The son of a contractor who once delivered food to make ends meet becomes a software engineer and goes viral
Shaik Abdul Sathar from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is a young student by day and a delivery man by night. He worked in the gig economy for Swiggy, Zomato, Ola, and Rapido to support his father’s income as a contract worker.
Sathar’s hard work and thirst for learning helped him achieve his dream job as a software engineer in a Bangalore-based IT company. He shared his journey on a LinkedIn post on May 27, highlighting his struggles and his breakthrough.
night delivery man
Shaik Abdul Sathar didn’t become an engineer overnight. In his social media post, he explained how he started out as a delivery boy for various companies such as Swiggy and Zomato to make ends meet for his family while attending his final year of college. He completed his degree in BTech, Civil Engineering from Sai Ganapathi Engineering College, Visakhapatnam, in 2020, as reported by the Mint.
“I wanted to contribute financially as soon as possible because my father is on contract. So we had just enough money to get by… Ola, Swiggy, Uber, Rapido, Zomato… I was everywhere since my last year of college,” he mentioned.
During his delivery job, a friend suggested he learn coding and python programming through short courses to improve his skills for higher paying jobs. Then Sathar started taking classes during the day and finished deliveries at midnight.
“I took his (friend’s) suggestion seriously and spent my mornings learning to code. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., I made my deliveries“, as quoted in The Indian Express.
Creation of web applications
For interviews, the engineer remarked that “My delivery experience helped me develop communication skills.“He is now working with Probe Information Services Pvt. Ltd. In the meantime, he has started learning about 4.0 technologies and their development.
Sathar recalled his situation from where he began to add: “From a place where I had to be careful with every rupee, I have come to a stage where I can clear my parents’ debts with a few months salary..”
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