“The post-graduation period was a little uncertain for me. Usually, when you graduate with your friends you can use each other’s references to get an internship. My case, however, was different. I was the first one to complete our final year project. So no one was thinking of internships when I was looking for one. Through my father’s contacts, I landed an internship in one of the leading textile companies in the country. However, my struggles didn’t end here. No one from Ahsanullah University had done their internships here. So I had no assistance while preparing my internship report. My initial expectations from the internship were that it would be a fun place. I was oblivious to the fact that how hard you are pushed to go that extra mile in the textile industry. Though I did my major and internship in Fabric Manufacturing, my first job was in a garment factory. I would enter the factory at 7:30 am and leave at midnight. I had to wait till the floor production ended at 10 pm and then had to prepare and email reports based on production data. In cases of emergency export, the working hours used to be even longer.
The most hectic experience for me was when the other two members of my planning team were absent on the same day. Those days I had to take the workload of three people at once! Once, I was on two phone calls at the same time with two more on call waiting! It took me some time to realize that the key to success in this industry is dealing with pressure. Those who can stay calm and perform well under pressure will excel at their work and will be rewarded with a high salary. By pressure, I mean the ability to multitask. In this industry, you don’t need a fancy degree. All you need is experience and the ability to multitask. When I began my career as an MTO, I had to do 3-4 tasks every minute and when I became an executive I was given the responsibility of an entire floor. That is how the work pressure and salaries accelerate with higher positions. I don’t think there are any other industries that experience this amount of exponential growth in salary like the textile industry.
If I were to change anything about this sector then it would be the distribution of work. I would like an equal distribution of work. There were sometimes when I would envy those workers who could sit and work. At times, I thought why was I on my feet the entire day to get work done while they could just sit comfortably and complete their work. It wouldn’t be surprising to call these thoughts silly or childish.”