Shashank's inspirational journey of successfully changing careers with Masai

Shashank Shalabh - A masai graduate now working at Syntizen Technologies
Shashank Shalabh - A masai graduate now working at Syntizen Technologies 

Discover Shashank's incredible career transformation story as he embarks on an inspirational journey of change and growth with Masai School.

If you have expertise in web programming or have a strong interest in development technologies, backend development might be a rewarding career choice. Read about Shashank's inspiring journey with Masai to become a skilled backend engineer.

Shashank comes from Patna, Bihar. a B.Tech graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering, he had always been on the lookout for better opportunities than the ones his degree netted him. And one such opportunity showed itself when he came across Masai.

According to him, initially he thought he won’t be able to leave his comfort zone. Because of this, he was unsure whether he would even be able to complete the Masai course.

After having successfully placed as a Backend Developer in Syntizen Technologies, we join him for a chat to hear his story and if his views have changed.

How did you find out about Masai?

I was searching for an institute where I could learn and develop my skills without having to pay first, exactly the kind of institute Masai is. I think I saw an ad on YouTube but didn’t think of it much at first.

But I came across it again, that’s when I googled Masai and read everything about it. After that, I was sure that this institute would teach me everything there is to know about the subject I choose. But more than that, it felt like a promise. Believe in yourself, with the right guidance, you can do anything.

I held back for a while more but ultimately went for it.

How did you come to trust Masai?

The Income Share Agreement is extremely amazing to start with because Masai doesn't need a single penny to start learning. I initially doubted whether this was even legal in India, given that you must pay tuition to attend any college or educational institution there in order to enrol. I talked to my family and friends about it, and they persuaded me to enrol in the course because it was completely legal.

How did your parents react to finding out about Masai?

They didn’t even know for the longest time. It was only after I had completed my first unit that they realised something was up. I wouldn’t come out of my room for a long amount of time while my classes were going on, only interacting with my parents outside of that and while having food.

But during the middle of my second unit, my father finally asked me what was happening and I revealed it to him. He was silent for a while but afterward came out in support. His only concern was if I was happy, and I told him that I am. And that I am flourishing with Masai.

Skills vs Degrees

When questioned about his thoughts on the conflict between degrees and skills, Shashank's viewpoint is very clear. For him, having the right skills is the key to opening doors of opportunity. According to him, a degree is like a pass to the interview, but your skills and abilities are what determine if you receive a front-row seat.Think of your skills as superpowers that help you stand out in a crowd. Shashank is confident that developing your skills will prepare you for both the present and the future. It is comparable to creating a sturdy foundation for a massive framework. As a result, Shashank will constantly prioritise his skills because they serve as his compass for success.

What is your favorite thing about Masai?

It has to be the family touch. Everybody there, especially Yogesh Sir, my mentor, didn’t feel like corporate people. They gave such familiar vibes like they care about our success.

Shruti ma’am was another person who really felt more like a guardian to me. She would take the Skillathon and various other classes, and her interaction skills as well as personality were amazing.

Even the curriculum was something I enjoyed thoroughly.

How was your experience with Construct Week?

In my first construct week project, I had a fantastic group. There were people from all over India and even some from my city that I didn’t come to know until we connected over the project. And this exciting experience is all because of construct week.

We discussed and deliberated, and assigned work amongst ourselves. This is why we were able to successfully complete it on time and learn so much. The thing about construct week is even if you don’t win, you unlock so much potential just by participating and collaborating with other students.

Tell us about your placement experience

I think I got an incredible placement experience. I got loads of opportunities, and sometimes it even got tough to manage so much at one time. For a while I couldn’t get the hang of it, so I didn’t get placed initially despite making it to the final round for various companies.

However, I got great assistance and also advice from the placement team. They told me to not give up, and that I was capable, so I should continue to sit for more interviews. That’s when I finally cracked it and got placed.

Both me and my father cried at that moment as I hadn’t had a job in years. It was a beautiful moment.

What lessons from Masai will you use throughout the rest of your life?

Masai has taught us to do whatever it takes to figure out a solution to a problem on our own. They managed to establish this habit by assigning tasks that required creativity and diligence. The solutions or the answers were never spoon-fed to us. Just now, the path to the answers was made clear to us.

We search for the solution rather than obsessing over the issue. And we keep going till we find the answer. We will always be distinguished from the throng by this quality.

Advice for future Masai students

Decisions cannot usually be reversed. Therefore, you must carefully consider your options. You are advised by Shashank to have faith in yourself and to stick with your choices. Success comes from devotion and hard effort.

Have faith and patience. The real world doesn’t work as we imagine, you will definitely get opportunities with Masai, but it might not be when you expect it. So before judging anything, give it your best shot, with discipline and hard work, you can certainly do it.

What is your response to those who claim Masai is a fraud?

I've heard a lot of folks describe Masai as a scam. Before I signed up, in fact, even my friends were calling it a fraud.

My advice to such individuals is straightforward. No institution should ever be criticised without first understanding it. They are unaware of Masai's curriculum, instructional strategies, and placement procedure. Therefore, it is immoral to make any accusations against Masai before thoroughly understanding the organisation and its goals.


Why choose backend or frontend?

The need for backend developers' skills may also be increased. Therefore, it may perhaps be preferable to become a backend developer in terms of employment chances. Being a front-end developer, however, might assist you in quickly establishing a static site if your objective is to build up a website or application quickly.

How many hiring partners does Masai have?

In order to provide you with the greatest opportunities, Masai now works with over 4,000 employment partners and is constantly growing that number.