What does the career path and day in the life look like for a Software Development Engineer at SilverRail?
We interviewed Kratesh Ramrakhyani to find out!
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Tell us about your background. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I'm from a small city called Indore located in Central India. I received my Bachelor's of Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology located in Pune. Before joining the college, I already knew I wanted to pursue my career in Computer Science and Technology. So without any surprise, my major was Information Technology.
Why did you decide to pursue your Master's degree in Computer Science at Boston University?
Boston University offers a wide range of courses in Computer Science. I always had a keen interest in Artificial Intelligence and heard a lot about the research happening at BU in AI, Computer Vision and Network Security. So when I got an acceptance letter from BU, it was an easy decision.
Tell us about some of your internships and the experience you built along the way. It looks like you worked on BMC’s BladeLogic Service Automation as an intern. BladeLogic was a Boston tech company that was acquired by BMC a while ago. Tell us about your internships and how that experience built the foundation for your career?
During my senior year, our team accepted an internship opportunity with BMC Software. We were working with BMC's BladeLogic Server Automation tool. The goal of our project was to learn about the tool, and perform various procedures using it. It was my first experience in the industry, and we got to see and learn a lot.
How did you end up landing your current position as a Software Development Engineer at SilverRail and what are you working on?
I started looking for jobs during my last semester at BU. While researching, I stumbled upon the job description from SilverRail and it piqued my interest. SilverRail was and is working towards solving the challenges faced by the rail industry. It was exciting to meet with the team and learn more about the work happening here. Considering all the factors, I decided to accept the offer and am still enjoying it here. I have been involved in a bunch of projects over the past two years working with various technologies. Recently I used AWS (Amazon Web Services) for one of my tasks which was really exciting.
Day in the Life
Coffee, tea, or nothing?
I usually start my day in the office with a cup of hot chocolate and a granola bar.
What time do you get into the office?
Usually around 9AM.
Every day is different, but can you outline what a typical day looks like for you?
- Daily standups: Giving status update to the team on what was worked on the previous day, what I’m going to work on and if there’s anything that’s blocking me.
- Checking/Responding to Emails/Chats, wrapping up any pending tasks from previous days work.
- Starting on my task for that day.
- I have my lunch around noon and more often than not followed by a game of Ping-Pong.
- Attend meetings, discussions and continuing with my work.
- Snack break: Anything from fruits, nuts, chips depending on the mood.
- Ping-Pong: We have a SRT (SilverRailTech) ladder going on for Ping-Pong and you can challenge anyone for their spot on the ladder. I try to play Ping-Pong at least once a day, either challenging someone or accepting someone’s challenge.
- More work :).
What time do you head out of the office?
Between 5:30PM - 6:30PM, depending on the status of my work completed.
Do you log back in at night or do you shut it down completely?
At times I do, especially at the end of our sprint cycle when there's some tasks left to wrap up.
Any productivity hacks?
I like to work in a quiet place when I have to do brainstorming. I usually grab a conference room for a few hours to focus.
What are the 3 apps that you can’t live without?
WhatsApp, Google, and Spotify.
Who do you admire or call upon for professional advice?
My older brother.