My first family in the Netherlands

My first family in the Netherlands

The story of Aya Al Abrash

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24-year-old Aya Al Abrash came to live with her dad in Wassenaar in 2017, together with the rest of her family. Originally coming from Syria, where she didn’t get a chance to finish her Bachelor Degree in Information Technology Engineering, Aya recalls that it was quite challenging at first. "I didn’t want to start my degree all over again in the Netherlands but wasn’t sure what to do either."

She has already knew about Hack Your Future  from one of her friends. “My sister and I applied for the course and both of us got in”. Aya graduated from Hack Your Future in September 2018.

However, it was not until March 2019 when she found her first job in Amsterdam at Backbase. “I applied to a couple of jobs, but was not successful, until Wouter (HYF Managing Director) called me and told me about the internship opportunity at Backbase”, Aya says.

What’s your best experience in Hack Your Future?

Aya: "Hack Your Future has been my first family in the Netherlands. They gave me an opportunity to find who I am and who I want to be. The most important thing, I figured out how to improve my skills and my thinking. Because HYF isn't just a school. It's a community. Every day I spent there, I have learned something new. Especially through working on the graduation project. I’ve got a chance to be in a team, learn from others, learn from my mistakes while being surrounded by great mentors."

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