Ar Jama

jamma.co/apjama
Software developer based in London. I am interested in Somali linguistics.
Sheffield
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Hi Anon! We are well, thank you! I did.

1. Can he do without a degree? Yes! Amina Aweis recently did a video (link here) on her journey of getting into tech without a degree! She's really goood! Her @ is yeahshewrites on Twitter.

2. Free coding courses, I always recommend FreeCodeCamp. It's incre…

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Financial support services for asylum seekers?

Ar Jama - 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Hey, a friend sent me this. I hope you find it helpful. 

In general, Red Cross is a good place to start, they may be able to offer small amounts of cash. Enter your postcode via the link here to find your local Red Cross service. 

Specifically looking at financial assistance: there may …

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If you’re feeling anxious right, try and have sometime to yourself now. I don’t know what works for you, but for me, going for a walk and listening to music helps a lot. But as someone who is quite an anxious person, I know that the same thing doesn’t always work!

 

Feeling…

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Teaching children multiple languages

Ar Jama - 1 month ago

This is incredibly achievable. I think that children are very good at learning stuff in generally, but they're sooo good at learning languages. That said, it's important that they're given a real chance to practice these languages at home/school. So for example, you would need to speak to them at h…

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I am not sure that I do a lot. But almost all of the TV that I watch is on my commute to work. So, very little TV at home.  I quite like my job (coding), so I find myself doing it a lot during my spare time. 

But ultimately, it's because I get distracted so easily that I find myself…

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What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Ar Jama - 1 month, 1 week ago

Pace yourself.

Wait, maybe this is a piece of advice I want to give myself now. Just focus on the progress you're making, and yes work towards goals, but stop seeing life as a series of milestones. It's bloody unhealthy.  

Discover Stuff

There are a lot of things out there that have th…

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Why did you study Arabic and Hebrew?

Ar Jama - 1 month, 1 week ago

I am/was really into languages. I started a degree in French and Spanish, then dropped out when I realised just how much literature I'd have to read. I am not very good at reading literature lol. So I reapplied, this time for straight Arabic. Then when the term started, head of Arabic said that I c…

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What was studying at Oxford like?

Ar Jama - 1 month, 1 week ago

If you're asking what it was like to study at Oxford as a Somali, then I've already answered the question here. But if you're asking about my general experience, and if I would recommend, then here's your answer. 

I had a fantastic time. It probably didn't feel like it at the time. I spent a …

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Career switch

Ar Jama - 1 month, 1 week ago

Hi Muna! So, I can't speak for Finance, but switching careers into coding is something that I myself did a few years ago. I found a few things really helpful. 

1. Go to meet ups. I saw that you live in London and London has a great tech scene. Checkout Codebar. They do a lot of excellent work…

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Day in the life of a software engineer?

Ar Jama - 1 month, 2 weeks ago

To be honest, it all depends on the type of company you work at. I've worked in a small company before (about 4 engineers), and I've also worked in a much bigger one (about 50 engineers). This is roughly what my day looked like: 

8:30 - Get into the office, have breakfast at my desk while rea…

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The medium article about af Maay

Ar Jama - 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I assume your referring to this article. I think you're right, I definitely didn't do that properly. But in my defence, it was written years ago, and I think I was more interested in just describing the role power plays in how we see these different dialects.

With regards to your second question,…

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Bookclub

Ar Jama - 1 month, 2 weeks ago

I am sorry!!! I haven't gotten around to it. Over a hundred people responded to that tweet, and I'm afraid finding a location for a fraction of those people will be difficult. Respond to this question if you have any venue ideas. Thank you.

A little bit of knowledge ..

Ar Jama - 2 months, 1 week ago

I've definitely experienced this problem in the past! And I've found the following things helpful: 1. Sign up to a course that has an ending date. This allows me to be motivated for the duration of the course because you've already paid for it!! The course will also have a set of expected learni…
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Hi anon, my name is Abdul, I am one of the two co-founders of Jamma (this platform!). Mags, the other co-founder approached me to chat about Jamma about a year (maybe even longer) before I joined. I think finding a technical co-founder is often a long road, and so naturally, you'll need to talk to …
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This is eerily similar to my own background. I did languages at uni. I wasn't good at maths in school. I had so many different jobs after uni, I taught Arabic, I did legal translations, I was an admin assistant at a uni, and at one point did security (the bouncer type). All in all, I found most thi…
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How do I get Somali channels on TV?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 3 weeks ago

In the UK, you've got a number of options. Option 1: the traditional FTA (Free To Air) satellites. These are dishes that you get an engineer to install. They'd help get you set up by pointing your dish at Hot Bird (name of the satellite). This is expensive to get installed for the first time. I…
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Hey, I don’t know c++ or java. But I can comment on python. Books: The Mark Lutz book from O’Reilly is really good. But it’s more of a reference. O'Reilly also do a small handbook of the whole language. Worth dipping in an out of. Test driven development by Percival is also really good. Web…
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I had just finished my masters and was looking for a career. I had tried my hand at teaching and translation, and neither one was my portion. Friend suggested coding. I bought some books, and thought I'd give it a go. Never in a million years did I think that someone would actually pay me money to …
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Hey, so I shared this question with a few people that work in the field, so hopefully someone with more insight into the field will respond. But for now, here are some thoughts. The fact that you haven't gotten ANY interviews yet tells me that either 1) there just aren't jobs in the field, 2) y…
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Really good question. Prepare for a very long answer! I grew up in Sheffield, in an area where almost everyone was a Somali. And so I was used to just code switching on a daily basis, intermixing my Somali with English. And the banter, as you can imagine ,was very live. Going from that to Oxfor…
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Post grad life

Ar Jama - 5 months, 1 week ago

Congrats bro! I am so happy to hear this. I can't speak specifically about mechanical engineering jobs, but here are somethings that have worked for me in the past. First of all, I think it's worth going on Indeed and searching three or four types of jobs you see yourself doing. Write down on a pie…
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Leaving my full-time job was extremely difficult. I really got on with my team, I was learning a lot, and salary wasn't bad. But ultimately, I needed to ask myself, do I want to make some rich people become even richer, or work on something meaningful. I had been working on Jamma for about 5 months…
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How much experience? It depends. It depends on how good you are, what your network is like, etc. But before you can do that, there are a few considerations you need to be aware of. 1. The first is that as a contractor, the level of work expected is much higher. They'll be paying you more but th…
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getting into tech

Ar Jama - 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey, I am not sure about UX/UI. My background is in software engineering, so I can say a bit about that. Essentially, like you, I studied a non- Computer Science course at uni. I did languages. And even my masters was in something very different. I found that UDEMY, and code academy were both inval…
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