|Education:||Masters is Software Systems|
|Time with Allshore:||1.5 Years|
At first glance, Faisal S. might seem a little reserved and quiet. After getting to know him more, his co-workers are often surprised to see his personality blossom before their eyes. His client had this to say: “Faisal is a diligent, hardworking developer that puts his head down and focuses on the tasks he is given. He has solid developer skills and good written English skills also. He also takes direction and advice well and would be a benefit to any team that he works with.”
His Team Lead, RK, told us: “Faisal is a hardworking, polite and humble person. His down-to-earth nature makes him great to work with. Given a task, he will put in all the necessary effort to get that task done.”
To get to know Faisal better, we sat down to chat with him.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up mainly in the cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, but I have also spent three years living in Karachi with family.
What college did you attend and what degree(s) do you have?
I finished my primary education in the Pakistan Air Force schools. Later I graduated from Punjab University with my Bachelors and then received my MCS with Software Systems specialty from Federal Urdu University Islamabad (FUUAST).
What is your favorite framework to work with and why?
My favorite frameworks are .NET and DevExpress controls. .NET is a Microsoft based framework and provides a lot of functionalities for developers, DevExpress controls framework is similar to .NET, only it provides a larger range of functionalities for a great user experience.
Can you tell us about your family?
I have four brothers, and I am the eldest one. My Father is retired from the Pakistan Air Force and my mother is a housewife.
Do you guys like to go to movies?
As a family we do not often go out to the movies but I do go with my friends a lot.
Do you have any favorite movies, or a favorite genre of movie?
I have a list of favorite movies, both Indian and English films, that includes several different genres. My favorite movie is 3 Idiot because it’s really funny and I love the idea of it. I also love Van Helsing, Solomon Kane, and The Season of the Witch. However, The Conjuring is the best scary one I’ve seen.
Do you have any funny office stories?
A funny incident occurred when we were moving into our new office and there was still construction being done on the building. The spot where one of our Team Leads was seated was below a temporary opening in the ceiling. One day he was seated and working at his desk and suddenly a cat jumped on him from the hole in the ceiling! That was one of the strangest and funniest things to happen at work, and we still talk and laugh about it to this day!
Tell us about your experiences working in the company.
It is a great experience to work at Allshore. This environment has helped to better my communication skills. I have also been able to learn new technologies and work on complex projects that help to enhance my skill set.
What is the most valuable thing you have learned through your working experiences?
I would have to say focus and communication are the most valuable things I have learned. They make for a successful software developer.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Working in IT is an excellent career. The most rewarding thing about this industry is that as long as you stay up to date with technologies you will never find yourself bored and wanting another job. Technologies change and grow very quickly thanks to the IT revolution, so you are never bored and have many new things to learn.
What is your best advice for a newcomer joining our company?
Being punctual and a good communicator will help to make any newcomer successful in this company.
By paying close attention to detail and delivering error free work, as well as updating your skill set with the change of technologies, you will remain successful in this career field.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
Do you like sports or play any?
I played football until I started attending school and I played basketball in college. Now because of my busy schedule I am unable play sports as much as I would like.
What is your favorite memory?
I spent three years of high school in Karachi from 1998 to 2001. That is a memorable time for me. All of my teachers and friends were very funny and jolly and I loved spending my time with them. In fact, you may say that was the best time of my educational years.
Any funny stories from home/friends to share?
In my last year of school, one of my unruly classmates brought itching powder to class. He put some of the powder down the backs of few of the guys in class and we saw those guys scratching their backs for the rest of the day. The funniest thing was that he managed to put some powder down the back of one of our teachers who proceeded to scratch his back curiously as if trying to find out what was wrong. Thankfully, I was able to dodge the culprit as he tried to put some of the powder on me!
When asked what part he would like to play in a movie he told us, “I am very impressed by some of the revolutionary leaders of history. I could see myself playing the role of a revolutionary leader that has his own groundbreaking thoughts and encourages innovation and change for the better in the thoughts and life of his people.” Faisal has a dream to promote education in his society, because he wants Pakistan to be a great nation. All in all, you can definitely say that Faisal is a passionate man.