Bassem Youssef is one of our many students at our hackerspace in Cairo, Egypt. Graduated in Civil Engineering, the 29-year-old man, who is unemployed, decided to change his career by launching himself in the development of video games. This is why he chose the training in Introduction to Game development at GOMYCODE.
I sat with the instructor, he calmed me down and told me that it will be fine
I didn’t have any background knowledge about game development except for the famous engines used by companies such as unity and CryEngine. So I had some apprehensions at the beginning. But when I sat with the instructor, he calmed me down and told me that it will be fine and I can start learning from scratch. Honestly, I was so overwhelmed due to my job and didn’t think of taking the course until one day my brother sent me the link of the course. I trusted the instructor and the place so much that I didn’t search for other places.
I thought that the instructor would be an old man, surprisingly he was much younger
My first day, I was extremely lost, didn’t know anything about the flow of the day and there was only one student with me. The GOMYCODE team tried to talk to me a bit to make me relax until other students joined. They knew that it was my first day and wanted me to be comfortable which I cherished so much! My first day was good everyone was so supportive plus it was just an introductory session to know what will happen throughout the classes. We downloaded Unity and all the classes requirements to be ready for the course. I thought that the instructor would be an old man, surprisingly he was much younger, around 30 years old, someone who will share the same mindset as me! I felt that it was getting more friendly, the environment, the type of questions, I didn’t have to use any formalities. I enjoyed the atmosphere too much. The people at GOMYCODE are so friendly.
A career shift is my ultimate intention
I am willing to work in the game development field. A career shift is my ultimate intention. I don’t think engineering suits me, it was an eye-opening experience.
My advice is to get to know people, everyone, especially in different fields as you will learn and get motivated to know more about different aspects. My favorite part as a game developer is transforming my ideas into real-life such as imagining a character and executing it in the same way I thought of. I control and know everything about the game (all details). If I have to describe GOMYCODE in one sentence it would be: the Best Place Ever, Truly.