Muslims and Tech with Farhan Khan, Android Software Engineer
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background (how you got to where you are) and current role?
I'm a Software Engineer(Android). I have done graduation in Computer Science(CS) from the top IT university(FAST) in Pakistan. When my final exams closed I rushed for a job so that I could support my family. So here I'm, with the grace of Allah I got a job offer before my final result came out. I'm still working in that company, this company makes Healthcare applications for the US doctors & providers. I'm a member of an Android team here, I play a vital role in developing new features in the app and to fix bottleneck issues on production.
2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
These days, it feels like a mixture of challenges, learning, patience & blessings. At my work everyday new things come and we have to resolve it. In software development new languages and techniques come into the market everyday so I have to keep learning new skills. One month ago I was doing remote work but now I'm doing work from the office and I started living in a different city. I miss my family and saving pennies to shift my family with me. Life here in Pakistan is becoming more and more difficult because of rising inflation and I feel blessed that I atleast have a job and I can support my parents and family.
3) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
For me both are important, we can't go with only one, we must take care of these two. Without work we could go hungry and without family we could be all alone. So we must fix time for both. My company is time-flexible, meaning you can come and go at any time, some people work at night and some at daytime. I have developed a routine, I join the office around 11am/12am and leave the office around 8pm/9pm and then I don't work in late hours if anything comes, I look into it the next day. That was the normal/best case scenario, whenever workload is more than usual or when my company needs me to work in off hours then I make myself available because when an urgency comes at home I can also delay my work. This is how I mean work-life balance. Sometimes I give more time to personal life and sometimes I give more time to work.
4) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
I have stopped using social media apps and started learning new skills.
5) What brings you peace during stressful times?
Namaz & Quran
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you are consuming and like to recommend?
I feel bored & tiresome when reading books or long texts. I rather watch things like seasons/movies to pass time.
7) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
8) What’s the one piece of advice you would give our readers for managing stress and creating a healthy mental state?
You need to understand and truly believe that Allah is the Almighty, only He does and only He can change. You have lost something, you don't have a job or anything, you just have to make efforts and leave the results to Allah. He will surely make a path for you at the perfect time. May Allah help all of Muslims aameen.