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Spotlight 44: Besma Mcharek-Boussif

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you’ve had a great evening :) It’s Friday and already time for Spotlight number 44! I’m happy to introduce to you: Besma Mcharek-Boussif, she is a software developer, good friend of mine and co-organizer of PyLadies Amsterdam. Thank you Besma for your time!

Name: Besma Mcharek-Boussif
Job: Developer nu.nl, Sanoma BV.
Favorite website, app or gadget: NS app (app of the Dutch Railways)
Favorite book: Discworld series, favourite character Granny Weatherwax
Twitter: @B35m4

What inspired you to pursue a career in IT?
Actually, until I learned python, I would have never seen myself as a professional software developer. Only after that I discovered the beauty of solving problems through writing code.

What does your working day look like?
We start with our daily standup, where everyone tells what he/she has done the day before and is planning to work on. If I start working on something, I start by gathering information from other developers, product owner or the business people. Then I start coding. Occasionally I ask questions or have meetings.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
The Champions League project, where users can watch football life on their mobile devices. I worked on the API, to enable the app to retrieve data from the backend.

Do you have a hero, or someone who inspires you?
I don’t have a real hero. People inspire me on a daily basis. From my 5 years daughter, to my senior colleagues, to the girls at PyLadies.

Why do you love working in  IT/Tech?
I love the problem solving. It is like doing puzzles at a daily basis. But also translating vague requirements from the business to concrete software solutions.

Do you have a degree in IT? If so, what taught you the most? And if not, did you miss some important knowledge?
No I have a degree in Particle Physics. I learned coding during my years in research.

What would be your advice to everyone who is interested in a career in tech? (or learning to code?)
That would be my general advice, try the find the job you like and where you can stand out and make a difference.

Try the find the job you like and where you can stand out and make a difference.

Extra question from Allison: What is the first thing you would teach your own kid (present or future) about programming or IT?
I would teach her that she can build stuff herself (I actually did, we already looked at Scratch) and that can be really cool.