By Zohaib Saleem
Before starting this post, let me tell you the answer to the question I posed for this post. Yes, it is possible to earn USD $10,000 per month in Pakistan.
Now the question becomes – how can you accomplish this task? Believe it or not, you can achieve this goal by freelancing and learning modern technologies such as AngularJS, React Native, Machine Learning & Cloud Computing.
Why Choose Freelancing?
Freelancing has great potential, be it in terms of how much it can contribute to your personal growth, as well as for your country’s economy.
We all know that today the world’s like one big global village. The entire world is your marketplace if you like. Nobody can restrict you or put barriers in your way to earn as much as you want. It is 100% legitimate, and for the most part, tax-free income.
Now, before I tell you how to embark on this path of prosperity, there’s one thing I can tell you for sure. Something that every Pakistani should know.
It doesn’t matter if you are not a technical person. In fact, it doesn’t even matter if you have any University degree or not. All you need is just sheer hard work and willpower to achieve this milestone during the next 12 months.
I know what you are thinking right now. It can’t be this easy. And that’s true. Learning the ropes of freelancing as well as the prerequisite skills, will take resources and time before you can achieve your dreams of earning big.
Right now, as a beginner, you have a long road ahead of you. But with dedication and effort, it is very much possible.
If you are dedicated to your work and intend to earn a good income. you have come to the right place.
Now, I’m going to tell you which program to apply for, which can change your fortunes for the better. And the best part? Its right here in Pakistan.
President’s Initiative for Artificial Intelligence and Computing
PIAIC is the latest initiative by the Pakistani government. It basically focuses on three technologies that are going to power the future. If Pakistan is to progress by leaps and bounds, this is the way to do it.
Coming back to PIAIC, it will offer courses and training related to:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Cloud Computing
PIAIC programs will be launched in collaboration with PanaCloud, IQRA University, Pakistan Stock Exchange and Saylani Welfare Trust.
Here’s what Mr. Zia Khan (CEO of PanaCloud), an IT veteran who has already spent 20 years of his life in the software development industry, had to say about Pakistan’s freelancing prospects in the near future with the help of PIAIC.
Mr. Khan, who is also a freelancer himself, has already earned $200,000 on upwork.com, a popular platform that connects freelancers with employers from all around the world. He claims that by learning the skills from PIAIC programs, one student could potentially earn $10,000 monthly on average.
He says most of his students have already achieved this target, more recently Daniyal Nagori, who earns $100,000 on upwork.com in 2018.
There are a lot of examples available for you to earn $10,000 while residing in Pakistan. And in order to do that, one must make use of modern technology. After all, technology is your Global Passport to earn anywhere you want.
How to Enroll for this Program?
You can go to PIAIC website and apply.
A maximum of 10,000 students can take classes in Karachi.
For residents of other cities, there’s no need to worry. PIAIC has also established a distance learning program to take classes online.
Here’s a helpful little introduction to everything that PIAIC aims to cover, and what it can offer you:
How to Get Selected for PIAIC Program
After applying through the website, you will be asked to do an entry test, which is held in Karachi. For now, everyone has to go to Karachi if they want to qualify for the program, though this may change in the future.
After clearing this Entry test, you will be enrolled to the program of your choice related to blockchain, artificial intelligence, or cloud computing. Depending on your choice, you can attend the courses in Karachi or online if you live in another city.
Here’s how much you will be charged for attending the classes:
- Rs.1000 per month for Karachi-based students.
- Rs.500 per month for Online students.
Note: Fee is not required to appear in the Entry Test. It is applicable only on selected students.
For further details regarding this program, click here. Or you can call them at PIAIC Helpline: 03111729526.
This program is also starting in Faisalabad and upcoming to Lahore as well.
For Developers Who Want to Teach
If you already a developer or familiar with coding, you can also apply for “Train the Trainer Program.”
This rapid fire program contains 12 months worth of training, condensed into a quick 3-month course for developers. After completing this program, you can start teaching in PIAIC as a trainer. And the best part? Trainers will get paid for their services.
To find out more, click here.