Stepping into the real world

'Developers’ Day offers an opportunity of a lifetime and must not be refused a visit'

Haya Nadeem Rizwan April 05, 2019
'Developers’ Day offers an opportunity of a lifetime and must not be refused a visit.' PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

It had been six months now and I had been dropping my CV at each and every possible place I could think of. From software houses to mega corporations to firms, I had tried visiting them all. But all seemed so hopeless and so tiring.

Though it almost felt like yesterday that I had flipped a hat in the air and held a scroll up high, a job seemed to take forever to come knocking at my door. Everyday I checked inbox as well as mailbox, hoping for a response. My goal seemed to be slipping out of my grasp and into the unending abyss of unemployment.

Had my skills been developed for nothing?

Everything I had and have fought for, everything that defines my essence as someone fighting for the right thing, has it all been for nil?

I was warned years ago by my mother, “Always remember, the world is a tough place. At times, it gets tough just because you’re a woman and are not seen as a defining personality. So take care.”

Fast forwarding, I was recently scrolling through Facebook when I came across a post, stating something that caught the corner of my eye. It seemed like an event of sorts. One of those job fairs type but that wasn’t it. It featured so much more. From tech talks to even cut throat competitions.

“Maybe this is it. Maybe this is where I go and polish my skills as someone who loves programming, attend these grasping tech talks and finally, drop a CV to these software houses and companies they’re inviting,” I thought, excited.

They called it Developers’ Day and the name fits the billing. It held its end of the deal and delivered exactly what it had promised. It helped me gain exposure towards numerous companies as well.

I am now working at one of the most top notch software houses of the city and I highly recommend anyone who wishes to progress in their career line, to attend Developers’ Day. It is an opportunity of a lifetime and must not be refused a visit. This is how I feel my life was turned around. Never stop moving.

(Developers’ Day is an annual consolidated effort by the students and faculty at NUCES to craft careers by bridging the gap between aspiring enthusiasts and tech enterprises under one roof. The event returns this year at ACM NUCES at FAST NUCES, Karachi on April 17, 2019)


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