IBM Corporate Services Corps (CSC) is a very important initiative in IBM. It helps to address the different challenges in emerging markets by bringing its expertise, its knowledge, its employees.
Actually my story begins long back, not now. I heard about CSC in 2015 and I thought it is something for me. I have been doing volunteering for some associations in Turkey and CSC was a different aspect of volunteering. And immediately started searching. There are some certain requirements that you need to meet, luckily I was able to but when I applied for it in 2015, I was rejected. (The applications are happening generally in may-june). But I did not give up 🙂 Next year I tried again and after a few months I got one of the best emails in my life!! I was accepted!! From that moment I knew that it is a great opportunity.
Jamie McDonald (Operations Manager for CSC) has tried to place me to projects but we had to postpone it for two times because of my current project in United Arab Emirates, which made me to decide to move from Turkey.. (it is a different story). But finally we could manage to agree on the India Kanpur project which will happen now.
(From Abu Dhabi to Kanpur)
Our project team consists of 13 people (1 of us had to drop) from all around the world: China, US, Argentina, Czech Republic, Canada… Meet the team here.
We started to get prepared for the CSC program 3 months back. Every week on Wednesday (5 PM for me) we came together in conference calls. We had buddies and tried to get familiarized. Our partners from India has joined us too, to mention about the culture in India, what are the things we need to pay attention, how we should behave, how we should even wear or talk. We also had online training about consulting technics, media guidelines, communication skills, client engagement etc. And two weeks ago the projects were also announced. We were divided into 4 small groups. 2 groups will work on women empowerment and the other two will work on environment projects. Robert, Tamara and myself are assigned for the environmental one, where we are asked to work on a dashboard of the Ganga river basin based on diverse parameters for real time information on conservation and maintenance of the Clean Ganga Mission.
The Ganges is a sacred river to Hindus along every fragment of its length. All along its course, Hindus bathe in its waters, paying homage to their ancestors and to their gods by cupping the water in their hands, lifting it and letting it fall back into the river. But it is a lot polluted and the government has created this “Clean Ganga Mission” program to clean up the river. And now we are going to support this big mission!! It is so exciting!!
And now we are ready to take off !! Some of us has already landed in New Delhi. My flight was today in the morning but unfortunately because of overbooking policy, it was full and they had to move my ticket to the earliest flight which is in the afternoon. I was really upset in the beginning, cause it has no sense to use an already confirmed ticket for somebody else without any communication.. But at least I had the chance to write my first day blog 🙂
I am really looking forward to meet my team and new friends, breath in a different culture (though I have been to Hyderabad once 🙂 and I have a lot of Indian friends within my job at IBM ) and experience this amazing lifetime opportunity.
#ibmcsc #cscin37 #cscindia37
(These are all form morning, I was really ready to go 🙂 )
alladola, 16th Feb 2018, Abu Dhabi