With the dream of becoming a superlative Software Architect, a fresh talent has joined Skuad with excitement and energy! Soumya Mangaraj, the man with a computer brain and a cotton heart, is an enthusiastic Full Stack Consultant. As our pick for this week's Talent Tuesday feature, Soumya shares his experience with Skuad and talks about remote working.
How has your experience been with Skuad?
I am employed as a part-time Consultant at Skuad. I wanted to join a startup to gain more experience, exposure and earn more through an additional source of income. And luckily, my environment here is challenging, which is precisely what appeals to me the most. The kind of work people do at Skuad is similar to what I wanted to do. The people here have been wonderful and believe in sharing team knowledge and value.
What are your expectations from Skuad?
With Skuad, I have my hopes high. It is my first startup experience. I desire to do and achieve much more than what I ever did in my previous organizations. I see Skuad as a channel to upskill myself, widen my technological horizons, and secure a good position in the next 2-3 years. I also expect Skuad to carry on this remote working model in the long run as it suits me because I have responsibilities at home.
How has remote work affected your life?
Remote work, just like everything else, comes with its share of pros and cons. The good side is that I am home, taking care of my sick parents, and spending much-needed quality time with them. A rough side has been linguistic barriers, personal disconnect, and escalated miscommunication within teammates, which is less likely in an office setting.
Juggling between full-time and part-time jobs can be tricky and exhausting. How do you break away from this?
It doesn't feel like too much to do Full Stack development for both companies. Most of my peers think it's quite hectic, but somehow my routines have amalgamated in such a way, I can handle both. If I feel there is a bit of pressure, I go for a walk to get some air or absorb myself in work even harder. In pre-COVID times, I used to go out with my friends for some quality time and chit-chat. Besides this, I like to play cricket and computer games. To challenge my mind and keep it entertained simultaneously, I like to indulge in brain drain exercises like puzzles or coding challenges developed by HackerEarth.
What advice would you give to your future self?
While I am proud of the things I have accomplished and the pace at which I am heading in my career, I am not very proud of my habit of dropping things. I tend to escape when it gets difficult for me. By putting myself in this new environment of a remote working startup, I will be able to get a hold of this attitude. I hope for my future self to continue and push harder; there’s no success in leaving, but there’s learning in the hustle.