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Syed Anwaarullah
Syed Anwaarullah

Syed Anwaarullah

Associate Developer

Convergys India Services Pvt. Ltd

Brief description about me
I’m a 2010 ECE (Electronics and Communication Engineering) graduate currently working in Convergys India Services Pvt. Ltd as an Associate Developer in Programming and Analysis for over 2 years.
Important career decision
As a fresh graduate, I was very keen on joining the Core Electronics industry and spent months applying to the big/small electronics players (Xilinx, AMD, Robert Bosch etc). I usually would never make it beyond the first written selection round (as I’m not very good on Quantitative Ability ) and would hence never get a chance to meet the interviewer in Person and convince him about my other skills and strengths. Then it dawned upon me to broaden my parameters and include IT/ITES Cos. Having cleared and being among the 30 grads selected (from around 3000) for Convergys in Sept 2012, I felt this is an important decision. My role at Convergys has introduced me many finer aspects of Development and also enhanced my skills while working in a Multi-Location based Dev team. I’m glad, Convergys happened 

Degree that matters
A bachelors in engineering, is a bare minimum for the IT/ITES industry. If the person in still interested in joining the EDA (Electronics Design and Automation) industry, I’d suggest a Masters in technology will be a great asset and would give the candidate an edge over the others. Looking into the hiring trends by major EDA players, I feel an M.Tech/M.S would be the minimum requirement few years from now.
Prospective towards freshers
I’d say that is the necessary risk they must take. It’s a win/win situation for both. The organization gets resources (bubbling with enthusiasm and lots of energy) coupled with hand’s on new tech and knowledge of tech developments. The candidate gets the opportunity to harness his talents and skills and align it to the Organization’s goals while also learning on the job.

Strongest Skill
Some of my key skills include my awareness of latest tech developments, my basic (but hand’s on) experience with most of the new tools/programming languages. I’ve some exceptionally great communication and oratory skills.
My role model
My Role Model is my Dad. He’s a great Mechanical Engineer specializing in Plastic Products design and development. I’ve learnt a lot about innovation and tech from him. I admire him for his ability to re-engineer drab process and make them exciting. Also, his tinkering with most of things is something that I’ve inherited and which makes me more aware of how stuff happens (and how to make some of it better ).

Upcoming Trends
In the field of IT/ITES, the biggest game changers would be Mobility and Cloud (and the integration of them both). In mobility, “Build Once, Run Anywhere” and in Cloud, “Deploy Once, Access Anywhere”.
My goal
I plan to do my Ph.D and also a lean startup focusing on making technology and products affordable to the masses.
Family background
My Dad and Mom are the best teachers I could have ever got. My Dad is a Mechanical Engineer focusing on Plastics Design, Development and Research. My Mom is a B.A graduate and a great homemaker. My younger brother who just graduated in Computer Science Engineering is a leading Microsoft Student Partner and evangelist.

Elders advice
I think that would be my Dad’s advice to select the science stream in my higher school instead of choosing Commerce (which my mom was pushing me to choose). The reason why I’d abhor taking Science was my very poor performance in Mathematics. However, calculators were a life saver and helped me come a long way. Later on in engineering, I realized how much I was made for Science 
My achievements
Professionally speaking, I presented a talk in the Open Source India 2012 Conference in Bangalore and this makes me proud because it made my parents proud. Academically, I scored 99/100 in C Programming University exam in my college and that’s a record yet to be broken.

Advice to young people
I’d suggest him/her to explore beyond their regular academics, experiment a lot and if given a chance, prefer practice over theory.

My point of view
We’re doing great globally, but I think the best push for us to lead would be support from our government and zero corruption. We’ve the best talent and the best ideas, we only don’t deliver cause we’re bounded by the many process and regulations and taxes and stuff that are implemented by the Govt.
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