Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: Hello, I am Usman Khan and I belong to Swabi. I am a Computer Scientist and I graduated from Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan. I have two years of work experience in CodeIgniter (PHP Framework). I love learning programming languages and watching tutorials related to computer technology.
Q: How has your education prepared you for this job?
A: In my experience, the university only taught me a little about coding and other technical skills. I learnt the most from other sources such as YouTube tutorials, which helped me practice and improve my coding and programming logic skills.
Q: If not software engineering, what other courses would you have opted for?
A: If I was not a software engineer, I would have been a penetration tester (cybersecurity).
Q: What is your biggest achievement in your professional career?
A: My biggest achievement was when I developed two MIS for KPITB and secondly when I worked in an ERP system with a USA-based software company named Rubber Stick (http://rubberstick.com/) and deployed that system on the server (https://www.reservationsoftware.com/).
Q: Describe your top three technical skills?
A: My top three skills are web programming, code debugging and general tricks related to computers.
Q: Were you keen to be selected for the KP Fellowship Program or did you just apply casually?
A: Yes, I was keen to be selected for the Fellowship, I applied for the Fellowship Program in 2019 but I was not selected. So for an year, I prepared so I could apply again the following year, and finally I was selected as a Fellow for the 6th cohort.
Q: What project are you working on here? How is it helping you to build your capacity in your personal and professional life?
A: I’m working with the Department of LiveStock and Dairy Research, to develop a Lab Management Information System for them. I am learning a lot, improving my programming skills, database management skills, and data requirements analysis.
Q: What do colleagues say is your best quality?
A: My colleagues would say I’m cooperative and am always disciplined.
Q: What would you like to change (positively) in our organization, and how would you do that?
A: In my opinion, all processes are excellent. However, I suggest that you increase the number of Fellow positions for each cohort, so that more Fellows can work on government projects and learn government processes.
Q: How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
A: To me, success means having a goal, planning the steps to achieve the goal, implementing the plan, and finally achieving the goal. Success means to achieve a goal I have set for myself. Success means to produce high quality work before the deadline.
Q: What is your greatest fear?
A: My inability to articulate my ideas during a session or events.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: Learning new programming skills and improving coding techniques.
Q: If you suddenly gained the ability to time travel, what’s the first thing you’d do?
A: I would go back and watch my life as an observer. To celebrate the good and learn from the bad. To notice the countless gifts of kindness and generosity given by others that I couldn’t see at the time.
And when I would visit times of struggle and suffering, I’d whisper to myself that everything will be OK.
Q: Would you like to say something to our readers?
A: I would say that life involves constant struggle and hard work. Do your work with passion, work hard and struggle day by day as well as trust in God for your dreams to come true.