Each month, the Roshni Rides team unanimously chooses an employee to win the Employee Value Award. This award is presented to those who embody the company’s 5 core values; Service, Commitment, Fearlessness, Integrity, and Agility. Let’s meet and get to know Hassan Bari who won the Employee Value Award for the month of December for his agility and hard work!
Tell us about yourself?
I graduated with my degree in Computer Information System Engineering from Neduet. Currently, I am working as a Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Roshni Rides. I have been associated with this product for the past 14 months and I feel enthusiastic to take my career as well as the product to the next level in the upcoming years.
What are your hobbies?
Since my childhood, I have been fascinated with cars. In my free time, I read car news in magazines and online. This helps me to relax and relieve my stress. It also keeps me updated about the car industry in Pakistan. Another extra-curricular activity that I enjoy is keeping up with my professional development and continuing education. I keep up with my area of expertise of quality assurance through reading professional journals, attending seminars, and taking occasional classes online. Research and development is also a significant part of my extracurricular activities and it facilitates me to enhance my understanding of automation and software quality assurance.
How did you get into your profession?
I got my Bachelors in Computer Science from a university that is within the top 10 engineering schools in the country. QA about 5 years ago was a little different from today’s QA. The industry was mostly focused on QC (Quality Control – think factory inspectors). In my eyes, QA looked like a niche market. There were so many developers, but not many QA and it seemed like the demand was high while supply was dragging far behind. So I promoted myself as a QA engineer in the Engineering school. QA was rising in Pakistan and there were just not many people with a CS in BE degree who wanted to be QA engineers (everybody wanted to be a developer). I started working as a QA engineer at NGI. The automation was a new hype word in the software industry. The QA group that I belonged to started looking at automation tools. While in grad school, I wrote some JAVA code to automate tedious testings of the application my project team developed. From there I had a clear vision of what I would pick as a profession in my life. This landed me to a Quality Assurance position at Roshni Rides which is one of the fastest growing mobility companies in Pakistan.
What led you to working at Roshni Rides?
What led me to working at Roshni Rides is interesting. This was my first project while I was working at NGI as a Quality Assurance Engineer. It is exceptionally special to me since I have witnessed its development from the preliminary phase to what is it today. I joined Roshni Rides through their acquihiring process (this trend of hiring talent for startups is relatively new especially in Pakistan). I strongly believe that this is not just any ordinary software development work but a great learning experience. As a team, we all are very proud to be a part of a startup that is solving an important problem for women in our country.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
Throughout my job experience, I have confronted several challenges; however, I haven’t found anything too difficult since I am highly dedicated towards my profession, it’s my passion. I always believe that its better to meet danger than to wait for it.
Why should our readers be passionate about what Roshni Rides does?
The readers, particularly women, should passionately follow Roshni Rides because it is the first project that aims to empower the working women in our country. We all have often heard that women in Pakistan often quit or switch their career because of commute issues in the country, explicitly in Karachi. The advent of this product, to a great extent, has resolved these issues and now a significant number of women enjoy their voyage to their workplace. Roshni Rides in the future also intends to make same efforts to empower women.
Since we now know how much you love cars, what is your dream car?
Since I was a teenager, I have been dreaming about the Mitsubishi Evo VII. I first saw this car in the 2 Fast, 2 Furious movie, it was driven by Paul Walker’s character. He drove a yellow Evolution 7 which was lightly modified performance-wise but heavily modified when it comes to the aesthetics.
Congrats Hassan on winning the Employee Value Award for December! You are a great addition to the team and we value your agility and hard work!