|Designation:||Principal Software Engineer|
|Experience:||About Six Years|
|Education:||Bachelors in Computer Science|
|Time with Allshore:||One Year|
With a fierce love of the outdoors, Saeed balances his love of technology with a love of seeing the wide world. Saeed’s client told us: “Saeed gave us a huge lift on a project that was very behind. His understanding of the technology and his ability to understand our often ambiguous instructions was a breath of fresh air. Additionally, Saeed is able to communicate productive and relevant ideas that improve our overall product quality.”
RK, Saeed’s Team Lead, had this to say about his time working with Saeed: “Saeed is a dedicated and great professional. He helped us build a strong relationship with a new client, and has largely contributed to the stability of the relationship. Saeed has made his client love Allshore. He has earned the confidence of his superiors, and has significantly improved his skills and personal development. He has my sincerest gratitude for his superior efforts.”
We sat down and chatted with Saeed, to learn more about his personal life and his time with our company.
Will you start with a little background information about yourself, where were you born and raised?
I was born in a small village that is in Jhelum District in Punjab, and most of my childhood was spent there. I did my early education in a primary school there, before going to high school and university. It has recently become quite developed, and there are some new parks. When I was a child though, there were a couple of places that we used to visit: one was Rohtas Fort, and the other was a small park near Mangla.
It sounds like you enjoy sightseeing and the outdoors.
Yeah, I really do. I’m very fond of hiking too, and whenever I get the time I relive everything I’ve done. Rohtas for instance has its historical background and very old architectural structure. It has very big and wide walls, with big doors. There was also an old well with stairs inside, and it seems like the people used to go down the stairs inside the well to get water. As for Managla, it has a very nice view since it was built on the side of a dam.
That sounds really lovely! Where else have you been able to travel to?
Well, there are some mountains beside my hometown as well, although they were quite far. Sometimes I used to visit that place after school or during a holiday, and sometimes I used to make plans with friends to go there on the weekends.
Did you get to see snow on the mountains?
Ah no, there was no snow in that area. As for snowfall, there are some places like Murree that I’ve travelled to. Also, the longest hike that I’ve done so far was near Murree. I did two of them, in fact.
Do you remember how long the hike was?
It was very exhausting. I hiked about six hours or so to reach a checkpoint called Dagri Bangla. The following day I again traveled the same amount of time to go through another route. Those were some of the most exhausting days I’ve ever had, but I really enjoyed hiking and camping there. That is a memory now, that I relive. It was a kind of accomplishment that I was able to hike so long.
Do you have a list of places you hope to travel to someday?
I’ve been to Gilgit Baltistan, which is the most beautiful place we have here, and the other place I’ve already traveled to is Kashmir. There are so many more places in Kashmir and the Swat valley that I would like to see. I’m going to plan a trip with some friends to travel there.
You mentioned that you attended college as well. What university did you go to and what degree(s) did you receive?
Yes, after completing my Intermediate degree, I joined the International Islamic University in Islamabad and earned my Bachelors in Computer Science.
What made you decide to go into Computer Science?
Well, when I was doing my Intermediate degree in Computer Sciences there was one teacher who was very nice, and I became interested in programming. That was the first time I’d operated a computer and wrote my first program in C on that blue DOS screen.
Are you still glad you chose Computer Science? What is your favorite part about being a Software Engineer?
Yes, I’m still glad I chose it, but I’m also interested in reading about other social subjects. I don’t know if I will be able to study in the future, but Computer Science is still at the top of the list. I’m not sure what my favorite part is about the job, but I just really enjoy working with computers and machines.
Do you have a favorite framework to work in?
I work in the .NET framework and I like that very much. If I get the chance, I might learn about Android apps and their working mechanisms in the future as well. I’m planning on earning some certifications, one will be in MVC, and after that I will just need two more to be Microsoft certified.
What is your favorite thing about working with our company?
I started working with Allshore because of the business model, which is quite different, and I like that.
What is your favorite: color, restaurant, and quote?
My favorite color varies depending on the item, but I like green, maroon, and blue. My favorite restaurants are The Monal and La Montana. As for quotes, my recent favorite is “Never give up,” but I also like “Always believe that something good is about to happen.”
What do you and your family like to do in your free time?
Sometimes we go out, but sometimes we watch movies or dramas.
If you could play a part in a movie, what sort of character would you want to play?
That depends entirely on the movie, but I would chose a challenging character.
Saeed describes himself as self-motivated, committed, and caring. Always ready for a challenge, he loves to hike, and in his down time spend time with friends. We’re just as excited as Saeed to have him working with us, and look forward to more hard work from this great developer!