Sometimes it’s good to hear NO

I recently gave an interview at Iglobal Academy. They had this scholarship program, where they would be teaching us for a year and had a contract based job for 3 years. I had no idea what the college was all about. All I heard from other friends who had came there for the same reason I was there- ‘The course is from UK and the scholarship amount was $ 57000.’

There were 3-5 course related Computer Hardware, Networking and Graphics Design and Animation. I’ve given dozens of job interviews but this one was quite different, different in a sense with not the conclusion was – ‘NO, but different that changed me a little bit who I used to be, the way I used to think. Obviously I had chosen Graphics Design and Animation. I had passed the entrance exam and they called me for the interview.

I entered the room, there were 4 men and 1 women sitting at different places in the room. First two men right infront of me asked me about my educational background and the course I applied to. The other two men and women kept silence through about the interview and were noting something on their papers. While the one in the corner started speaking, I began to feel nervous. I had this chilling sensation that ran across my spine.

He asked me what my dream was. The very same question for which, I had no answer.

But I did told him, ‘I do want to be an entrepreneur, and build an IT college at my home town in future provided all the conditions were fulfilled. I don’t promise to bring huge change but I want to contribute something that would prevails help my society. I gave examples of Mahabir Pun and Kiran Bhakta Joshi. KBJ had worked in Walt Disney for 18 years before he came to Nepal and opened his own animated Studio while Mr Pun is an ingenious person with a brilliant mind and the winner of Magsaysay Award who helped remote students to communicate with the world.

And he asked me why would I had chosen this scholarship scheme, and I told him I am really interested in Arts and currently I’m taking an Art Class conducted by the well known artist Erina Tamrakar too. I even told him, I recently had participated in International Space Apps Challenge conducted by NASA across the globe in 92 cities. We had designed a robotic prototype that would follow the sun and store the solar energy for future purpose. Bascially the idea came from one of the remote place in Langtang called Lamma Hotel, where the place is not connected to the national electrical grid and due to topographic reason the place suffers no proper radiance.

Hearing my words, the first thing he told me was, ‘Listen Nirab, I’m not criticizing you but thing is I can’t give this scholarship to you. Actually this course is not for you at all. Hearing that, a drop of tear nearly rolled off my cheeks, I somehow managed not to show them. He continued, I’m not only taking your interview but also giving you career counseling, which you need the most right now. Having an Engineering background in Electrical and Electronics, you’re not supposed to learn graphics design and animation.

Basically what you’re are doing is you were trying to study medical, ended up reading engineering and you’re trying to learn Graphics Design and animation. You’re not really sure of what you want to do. You’ve got great potential, and I can feel that. And you said about Mahabir Pun, I’ve worked with him, he spent his entire youth on people’s welfare. I was jaw dropped and had barely idea how to react. He said may be people to whom you’re trying to show the project may not have the idea, but I do. Stop hovering your mind at different place, and be the master of one. I may have some course related to telecommunication and engineering in future and would like to see your project this coming Tuesday. Do take the appointment downstairs. Thank You!’

I am still uncertain, if I really should be happy for those precious words or should be sad I didn’t get $57000 scholarship. 😛 Well sometimes its good to hear No 😉 .

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  • suresh mukhiya

    Impressive Presentation, i must say..The fact is, world these days is modifying and the same peopl’s mentality.. truth and one’s dedication for his/her dream hasn’t enough space in ths world..
    you replied them so honestly but they dont deserve to judge you. they could have atleast recomend u at proper place instead of that BHASAN..