My career had a mini kick-off when I was still in school. In 1994 I used to work part-time with my dad helping him with accounts in his business. I never got paid for it; but i loved managing accounts whatever he allowed me to do. It also allowed me to learn a great deal about accountancy which helped me in my 12 exams and also in Stock Markets.
In 1996, as I was still studying for Computers Diploma, I started as voluntary intern with NIIT. My job was to be a stand-up intern in the machine rooms (practical) helping students with their computer machine room exercises. While it was a non-paying job, it allowed me the opportunity to rehearse my skills with students as I helped them solve their problems. It also meant that I was able to try out my hands at hardware and networking too, which were not a part of the official NIIT curriculum.
After finishing up NIIT, in 1998; I joined hands with 3 friends – Rajat, Puneet and Deepak in freelance. And this endeavor carried on for a few years before I took my first position.
In July 2001, I started off my first job that would allow me to place experience on paper. On July 26, 2001 I joined eServe International. It was a sister concern of Citibank. I joined its IT division and was responsible for hardware and software. I spent 2+ years with the company and will a lot of mentoring from Pankaj I learned systems, software and most importantly people management. When I left the job on September 30 2003, little I knew that my people learning from this job would help me another year down the line.
For another year I did a lot of things and I do not like discussing this year of my life, so I am going to keep this out for now.
On October 18 2004, I joined Sapient Corporation after cracking a 7-round interview process. I am still proud of doing that and being a part of Sapient family for almost 4 years. My career spanned using the “Anything and Everything” approach. I did work on development projects and in most cases when things were new for me. I learned on the job and delivered 8 projects in my career spanning with Sapient. These projects were huge success and had a lot of impact for the company. During my tenure with Sapient in year 2006, I was also nominated for The Founders Award. However, like all good things come to an end, so did my relationship with Sapient.
On July 18, 2008, I joined UnitedHealth Care with their IT services in India as Technical Architect. In my role with Unitedhealth, I carried on the approach from Sapient and continued to work in variety of technical opportunities. I also was leading the Java Center of Excellence for the India office for a period of 1 year. Working closely with Babul, we did some great things for the JCoE. My most proud moment came when I prepared a POC using Adobe Flex technologies that integrated with UHG’s backend systems (Web services and Mainframes). This POC was presented to the Technical Leadership of the organization. It was a successful POC and we went ahead to evaluate as to how can this technology be used to replace some of the existing portals and save cost.
In 2011, I have started to pursue my technical dreams and am preparing to roll out a framework that will assist in improving the quality of Unit Testing – this is something that I have been dreaming for a almost 3 years and working on it for 2 years now. The framework is taking shape and I am confident that I will release it by the end of 2011.