My Story

Born in 1991 in Alexandria Egypt
Loved playing video games from a very young age
slightly unrelated photo: 2012 after finishing a shift in a gas station
Had summer jobs every summer since middle school (feeding a giant printer in a notebook factory, packaging biscuits, delivering newspapers)
Tried to draw while in high school and it turned out pretty well - deviantart
Studied information systems in the higher institute of Abu Kir after spending a year studying law then deciding that it's not for me
Xceed call center
Travelled to Cairo after graduation to work in a call center and live on my own (was very excited about it)
Another call center job after a year
Went back to Alexandria after two years and worked in another call center
Got engaged
and needed more money
Double bed glory: sharing a one bedroom apartment with 15 person
So I went to Dubai on a one month visit visa looking for a job, betting with all I got on my luck and skill
And got another call center job
While I'm there I was looking for a photographer and a makeup artist for my wedding, the market for those was a complete chaos, which gave me the idea to build a more organized platform
And I started building Setch the artists platform, with very little coding knowledge using PHP, MySQL and javascript
Spent three months working on the idea, learning more about programming on the way
My programming skills couldn't automate artists' registration at that time, and I had to write the values in the database by hand
I learnt a lot from the project and eventually let it go, the project still lives here https://setch.000webhostapp.com/
after a year of working in a call center in Dubai, I went back to Egypt and got married
one month after marriage I joined my fifth call center, while studying programming mostly on https://www.freecodecamp.org/
A new hope: admission to ITI was opened, a 9 months government funded programming bootcamp that would gaurantee getting a good programming job afterwards, however there was a catch (or a few), I can't have a full time job during those 9 months, my wife was pregnant, and only people graduated in the last 5 years can apply, and it was my fifth year after graduation already
Got accepted, quit my last call center job with no clear financial plan on how we will spend the next 9 months
Upwork to the rescue: freelancing on that platform turned out to be a great way to study and a fine source of income
My daughter was born: Fairouz
Went back to Dubai after finishing ITI, but with neither fulltime experience nor projects to show off, failed to find a job and went back to Egypt
Got my first programming job within a week of returning to Egypt, Frontend Developer at Qurba, developing a big platform from scratch (thanks ITI!)
9 months later applied for a job in the Netherlands and here I am, Frontend Developer at Sendcloud
Everything I've been through taught me to appreciate where I am now, and having the opportunity to do what I love, thank you for staying until the end
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