The son of a contract worker who once delivered food to make ends meet becomes a software engineer, goes viral

Shaik Abdul Sathar from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh is a young student by day and a delivery boy by night. He used to work in the gig economy for Swiggy, Zomato, Ola and Rapido to support his father’s income as a contract labourer.

Sathar’s efforts and thirst for learning helped him land his dream job as a software engineer at an IT company based in Bengaluru. He shared his journey in a LinkedIn post on May 27, highlighting his struggles and breakthrough.

Delivery boy at night

Shaik Abdul Sathar didn’t become an engineer overnight. In his social media post, he spoke about how he started out as a delivery boy for various companies like Swiggy and Zomato to make ends meet for his family while he was in his senior year of college. As reported by the Mint, he graduated in BTech, Civil Engineering, from Sai Ganapathi Engineering College, Visakhapatnam in 2020.

I wanted to make a financial contribution as soon as possible as my father is a contract worker. So we had just enough money to get by… Ola, Swiggy, Uber, Rapido, Zomato… I’ve been everywhere since senior year of college,” he mentioned.

During his delivery job, a friend suggested that he learn programming and Python programming by taking short courses to hone his skills for higher-paying jobs. Then Sathar would go to class during the day and finish his deliveries by midnight.

I took his (friend’s) suggestion seriously and spent my mornings learning to program. From 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. I have my deliveries done‘ as quoted in The Indian Express.

Building web applications

The key turning point in Sathar’s pursuit of programming came when he developed a web application and completed a few other projects. He started applying to companies in the IT field now that he was equipped with JavaScript, Node.js, Python and some other computer programs.

To pass interviews, the engineer remarked: “My experience as a delivery boy helped me build communication skills.” He now works at Probe Information Services Pvt. Ltd. In the meantime he has started to familiarize himself with 4.0 technologies and their development.

Recalling his situation, Sathar began to add: “From a place where I had to watch every rupee I got to a point where I can pay off my parents’ debt with a few months’ salary.”

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