All of us have something in our lives we enjoy spending time on. A passion for photography, writing poems at night, being a tourist in one’s own city or even reading Shakespeare. Imagine how cool it would be if this passion gave us an edge over others and helped us land our dream job!
Abdullah Khan is a 21-year-old student and coding enthusiast. He finished schooling from Saudi Arabia and moved to Mumbai for further studies. He is currently pursuing BE (Computer Science) from Shree LR Tiwari Engineering College, Mira Road.
In his free time, he takes part in many online programming competitions. His profile on one of these websites impressed folks over at Google and they offered him a 1.2 crore job at their London HQ!
Abdullah had to go through a series of online interviews and a final screening at the London office before landing the job. According to the Times of India, he will be a part of Google’s site reliability engineering team in September. Elated by the unexpected offer, he says,
“I used to participate as it was fun. I did not even know that firms check programmers’ profiles on such sites. I showed the email to my friend who knew someone who had received such an email in the past. I am looking forward to joining their team. It will be an amazing learning experience for me.”
Interestingly, Abdullah did not manage to get into the hallowed halls of IIT. But his passion for coding earned him a lucrative offer even IITians would be envious of. Perhaps this is why they say ‘follow your passion and success will follow.’