Interview with Asad Khan | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Asad Khan

Interview with Asad Khan


Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.


A: I am Asad Khan from Mardan, and I completed my bachelor’s degree from Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. I have been working as a .NET developer. In the Fellowship Program, I am working as a Full Stack Developer.


Q: How has your education prepared you for this job?


A: I feel that I was well prepared for real-life situations and jobs. Challenging courses have taught me exceptional critical-thinking skills and the fact that the answers will not always be in front of your eyes. Through training like this, I have learned how to solve complex problems and know that high-quality results demand hard work. Many of my internships have also allowed me to experience situations first hand and taught me how to come up with the best solutions.


Q: In your resume, you mentioned Selal App and TARS Foundation website as your most significant career accomplishment to date. Tell us about your overall experience.


A: It was a wonderful experience and an excellent opportunity to learn many things from my seniors and juniors. I always consider it an achievement.


Q: If I were to poll everyone you’ve worked with, what percentage would not be a fan of yours?


A: At work, you can’t please everyone all the time. I work without confrontation to maintain relationships with my coworkers. However, sometimes conflicts are critical when it comes to innovation. Many times,  a people-pleaser hinders growth from avoiding conflicts. 


Q: Were you keen to be selected in the KP Fellowship Program, or did you apply after scrolling through the web?


A: Yes, I was keen to be selected in the KP Fellowship Program because I have attended many KPITB programs, and their mentors advised and encouraged me to apply for such opportunities.


Q: What are your thoughts about the emerging technology culture in KP?


A: Emerging technology culture in KP will have a significant impact, and I think it will provide many opportunities, especially for youngsters. It will help us to grow in our respective fields.


Q: On what project are you working here? How is it helping you to build your capacity?


A: I am working with the P&D Department. It provides me the opportunity to explore new skills and how to manage multiple and complex systems and to provide the best solution to satisfy the customers, in this case, citizens of KP.


Q: In a few words, describe what skills and knowledge you bring to our team.


A: In addition to my experience, I bring a great attitude and willingness to take on any task. In my last job, I was always looking for ways to help out. I learned from this experience that I don’t blink when faced with challenging projects and that I thrive in roles where I get to lead and multi-task.


Q: What do Fellows say is your best quality?


A: Determination, Flexibility, Dependability, Courteousness.


Q: What do you feel about the environment here; would you recommend any improvements?


A: The environment is excellent. My only recommendation is that teams need to coordinate with each other on every problem if they are stuck in a situation.


Q: Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?


A: The answer is right and on time because perfection is not achievable. And if you’re late on top of it, and people are waiting for you, that’s not acceptable.


Q: How do you deal with different personalities in the Fellowship team?


A: Learning the skills to cope with people’s different personalities can make your life (and others around you) so much easier. The first step to dealing with any challenge is to make an effort to understand it. The psychology behind people’s different personalities has been well-documented and can give you an idea about the range of characters you may come across in the workplace.


Q: If your boss asked you to jump, would you ask how high? Or, would you ask, why do you want me to jump?


A: I make a point to work only at places and for people that value my ability to contribute more than just task execution. My boss respects me and my intelligence and vice versa. So I’d expect to be consulted on what he needs from me, and why, and allowed to contribute feedback and participate in the design of the “jump.”

But like I said, my boss respects me, and I know he does, so if he told me to jump and he didn’t have time to explain why I’d probably do it. And then I’d expect an explanation of why jumping was needful in such a short term that justifying it ahead of time was not feasible.


Q: What are you passionate about?


A: As a software developer, I’m passionate about creating great, efficient digital products to make people’s experience with technology memorable. One of the things I loved about my last job was witnessing the results of my team’s code update and watching as our months of work yielded positive user feedback. Having the opportunity to lead projects from ideation through launch was one of the reasons.


Q: Would you like to say something to our readers?


A: I firmly believe in taking a collaborative approach to each project. Therefore,  when I saw a position with the KP Government Innovation Fellowship to join the production team, I knew I had to apply. I’ve seen many previous Fellows’ work, and it inspired me because I saw teamwork in action. I love working with a team to achieve a common goal, and I know my background in production has prepared me for this role.

I look forward to becoming a valued contributor to this phenomenal team.

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