Starting from zero to code hero: interview with Hani, web development alumnus at BeCode

by Feb 26, 2021News

As Hani proves, dreams do come true. After enrolling in our web development training last year, this Brussels youngster has acquired the necessary tech and soft skills to set sail to his new adventure. Soon perhaps his own start-up? Stay tuned!

Eager to know more about Hani’s BeCode experience? Read all about it in the interview below!

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What made you want to join BeCode?
“I wanted to start a new career in the IT sector. To do so, I searched online for concise and to-the-point training courses and I discovered BeCode.”

How did your BeCode selections go?
I have very good memories of these selections. I felt comfortable right away, even though I’m usually very stressed. I was feeling confident and I felt good.

We arrived and we were assigned seats so that we could be with people we didn’t know. Then, we had to create a startup with a logo, a slogan, etc. At the same time, we had to go through several interviews: an administrative interview, a motivation interview, and a technical interview.

Can you describe the atmosphere of your group?
There was only love in my class. Everyone was kind, there was no hate or nastiness. Everybody talked with everybody, there were young people, older people… I was the youngest in the class, and even when I was debating with older people, they didn’t use their age as an argument.

You were the youngest person in your class. How old were you when you started the training?
“I was 20 years old.”

Can you tell us about the technical skills that you’ve learned at BeCode?
“At first, I knew a little bit about HTML and CSS. Today, I’m very good at those languages, but also at JavaScript (React and Node) & MySQL. I also learned the basics of PHP, even though it’s not really my cup of tea.”

Amazing! What about non-technical skills?
”I‘ve learned to stay on top of new technologies and everything that comes out, to understand how to learn. Before my training, I didn’t know how to proceed when I wanted to learn something. Now I’ve learned that I just have to practice, practice, practice.

The training is quite intensive and lasts 7 months. What was the most difficult thing to deal with?
“The most difficult thing for me was to be able to keep practicing sports after the training. We were usually staying late on the campus, but I didn’t want to give up on physical training. It was a bit hard to combine the two activities.”

How did you manage to stay motivated throughout the training?
“I was trying not to think too much about the future. I was focusing on the moment, what I had to do in my day and I used to live day to day.

After the training, you did an internship within a company. Where did you do it, what did it consist of and how did it go?
I did my internship at Homme de Métier, a B2C startup that helps people find the professional that they need. It went very well. I was very fortunate because my internship was already largely in remote working. So the quarantine was not a big problem. My mission was to redo the administrator interface of their site and I was in charge of the front-end part.

What did you do after your internship?

“I always dreamt of having my own company. Before jumping in the market as a freelancer, I trained myself in Native React and then started a lot of small projects. I try to learn new technologies to always be up to date. I also re-learned NodeJS and MongoDB, but more in-depth.

What did you do after your internship?
I always dreamt of having my own company. Before jumping in the market as a freelancer, I trained myself in Native React and then started a lot of small projects. I try to learn new technologies to always be up to date. I also re-learned NodeJS and MongoDB, but more in depth.

What are your projects now?
I am working on several projects. Among other things, I am creating an e-commerce site from A to Z without having to go through Firebases for databases and I have other websites ideas. I work with my brother, who is a graphic designer. We are very complementary.

Are you still in touch with your training colleagues?
I’m still in touch with some of them.

What’s your best memory of your entire training at BeCode?
I would say: the last use case we worked on. We were a group of 4, working with our own rhythm, and we managed to finish the project within the deadline. We were the only group to finish the project, that was very cool.“

Can you tell us a bit about this project?
We had to make a website with an administrator interface and a user interface. The site was aimed at entertainment organizers who needed to rent equipment: computers, projectors, for example. We had to make this site where customers could rent the equipment for a certain period of time. The administrator interface had to make it possible to accept or refuse a rental, confirm the sending of the equipment, etc.“

Then, that was a great exercise for your e-commerce project, right?
Absolutely! But I’m trying to move on to new technologies. We had made this site with React, Node and MySQL. This time, I work with React, Node and MongoDB. I was able to add a lot of new JavaScript and Node features that I didn’t know before.“

What are your plans for the future?
I’d love to launch my own startup, in which I could create my own apps. I’ve got a lot of ideas in terms of apps and websites, and I’d love to make a living out of them.“

If you had to summarize BeCode in just one word?
Mutual help because I remember all those moments, at the beginning of the training, when I had difficulties. There were always people who came to help me, I too was able to help others. We were always looking out for each other.“ 

What piece of advice would you give to someone starting their BeCode training?
Don’t hesitate to ask for help! Many people think they can do everything on their own, but it’s not possible. If you’re feeling a little lost, don’t be afraid to ask your colleagues for help, otherwise, it’s discouraging. You have to accept that you are not the best at everything.“

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