Mahmoud, Imagine Fellow #14
Last week I woke up to this email:
Hi Johann, I have got an offer to work in Berlin with FinCompare. I want to thank you & Imagine. You have been of great help to me!
Wow. I knew Mahmoud quite well. He’s a software engineer from Egypt who had joined our Imagine boot camp just a few weeks prior. Still in bed, I replied:
Wow, congrats. This is absolutely amazing! :) So happy for you! Tell me when to pick u up at the airport in Berlin!!
A couple of hours later, we talked. But let’s back up for a moment. Who is Mahmoud?
At Imagine, we see many people like Mahmoud.
Let’s get back to my chat with Mahmoud. That’s what he said:
I was trying to find a job in Germany for over a year. I got rejected in all stages of the process.
You helped me a lot with marketing myself, and improving my CV and Linkedin. I just fixed them, and then companies pretty much immediately started contacting me and inviting me to interviews!
Note: This was quite surprising. Just when he entered our program we asked him: Is there one thing you want to learn from us? Back then, he said: I want to get better prepared for the technical interviews. Sounds reasonable. But it’s a common bias among engineers to overly focus on technical skills.
Like every student, we gave Mahmoud our full 360° readiness assessment (example). There he learned that his English and his engineering skills were fine: Instead, we told him to dramatically improve his CV and Linkedin. So he did. Here is his new CV.
When it was graduation time, we invited Mahmoud to join our cohort of Imagine Fellows. We put his profile in front of our network of German recruiters, and we also gave him a personal letter of recommendation. And more. Did this make a difference? Here is his take:
A lot! I was now more trusted and more respected than before. People said “you are an experienced engineer, you’ll figure this out” when I didn’t know the answer to a tricky question. Before that, they would’ve just kicked me out. Now I have a job in Berlin!!
That’s it. Where is Mahmoud now? He’s currently preparing his visa application. He will arrive in Berlin in the next weeks. We will greet him at the airport and give him a lift into his soon-to-be new hometown: Berlin.
That’s it. We hope you enjoyed the read. Now it’s time for action. As always, we are rooting for you. Keep us posted.
— Your friends at Imagine