Happy International Women's Day! 🎉
Today, March 8th is a day to celebrate the achievements & contributions of women around the world. In honor of this day, we're excited to share an interview not just with one, but two talented Nightborn women! Both someone from the Dev Team & someone from the Design Team! 🤜💥🤛
So, without further ado, let's dive in and learn more about the journeys of Chahed & Eléonore in the world of tech! 🚀
Chahed: My name is Chahed Akeche & I'm 23 years old. When I'm not coding, I love spending time with my friends or family & exploring new places while traveling. I've found that this sense of curiosity carries over into my work as well! There's always something new to learn or a new project to tackle.
I studied at the HE2B in Brussels-Brabant, where I first discovered my passion for creating beautiful websites. Since then, I've been eager to continue learning in the tech industry.
I'm thrilled to be doing so as a front-end development intern at a company as innovative & forward-thinking as Nightborn. 💙
Eléonore: Hi! My name is Eléonore Marchese & I'm a UX/UI designer with a passion for all things creative. At 24 years old, I've already had the chance to study at some great institutions, including the College of Advertising and Design & the University of the Arts London. It was during these formative years that I developed a deep appreciation for the power of design & its ability to communicate complex ideas in a visual way.
When I'm not working, you can usually find me tinkering away on my latest design project or exploring new techniques. In fact, I've recently started sharing my designs on my Instagram account, @ohlelelulu, the idea is to work on it a lot more than I do now!
Chahed: I was looking for a way to finish my studies & gain some real-world experience, and luckily, my friends Maroua & Thomas had just the solution. They had previously interned at Nightborn & couldn't stop raving about the company's welcoming culture, innovative projects & supportive team.
When I heard about their positive experiences, I knew I had to check it out for myself & here I am... 😇
Eléonore: The job search can be a daunting process, especially when you're trying to break into a competitive & constantly evolving industry like design. I had already gained some experience at a number of companies as an intern, but was still looking for that real challenge. Fortunately, I bumped into a former classmate of mine online who had worked here as a design intern, and his experiences appealed to me. Coupled with my own research into the company's creative culture & values, convinced me that Nightborn was the place for me.
After applying for a position I was thrilled to accept a job offer & start my journey as a member of the Nightborn team. 🙏
For me, design is so much more than just a job! It's a passion that allows me to express myself & explore my creativity in ways that few other fields can match. There's something incredibly empowering about the ability to create your own universe & assert yourself through a creative process. 🦸♀️
But beyond the inherent artistic freedom that design affords, what I find most exciting about this field is its constant evolution. Design is an ever-changing landscape, where new technologies, tools & techniques are constantly emerging. There's always something new to learn & explore. That's why I believe that curiosity & a willingness to embrace new challenges are essential traits for any successful designer. Whether you're learning from school, your colleagues, attending workshops or simply experimenting on your own time, there's always room to grow your skill set. And that's what makes design such a thrilling profession to be a part of.
There are so many things! For starters, I love the feeling of creating something beautiful & functional from scratch. Whether it's a sleek navigation menu or a responsive design, there's a sense of satisfaction that comes with seeing your ideas come to life on the screen.
Similar to Eléonore, I also enjoy the process of constantly learning or experimenting with new tools & technologies.
But perhaps the most rewarding aspect of front-end development is knowing that the work I do has a direct impact on users. Creating an enjoyable experience for users is always at the forefront of my mind, and it's incredibly gratifying to see that hard work pays off in the form of happy customers & successful projects.
Chahed: As an intern, I have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects & tasks. From developing new applications to maintaining existing ones, each project was designed to challenge me & help me develop my skills as a web developer. It also gives me a greater understanding of the company's processes & workflows.
I also have a chance to work with programming languages & frameworks that I hadn't encountered in school, such as React & Next, as well as expand my knowledge of CSS & GO. Which is super interesting!
Overall, I feel grateful for the hands-on experience I'm gaining at Nightborn, and I'm excited to continue applying these skills as I pursue my career in front-end development. 💪
Eléonore: As a UX/UI designer, my day-to-day responsibilities involve creating wireframes, prototypes & high-fidelity designs, but also conducting user research & usability testing to gather insights about user needs & behavior.
In addition to these tasks, I see my role as much more than just executing assignments. I'm always on the lookout for ways to enhance our products, streamline our design processes & drive innovation forward. This means proposing new design ideas during brainstorming sessions & taking the initiative to research new tools or techniques.
Ultimately, I believe that by going above & beyond my daily responsibilities, I can help create better products & user experiences for our customers.
Chahed: When it comes to company culture, I couldn't be happier with my experience at Nightborn. From the moment I started my internship, I felt welcomed & supported by the entire team.
The employees at Nightborn are incredibly knowledgeable & always willing to lend a helping hand or offer guidance when I encountered problems. It's this sense of teamwork & collaboration that makes me excited to come to work every day, and I feel fortunate to be a part of such a positive workplace culture. 🥰
Eléonore: Absolutely! Chahed is spot on! At Nightborn, everyone is super friendly & welcoming. It's a place where you can really be yourself, which makes for a really positive & supportive work environment.
Chahed: As a woman in tech, I've heard stories about gender discrimination and inequality in the workplace. But I'm happy to report that my experience at Nightborn has been nothing but positive. From day one, I've felt respected and valued by my colleagues. It's clear that at Nightborn, what matters most is the quality of work we produce & the contributions we make to the team, not our appearance or gender identity!
Eléonore: The design world is not a man's world anymore, we're bringing our unique perspectives, skills & talents to the table and are making a real impact in the industry. It's an exciting time to be a graphic designer!
Women are taking their place & I'm taking mine too! 🤘
We hope you've enjoyed this interview with two talented women in tech at Nightborn. We'd like to thank them for taking the time to share their experiences!
As we celebrate International Women's Day, let's continue to uplift & support women in all fields, and work towards a more diverse & inclusive future for all.