I stepped into the textile industry with plenty of hope and passion. Though textile was never my prime choice as a career but later on; this field proved to be as charming and fruitful as I can think of. I have completed my three years at Textile Institute of Pakistan. Three years of mingling with colorful fabrics, machine mechanisms, weave designs, marketing and management presentations, dyes and auxiliaries’ related chemistry and a lot else from this dynamic field. I usually relate more charm and color with textiles as any other field. Textile is attractive both in terms of its colorful work (wet-processing specially) and rewarding career. With the conclusion of my third year; I applied for my internship at different places whereas I put Clariant as my first priority in the internship form. I got my confirmation just one day before my vacations and then I came to know that we have to attend this training at Clariant from 1st June; right after our final exams with no break at all. Initially, it made me a bit nervous as I wanted some time to relax and put my life in some kind of order. But to be very honest, training at Clariant was a great opportunity and I could never let this thing go so I decided to join my course along with 4 other fellow students from my class.
My first day at Clariant started when we, four students, entered at 7:45 am (a good 1 hour 15 minutes before the actual timings) as we were not aware about the amount of time consumed during the way to Clariant from our homes. After waiting a good 45 minutes, we were allowed to enter at the company premises. Now, the view was fantabulous. Shiny cars of latest models, well-maintained and centrally air-conditioned building, well dressed up employees, well furnished lab and a separate dedicated scientific centre where we were about to spend our next 5 weeks (as we were one week late).Carrying different kind of thoughts, we entered the premises of Clariant’s Scientific Centre which is dedicated for all of the research and training work. We entered the office where an employee told us the way to our lab. Upon entering the lab; we were introduced to Mr. Moeed Siddiqui (who was the in charge of our training). We were given our forms to fill followed by our first tea break and then the theory class. We were also introduced to our fellow students from NED, KU, SMA RIZVI AND MEHRAN and obviously to our lab in charges Mr. Shahid and Mr. Waqas.
Our experience in Clariant’s lab was different in a sense that we have never spent the whole day in a processing lab (not even in our universities). The dedicated staff of the lab helped us a lot as they were always very polite and gentle in answering to even our silly questions. The best thing about the lab was that our instructors were keen to maintain discipline. Though majority of the practical we did in the lab were covered during our last semester but a much more dedicated atmosphere made us able to handle lab apparatus more efficiently. It taught us how to work as a team and how to maintain discipline at our workplace. And now, how can we forget the great lunch at Clariant. That lunch break for one hour was a real booster for all of us which kept us working happily throughout the day. We ate everything; from shaslik to kooftay and from daal chawal to biryaani, from kheer to mangoes and from gulaab jaman to lassi. One thing we can never forget about the cafeteria was the equal treatment of all the employees especially at the place of eating. Imagine this, higher management, middle management and sweepers or peons are having their lunch at the same table. This equal treatment was never seen by us at any other textile company.
From pre-treatment till finishing; all the labs were properly designed and were completed on time. The way we prepared our lab reports taught us how to do our work cleanly and in a proper way though it was very hectic. During out theory classes; we were allowed and encouraged to raise questions on different topics which increased our understanding of our related field. During our last week (finishing week), we were briefed on different finishes and their brands by people from the sales departments. Learning is an ongoing process and for us; every new place is a new learning opportunity. To summarize, we are impressed by Clariant’s corporate culture which enables each and every employee to be a real part of an organization. Employee empowerment and the facilities they gave is the real theme of motivation for the employees at Clariant. We found new friends, new instructors and different but serious working environment. Corporate culture encouraged us to implement the same when we will be going to different industries as managers. Pakistan’s textile sector is on a decline these days and this is the right time that we should encourage and appreciate corporate culture in our industries. To handle this crisis efficiently and to move forward at a much faster pace, we need to inverse this trend of “one-man domination” to “corporate culture” and Clariant Pakistan is a prime example which is growing and growing even in this tough scenario only because of its effective management and educated workforce. Now at last, we would like to thank everybody who was the part of our training being a fellow student or an instructor. Thank you all for your support. We have spent a great time together and we can never forget this at all.