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There are 26.9 million software developers worldwide. So, it’s not surprising that many questions surface when it comes to the hiring process of software development companies.
As a potential employee, how do I know if this company is the right fit for me? How will this company provide the resources I need to excel as an engineer? Does this company care about its employees?
As a potential customer searching for an outsourcing vendor to supply engineers and project support, what kind of hiring and vetting process do these team members go through? How can I tell if I’m getting the best talent on the market?
First things first, you’re not alone with these questions. Many people express these insecurities when looking for the right outsourcing partner for their company or future employer.
Today, we will eliminate these feelings by introducing you to ITI Egypt, a part of our hiring process here at Integrant.
The Information Technology Institute ITI is an Egyptian organization established in 1993. For nearly 30 years, ITI Egypt has provided top-of-the-line programs in areas including but not limited to development, content design, geographic information systems, game development, cloud, media and animation, data analytics, and security.
The ITI program is a professional one that attracts those who have already completed college and are looking to expand their hands-on knowledge with specific and vigorous tracks.
This institute aims to support Egyptian youth by improving their career paths by developing vast technological skills. Many of the school's values mirror some of our own, including openness, passion, loyalty, and joy.
The basis of this program is to hire graduating engineers from ITI Egypt and provide them with hands-on training with real projects. The ITI program takes place yearly at the time of ITI’s Career Expo that closely follows graduation.
Interested graduates start by completing an interview process with our hiring team. Those selected will go on to take part in our detailed and focused six to eight-week training program. Every graduate that signs with us also receives a laptop and all other necessary training tools from our IT & Admin department.
Through this training program, graduates are typically added as extra engineers in our coveted 4Plus1 program. Thanks to 4Plus1, each engineer is given the opportunity to observe and take part in a unique project that provides them with real-time, industry-specific experience.
A recent part of our ITI program included post-program interviews with the graduates. Here are what a few of them had to say when asked about their experiences in the training program.
For Context here is some general information on each of the graduates:
Abdelrahman Nasr, who is now a Lead Engineer and completed ITI in 2020
Abdelaziz Mostafa, who is now a Software Engineer II and completed ITI in 2020.
Mohanad Hesham, who is now a Senior Quality Engineer and completed ITI in 2020.
Ahmed Elesdody, who is now a Software Engineer II and completed ITI in 2020.
Abdelrahman Nasr: Enterprise Application Development
Abdelaziz Mostafa: UI/UX Design
Mohanad Hesham: Software Testing
Ahmed Elesdody: Mobile Development
Abdelrahman Nasr: ITI Egypt gives you 100% practical experience for the market compared to college, where it was mostly theory and about 30% practical experience. It’s the most successful institute in the market right now.
Abdelaziz Mostafa: After graduating college, I began working in graphic design, but with job experience, I found my passion elsewhere. When deciding to transition, I discovered that ITI Egypt was my best opportunity for learning and entering the market. They have an excellent reputation in Egypt for paving the way for engineers to understand the current market.
Mohanad Hesham: I wanted to shift my career from mechanical engineering, and after a lot of searching, ITI Egypt felt like the best fit. It has an excellent reputation, and many of the instructors are ITI graduates, which gave me a great feeling. It turned out to be a fantastic experience and changed my life.
Ahmed Elesdody: The ITI program provided tremendous support and opportunities that would propel my experience and career. While I was still in college, I took an internship with ITI that allowed me to speak with instructors before applying, who encouraged me to apply and talked with me about the benefits of attending ITI. I had such an outstanding experience that I went on to teach tracks myself.
Abdelrahman Nasr: Since being with Integrant, I have worked on 4 products in a few different industries. Working with various industries has been an exciting way to continue learning about how engineering can benefit other areas and see what companies in these areas are working on.
Abdelaziz Mostafa: When I found Integrant, I wanted to take my career to the next level. My friends in the industry encouraged me that Integrant was an excellent opportunity to enrich my skills and experience, so I was eager to apply. Since starting, I've worked on multiple projects for different industries, which provides a great environment to continue cultivating my talent in design and further my career.
Mohanad Hesham: I first chose Integrant because of its reputation for utilizing human skills to improve project outcomes. I was previously working on projects for a single industry, and I wanted to broaden my experience and have the opportunity to better the skills that I learned at ITI Egypt. Integrant provides the chance to work on projects for many industries. I'm able to apply and challenge my skill set differently. I've worked on two projects so far, which have been fulfilling experiences. With industries like biotech, I feel like I'm contributing to something that is making a real impact on someone's life.
Ahmed Elesdody: I was recommended to Integrant by some friends from the ITI program who had already joined the company. Working here has helped further my experience, and I have gained much new knowledge from working with the other developers. It was a very healthy work environment to join, and I felt my expectations of the company before joining were met pretty early on. The constant feedback we receive throughout projects is constructive and helps us better project ideas and skill sets in real-time.
Abdelrahman Nasr: You still have more to learn. Keep all of your ITI connections and the learning habits you picked up while studying and apply them to everyday life. Keep up with market change, and don’t stop trying to achieve more.
Abdelaziz Mostafa: Finishing the ITI program does not mean the studying is over. Keep yourself open to new learning opportunities and experiences that will further your talent and career. Secondly, take choosing your first job post-ITI very seriously. Do your research and find the perfect environment for your goals and needs.
Mohanad Hesham: Take the time to rest and celebrate what you’ve achieved so far. After this, plan how to take the ITI program structure and apply it to your work/home life. Figure out how to continue learning and improving your skill set. Just like mobile phones have updates now and then, try to update and refurbish yourself, too.
Ahmed Elesdody: Stay updated in our field. This market is constantly growing and changing, so the need to keep learning is constant. Learn how to be quick on your feet in terms of updating your skill set.
We understand the uncertainties of finding the right company to work for or with. It is part of our mission to address the uncertainties of both potential clients and employees head-on and do what we can to mitigate them where we can.
Thanks to our ongoing relationship with ITI Egypt, we can recruit from the experienced market and ensure a constantly growing pool of high-quality candidates.
Everyone deserves to work for a company that genuinely cares about their professional and personal well-being and provides the tools and programs necessary to continue to climb the ladder of success.
Every company searching for an outsourcing vendor also deserves a company actively reaching for the stars in terms of engineers and talent and can provide them with precisely what their projects need.
Integrant’s Vision is to transform the software development lifecycle through predictable results.