But less than a year into the course, he realised law wasn’t what he wanted to do. He dropped out and decided to pursue a degree in computer science. After that, he says, there was no looking back.
Today, at 23, Gaurav is a full-stack engineer and one of the youngest Tech Leads at Indonesian super app Gojek’s Bengaluru office.
“It wasn’t an instant decision,” he recalls. “I had always despised classroom learning due to the lack of innovation and practical training, and law school was no different.” The MCA course he enrolled for at Don Bosco Institute, Bengaluru, was an easy course. “It didn’t require me to attend classes on a regular basis,” he says.
Gaurav soon took a liking to it, and in the second year, applied for the Google Summer of Code (GSOC) internship. It was then that he realised that he had been barking up the wrong tree. “Nothing that I had learnt in college helped me pass the test. It was very disappointing.”
But he didn’t give up. Over the next few months, he taught himself everything he could about coding, and interned at a tech consultancy where he was later offered a full-time position. By the end of the three-year course, Gaurav was among the top students in his batch, cracked the GSOC internship the second time, and landed the role of a senior developer at London-based e-commerce firm Vinterior.
In March last year, he decided to fulfill his long-standing desire to work in a collaborative environment, and applied for a job at Gojek – a company valued at close to $10 billion – where he was accepted immediately.
“I’ve no regrets about changing my career path,” he says. “If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn’t do it any differently.”