Mentor for Job Applications

The IT Career Boost Program is for candidates with a refugee/migrant background who despite their IT work experience haven’t managed to find an IT position in Switzerland.

The aim of the 6-8 week part-time program is to support candidates with social & business skills needed for them to find an IT job on their own.

Next dates: Spring 2023

“I could volunteer in many things but I was looking for something where I can use my IT skills. I was looking for exactly this, and it turns out it actually exists!”

Tristan Labelle, IT Trainer

«The icing on the cake is when the participant is offered a permanent position at the end of the internship, and has an opportunity to gain financial independence whilst also contributing positively to the Swiss job market and the company.»

Paul James, Job Coach

«Acting as Powercoder Job Coach is a super opportunity to share and support coachees in the Swiss Labour Market. Besides that it is also a very deep experience to meet motivated and talented people from different cultures.»

Markus Suter, Job Coach

Interested in mentoring our candidates?

IT has always been my thing.

Nour, Apprentice in Mediamatics at SBB, Alumna Powercoders

Aged 22, Nour had to try many different paths until she found the one she wanted to stay on. That path began with her application to the Powercoders Bootcamp in autumn 2019.

I got a second chance at life.

Jamila Amini, DevOps Engineer at Swisscom, Alumna Powercoders

She was forced to flee Afghanistan with her husband and daughter and our very first participant to secure a permanent employment.

Every day when I left my house, I was never sure if I will get back in the evening.

Izzatollah Amani, Junior Software Engineer at Netcentric, Alumnus Powercoders

He was forced to flee his home country Afghanistan as a 26 year-old and was able to take refuge in Switzerland.

So that I can take on many more new challenges at Migros Aare

Gajendran Packiyanathan, Software Engineer at Migros Aare

He was a participant in our very first Powercoders Bootcamp in 2017, and one of the first ones to get a permanent job offer.

When I have an opportunity to learn something new, I get curious and want to learn more, and I ask questions.

Deniz Tokat, Mainframe Junior System Engineer at SIX

When he came to Switzerland three years ago, he first tried to find a job in Mathematics or as a teacher, but it was very difficult because of language problems.

Powercoders and Unic gave me the opportunity to live off social welfare.

Bashir Karimi, Frontend Engineer at Unic, Alumnus Powercoders

Bashir was leading a normal life in Pakistan, having a wife and two kids and a good job as an IT teacher.

Everything is well organized and there’s no need to fight for your rights as much here.

Ali Mengütay, Junior Software Engineer at Pix4D, Alumnus Powercoders

Back in Turkey he studied mechanical engineering and worked for a big company in Istanbul.

In India, many girls go for engineering studies.

Shehani, SAP developer at UBS, Alumna Powercoders

She started her full-time job as an SAP developer at UBS in April, directly after her internship ended.


  • Stacy von Cranach

    Impact Initiatives Lead

  • Ya’ara Segal

    Job Coaching Lead & Volunteer Coordinator

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