Ar Jama

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Software developer based in London. I am interested in Somali linguistics.

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Student related question

Ar Jama - 2 days, 22 hours ago

😭. This was lovely to read thank you. Alhamdulilah. That's good to hear!!! Your problem isn't looking insurmountable anymore which is fantastic news. Legit though, if you've no other options, hooyo is definitely the move. Mums will sometimes be harsh (tough love gang dheh!!) with words but they're …

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Student related question

Ar Jama - 4 days, 6 hours ago

Hey!! Congrats on graduating uni! :) Well done. 

In terms of postgrad studies, if you're doing a masters, most unis will actually split up your fees into two payments. One earlier in the year, one later. Are you late on both? How much we talking? Is this for the academic year just gone? Or th…

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How to create animated videos

Ar Jama - 4 days, 10 hours ago

From my experience, there's a few ways of going about this. I'll try and order them in terms of cost. 

1. Pay an animator. Find someone on Fiver or Freelancer. 

2. Pay for access to a video library like biteable. And make edits yourself. https://biteable.com/templates/category/educ…

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Code bootcamp or a cs masters

Ar Jama - 1 week, 5 days ago

Definitely bootcamp. A lot of these bootcamps have connections with companies looking to hire juinior devs and can help you get your first job. The stuff they teach seems to be quite practical too. CS masters might allow you to gain some of the skills required but I've known some programmes to teac…

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Ducktaar

Ar Jama - 1 week, 6 days ago

Cos you're paying for private healthcare over there. Here, the NHS is overstretched and won't give you longer than a 5 min consultation with a GP. 

Hey, yep, we're using Django on the backend. 

Software developer,  DevOps engineer. I also hear that CIMA qualifications in accounting are pretty decent but they seem like long term commitments. 

Tips for web development beginners

Ar Jama - 1 week, 6 days ago

Also please go to meet ups please! There are a lot of virtual meet ups you can take part in. 

Tips for web development beginners

Ar Jama - 1 week, 6 days ago

Hey!! I was exactly in the same boat as you! I know how hard it is. It feels like you're in a vast ocean and you don't even know where to start?? 

When should I start creating my own projects?

ASAP. Create small things and put them on github. Follow tutorials, then put what you produced on g…

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To answer your initial question:

1. Keep working hard at school. Your grades are important! 

2. Buy a SATs book and start practising from now. 

3. Start looking for scholarships now. The more niche the better. 

4. The application process is expensive. Make a shortlist of five pla…

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I looked at this briefly when I was in school. From what I can remember, the big issue is money. Essentially, the US has soooo many universities that getting admitted isn't necessarily the most challenging thing. The most challenging thing seems to be money. It's bloody expensive. Here are some sug…

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No. Most employers will understand. And any good employer knows that having a retail job in your CV is actually a really good thing: it proves you can do long hours, chat to customers and problem-solve. Here are three suggestions off the top of my head. 

1) Get a fresh set of eyes on your CV.…

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I really really really like Lisbon. Also this is weird one but Lille?? Years ago my friends and I went on a road trip with the intention of driving to Berlin. We got as far as Lille and realised that we were simply not cut out for this road trip life. Ended up having an incredible few days in Lille…

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How to improve my Af Somaali ?

Ar Jama - 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Hey, I've just answered a very similar question to this. Here is the link. In short, I'd suggest practice. You're a native speaker. You know A LOT already. You just need to up your production game. So, get in some hours talking to someone and you should be good. Good luck! 

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I am sorry, I've just seen this now. It sounds to be me like your problem isn't comprehension but production. And for that, there's literally only one thing you can do: practice! Can I suggest you get a speaking partner? Usually family is pretty good. But with Somali families, it's difficult to fin…

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How to explain a 2 year gap on cv?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Most grad schemes won't actually care. A lot of people take two year gap years and spend that time travelling. In the rare case where an interviewer asks you about that year, you have two choices. One, be as vague as possible, and say that you were unwell and had spent it recovering. Which is true.…

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I have a Q&A session coming up soon, any tips?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Pick topics that you'd want to answer questions on. Try and answer with info that the asker might not be able to find on google. Give them all your opinions!! Good luck! You'll be great 😊 

Has anybody used a hagbad before?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 3 weeks ago

