#Humans of Sudo: Employee Highlight- Abdulmalik Masud Yarima

#Humans of Sudo: Employee Highlight- Abdulmalik Masud Yarima

The Humans of Sudo series highlights the experiences and perspectives of the employees at Sudo. Follow along as we delve into the daily lives, challenges, and triumphs of those working behind the scenes to drive our success as a company.

Today’s subject is Abdulmalik Masud (28), team lead for card production, who has successfully transitioned into the position of a frontend engineer.

When did you join Sudo and why did you decide to switch careers?

I joined Sudo in November 2021 as the team lead for card production and ATM operations. The decision to switch was something I had always considered. As a graduate of mathematics, I took an interest in a couple of computer science electives like algorithm and programming language FORTRAN 94. I switched careers because I felt like I could learn and do something more challenging and excel at it. I also wanted to learn a high-income skill to make myself valuable, so I decided to learn as fast as I could.

What was the most challenging part of transitioning from card production to front-end engineering and how did Sudo support you?

The most challenging part of transitioning was the time clashes. I would be scheduled for a learning class whilst in the middle of card printing and packaging task or ATM configuration. Getting settled into my new position was also a big deal but it’s now easier. My routine as a card production officer included spooling daily card orders, printing customers’ names on the card, packaging the cards for delivery, and confirming receipt of all the cards delivered. My new routine as a front-end engineer is to consistently strive to finish the task or project assigned to me at all times. Sometimes it's a new project, this implies getting designs from the UI/UX team, then creating the same designs using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. When the task is finished I create a pull request on Github where the senior front-end developer will review the work and approve it. After all the observations and approvals, we deploy the code to go live. Working as a frontend engineer at Sudo is fun because I get to do fun and secret projects where I learn many things daily on every project. Bringing designs to life with code has to be one of the best feelings in the world.

How did your experience in card production influence your transition to front-end engineering, and what skills did you carry over from your previous role?

Well, the two positions are not similar as one (card production) is routine with physical labor while the other (engineering) is lots of mental work and learning, so there weren't many transferable skills. However, I would like to improve on some of my engineering skills, JavaScript, Angular, and the mobile app framework (ionic).

Can you tell us about a project you worked on as a front-end engineer at Sudo that you're particularly proud of?

The new landing page for the Sudo website was the first project I worked on as a front-end engineer, alongside Farouk Bakre. Most of my learning came from this amazing first project and Farouk has been very patient in teaching me from scratch. He's very good at what he does.

Let’s talk about the future; where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?

In 5 years, I would love to lead the frontend unit at Sudo and also help others develop their skills in this field. In 10 years, Wherever I find myself, one thing I would love to have achieved is to have given back to the community and world as a whole. I would have taught and encouraged a lot of people to join the software engineering community. I absolutely love working at Sudo, not only because of the avenue to grow but also because of the opportunity they give everyone to learn anything they are interested in within the company.

Would you like to share any advice for others considering a career change or transition to a different role, based on your experience at Sudo?

Absolutely! If you believe you have what it takes to learn any high-income skill, no matter how far you’ve gone in your career, it is never too late to switch careers and pursue your passions and your dreams. Doing what you are passionate about every day is the best thing that can ever happen to you. Don't be scared, and always give your best.

To get started on Sudo as a business, visit our website here. If you’re an individual looking for a virtual card for online payments or a physical card for ATM and POS payments, download our mobile app, Root by Sudo on the iOS App Store here or Google Play Store here.