Hi, meet Bassem Ibrahim. Bassem graduated with a Bachelor in Software Engineering in 2017 and then finished the Imagine Bootcamp as a Fellow in 2019. Two months later, he landed a job in Berlin. Bassem is now a Frontend Developer at Byrd.
One of the first things he told me when we met was this:
“I like biking to work. You get to feel the breeze and enjoy your commute much more than Cairo’s traffic jams. I also like europe’s ease of travel. Tons of places to visit on the weekend. Tons of options to choose from. trains, busses, shared cars, e-scooters...”
Bassem and I sat down and discussed the key aspects of his journey from Egypt to Germany, and how it feels to start not only a new job but also a new life.
This is his story.
In January 2020, Bassem signed a contract with BYRD in Germany, applied for a Visa at the German Embassy in Egypt, and got his Visa less than two weeks later.
Then COVID-19 hit.
Of course, COVID-19 made things hard, but not impossible. Bassem told us he had to wait until being allowed to fly outside Egypt. Having a Visa and permission to fly, he moved to Berlin in August. As he waited for the clearance to fly over, he already got started with BYRD, getting onboarded remotely.
How it all came to be:
Before joining Imagine, Bassem had been applying to jobs in Germany, but often struggled with passing the initial CV screen. Then he met Sarah, one of Imagine’s Career Coaches. Sarah shared with him a few tried & true strategies that according to Bassem “turned the table” for him. He told us these 5 really made a difference:
“For me, comparing salaries between Egypt and Germany doesn’t make much sense. There is a huge difference in culture and lifestyle. One needs to choose either this or that. Before even thinking about salary.”
Now, Bassem is giving back. He’s one of our Technical Coaches at Imagine.
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