I would like to share with you all, this wonderful news of manifesting an Onsite opportunity, to visit US, at work.
I have always been keen to go abroad for work. I always wanted that! It was the first thing on my mind, as soon as I started working, around five years back. But somehow, as time passed by, I programmed my mind, that others are better than me and they would get these opportunities rather than me. Deep inside, I still hung on to my desire.
Then last year when I joined my current organization, again, hope started to build in. This time I had decided that I will get such an opportunity and kept on getting them, but somehow they would not materialize because of one thing or the other (I would start having doubts or negative thoughts etc- I admit!! ).But they actually made me learn how not to let negative thoughts bother you, when you meet an opportunity.
2 months later I again got this opportunity in another team. I was first confused cos they asked me to shift teams etc (I was skeptical then)….but I kept my calm…I just said to myself “Everything will fall in place , on its own!!!”….and really it did…..
Ultimately I started giving interviews for this opportunity and cleared it. Just when I thought everything was fine , they introduced more rounds…so while I was thinking I should start for the visa interview…I had to actually attend more interviews for this opportunity with onshore teams, but I did not make myself sad.I just did not let anything pull me down.I appeared for the telephonic t interview….hahhah..then there was another round…..it was technical…and I actually hate that …lol…but I thought “Either I make this opportunity …or I break my dream “….got encouraged by a friend and my manger too…he always says “One thing at a time “….never lets build pressure.I cleared that, too! Infact they said, I am an expert, at that!!!! woooohooo….lol
Three months back, I had written in my gratitude journal, thanking my current company for a visa….and a week later than these interviews I had a business Visa in my hand …
This doesn’t end here…I have to visit for three weeks…so I started to think … “man! Should have been a bit longer ”…guess what….next day , my manager tells me that the onshore team is asking him , how soon I can come back to their office in US ……They also said that I have to come to visit 2 cities…..(I wanted to travel and travel ) !!!!
By then I had made up my mind to switch to that team, but I saw the management was delaying it …so I said “Everything will be fine, on its own”. I did not let any thought bother me , nor did I think badly about the management.I did not even ask any more questions,just went silent,from inside, on this!!! Yesterday, I got a congratulatory email saying “Welcome to the new team ”
Still doesn’t end here, hahahha…..The trip‘s expenses are all borne by the company, and we are given a credit card, but usually we have to settle the bills and the company reimburses us. But yester day, they introduced a new policy for people on business travel, that the company will pay the credit card company directly and employees don’t have to bother any more(effective 1st July, and I have to fly on 6th ).
Guys I know this post is long, but I wanted to write everything down cos in the details lay the ways I used the LOA to my advantage and wanted to share with all of you.
Also wanted to mention that I had a breakup during this time, but I just segregated my mind. Did not go back begging /crying and attained this success too. I am truly proud of myself!!! I literally let go of any disturbing thought and focused on what I wanted.
I am grateful to have this forum, lovely members, friends and infinite support from my family. I made my parents proud. I still remember their face outside the consulate office, when I told them, that I got the Visa!