Meet Prince Kumar, a BSc Chemistry Honors graduate from Patna, Bihar, who defied all odds and transformed himself into a Full Stack Developer with the help of Masai School. Despite having no prior technical background, Prince's sheer determination and hard work led him to secure a job as a Software Development Engineer at Lattech, a renowned tech company.
Let’s take a closer look at Prince's inspiring journey and how Masai helped him in shaping his career.
What was your favorite thing about Masai?
Since I had no technical background, there were so many times that I got frustrated with myself. Sometimes I got stuck on a concept or couldn’t pass an evaluation, but I never felt a lack of support from Masai’s side.
Someone was always checking in with me, or I would get a counselling session that’d refresh me. I was reminded to believe in Masai and to always believe in myself. And that support system extended throughout not just my curriculum but also the placement process. That’s my favorite thing about Masai.
Because I lacked a technical background, there were numerous occasions when I found myself grappling with frustration. There were instances when I hit roadblocks in grasping certain concepts or struggled to ace evaluations. However, throughout this journey, I never once felt abandoned or unsupported by Masai.
Someone from the Masai team always checked in with me, or I would have counselling sessions that rejuvenated my spirits. They consistently reminded me to have faith in Masai and, more importantly, myself. This unwavering support system wasn't limited to just my academic journey; it extended seamlessly into the placement process. This, unquestionably, is my most cherished aspect of Masai.
How was your experience with a practice-based curriculum?
When I had just joined Masai, it was like a complete revolution. I had never spent such hours studying before. I remember just sitting in a room spending hour after hour coding. But now sitting at the other side of that journey, I now see why it was so important.
In fact, the practice-based approach is helping me even now. The discipline we have learned helps me perform better at my office and learn things more quickly. So I’d say the experience was good.
My life seemed to undergo a full transformation when I first joined Masai. NI had never spent as much time on research before. I can remember times when I would shut myself in a room and work nonstop for hours on end developing code. Looking back on that trip, I now fully understand why it was so important.
The practice-based philosophy developed at Masai continues to help me when I reflect on my experiences. The discipline I developed during those long study sessions has been beneficial in my professional life. It enables me to work more productively, quickly, and easily pick up new ideas.
How was your construct week experience?
The project week always felt like showtime, where you put whatever you have learnt during the weeks of the intensive curriculum into practice. Every concept or small piece of information we might have learned came into play and all according to the deadline provided.
It was both exciting and a struggle initially. After all, we had to work and cooperate with other students to deliver it on time. But that experience has taught me a lot and I find myself a better developer.
Project week was a highly anticipated event, akin to a grand performance, where we had the opportunity to apply everything we had absorbed during the weeks of our rigorous curriculum. Every concept, no matter how small, and each nugget of knowledge we had acquired was put into action, all within the constraints of the given deadline.
This encounter started off as a mix of exhilaration and difficulty. To ensure that our assignment was submitted on time, my other classmates and I had to put in a lot of work and collaborate. Although it wasn't always simple, overcoming these obstacles allowed me to develop personally.
Looking back, I'm confident in saying that I've learned a lot and grown as a developer. My capacity for rapid learning, collaborative teamwork, and passion have all helped me advance professionally in my area.
What do you think Masai is doing differently than other institutes out there?
My younger brothers are currently pursuing IT in their college too, but the main difference I noticed with their curriculum is the lack of practicality of application. They simply lack practical knowledge. There was never a moment in my Masai journey where we were taught just theory with no application.
So the difference is simply in the skill level of those who have gone through traditional institutes as opposed to someone with hours upon hours of practical experience.
Advice to future students
When I was thinking of joining Masai, I had a lot of doubts in my mind regarding my lack of a technical background. Some of my relatives who were also in the IT field only added to my fear by telling me that a chemistry graduate would find it hard to make it in tech.
So I wanted to tell everyone who is confused like me, to believe in themselves and join Masai. You will not be disappointed. If I have learned anything in my experience of joining Masai and working in a startup is that companies only care about your skills. So don’t worry and work hard.
I had a lot of reservations about joining Masai because I didn't have any technical training. My anxiety was only increased by some of my relatives' comments that it would be difficult for a chemistry graduate to succeed in the IT industry.
I thus wanted to encourage everyone who is as uncertain as I am to have faith in themselves and join the Masai. You won't be dissatisfied. If I've learnt anything from my time working at startups and joining Masai, it's that employers only value your talents. Don't worry, and work hard instead.
1: Prince Kumar, a BSc Chemistry Honours graduate, describes how he became a full-stack developer.
With the aid of Masai School, Prince Kumar transformed from a BSc Chemistry Honours graduate without any prior technical expertise into a Full Stack Developer. He applied for a position as a Software Development Engineer at Lattech, a reputable tech business, and was successful because of his sheer willpower and diligence.
2: What was Prince Kumar's favourite aspect of Masai School?
Prince Kumar loved Masai School because of the constant assistance and direction he got despite having no technical training. He emphasised Masai's constant follow-up with him, his counselling sessions, and his encouragement to have faith in both the organisation and himself. This assistance persisted throughout his academic programme and the hiring procedure.