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Kickstart your coding career in tech-savvy Berlin

Who says you need to have a programming background to be a part of Berlin’s booming tech startup scene? The Local finds out how one programming bootcamp is helping talent from across the globe make their mark in one of Europe’s top tech hubs.

Kickstart your coding career in tech-savvy Berlin
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Berlin is one of Europe’s biggest and most vibrant cities, with a top-class tech scene that’s churning out a new startup every 20 minutes.

But if you don’t have a computer science or engineering degree, it’s easy to feel left out of the action. 

Learn skills that get you hired

As it turns out, learning to code doesn’t have to require years of training.

Instead, you can learn the most in-demand programming languages – and learn them fast – at SPICED Academy’s programming bootcamps in Berlin.

For Brazil-born Guilherme, a civil engineer who always enjoyed fiddling with computers, SPICED Academy’s Full Stack Web Development course delivered almost immediate results.

“After I finished the bootcamp, I started to look for a job. Just one month later, I was hired by Dots Software in Berlin as a software developer,” he explains. “It’s like a shortcut to get a job and learn how to code.”

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The intensive course is taught by skilled professionals who have worked with some of the world’s leading tech companies. Learning is accelerated, so after 12 weeks at the bootcamp you’ll be ready to start a creative and challenging career as a software engineer.

Also — if you are already registered as unemployed in Germany you may be able to attend SPICED Academy’s Full-Stack Web Development course for free. Learn more by clicking here.

Learn to think like a programmer

You’ll get to grips with the most popular scripting language, JavaScript, which is used by all major web browsers, as well as in-demand programming languages including HTML & CSS, MVC Frameworks and Node.js.

Equally important is SPICED Academy’s focus on helping students develop critical thinking, computational, and problem-solving skills.

By building real-world, production-ready web applications throughout the 12 week programme, students graduate with a portfolio of applications as well as hands-on experience applying the critical thinking skills they’ll need to excel in their careers and in life.

With your new skills you’ll be a strong candidate for a tech job in Berlin, or with companies in other cities where coding skills are in high demand.

Dedicated teachers

Working in groups and individually, you’ll tackle real-world problems that prepare you for the reality of your new career.

“The biggest challenge for me was the change of mind set,” says SPICED alum Rafael, an architect who realized he needed coding skills to “make my ideas come to life”.

Now at Pivii Technologies, a Berlin-based startup that makes images measurable, he credits SPICED instructors with helping him better understand how the internet and algorithms work.

“Some particular projects were challenging, but the team was always very helpful and very friendly, and I never went home with a question unanswered,” he adds.

Great instructors at SPICED also helped Mike transition away from an unsatisfying career as a banker into a engineering role at audio streaming platform SoundCloud.

“The dedicated teachers and staff were always available and willing to assist with any issues, be they related to coding or even just settling in,” he explains.

Lean more about SPICED Academy coding bootcamps in Berlin

But the guidance doesn’t stop with your new tech skills and helping you to feel at-home in the city.

Throughout the course, you’ll get advice on your profile, interview, and communication skills, as well as access to SPICED’s business network that’s always looking for new talent. So by the time you’re ready to apply for jobs, you’ll be fully prepped for the recruitment process.

Why study in Berlin?

Having worked in marketing and business development, recent SPICED graduate Karen arrived in Berlin after growing tired of watching software developer colleagues come up with ideas and make them a reality while she simply “sat on the sidelines”.

“It’s a really great programme to go to especially for Americans looking to do a bootcamp abroad; you don’t even have to worry about getting a visa to be here,” says Karen, who now works as a Product Owner and Developer at geeny.io.

“Being from the States, I couldn’t really afford another four years in school and out of the job industry.”

The SPICED programme is intense, but when you're not busy coding you can spend time soaking up the city’s history and culture in the wide assortment of bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops you’ll find on Berlin’s atmospheric streets. Berlin is packed full of must-see museums, world-class galleries, and some of the best attractions anywhere.

It's also cheaper to live in Berlin compared to many other big cities across the globe.

“Berlin is a fantastic location,” adds Karen. “You can actually afford to enjoy your Friday night.”

Think you’re ready to kickstart your coding career in Berlin?

Visit SPICED Academy for more information about upcoming courses and application deadlines.

