Today, after almost 6 years, it is time for me to say goodbye to the only company I have ever worked for – Citigroup Inc. When I first joined way back on Valentine’s day, 2011, the plan was to stay for a year or two, and then move on to something different. Two years turned into six and finally, after three different roles in as many teams and five Valentine days later, the big day is here.
I must admit, the last half-dozen years have changed me beyond recognition. In 2011, I was just a twenty something recent graduate, trying to make sense of the World around me. Like most people in their 20s, I was full of hope and ambition, but I was cocky too. I was well rewarded but I felt I deserved more.
Working with some of the most amazing and down-to-earth people I know, I am glad the negative characteristics have been filtered out of me. I learned my craft at Citi and my years there have been the best learning experience for me. Citi developed me holistically over the years and that has made me a better person. I am more mature, more grounded, more open and definitely more inclusive. I feel I am much better prepared for life’s challenges now than ever before and I can’t thank Citi enough for that.
Citi has also undergone massive changes over the years. When I joined, it was reeling under financial troubles brought about by the 2008 crash. Two CEOs, a stock split and a huge re-organisation later, it is in a very good shape now. The growth and stability the company has experienced since the dark days of 2008 is underscored by the move in the stock price over the years. It is a testament to the amazing job the management team, and the thousands of Citi employees do everyday all over the globe. I am proud that somehow, in however small way, I too have contributed to the success story of this firm.
Today, when I leave work, it will be perhaps the last time I would see most of my colleagues. Though chances are we might never meet again, I would sincerely like to acknowledge their tremendous influence on me. For what I am today, I owe a whole lot to the people at Citi. I have been especially lucky with my managers and mentors, who have always supported me in all my projects and guided me when I needed them the most. My colleagues have been instrumental in bringing out the best out of me. I hope I have made some positive contributions to their lives too.
I hope Citi continues to prosper and it remains as the foremost financial services firm in the years to come. Good Luck to all my dear friends there. Au revoir!