Does it help? Yes! Absolutely. If you struggle to save money, then it's definitely the way to go. Psychologically, it feels like a bill! It's a thing waiting for you to do. So each month, when that money comes out of your account, it feels like you have no choice but to give the money. Saving requi…

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How did you learn arabic?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 3 weeks ago

I went Syria during my gap year. Spent 8 months there doing a proper intense Arabic course. Met a ton of Iraqis in Damascus, and became really good friends with them. I then came back and did a four year course in Arabic and Hebrew. During my second year of uni, I lived in Jerusalem for 6 months, a…

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What is your definition of success?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 3 weeks ago

In terms of life, I want to feel like I've done enough to help my family and my community. I am so damn lucky. It's pure luck that I'm in a position to not have to worry about food, housing, etc. Our parents are getting older too, so the responsibilities that they had back home are going to be pass…

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What are your favourite non-english speaking films?

Ar Jama - 2 months, 4 weeks ago

Life is Beautiful, it made me laugh out loud and three minutes later I was crying my eyes out. Masterpiece for sure. Parasite! My claim to fame: Bong Joon Ho stood really close to me! Battle of Algiers, it's been years since I've last seen it but I remember loving it. 

I would say don't worry so much about grammar or writing just yet. Buy a small phrasebook, then get yourself on Italki. Find a decent tutor, and start speaking to them! It sounds mad I know but it's honestly the best way to learn a language. Listen to Spanish/Italian radio in the background when yo…

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Should I have to take a paycut because of corona?

Ar Jama - 3 months, 1 week ago

Not sure what the hiring market looks like for your job but it wouldn't hurt to look. Talk to your colleagues, find out who didn't get a cut. If everyone got a pay cut, then your bosses have a possible mutiny on their hands, and you wouldn't be the first to be bringing it up. Talk to your manager. …

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It depends on the course. For the science courses, there was a lot of lab stuff/problem sheets. They always seemed pretty busy. More humanities-type courses, you just need to meet your essay deadlines, and that depends on how good you are at writing essays! There's always more reading to be done bu…

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How do you negotiate a promotion at work?

Ar Jama - 3 months, 1 week ago

The best way to get a promotion is to get a new job! But if you love your current team and the culture at your company, then I'd suggest talking to a few headhunters/recruitement agents, and see what the going rate is for the more senior role you wanted to be promoted to. Then go back to your manag…

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Boardgames that are hooyo/aabo friendly

Ar Jama - 3 months, 1 week ago

Ludo! Ludo all the way!!

Language learning

Ar Jama - 3 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi! 

I am glad to hear this!! Generally, I like to do three things to get my language into the next level.

First is following a structured course or certification system. Look up your language and see if there's any certification body, and have a look at whether or not you can sit some of th…

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Hi Anon! Yes!!! It is something that I've definitely thought about before. I don't think it's niche at all. I think it's a pretty big market. Lots of different cultures do hagbads. When I've thought about this type of business in the past though, I got stuck on the following issues:

1. Finding som…

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Advice on Developing an MVP

Ar Jama - 3 months, 4 weeks ago

This sounds like an extremely interesting business idea. I would suggest a few things though before you attempt to build your MVP. First, I would suggest hashing out what the core business is. In the past, I’ve found it helpful to print out a copy of the lean canvas and fill it out. What this…

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Tell your aunt that she needs to relax. She is quite literally putting everyone's life in danger. Your mum's and her own. 

I do this all the time! I look at masters courses because they sounds interesting. In fact, I ended up doing a masters (linguistics) in 2016 because it sounded interesting. I was going through some personal issues and doing a masters felt like a great opportunity to start anew! And it kind of worke…

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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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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 - 5 months, 1 week 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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how do you find the time to do all the things you do

Ar Jama - 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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 - 5 months, 2 weeks 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 - 5 months, 2 weeks 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 - 5 months, 2 weeks 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 - 5 months, 2 weeks 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 - 5 months, 3 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 - 5 months, 3 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 - 5 months, 4 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 - 6 months, 2 weeks 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 - 7 months 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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Life after university/career progression

Ar Jama - 9 months, 1 week ago

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 - 9 months, 2 weeks 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 - 9 months, 3 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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