This article was produced by The Local's Client Studio and sponsored by SPICED Academy.

 

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EXPLAINED: Berlin’s latest Covid rules

In response to rapidly rising Covid-19 infection rates, the Berlin Senate has introduced stricter rules, which came into force on Saturday, November 27th. Here's what you need to know.

A sign in front of a waxing studio in Berlin indicates the rule of the 2G system
A sign in front of a waxing studio indicates the rule of the 2G system with access only for fully vaccinated people and those who can show proof of recovery from Covid-19 as restrictions tighten in Berlin. STEFANIE LOOS / AFP

The Senate agreed on the tougher restrictions on Tuesday, November 23rd with the goal of reducing contacts and mobility, according to State Secretary of Health Martin Matz (SPD).

He explained after the meeting that these measures should slow the increase in Covid-19 infection rates, which was important as “the situation had, unfortunately, deteriorated over the past weeks”, according to media reports.

READ ALSO: Tougher Covid measures needed to stop 100,000 more deaths, warns top German virologist

Essentially, the new rules exclude from much of public life anyone who cannot show proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. You’ll find more details of how different sectors are affected below.

Shops
If you haven’t been vaccinated or recovered (2G – geimpft (vaccinated) or genesen (recovered)) from Covid-19, then you can only go into shops for essential supplies, i.e. food shopping in supermarkets or to drugstores and pharmacies.

Many – but not all – of the rules for shopping are the same as those passed in the neighbouring state of Brandenburg in order to avoid promoting ‘shopping tourism’ with different restrictions in different states.

Leisure
2G applies here, too, as well as the requirement to wear a mask with most places now no longer accepting a negative test for entry. Only minors are exempt from this requirement.

Sport, culture, clubs
Indoor sports halls will off-limits to anyone who hasn’t  been vaccinated or can’t show proof of recovery from Covid-19. 2G is also in force for cultural events, such as plays and concerts, where there’s also a requirement to wear a mask. 

In places where mask-wearing isn’t possible, such as dance clubs, then a negative test and social distancing are required (capacity is capped at 50 percent of the maximum).

Restaurants, bars, pubs (indoors)
You have to wear a mask in all of these places when you come in, leave or move around. You can only take your mask off while you’re sat down. 2G rules also apply here.

Hotels and other types of accommodation 
Restrictions are tougher here, too, with 2G now in force. This means that unvaccinated people can no longer get a room, even if they have a negative test.

Hairdressers
For close-contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, it’s up to the service providers themselves to decide whether they require customers to wear masks or a negative test.

Football matches and other large-scale events
Rules have changed here, too. From December 1st, capacity will be limited to 5,000 people plus 50 percent of the total potential stadium or arena capacity. And only those who’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 will be allowed in. Masks are also compulsory.

For the Olympic Stadium, this means capacity will be capped at 42,000 spectators and 16,000 for the Alte Försterei stadium. 

Transport
3G rules – ie vaccinated, recovered or a negative test – still apply on the U-Bahn, S-Bahn, trams and buses in Berlin. It was not possible to tighten restrictions, Matz said, as the regulations were issued at national level.

According to the German Act on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases, people have to wear a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask  on public transport.

Christmas markets
The Senate currently has no plans to cancel the capital’s Christmas markets, some of which have been open since Monday. 

According to Matz, 2G rules apply and wearing a mask is compulsory.

Schools and day-care
Pupils will still have to take Covid tests three times a week and, in classes where there are at least two children who test positive in the rapid antigen tests, then tests should be carried out daily for a week.  

Unlike in Brandenburg, there are currently no plans to move away from face-to-face teaching. The child-friendly ‘lollipop’ Covid tests will be made compulsory in day-care centres and parents will be required to confirm that the tests have been carried out. Day-care staff have to document the results.

What about vaccination centres?
Berlin wants to expand these and set up new ones, according to Matz. A new vaccination centre should open in the Ring centre at the end of the week and 50 soldiers from the German army have been helping at the vaccination centre at the Exhibition Centre each day since last week.

The capacity in the new vaccination centre in the Lindencenter in Lichtenberg is expected to be doubled. There are also additional vaccination appointments so that people can get their jabs more quickly. Currently, all appointments are fully booked well into the new year.

 

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