How 16-year old Khushboo becomes a product engineer at FTwo

Khushboo, a 16-year old tech aspirant, is one of the product engineers at Delhi based FTwo, an enterprise tech venture. The team is behind Square1 – an enterprise e-commerce solution, used by Vodafone, 10digi and more.
SOAL Khushboo LearningKhushboo, an alumnus and scholar of the School of Accelerated Learning, an alternate school creating the next generation of techies in India, completed their 14-week program in product engineering alongside her 10th-grade exam.

Two other scholars – Rani and Pooja — are working with companies such as ThoughtWorks after graduating from SOAL’s bootcamp instead of gaining their college degrees.

Khushboo has already learned hot tech topics such as JavaScript & MERN Stack. She is now working on building MakeMeTrader, a product dedicated to making trading easier for Indians. This teenager is  being paid as much as the average 21-year-old Indian computer science graduate.

Google and other tech companies do not require employees with a college degree in computer science. IBM now looks at candidates who have hands-on experience via a coding bootcamp or an industry-related vocational class.

Khushboo is a first-generation techie. Her mother who has worked as support staff in Delhi is extremely proud of her daughter’s achievements at such a tender age. Khushboo said, “Besides learning the technical aspects, I have experienced overall growth like improved self-confidence and problem-solving ability.”

According to a survey by Aspire Minds, 80 percent of engineering students are unemployable even after spending 16 years and tons of money on education. A report by McKinsey & Company said estimated job cuts in the IT sector will be between 1.75 lakh and 2 lakh annually until 2021 due to under-preparedness in adapting to newer technologies.

Application-based learning and self-owned learning is at the core of education at SOAL. You learn under expert programmers in a workspace rather than in classrooms from textbooks.

SOAL has committed to increasing economic and gender diversity in tech by empowering more females to pursue tech careers. Founders Pratik Agarwal, Varsha Bhambhani and Raj Desai are on a mission to fix tech education in India.