My journey to India
When I decided that I’m really going to India for my Internship in Bridge IT staffing company, I had no idea what to expect. For me India was an unexplored country but with so much to explore therefore I decided not to build any expectation but to take everything as it comes. In the beginning of September I was leaving my family and everything that made me feel safe at home in Sweden to move about 7300 kilometres southeast to discover a new country, new culture and new people.
In a country where you don’t look like the locals, and you don’t speak the same language or share the same culture as them it’s easy to feel like you don’t fit in. After my first month in India and in Bridge I can honestly say, that thought have never crossed my mind. One of the first thing I got told when I came to Bridge was; you didn’t leave a family behind, you came to visit and get to know a new one. I’m so fortuned to say that there is a truth in every single word. The people at Bridge really are like a family and they are open and friendly to let others in to be a part of the Bridge family.
If I would need to compare or only describe the differences between India, or at least Kochi, with Sweden I would say that it’s not just the culture that is different; it’s everything from the palm trees, the houses, the shops, the clothes, the food and the animal walking around loose in a city with the highest population density in Kerala.I would have to say that it’s different but awesome. It has now become my regular answer because believe me, I get that question a lot
My first day at Bridge….
My first day at Bridge, I have to admit, was a bit overwhelming. I meet all my new colleagues, I got to see the office spaces and how they worked and I had my first real local Indian lunch that I, of course, ate with my hands. The atmosphere at the office was so relaxed but still professional. Also everyone at Bridge are so open to get to know more about my culture and where I’m from just like I want to learn and be apart of the Indian culture. They make the work and the cultural different seem so small and easy. Just by stepping in to the office you can feel that one of the most important things for Bridge is the people. The people is as important internally in the company as it is to provide the customers with the right people that would fit in to their organisation, working process and project. If the people don’t work together or are completely unsatisfied then they can’t do a good job. In the video below you will find some of my favourite photos in India and Bridge which I would love to share.
The world is getting smaller and smaller. The boarders between countries are getting weaker. The culture integration between people from different countries is becoming more frequent and more necessary.My journey in India and with Bridge has just begun and there are so many things about India and Bridge to learn and see. I know already that this year will make me grow as a person both professional and personally and it will teach me to look at things from different angles and in a different way which will help me to evolve.