Taking a byte of Pims
One of Omega's newest employees is actually a fully qualified doctor but is now working as a system developer at Omega's new department in Stjørdal.
Mohamad Jamil Mohamad became interested in the programming profession while studying to become a doctor in Russia, and he began to learn it in parallel with his medical studies. Now he works in Trøndelag with Pims 365, as one of four employees in Stjørdal.
To Norway by bicycle
Mohamad is originally from Syria, and it was the medical studies that brought him to Russia. In 2015, he finished his education and worked for a year, but could not stay in Russia nor return to his war-torn homeland. The solution was to flee to Norway.
“Do you remember the refugees who cycled across the border to Storskog,” he asks. Mohamad was one of them, and he spent thirteen months on seven receptions around the country. At one point he came to Ølen and the emergency reception at Westcon, where he stayed for two months.
Waiting for approval
Now he has been granted a residence permit, and he has applied to get his medical license approved. But getting such authorisation is a slow process, it has still not happened. Meanwhile, he has continued to work with programming, and it was thanks to new friendships from Stjørdal that he was made aware of Omega and applied for a job here.
“I worked as a system developer at another workplace earlier as well, and almost finished an app I developed for them,” he says.
“I think programming is an exciting subject and competence that will become more and more in demand in the future.”
In need of programmers
As it seems now, the world is only going to become more and more dependent on data, and thus programming will become very relevant in many kinds of professions, he believes. His first contact with programming was through the field of bioinformatics, which was part of the medical study. Bioinformatics is a combination of the subjects biology and computer science. During his studies, he also worked on a project that, among other things, was about combining data from bacteriology and virology for making diagnoses.
So yes, programming is part of many disciplines and directions, and he recommends it to anyone who asks, he says. People who know data are just getting more and more sought after.
"But of course, we need engineers and doctors too," he laughs.
He is not sure if he will practice as a doctor in the future. Time will tell.
“For now, I have a very good job as a system developer,” says Mohamad, who started in Omega in January this year.