In Search of the X Factor

When John Hanna Bitar first joined the “Lead Forward” program, while he at first appeared to us a modest individual, we immediately realized his hidden potential. Throughout the course of the program, he gradually opened up and became one of our most brilliant and leading participants to date. His participation in the Kav Mashve and “Lead Forward” program gave him the courage to apply to top law firms in Israel. He subsequently received a job offer at Herzog, Fox & Neeman, Israel’s leading law firm.

We asked him “What pushed you to aim so high?”
“It was the X-Factor that I acquired in the Lead Forward program,” he replied.

“What is your X-Factor?” we wondered.
“It’s the courage, the self-confidence, and the realization that I can do it.”

Here are 3 more stories about the x-factor.
Enjoy reading!

“I didn’t expect that from myself”

Tamer Nasser, the youngest paricipant, 19 years old, in KavMashve’s 1st Coding Bootcamp held in Nazareth:

Congratulations, Tamer! Why did you decide to do this program directly after school?

I really enjoy coding, and I felt that I can build my future here! I entered the Coding Bootcamp since it offered me the chance to get very good practical experience as a developer and to work with real-world clients. For instance, our final project was in collaboration with Amdocs.
I didn’t want to go to university directly after school. Instead I preferred to get practical experience and work as a developer
How did your parents react, when you told them you don’t want to go to a university first?
Many parents in the Arab community would prefer their children to study common fields. But my parents said they support me, no matter what I choose. “If you like it – go for it” they said. I know I can still go to a university after working as a developer for some time.
Can you tell us what impact the course had on you?
Overall, I really liked the way we learned. Teamwork was crucial, we had to listen to others, accept different opinions and figure out how to get into our teammates mind. This was no competition, you had to understand the people you are working with to be successful in the projects. According to that, we worked with the 20/20/20 rule: First you had to solve a problem alone for 20 minutes, then together with your team, finally with the whole class. Besides the teamwork and the coding skills, we had also some soft skill workshops. For example, the first presentation I hold here was honestly very bad, I couldn’t say a full sentence! In those workshops we learned how to stand and how to elevate our pitch. After a few weeks, I had another presentation and thought “Wow, I didn’t expect that from myself”!
What would you tell your community about your experience?
Before the course, there was a mini bootcamp and everybody who applied for the course attended it. You have the chance to try some easy challenges, get used to it and get ready to advance yourself. Everybody can do that! In the future I also want to be a mentor: If you learn something important, you can give it back to your community and teach others. That’s how you push your community and your people forward.

After the remarkable presentation of the final project at amdocs, the team at amdocs has been so impressed that they invited the entire group of bootcamps participants for a job interview.

"Beside the theoretical knowledge we acquire at the University, there is a lack of practical experience."

That’s why I was looking for a possibility to nurture this side, and I heard about Kav Mashve’s HR Business Club”

Name: Lama Dakwar
Field of Study: Educational Counseling & Human Resources.
Status: just finished her bachelors
Career Goal: become a recruiter in a high-tech company.

Me and friends decided to give the HR Club a try at our final year of studies – and it was worth it!
The skills I gained helped me a lot to come to this point. I am getting invited to many HR interviews.
The Club helps us students to take the small steps needed towards the working world. Therefore, we visit HR departments of leading companies, learn how to network and invite external trainers and speakers. Most of us never learnt how to search and apply for jobs or how to express ourselves in interviews!
The club was very helpful: to carry out an Interview-Simulation, to improve your CV or to do a soft-skill training.

The International Criminal Court (ICC), This is my dream!

Jiryes Elias, Hebrew University, Law Business Club

I literally looked up towards the top of the mountain. Every day I saw Mount Scopus Campus situated up on the hill.
And it took me 2 years to get there. Two years to enter the Hebrew University to study Law.
I’m 21 years old, born and raised in East Jerusalem. Now in my second year and I am particularly interested in International Law and Diplomacy.
To gain further knowledge, I participated in several international conference simulations, called Model United Nations (MUN). And last year I served as the Vice President of the IMUNA (Israeli Model United Nations Association).

What lead you to the Campus Law Club program of Kav Mashve?

Coming from an Arab village, the differences in terms of language, expectations and culture can be very challenging for Arab students. The Law Club provides a great opportunity to practice them.
The Law Club is different from academic experiences; since we get introduced to practical tools from the work field. For example, we met a Senior Partner from a major law firm. It’s a good possibility to come all together and meet, something we rarely do at university. And it’s a safe zone where you can say what you feel, with a focus on you as an individual but also a collective feeling of belonging. I would definitely recommend the club to other Law students!

Who was your inspiration?

My dream is to work as an agent at the International Criminal Court (ICC). And I have two role models, which influenced me a lot. The first one is James Crawford, an Australian judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), whose cases and career I followed with great interest. And the second one is Malcolm Shaw, a British Law professor and Lawyer. The first paper I read in International Law was written by him, and I had the unique chance to meet him later and understand the “man behind the writings”.

Newsletter Summer 2019