What are you working on for the year?
I'm working as a software engineer for a digital media boutique called REDspace based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. I'm currently doing Android engineering for REDspace clients.
I'm also working on a 4K web series called Where In The World Is Haseeb (www.whereintheworldishaseeb.com). I felt that an experience as amazing as Remote Year deserves to be documented and shared with the world, which is what inspired me to create this web series. Check it out!
Why did you decide to come on Remote Year?
To see the world. And because travel blooms the mind. After experiencing first-hand the perils of being stuck in a work routine, I wanted to break free of that. I always found my mind to be more refreshed and creative after traveling, but then fall back into a rut shortly after returning to work. I thought Remote Year was a great opportunity to travel while also nurturing my professional career, combining the best of both worlds.
How did you find yourself in a remote role?
I was in the job market in Toronto looking for roles in downtown, mostly because I had friends there and I wanted to experience urban Toronto living. I interviewed at a few places and got some offers, but in all these situations I felt like I would break-even at best given how expensive downtown Toronto is. Eventually I started looking at remote roles, since it would save me from any commute and extra rent. I applied around online and connected with some recruiters, which eventually lead me to REDspace. I found many good leads on www.weworkremotely.com and www.careerbuilder.com
Describe your perfect day
Sun. Mountains. Beaches. Lakes. Friends. Food. All at the same time.
Where/when did you catch the travel bug?
I think it was during my time at Amazon. I took the most vacation than anyone on my team because I felt I was giving the company a better version of myself when I came back refreshed from traveling. It took me a while to observe and understand this, but it was obvious that travel needed to be an essential part of my life. It makes me feel better, and when I feel better I do better.
What recent innovation are you most excited about?
Magic Leap sounds like magic. I can't wait to see how this technology impacts the movie and gaming industries.
What is the best saying/quote you know?
"You get what you give."