“My scores in JEE (Main) were not very impressive and I was not even shortlisted for JEE (Advanced) to get into IITs…” says Abdullah Khan. This 21-year-old coding junkie was just having fun competing on an online programming challenge when Google spotted him.
In November last year, Abdullah Khan received an email from Google saying that they have seen his profile over the programming site and are looking for people to work across locations in Europe. Taken aback, Abdullah Khan showed this email to his friend who knew someone else in a similar situation.
Now after 3 online interviews with Google and one screening round at their London office, Khan is set to join Google’s site reliability engineering team from September 2019. Khan said he was shocked as it was beyond his imagination that Google would pick his profile from an online programming site.
The package he has been offered includes a base salary of 60,000 pounds (Rs. 54.5 lakh) per annum, 15% bonus (Rs. 8.1 lakh) and stock options worth $85,000 (Rs. 58.9 lakh) over 4 years. this is what Google is giving to this 21-year-old final year B.E. student of L R Tiwari Engineering College, Maharashtra.
Abdullah Khan says he participated in many online programming challenges just for fun. He had participated in over 150 such challenges online and in college too. He had no clue that firms like Google checked the profiles of prospects over such sites. He is looking forward to the job as he says it is going to be an amazing learning experience at Google.
“Unaware of The Importance of IITs”
He says that he was not sure about the importance of the IITs, as he was not all disappointed with his JEE Main scores and that he was not selected for the Advanced phase for IIT admissions. However, he got into L R Tiwari Engineering College, Maharashtra, via the centralised counselling process.
He did his schooling from Saudi Arabia and had moved to Mumbai after finishing his schools. He is a big-time coding junkie.
His college says that the highest salary offered in the college placements is Rs. 10 LPA in 2019. Even Abdullah Khan had an offer of Rs. 6 LPA via the campus placement, which he is going replace with his offer from Google.
Any non-IIT candidate gets an average placement of Rs. 4 LPA. However, this case proves that, whether an IIT graduate or not, Indian graduates demonstrate high-order thinking in solving real-time problems.
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