Women taking over IT!

by Sep 21, 2020News

Shadia is a bright 32-year-old who fled from Palestina in 2017 and lived alone in Belgium for two years. Once her family was able to join her, she decided it was time to take a leap of faith. After following a training at BeCode, she has just finished her internship and is now ready for a new adventure.

Discover her journey!

Shadia Nasman | BeCode Ghent

How would you describe BeCode to someone who has never heard of it?
“BeCode organizes free trainings in web development and will thereby prepare you for a real job. You get the chance to do an internship at a company that you might otherwise never get in touch with.”

How did you get to know BeCode?
“I have been living in Belgium for three years now. When I arrived here, I got in touch with DUO for a JOB an organization that helps refugees to look for a job or training. They helped me to reach out to BeCode, since I was looking for an opportunity like this one.”

Why did you want to follow our training?
“It was exactly what I was looking for. Also, the active pedagogy was something that really appealed to me. I have even followed online courses by myself before starting the training at BeCode, because I really wanted to seize this opportunity.”

What does active pedagogy mean to you?
“It means : to be a teacher for yourself and to learn how to find a solution to every problem.”

What was your B-plan if you weren’t accepted at BeCode?
“My plan was to go to VDAB and to look for another training, but this wasn’t that easy, since all these training require a high level of Dutch. Since I hadn’t been in Belgium for a very long time, this training appeared to be the best, since English is the international language for programming.”

What did you like most about your training at BeCode?
“I loved it when they divided us into teams to kick off some projects. This was done the same way as in companies, they put people with different backgrounds, skills and personalities together.”

“Be a teacher for yourself and learn how to find a solution to every problem.”

What did you like most about your training at BeCode?
“I loved it when they divided us into teams to kick off some projects. This was done the same way as in companies, they put people with different backgrounds, skills and personalities together.”

A 7-month training asks for a lot of motivation… What was the most challenging for you?
“To be honest, for me personally, it was challenging learning so many new things in such a short period of time. When I started learning the basics of a new coding language, I sometimes needed more time to understand this language and to implement it into the projects we were working on.”

Where did you do your internship and how did it go?
“I did it at Avanade It went very well. They were really helpful as well. I had the feeling that they were really happy to have someone from BeCode joining their team.”

How are you coping with the current corona situation?
“The crisis has affected my internship, as I had to do it online. It is sad because I would have loved to be really working in the environment of the company.”

Which soft skill do you think is the most important in the workplace?
“Being eager to learn. This is a soft skill I already had before starting BeCode, but during my training, my eagerness to learn grew even more.”

“To be honest, for me personally, it was challenging learning so many new things in such a short period of time.”

“Before BeCode, I didn’t dare to apply for jobs or internships because I didn’t have the skills yet.”

Are you still in touch with people from your BeCode class?
“Yes, we have a WhatsApp group with the students of my class from back then and I’m still talking to the student who did the internship with me. I’m also still reaching out to employees of BeCode, mainly through email.”

What are the differences between the person you were before the training and the person you are today?

“Before BeCode, I didn’t dare to apply for jobs or internships because I didn’t have the skills yet. Now, I know I have the knowledge and I feel more confident going out there.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
“This is the most difficult question so far… Let me think. I see myself working as a web developer in an international company, preferably close to home since I would also like to be able to take care of my children. Also, I would like to work as part of teams, and maybe in the long run, leading a team is something I picture myself doing.”

What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a training in IT?
“If you want to become a good web developer, you should join BeCode. If you would like to learn more about the latest technologies in IT, I’m sure BeCode will be a perfect fit.”

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