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"Congratulations! I am now a Lead at Developer Student Club (DSC)" - powered by Google Developers

The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are PASSIONATE about in lift” — Richard Branson

~Flashback~

I remember it was May 5th, when I came to my home after spending a very hectic day and said to my mother to serve dinner and meanwhile I started checking my social media notification on my phone & suddenly someone’s Live video appear on my Facebook timeline titled as

What is a Developer Student Club (Powered by Google)? And how to become DSC Leader, Organizer, and Facilitator?

and after some time when I opened LinkedIn SAAD HAMID’s post appeared on my LinkedIn timeline and caption of that post was “Some big announcements made by Farhan Qureshi (Google Regional Head) at Momentum today including my favorite: Developer Student Clubs” (BTW what a coincident, maybe Allah Almighty want to see me as DSC Lead) and it increased my interest to know more about DSC. I remember that whole night I spent in research DSC. I read different blogs/articles and watch many videos related to DSC & those videos tell me how DSC is creating an impact in other countries. So I decided I’ll apply for this program.

I didn’t rely on anyone, whether someone came for me to teach or share more details about DSC, which most people & especially these days students use to think (Spoon feeding). I believe in the power of GOOGLE. As I believe I am a lifelong learner and believe in self-research so I did it on my own. I applied for DSC Lead in which I filled an 8 pages long google form and fulfill all requirements. To apply for DSC Lead students have to submit one recommendation from their professor or from a facility member I was thinking it won’t be easy for me. But I requested my university faculty member to provide me with a recommendation After some days postman came to my house and gave me a letter and when I opened it; that was a recommendation letter from one of my professors (Yaay). By the way, I got it very easily, credit goes to my faculty member who wrote a recommendation letter on very short notice.

Recommendation Letter to Join DSC

And then finally I applied for DSC Lead and I filled out the whole 8-page long form in which I submitted a link to DSC Application youtube Video, submitted a recommendation letter, and all necessary requirements/details. The good news was that after some days I got a mail from Google in which they congrats me for successfully passing the first evaluation round and meanwhile a new mail popped up. In that mail, Google asked me to book an online video interview (Google Hangout meeting) with their expert. Now I have to give a final interview & I know my selection will depend on how I performed in that interview.

Plus point was that there were multiple days and time slots available. So I scheduled my interview & confirmed 10-pm, I chose this time because I was comfortable with that time. Eventually, I gave my interview and the interview went so well. But still, getting selected as a DSC Lead was the last thing I was expecting. I remember after 27 in mid of the night suddenly an email notification popped up on the notification bar, and the mail was:-

Congratulations! We are thrilled to inform you that you have been selected as a Developer Student Club Lead for your campus!

That email made my day and I was thinking finally I did it (Alhamdulillah). I shared this news with my network, then lots of celebrations and well wishes popped up. As you guys know up until last year, DSC was only limited to a handful of countries in Asia. This year for the first time, Google opened its Developer Student Club applications to all the young developers residing in Pakistan. I was so happy and It’s such a proud moment for me to be a member of the first batch of DSC Leads available across Pakistan.

ROLE OF THE DSC LEAD

Being the DSC Lead of the Virtual University of Pakistan, I will be creating and then leading the Developer Student Club for the years 2019 to 2020. For making this community a success, I will be organizing workshops, teaching web and app development, enabling more students to become trainers, and supporting them in conducting sessions. I will also make sure that any student who has a passion for becoming a developer can join this community despite his discipline.

These are some of my many responsibilities as a Lead. Because of DSC, I am hopeful that this year turns out to be a great experience not just for me but for you too. So, let’s see what this journey takes us.

BENEFITS OF BECOMING A DSC MEMBER

Assuming that you already know the benefits of joining a Google community, I will not go into details here. I will just highlight that by becoming a part of this incredible community, you will have the opportunity to

  • Grow your knowledge of developer technologies through peer-to-peer workshops and events.
  • Gain relevant industry experience by solving problems for local organizations with technology-based solutions
  • Showcase your prototypes and solutions to your local community and industry leader.
  • Use Google resources in order to create something which will make an impact on our society.

There are so much people who still don’t know what DSC is, Let me tell you.

What is DSC?

Developer Student Clubs (DSC) is a program presented by Google Developers. DSCs are university-based community groups for students. Students from all undergraduate or graduate programs with an interest in growing as a developer are welcome. By joining a DSC, students grow their knowledge in a peer-to-peer learning environment and build solutions for local businesses and their communities.

Goal of DSC is to create Impact. Impact students, and empower them to impact their communities through technology. 84% of DSC Leads in India said they found a job or internship because of their experience in Developer Student Clubs.

Basically, Developer Student Clubs (DSC) is a program offered by Google Developers for universities all around the globe. The program provides apprenticeship opportunities to a selected group of students, one from each university to be specific. That student is the DSC Lead for that university campus. His role requires him to relay the knowledge he acquires, from Google experts to his peers by hosting workshops and inviting industry leaders to empower students with Mobile App Development and Web Development skills. So that they may build products to solve real-world problems. University students who lead a DSC gain access to Google technology, resources, and mentorship while training their community through different fun meetups, global competitions, project building activities, and events.

It’s the first time ever that Google has launched this program in Pakistan and Virtual University of Pakistan would be one of the pioneers to be building a community within its campuses. Virtualians, stay connected! We’re all in this together.

DSC Leads are community organizers. Like Googlers, DSC Leads are leaders who believe that technology can do extraordinary things for the world. they take the responsibility to impact students and empower these students to impact their communities. Through this experience, they will not only be leaving a legacy of impact but also growing as an individual and a meaningful contributor to the greater developer ecosystem.

(For more details visit my previous blog: Developer Student Clubs (DSC Lead) by Google Developer for undergraduate students of Pakistan)

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