The Turning Points in My Life
It was my dream to be a system programmer and a part of some OS
development team or device driver development team. However, campus
placement pushed me into the enterprise software and automation area,
where I explored my capabilities, contributed to the organization and
scaled up my skills.
Subsequently, due to a mishap, I was out
from the industry for almost 2 years. However, I utilized that time by
working on my weaknesses, and building my strengths. This was a turning
point for me as I started to believe in myself once again, and it gave
me the confidence to set forth on an entrepreneurial journey.
Two Years Down the Line
I have lot of plans. This includes changing role to become an
educationist in the technology sphere, where I can help to channelize
fresh energy and ideas towards successful implementation. The focus is
going to be on doing something that gives me satisfaction, while at the
same time helping to contribute to society.
What I Learnt Along the Way
Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses, and be clear about your
goals. It is very important to understand that you cant be the master of
everything and focus on the areas that interest you.
Changing Days: Lessons Learnt
How has your profession today been different from the days when you started? When I started out, IT services was a profession. Today, it is more a business with many entrepreneurs trying to capitalize on the rapid growth in the sector. The younger generation is also opting for IT as it provides better job opportunities. However, not all of them come into the industry because they have a passion for IT, but rather because they are attracted by the big pay packages. So, while the number of professionals in the field has increased, there has been a decline in the overall quality of skills.
Trends to Watch Out For
In the future, handheld devices are going to be a part of every
individuals life and every business process. Due to this, Cloud will
play the major role, with both hardware and software being shared. For
technocrats, such as me, this is the time for coming up with solutions
that integrate both hardware and software requirements and planning what
to serve to the customers.
My Advice If You are Starting Out
Domain is a large space with multiple platforms and technologies.
Instead of trying to cater all platforms, I would advise become an
expert in one technology. Another important ingredient for success is to
be fast in execution as the industry is highly competitive in terms of
Must Focus Areas For the Future
The Mobile domain has various limitations such as small processing
power, less real-estate for application layout, limited power, limited
bandwidth, multiple platforms and a lack of standardization. Therefore,
an optimized solution catering to all these limitations will be the most
sought after specialization in the future. Cross platform development
will also have a key role to play in this scenario.
Books/ Websites I Recommend
In terms of technology, books on C, Java and database will help in
gaining a better understanding of the mobile development space. Rather
than recommending a specific book, I would advise that when reading
about a particular technology, try to concentrate on works from the
The internet is also a great source for content,
once you enter the industry and start developing solutions. However,
remember that in addition to a thorough study of the domain, competition
analysis is also extremely important.
Last But Not Least
The only additional advice I can give a person starting out in this
industry is that while choosing a career, opt for a field that you are
passionate about rather than being driven by social or materialistic