then I was able to switch to NISSAN by late 2011.Here in NISSAN, I am happy now and could help few people who are in need in whatever way I can and this makes me happy and proud in the society.
Now or never was my situation when I had to complete my graduation, But now because of my persistence and will I can provide all my assistance to my brother who pursues his education in CA (Chartered Accountant) and I am sure that he would also pass that milestone and bring pride to our parents, especially mom at any cost and will be the Bread winner of the family sooner in near future.
There are lots of people who I admire, but first and foremost I like myself for I believe that “Things always happen that you believe in and the belief in that thing makes it happen always.” No matter whatever happens, continuous education, selflearning and thirst to learn makes you feel proud all the time and I am a living proof for that.
Remember there is no elevator for Success and neither success can be achieved without ‘U’.