Rachid Trahim, a developer on a mission to democratize his profession

They are in the shadows, but they occupy a central place in our digitized daily lives. Developer, a highly sought after job that recruiters take up. In the United States, there is even a starification of these profiles that negotiate through an intermediary. Forbes spoke to one of them, Rachid Trahim, who is addressing the scarcity in this sector while the opportunities are great. The nerd is even trying to democratize the profession to encourage vocations.

In France we often speak of “shortage” to evoke the profession. What do you notice?

Rachid Trahim : IT jobs, especially those related to development, are among the most in-demand in the labor market. France is no exception to this developer hunt, and the shortage is especially evident on programming language expert profiles. The phenomenon has been growing for years and there are several studies pointing to it.

When we look on Linkedin, we see the many open vacancies. Why this lack of candidates if the openings are real?

The LinkedIn ranking of 2022 presents more than 20 professions for which demand has exploded in the last ten years, in this list we find mainly the IT developer category. In a digitized world that is changing at full speed, the needs are enormous! It is difficult to meet such demand in this context, where almost all sectors are rushing for this vital workforce.

Can we speak of a training problem with a lack of anticipation of the exponential needs of the market?

I think it’s more of an orientation problem than anything else. France has enough schools and training centers to welcome and train future developers. Young people should be focused on this “new world”, our role is also to guide them through democratizing our profession. I do it – on my scale – through my YouTube channel where I explain my daily life, demonstrating the importance of digital. My channel also includes tutorials to learn the basics of web development from scratch… It’s important to have this approach.

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What about the feminization of the ‘geek’? Are female developers more numerous these days or is it still marginal?

Since the 1980s, the number of women has been continuously increasing, but this trend is also observed in men. In fact, mathematically speaking, men still make up an overwhelming majority. In addition, our female employees often create a smoother and more readable code compared to males! I see. Sadly it’s not won yet, the mindset on this topic needs to evolve in our very masculine geek world.

Rachid Trahim: “The Metaverse revolution will once again bring developers to the forefront. »

What place for developers in the metaverse revolution? Threat or opportunity?

The metaverse is more of an opportunity for us code enthusiasts. It is the future of the Internet that will make it possible to connect users in all aspects of their lives: leisure, work, social through 3D technologies, augmented reality headsets. This revolution once again puts developers at the forefront of both deployment and maintenance.

The internet is your playground Tell us about your invention around a mobile game?

My specialty is mainly the web, but I am interested in many topics! I’m as passionate about mobile applications as I am about mobile games, so much so that I wanted to code to invent a few games. “DizzyShapes” is the most successful, it is a puzzle game inspired by “1048” and “Crush”. By mixing them, I created a very addictive and playful hobby. I am currently studying a project to create a digital training center. My dream is to bring all the underlying professions together in one place: development, crypto, NFT, graphics etc…. Everything that has to do with new technologies.

What content do you like to offer to your communities on social networks?

I have two YouTube channels, on “Rachid Web”, I offer quite educational content (computer science, development and digital). On my channel “Rachid Web Official” I focus the content more on entertainment (podcasts, vlogs, etc.). Of course I am also present on Meta (Instagram and Facebook). This “geek-influencer” side mainly enables me to guide young people closer to digital. I tell them about computer schools, training and development languages ​​that are in high demand in the labor market today. At the request of many subscribers, I came up with the idea of ​​wanting to go further by participating in the launch of a computer training center.

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