From Security Guard to Tech Officer – Journey of Abdul Alim from Zoho

“It is never too late to start learning” – the penultimate lesson learned by a man who worked as a security officer in a company and was later hired to be part of their technical team. Abdul Alim, now member of the technical team at Zoho Corporation that specialises in software development, cloud computing, and web-based business tools, said he never thought that he would ever be interviewed for a job because he did not have higher education.

Alim, a resident of Assam, said in a LinkedIn post that he left his home in 2013 with Rs 1,000 in his pocket. Out of that, he spent Rs 800 on a train ticket. He said he roamed the streets for two months before he was given a job at the security desk in Zoho’s office in Chennai.

Abdul Alim said a senior employee took interest in him and trained him on HTML, which got him the promotion

According to the young man, his life turned around for good when he created an app after eight months of learning from the senior employee

“One day, one of the senior employees of the company, asked my name and said – Alim, I can see something in your eyes (sounds filmy I know). He asked me about my studies and my computer knowledge.

Alim said that after completing his shift of 12 hours, he would go to the senior and learn about computers. He said that he made a small app after about eight months. The app would take the user’s input and visualise it. The senior employee showed the app to his manager, who liked it. He then wanted to know if it would be possible to interview Alim

“I thought I would not be interviewed ever because I did not go to any college and studied only 10th. He said that in Zoho you don’t need a college degree, what matters here is you and your skills (sic),” said Alim, adding that he cleared the interview.

Alim said he has been with Zoho Corporation for eight years now. He took to the site to thank Shibu Alexis, the senior employee. “And on the final note, It is never too late to start learning,” he said.

In a follow-up post, he said, “I wanted to write more. But due to the character limit in LinkedIn, I had to shorten the post. And I am sorry for my poor English, I was in a different medium in the school (Assamese). And English was a bouncer subject  for me. Thank you everyone one for your kind words (sic).”

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