This winter I got the opportunity to intern at Techprimelab Software Pvt. Ltd. Even though the span of my internship was just for 3 weeks, this has been a great experience. I wish I could be here for a bit longer but college attendance is a treacherous thing. In such an ephemeral time period I feel an inclination within me towards the startup culture, I feel like I have learned quite a bit and here’s why:
Coding is life:
During college, I have had my differences with coding. But this internship helped me regain my interest in coding. Coding was the sole reason why I took up Computer Engineering in the first place and that’s what I feel I have to do for my entire life. People working here are erudite coders and just watching them code would send chills down someone’s spine. That’s how I want to be when I start working.
"Write a short note on Waterfall model." might be the most important question for your exams but just like everything in our education system it is now old. All that I have observed is Agile development is used these days and is really efficient. Also, it is not just about the tiered architecture anymore. Components, connectors, pipes and filters are the new fads.
Work and learn:
I was asked to work on a topic called “Elastic Search” with just an internet connection I had the freedom to research the topic in any way I wished to. I ended up researching a lot about it and also In the meantime developed a small project to understand how it works. Now, I may not know this stuff enough to pass an 80 mark exam on it but I swear I would not have learned this stuff with such depth or executed a small project in an entire semester if this was a college subject.
This point is somewhat in line with the previous point I made. The owner and founder of this place said to me on the first day “This is how we work here, you have all the resources you need. You use them the way you want to create great things. No one is going to drive you.” It is such a great environment that you yourself are motivated. Approaching anyone is very easy and everyone is very helpful. This informality or rather not paying undue importance to hierarchy is what makes this place so successful in my opinion.
Someday someone brings in a cake, the other day someone brings in sweets, cookies someday. Everyone has been so friendly and within two days I stopped feeling like this was some new place. It takes me two hours of arduous travel to get here, but I guess the friendliness of this place is what made it worth it and I were never bored or tired of that journey.
Tea and coffee are indeed fuel:
Engineers indeed really need their dose of tea/coffee in the morning and evening to stay in the zone. During this internship, I learned that I am no different either. All I can say, good for me.
I had to see this to know whether it was indeed true. You probably won’t get the reference if you haven’t seen The Office. But, yes it is indeed true that in an office the water cooler is kind of a social place.
What it takes:
Without letting this get any verbose let me get to the last point. Just like every other engineer out there, it is my aspiration to build a successful startup one day. Hence, I have been quite observant of what qualities you need to be the founder of a startup. Even in this short time, I have learned that you need to be very calm and cool. You need to trust your team as you cannot oversee each project every now and then. You need to make decisions and the most important of all never get tired!
I think I’m done here. I probably will get to know even more things in a few days more I have left here. I will be forever indebted to Techprimelab and the people working here. I feel proud of the fact that I got the opportunity to do my first ever internship here.