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Backbase & Hack Your Future

Have you ever heard about Hack Your Future? It’s a coding school initiative that is focused on teaching young developers and refugees how to program quickly, gain skills that are demanded on the job-market, and connect them with companies that hire programmers. Backbase started collaboration with Hack Your Future back in 2018, when the school was looking for a new home. 

Backbase decided not to be indifferent and happily provided the office space for coding classes on Sundays - which eventually grew into a long-lasting partnership.  Two years into our partnership, Backbase feels proud to give back to Amsterdam tech community and recognises that Hack Your Future makes an impact beyond just teaching how to code individuals. 

Today, we share a story of Barbaros who joined Backase in March 2019 on a QA engineer internship position.

Barbaros's Story

Moving from Turkey to the Netherlands, Barbaros’ story is a real-life example of how a person could start a whole new life all over again in a new country and in a new field. “Hack Your Future has been a great opportunity for me to build a new career in the tech sector and web development. Even though I was not familiar with coding, I felt the potential inside me. Hack Your Future helped me to use it”, says Barbaros. Back in Turkey, he worked in a completely different sector and probably never thought that he would become a developer one day.

BB: What’s your best experience of Hack The Future?

Barbaros:  To be graduated. It means a lot to me because I came from a completely different background and changing my career to the software engineering sector was a very serious decision. Fortunately, I began to enjoy it and I determined new goals for myself. Graduating was an important reassurance for me that switching to a new life was a good choice. 

BB: What is your dream? And, how does Backbase help you in achieving it?

Barbaros: I live to enjoy my life and to achieve my goals. From now on, being successful as a developer is an important goal for me. Ever since I joined Backbase with an exciting journey starting as an intern and becoming a full-time employee, it was nothing but endless learning. I am doing my best to continuously acquire new knowledge. And Backbase helps me to improve or expand my personal and professional skills to become successful in what I do.

"Besides, HYF is like a family in which all members share good moments in a very friendly environment. It is not only an educational program but also society. The friendships that start at HYF continue even after graduation."

BB: How is Backbase different from any other tech company?
Barbaros: Backbase has a genuinely friendly working environment. Everyone at Backbase is willing to help each other. This was my first observation after joining the company.
On top of that, I am just grateful to Backbase for the opportunity to start an internship program. I admire companies that are investing their time and effort into supporting educational programs and career development.

BB: Did the program help you integrate into Dutch society and how?
Barbaros: Hack Your Future does not mean just following a curriculum and a bunch of lessons. It also creates a special social environment for its members. It was not easy for me at first when I moved to the Netherlands, but Hack Your Future helped me also to integrate into Dutch society. Make new friends, frequent social activities, practical advice about daily life and full support - these are the benefits of being part of the HYF community.

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