Sheroo Pratap comes from a small town of Mughalsarai, UP. He completed his B.Tech from GLA Mathura. He worked in a couple of companies in Bangalore before he bagged an offer from Ericcson, Ireland. His journey from a small town of Mughalsarai to Ireland is an inspirational one.
Sheroo’s father retired from Railways as a lineman. Since he came from a middle-class family he had a childhood as any middle-class child would have. Sheroo has 3 three sisters in his family. All four children were brought up by his father as they lost their mother quite early. Life in a small town of UP is not very bright. The schools and the other facilities in a small town are not as good as in the metro cities.
School and College Life
He remembers his childhood days and smiles while saying that it was very simple and humble. Sheroo remembers how his elder sisters played a big role in his life. In the absence of the mother, it was his elder sisters who looked after him. He completed his schooling from Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mughalsarai. Sheroo was always good in maths and was an above-average student throughout his life. He appeared in UPSEE in 2006 and got admission in GLA Mathura.
What was one of the biggest challenges in your professional life?
Initially, I was not very comfortable to conversate in English. I always used to hesitate to talk to someone. This resulted in several rejections in the interviews in the beginning.
What did you do to overcome it?
The only way to overcome the fear of unable to conversate in English is to speak in English as much as you can.
In which company you got your first job
My first company was a small startup called Kodiak Networks with around 1000 employees all over the world. My time in that company were the formative years of my career. I learned a lot technically and gained a lot of self-confidence.
How many rejections before getting the first offer letter
It is always tough to get the first break. I do not remember the number of rejections but they were many. But I kept on improving myself with every interview I attended. If the interviewer asked me a question which I did not know. I used to go back and read that in details. So every rejection made me stronger.
Can you tell us about how you landed a job in Ericsson Ireland
I always wanted to travel abroad. I was looking to get settled in Australia. Hence I wrote PTE and scored well. Parallelly I kept on applying for jobs on job portals. LinkedIn played a very important role in getting me a call from my present company. After a couple of rounds of interview, I got selected in Ericsson, Ireland.
What is your current location
Currently, I stay in Dublin, Ireland
Any suggestions for the budding Engineers
Suggestion for those who are doing there B.Tech from a state-level university like AKTU is that they should master themselves in atleast one technology in college itself. If they do so they will have comparatively higher chances of getting the first break and also they will pick up things faster in the initial days of the first job. Also, be very active on all the job portals and professional social tools such as LinkedIn.
Since you said students should master one technology in college. Can you tell us which technology is the hottest and which one they should learn
So the technologies in IT market changes very fast. If you learn one hot and one evergreen technology then it would be more than sufficient. Atleast learn Java and SQL. When I say learn Java I mean complete a couple of projects in college in Java, do not just learn the concepts theoretically.
What are your future plans
My first priority is to get a PR in Ireland and settle down here.
Highlights of the Interview
– Come over your fears. Sheroo not only learned to speak English but went on to clear PTE.
– Be very active on all the professional social tools and job portals
– Learn and excel atleast one technology in the college itself