Ayush is from a small town in Madhya Pradesh, where he completed his HSC in PCM before deciding to pursue a bachelor's degree in Commerce. He did not want to prepare for JEE since he wanted to work in computer science and believed that physics and chemistry wouldn’t be needed. Then he considered doing an MBA because it was one of his interests; he was even accepted into two IIMs, but due to the high fees and low ROI, he studied coding on his own.
Ayush is now working for DeHaat, an agriculture tech business that is one of the few in India that provides end-to-end solutions and services to the farming sector.
We were conversing with Ayush about his experiences at Masai. In his own words, here is his experience.
How did you come across Masai?
After opting to learn to code on my own, I was viewing several coding videos on YouTube when I came upon Masai. It piqued my interest because they used a pay-after-placement arrangement, which meant I wouldn't have to pay anything until I started earning CTC 5 LPA or more.
I read through all the information accessible online, as well as the Alumni stories. I asked myself one question: What is the worst that might happen? I don't have to pay if I don't get a job. That's when everything became clear, and I was accepted into Masai's fast-paced full-stack web development program.
There was a significant difference between learning on my own and learning at Masai because one of the most difficult aspects of learning on my own was a lack of discipline because there was no one keeping track of everything. After joining Masai, I discovered that having the right guidance is critical.
Was your decision to quit an IIM and join Masai supported by your parents?
I had to really persuade them that this was the best path for me, and after they were pleased with all the material, they were incredibly supportive throughout the process.
Why did you opt for fast-paced learning?
I wasn't sure if I wanted to work in the web development area. Despite the fact that I was certain I wanted to learn programming. At the time, I wanted to try new things like freelancing and learning about blockchain and web 3.0, but I was also a college student and had to attend classes.
As I was freelancing while attending college and subsequently working at Masai, there were times when everything seemed too difficult to handle. But learning was a lot of fun since it gave me a sense of success.
One thing I particularly liked about Masai was that they made me feel heard, since every time we gave feedback, it was considered. The curriculum is updated regularly to ensure that students are receiving the most up-to-date information.
What did you think of construct week?
Masai was the finest thing that happened to us because we had to work as a group on a single assignment. Normally, we learn new things and then apply them one by one, but during construct week, we all had to go through a learning curve and figure out where we were getting stuck.
I'm delighted such a thing exists in Masai since I learned how to work as part of a team, which now benefits me in my profession because every project feels precisely like our construct week project.
How did you find the placement process?
I had interviewed for 5-6 companies so when I was hired at DeHaat, I was ecstatic because it was a company I had always wanted to work for. I felt a strong connection to their mission and vision of assisting the Indian farming community.
DeHaat had four rounds of interviews, each with a combination of technical and HR questions. It was difficult, but I had a great time interviewing.
"I enjoy a good challenge because, like in a video game, you have to be tenacious to progress through the different levels."