I’m an immigrant from Morocco who moved to the United States 10 years ago in search of opportunity. At the time, I was working toward my master’s degree in political science. I thought I would be able to finance my education. But I was wrong. I wasn’t able to find a job, and I was forced to drop out because I didn’t have the money to pay for college.
To support my myself and my family, I got every kind of job you can think of: cashier, deli server, food delivery person, sales person, food truck server, slaughter house manager, bookkeeper, Central Park Tourist Guide, pedicab driver, yellow cab driver, limo driver and finally, an Uber driver.
Driving provided me with flexibility. But I still dreamed of going back to school and earning a degree in computer science. I found out about Pursuit through an email from Uber. When I saw the opportunity to train to become a software developer, I thought, “This is the perfect solution.” I wouldn’t have to pay anything up front, I wouldn’t have to spend years in college, and I’d have a shortcut to the tech industry, which is where I wanted to be.
Now, after going through the Pursuit LevelUp program, I’m a software developer for Uber Eats. Ever since I came to this country, I’ve had a belief in myself. I firmly held onto it. That’s what kept me moving for the last 10 months. That’s what kept me moving for the last 10 years. I’m so grateful that Pursuit believed in me enough to give me this opportunity.