One of the unique features of the CareerFoundry experience is our mentor community - we work with a wide variety of mentors in app development, web development, UX design and UI design, from all over the globe.
In order to increase the visibility of our wonderful mentors and give you the chance to get to know them even better, we have created Mentor Spotlights. In today’s spotlight, we introduce Khaled Gomaa, a web developer who has worked in a four start-ups, and even channeled his entrepreneurial spirit into developing a political debate platform in Egypt.
Read on to learn why he loves web development and the community around it, what he enjoys most about CareerFoundry mentoring, and his insights on the future of tech.
Khaled is originally from Cairo, Egypt but is now based in the same city as CareerFoundry - Berlin, Germany. Aside from mentoring with CareerFoundry, he works as a Senior Web Developer for AppLift, where he gets to use Ruby on Rails daily. His drive to pursue web development stems from an appreciation for seeing concrete results of work:
“I always loved working on something that has some direct output that I can see. This urge to feel a direct reward was the driving force that got me to start web development and fall in love with it. You just write some code and voila. It feels like magic.”
Khaled and web development go way back - and what a journey it has been. He first co-founded a company that focused on outsourced projects which then developed into internal products. After this, he has been working in several startups (four to be precise) and recently moved to Berlin to pursue a new opportunity to work in a larger company.
Online education and mentoring
Khaled argues that online education is no longer a novelty - it’s something we are all somehow familiar with on one level or another.
“A simple Google search on a topic you want to read about is a small version of online education.”
The ability to search, learn and discover through something as accessible as the internet, is, as Khaled describes, a critical tool of the modern age. His own web development learning was mainly done online too.
On a bigger scale, CareerFoundry’s online education is the perfect tool for anyone wishing to learn a new skill and enhance themselves from the comfort of their own home or even on the go.
Khaled’s desire to join CareerFoundry was inspired by a friend of his, Omar Mekky, who was, and still is, working as a web development tutor for CareerFoundry.
Having another figure in the community who guided him through the start of his development career made him feel it was his duty to pay it forward to everyone he’s teaching.
As a cofounder of a company, Khaled always felt fulfilled by contributing to the formation and development of more junior developers.
“I’ve always felt a sense of achievement as I see my team becoming better and better with time.”
What’s most rewarding about working as a CareerFoundry mentor? According to Khaled, it’s being a witness to a journey of growth and success:
“Helping my students learn how to develop their skills. It’s always a great accomplishment when you see your students improving day by day. My biggest reward was when one of my students actually emailed me when he found a great job as a developer fresh out of the CareerFoundry course.”
Biggest achievements and looking ahead
Khaled’s biggest achievement followed the Egyptian revolution of January 25th, “right after the revolution, all Egyptians were interested in was politics!”
Khaled and his peers decided to develop a debating platform that ended up hosting the presidential debates. In fact, the website peaked 40 million views at one point.
He sees the future of tech in augmented reality projects:
“Chatbots and new augmented reality projects. Things like integrated bots within Facebook messenger and Google Allo seem really promising for the future. You could basically ask your chat app a question and it would come up with a bunch of ideas and resources to help you out. Augmented reality is looking to be the future.”
And finally, his best advice to prospective developers?
“Don’t settle with mediocre and never think you know it all as there is always more yet to learn. Keep asking questions and keep on learning.”
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