Harshal Juikar, an MSc student at MIT-World Peace University, Pune, has bagged a package of Rs 50 lakhs per annum from Google. Despite being a non-engineering student, he managed to receive such a lucrative offer. How? Well, Julikar deviated from the norm and pursued a course in blockchain technology, which is highly sought after in the tech space.
“Awestruck by the revolutionary AI technology implemented in Japanese rail systems”, Juuikar claims to be “utterly intrigued and spellbound by the immense possibilities of artificial intelligence”.
He had realised early on, while pursuing a BSc in computer science, from Mumbai University, that if he had to stay relevant, he would have to stay updated with the in-demand skills. Being proactive, he upskilled himself through self-learning and then decided to take up a course in blockchain technology.
Though Google’s selection process is known to be challenging and tough, Juikar was able to sail through the interview with his positive attitude and love for all things new and upcoming. It also helped that he had interned with Google, which gave him much-needed exposure and an opportunity to work with the best in the industry. He interned as network administrator at Google, Hyderabad, for six months and then as junior data scientist for over a year, at Bengaluru. The internship also made him familiar with the work culture at the tech giant and gave him a chance to work on data analytics, statistical techniques, problem solving, machine learning, Google cloud performing (GCP) and Linux system administration.
Interestingly, Juikar is a state-level bronze medalist in badminton and silver medalist in swimming,