What is a good training program like Mindteck Academy without an amazing trainer? Absolutely nothing! The knowledge imparted on our trainees in Wisconsin this winter by our amazing Java guru, Pramod Mirji, was nothing short of spectacular. Pramod’s business aptitude and hands-on approach allowed the group to focus on what they “really needed” and to place extra emphasis on those skills and competencies that would make them successful on day one.
Pramod spent seven weeks in a hotel room in Wisconsin in order to change the lives of a group of very special young men – he took a handful of young, aspiring programmers with a wide range of education and experience, and turned them into technically and professionally sound software developers ready to hit the ground running! “Staying at the hotel was difficult,” he said, “but Madison was a really nice place to stay. The town is fun and the people are good.” Pramod passed away much of his time on the weekends watching the Cricket World Cup; unfortunately his team (India) didn’t win, but he enjoyed watching Australia win it all. Ultimately, Pramod was very happy with the outcome of the training. “Working with these kids and ‘making’ their careers was incredibly rewarding and memorable.” I know that the trainees feel the same way, as Pramod was much more than just a trainer to them! In fact, when one of his students parked his car the wrong way on the street on the first day of class, Pramod paid his ticket for him. This particular young man had just driven cross-country from California and the last thing he needed was a parking ticket!
Pramod’s advice to others trying to become software developers? “It’s not for everyone. Figure out if it’s really what you want and then start learning on your own – pick any technology you choose. You don’t need to be a programming ‘master’ to be good – just keep practicing.” Pramod believes that having a solid education behind you such as an associate or bachelor degree is also important, as a college education teaches you a lot about business and the arts, which is just as important as the technology. Furthermore, so many companies require it as part of their hiring criteria.
Pramod’s distinguished background includes a Bachelor is computer Science from Karnataka University in Dharwar, Karnataka, India as well as many years’ professional experience as a technical consultant for such world-renown companies like Wells Fargo, Lenovo, Oracle, Mentorware and NIIT. Interestingly, he shares his birthday with Winston Churchill and Indira Ghandi, both of whom were Prime Ministers! Maybe Pramod will go from leading software projects to leading a nation? Only time will tell.