In a recent interview with Asutosh, one of Masai School’s alumni from Bhubaneshwar (Orissa), we had the chance to learn about his journey transitioning from an electronics engineer to mastering self-confidence and becoming a front-end developer, all at Masai.
His journey from being a student at NIT to being an expert coder at Vyapar today is truly inspiring for many.
What made you interested in the world of Coding and Software Development?
After graduating in 2020 from NIT Meghalaya in Electronics and Communication engineering, I realised that I needed to learn how to code to get placed in a good company. When I was in the final year of college, I experienced that no one wanted to hire electrical engineers like me- every organisation wanted someone with software development skills.
Even when I would clear all the interview rounds, I would not make it in the coding round. I felt stuck. That’s when I made the decision to learn software development.
What introduced you to Masai School? How would you rate its ISA (Income Share Agreements)?
I appeared for GATE exams after graduation but didn’t score well enough. Post that, I started looking for platforms that would teach me coding in less time and that’s when I found out about Masai School online.
I went through the website and the alumni success stories and decided that it is worth a shot. Also, the ISA that they offer did not require me to pay the entire fee in one go. A student here only pays the fees once they land themselves a job of more than 5 LPA- a feature that really attracted me towards it.
How was the initial experience of joining Masai? Did you face any challenges?
I joined in April 2021 and in the beginning, I did not face any challenges. I already had some basic knowledge of coding so it was easy to grasp things.
However, it became difficult to understand when things started scaling and we got introduced to HTML, CSS and React. It became problematic to attend every class and to do the assignments but with the help of our mentors, nothing seemed like a hurdle. I managed to clear all the problems eventually with a clear understanding.
Apart from the regular classes and assignments, what are the other skills taught at Masai?
At Masai, it’s not just about the way they teach you various concepts of software development, they also teach you life skills like time management and communication. There are separate classes, sessions and activities where they teach you how to live and communicate with confidence while managing your time well. Also, the 9-9-6 schedule is truly amazing. It made me a more disciplined and dedicated student than I was previously.
How is the placement procedure at Masai? Is it different from a conventional engineering college?
Masai follows the MAC process for placements- it’s called the Masai accreditation. There are 7 DSA questions that a student has to give under this out of which 4 should be cleared in order to sit for the interview rounds.
Apart from this, there are various other factors like your portfolio, your LinkedIn profile and your resume that they help you to polish so that you don’t face issues in the HR round. I applied for 4 companies during my placement round and I had to sit in at least 2 interviews every day.
I got my first offer from Vyapar and I took it.
What would you say about the faculty at Masai? How is their quality of teaching?
The faculty at Masai is very different from a regular college- they are experienced, experts in their domain while being very informed about the latest trends in the industry. All the mentors are helpful and approachable no matter whichever batch you are in. I particularly love this line said by Yogesh sir- “Small things don’t mean anything. They mean everything.”
Are there any other perks of studying at Masai school apart from the course structure and ISA?
Yes absolutely. During the time of the pandemic, Masai released a Covid welfare fund that helped students and their families who were in severe need of support. It was a very noble effort on their end and it truly helped the students who needed it the most.
How is your experience of working at a new company after getting placed through Masai?
It is fantastic. I feel confident about my work because my basics are clear and I have a solution-oriented approach to every issue. A lot of my colleagues are either my peers or my seniors from Masai so the work culture also feels familiar.
Any advice that you would like to give to aspiring coders about Masai School?
I would just request my aspiring friends to not think much and join Masai School because it has truly changed my life in just 7 months. My family feels super proud of me for seeing my growth and my relatives and friends keep asking me the secret behind it.
If you wish to change your life too, then join Masai today!
A lot of people say that Masai is too good to be true. What’s your take on it?
The way Masai functions and the way its students are shining all across the world, it is obvious that people will doubt if it’s genuinely trustworthy, and question its legitimacy.
Without second thoughts, I would just like to mention that my journey and my growth is real and I owe it to Masai- it helped me have a career despite being from a prestigious institution like NIT. In the end, it’s not about where you graduate from; it’s about the knowledge that you gain while studying. I am happy that I received the best education I could with the best mentors around.
This was Asutosh’s success story. If you too wish to create yours, then join Masai today without worrying too much about your tomorrow.