2. Describe the major setbacks/disappointments in your life, preferably professional and explain how you dealt with it (400 words)

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As a fresher, and a keen interest in networks, I succeeded in landing a job

with Hutchison Telecom East Ltd as an engineer in the Switch department

Every technical fresher in a telecom company, has to undergo a training, to

get a holistic understanding of the system. This starts with a brief introduction to the

systems and the network in general and then he is sent to the vendors place to

understand better the functioning of the system using the vendor?s test bed. This

training is usually conducted only once in one year or two years and is crucial to a

fresher because he gets hands on experience with a test bed. As every fresher, I

looked forward to participating in this training program in all earnestness.

A few days before the month long training program was to start, I met with

an accident. Hospitalised with a broken leg, I was nearly heartbroken.

I thought a

misfortune had befallen me, depriving me the chance to attend the crucial training

programme for that calendar year. The doctor advised me complete bed rest for one

full month then only there was a chance for the fracture to mend itself. I was

seething in anger but directed it in learning with force the basics of telecom systems

and further developments.

The forced rest and assiduous pursuit in studying the systems, guided by

experts in the respective fields released my stupor and encouraged me to move on

an equal footing with colleagues who have run past me during that period. I ignored

the advice of the doctor and a few days later hobbled on my broken leg to the office.

I studied the systems documentation thoroughly and used every opportunity to

assimilate knowledge pertaining to the systems. Simultaneously I turned out...