After finishing the course, I’m able to build web apps. If I have an idea in my mind, for example for a website or an app, I can now just realise it. This is something DCI taught me. you'll have the freedom to translate your ideas into something real.
Current position: Frontend Developer at Sofatutor
Can you introduce yourself? What did you do before coming to DCI? I’m Rami Alzayat. I’m 24 years old and from Syria. When I came to Berlin in 2015, I had no degree from university, because I couldn’t finish my studies in Damascus. I was always interested in programming. I started a course, where I got to know the basics of programming in about 130 hours. After finishing this course, I improved my german language skills until level B1. A friend of mine told me about the “devugee-program” of DCI. It was the beginning of the program, so I took part in the first course ever. Within the course, which took about nine months, I learned a lot about coding, mainly the basics of each programming language. How did you get into coding? I was always interested in the web development industry and after my first programming course I started some projects on my own - I built my own website, my flatmates website und apps for friends. I learned really quick by just doing things on my own. I wanted to become a programmer, because in this business, you’ll never stop developing. In many other careers, you learn something and just keep on doing it. But in programming, you will never stop learning, otherwise you won’t be successful. What is the difference between the devugee-programme and studying at university? In university, you learn the basics, and sometimes really obsolete things, like methods no one uses anymore. It’s also really expanded, often you do not learn something specific, just really general programming basics, for example what kind of programming languages exist. But at the end of university, you will not be able to build something on your own, because you have a general theoretical overview, but you won’t have learned anything specific. But in the DCI courses, we had a schedule, and it was like learning how to actually code & maintain ten different programming languages. We went through every single programming language really detailed, with a lot of exercises. Additionally, our teacher was really good. The way he taught us things topic by topic, was really helpful. He also taught me how to learn by myself, something really important because you need to develop your programming skills continuously. What did you like most about the programme? After finishing the course, I’m able to build web apps. If I have an idea in my mind, for example for a website or an app, I can now just realise it. This is something DCI taught me. you'll have the freedom to translate your ideas into something real. What could be improved about the programme or do you have any wishes for optimization? If you asked me this question before, right after I finished my course, the answer would have been different. Because at that time, they just started this kind of course, I was one of the first students. Right now, they already have improved a lot and offer many different, new courses. Now, you’re working as a frontend developer - what are your main tasks? At the end of my course at DCI, I did an three-month internship at sofatutor , a berlin start-up which created a learning platform for students. I’m working in the tech department as frontend developer, building new features, working on mobile apps and fixing bugs. How did you come to sofatutor? When I finished my course it was really difficult to get an internship. I think not many companies are willing to trust someone, who has no degree from university and only finished a programming course. It was a difficult time for me. I was searching for more than two months for an internship when a friend of mine told me about sofatutor, and so I applied for an internship and started working there. I instantly liked the company. I enjoyed my work and the atmosphere there. And they also liked what I was doing - so they offered me a job as a frontend developer and I’m still working here now! What motivates you? This job is my first work experience, that motivates me a lot. What really motivates me at this company, is that it offers an education application. I’m implementing something which is really useful to other people, especially to children studying for school.