Our last month in India has started with a boiling 40 Celsius degrees heat. Very soon we will pack our bags and head back to Finland. Working in India has been a very special experience for all of us – in fact, after our assignment we have spent more months working with Accenture in India than in Finland. In these last blog posts we will share some of our final thoughts on working and living in India.
India is full of colour!
It is very common for Indian women and girls to wear colourful, traditional clothing any day. Nice change for all black, grey and brown we tend to wear in Finland!
For myself, this experience has professionally been quite an adventure. I have done my studies in a field with close to none technical emphasis – my strengths have been more related to the understanding of the business of my client. However, as most of the technical work is done in India, I have got used to steering my way in the world of software development. I have come to understand how such large software development projects work and what is important for the software engineers to perform their job.
I will definitely miss all the spicy food – even ice cream can be spicy in India!
As most of Accenture projects include multicultural teams, being in India has been a great way to learn and understand the Indian working culture. I think of my Indian team as a small village where everyone knows each other and care for each other – and also work hard to meet the common goals and deadlines. All those long hours, weekends working and missed vacations are many times not seen to Finland through Lync conversations and emails. At the same time, Indians really know how to make most of it and these past months have included a lot of laughter and joy (and chai).
We went traditional for the International Women's Day!
Spending 6 months together, we became more friends than just colleagues!
Spending a fun night out with my Indian colleagues!
Most importantly, jumping into a new culture always teaches us something about ourselves. I can slip into a new team and new tasks no matter how out of my comfort zone. I have patience for things not always working the way I am used to (and even more now after so many traffic hours). And I really, really like India – it is chaotic, colorful, full of amazing people and never stops surprising – and for this short period of time I was lucky to call it my home!