Tech Candidate Spotlight - Sabarish Subramanian, Principal Software Engineer

Hi Sabarish – thanks for sharing more about your career path with us! Can you share a little bit about your educational background? 

I have a Masters in Information Technology (Translated to Bachelors in US) from India. The majority of my engineering experiences are from the companies I worked for. I have not attended bootcamps but have contributed to open source tools and have personal projects that helped me gain experience with the latest cloud technologies.

Which, if any, educational opportunities, have made the biggest impact on your tech career? 

My Masters degree helped me land in software engineering after graduation. I believe there are many institutions today that train software developers to improve their coding skills and I would strongly recommend that. 

What would you like to learn more about?

Like everyone else, I’m a big fan of cloud technologies. I like to keep myself updated with the newest tech and I do that through reading articles, tech blogs, LinkedIn blogs, Youtube videos and so on. While most companies today lean toward cutting edge technologies, this gives me an opportunity to explore a new area. I still try to keep up with my reading for general awareness. 

Software security and other programming languages, such as Go Lang, are next on my list. If my schedule frees up during the weekends, I will spend time on these two.

What led you to pursue a career in tech?

After graduation, I wanted to pursue software engineering since it better aligned with my long term goals. With the cloud making innovative changes, I started to gain more interest. With software engineering being more than just development, the learning curve associated with it in terms of technical and non-technical is huge. I fully realized after the first few years in my career that I wanted to be a part of this industry. 

How has your skillset evolved over the course of your career? If you choose to specialize in one area, what was it and why?

I started my career as a contractor in software engineering, then moved to frontend, mobile, and finally, full stack. I’m thankful to the companies I have worked for, which gave me the opportunity to learn across all areas and contribute to company success.

I prefer full stack with a 50-50 combination of frontend and backend, which gives you strong exposure to the systems involved and helps you design scalable softwares. 

Is your new role different from previous ones?

Yes, it is in a new industry – fintech, which is one of my favorites. I couldn’t be more excited to become a Principal Software Engineer with added responsibilities. 

What are some of the things you’re most excited about in your new role and company?

The technology stack, amazing team, and work culture were so impressive that I couldn’t wait to accept the offer. Becoming a principal engineer is the dream of a lifetime and I was super excited to see Mission Lane offer everything I asked for. I’m excited and eagerly waiting for more opportunities in the future.

What was your job search experience like before you joined Hired?

Other job search platforms lack an effective communication paradigm between recruiters and candidates. Often, recruiters do not have complete knowledge of the candidate’s expectations since there is not a way to share those factors on your profile. Today, candidates expect more than a “job offer,” whether it is anticipation around work authorization sponsorship, job industry, or company size. Simply exchanging messages back and forth via chat has proven to be inefficient and a waste of time.

I’m amazed by how Hired has addressed this key problem by providing all information about the candidate beforehand. When a recruiter contacts you, it means the company is the best match for your expectations. 

What’s your best advice for job seekers registered on the Hired platform? 

Mark your preferences precisely to land the best offer. 

Rejections are a part of life, but it is not the be-all and end-all. I have been rejected many times and at one point, I stopped counting, but remember – the best offer is yet to come! 

Keep learning new things with each interview and improve yourself for the next.

What would you tell someone who’s curious about Hired?

Hired is one of the best platforms for the job search. Given the number of preferences that are geared toward candidates and recruiters, it stands out from the competitors. 

Any advice you’d like to give other tech professionals?

Keep learning about what interests you and keep yourself updated with the latest tech. 

Congrats to Sabarish! If you’d like to find a great role like he did, complete your free profile on Hired today!

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About Mission Lane

Mission Lane is a financial technology company revolutionizing access to financial tools in credit, debit, and beyond to pave a clear way forward for millions of Americans. Founded in 2018, Mission Lane has between 201-500 employees and is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia.

Tech Stack

React, React Native, Java, Kotlin, TypeScript, Node.JS, Google Cloud Platform, Kubernetes, PostgreSQL, Python, Machine Learning, Data Warehousing

Benefits

401k matching, health/dental/vision/life/disability insurance, maternity and paternity benefits, mental health benefits, volunteer time off, mentorship opportunities, and more.