Interview – Vinit Shahdeo, Software Engineer
- Please tell us about your roots and what your background looked like?
Basically, I belong to a middle-class family. I have got a younger brother and an elder sister. I am grateful for the tiny treasure I have in my life – a roof on my head, a safe environment, a sustainable future, the right to education, and opportunities to extract the best out of it, few but faithful friends and I hope to give back to society by doing my job as an IT professional.
Being in a boarding school since my 6th standard, I have great school memories. I can still remember those precious school moments and friends who made my childhood that I can cherish forever. A big hug to everyone who was part of the journey so far has shaped me into the person I am today.
My parents’ constant support and involvement in inclusive education have been the key component to my success.
- When did your passion for coding and technology plunge in?
I was introduced to Computers very early, during my school days at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya. I was constantly curious about how computers work, what’s all behind these social media and other applications, likewise, several other thoughts kept flooding my mind. That made me think about the possibilities of things that I can do for something I am passionate about. After completing the 12th Standard from DPS Bokaro, I went to Kota to prepare for IIT JEE with an aim to study and get into one of the best-ranked colleges.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to IITs which left me disheartened. But, my love for programming kept growing regardless of the college. I decided to take programming, coding, and computers to the next level as I always had a craze for it. It all started with a platform where my interest was put forward. I pursued B.Tech in IT at VIT. Today, I have deeply engaged my passion into my life and I think it was the best decision I have taken. Presently, I am working as a Software Engineer at Postman.
- What were the few hurdles/Challenges that you faced in your technical career?
There will be hurdles in your journey every time, that needs to be tackled as well as solved. At times those hurdles aren’t as easy, they take some time, just don’t put yourself down. I did not face any hurdles as such but as far as the challenge is concerned, we as Software Engineer must always get updated with advanced technology. I faced quite a few challenges throughout my journey.
Initially, getting a job was a bit challenging for me. I always had a desire to join a top-notch organization. Even after getting rejected by multiple companies, I was keen to learn new things and kept upgrading my skills and making it a better version to reach a level of acceptance.
- How did you make a mark for yourself in the technical space, even after so much competition in the market?
Keep learning, explore more and compete with yourself is my mantra. Don’t compare someone’s third chapter of success with yours first chapter, always remember their first chapter towards the path and then motivate yourself to take a lead. Do something you would love to do. Gaining more and more knowledge around the technical space every day and keep learning as I grow. There is no alternative for hard work and consistency, just code and improve daily.
- How do you handle stress/pressure? What motivates and drives you?
At times it’s pretty hard but when the thought of adding value to other’s life arises, it motivates me. Appreciation from others who value my efforts and work lifts me up. I keep my work and personal life balanced. If any problem pressurizing you is not accepted then you will be disturbed, which might reduce your efficiency in work. For me, weekdays are for coding something fruitful which motivates me. My weekends are for partying, late-night rides, hunting good places to discuss life peacefully.
- Please share your top 3 learning in life?
Don’t just read. Review! Teach!
Every hurdle is a chance to expand.
Ignore if anything hampers your performance.
- What is your vision with respect to the work that you are doing for the future?
I am currently working as a Software Engineer at Postman. The journey has just begun, I don’t know where I will land up after a few years but one thing I am sure about is, I will continue working in this domain as I am passionate enough. I will always prepare for the upcoming challenges because it boosts me every other day to shine brighter.
I look forward to learning new skills and improving my knowledge to advance my career. I might be someone who could mentor others to begin their journey into tech. Having said that, I see myself in a managerial role demonstrating my leadership capabilities.
- What role do you think programming and coding is going to play in the future? Is it going to capture every sector?
Programming and coding still play a crucial role in the modern era. It’s fair to say that it has already touched every sector. With further development and advancement in technology, it will spread globally and capture every sector in the future.
- What is your definition of success?
According to me, success is defined as when you make your parents feel proud for what you have achieved and your self-satisfaction which lets you sleep peacefully. After the rejections I had faced, I learned you cannot meet everyone’s expectations. As it is rightly quoted ”Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can”. One should never lose hope, just push yourself every day a little, and keep moving.
- How do you give back to the community/society?
Teach and share my knowledge with the interested folks.
Appreciating and helping others to lift them up. Saying ‘Good job, keep it up’ is just a little thing but this is something that can make someone’s day.
Guiding and motivating anyone who needs help. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to help someone.
- What are a few key skills one needs to possess in the field of IT?
To learn and grow there’s no specified limit in the world of Tech. Few key skills one need to possess are-
- Problem Solving and Logical Thinking beyond what you see.
Enhanced Writing and Verbal Communication.
Proper understanding of Software Development Life Cycle.
Teamwork: Since engineers work in teams, one must be a team player.
Every step counts so you will master all skills with time and maintain consistency. There are numerous things which can not be found in books but can be learnt with time once you are passionate enough for what you desire.
- Any piece of advice for the youth? How can they reach out to you(social media handles etc)?
My message for today’s youth is to have a clear vision, set goals, learn as much as possible, gather information, share knowledge. Today’s youth is blessed with many resources and advanced technologies, utilize the time, and keep your track ahead. Do something which makes you worthy. Reach out to people, feel free to connect, this will help you develop good networking as well.