Successful networking and training event for IT professionals and aspiring developers (WeCode)

Organized by Startup Refugees and WeCode Platform, a vibrant gathering was held at the Kumpula Common Space in Helsinki for IT professionals and aspiring developers from immigrant backgrounds. This exclusive event, which took place on April 25th, 2024, aimed to foster connections, share industry knowledge, and provide career guidance to those navigating the IT sector in Finland.

Highlights from the Training Sessions

  • Web and Full-Stack Development: Participants had the unique opportunity to learn from Celal Yasin Nari, an expert in the field. The session delved into the distinctions between Front-end and Back-end Development, discussed the latest frameworks in full-stack development, and provided insights into the ever-evolving IT landscape.
  • Software and Mobile App Development: Kadir Yapar, another distinguished expert, led an engaging session on the nuances of software and mobile app development. The training emphasized the differences and opportunities in these fields, with a special focus on the Finnish job market, offering valuable advice for those looking to advance their careers in these areas.

Career Coaching and Local Insights

The event also featured a certified career coach who was available to offer personalized advice and answer questions about career progression. Additionally, a special session was dedicated to understanding working life in Finland, aimed at assisting immigrants in adjusting to the professional environment and cultural nuances of the Finnish job market.

Community Building and Networking

This event not only provided educational benefits but also offered a platform for participants to network with peers and industry leaders. The connections made here are expected to foster ongoing support and collaboration among the community of IT professionals in Finland.

Impact and Reception

The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, with many highlighting the practical knowledge gained and the opportunity to connect with other professionals facing similar career journeys. Organized by Startup Refugees and WeCode Platform, the event successfully met its goal of empowering immigrant IT professionals and developers with the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed.

As we reflect on this enriching experience, it’s clear that such initiatives are crucial in supporting the integration and professional growth of immigrants in the tech industry. Plans are already underway for similar future events, underscoring the community’s need and appreciation for such platforms.

For those who missed the event, stay tuned for upcoming opportunities and make sure to join us next time to be part of this thriving community. We continue to support and celebrate the diverse talents contributing to Finland’s IT landscape.

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