It is no longer so unusual to find professionals who work or provide services to international companies, even living in Brazil. And when is that not enough? Whether with job offers or venturing into these new possibilities, some choose to expand and live outside Brazil. In Europe, cities like Berlin (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Dublin (Ireland) are some of the major centers for IT professionals.
Rafael Tauil and Daniel Blei are two Brazilian professionals who chose the old continent to perform IT functions, but the stories and reasons that led them are quite different. Follow below all the characteristics of this change, documentation, employment, prejudice and cultural differences faced to achieve the necessary adaptation in this new life.
Planned overseas career
Rafael Tauil, 38, is an IT professional with a career spanning over 10 years in Brazil and now works and lives in Amsterdam. In an interview with Tecnoblog, he tells what was the reason for leaving the country to continue his career abroad.
“It was something that was already in the plans, mine and my wife’s. The quality of life in Brazil is very complicated and here we have many more opportunities in the market. I worked for an American company, even though I lived in Brazil, after its closure I started looking for places outside the country to look for new opportunities. ”
It wasn’t that easy. Rafael says he made a trip through Europe to meet the main candidates: Amsterdam, Dublin and Berlin. The atmosphere that most pleased the couple was Amsterdam. The ease of change came because Rafael had Italian citizenship, reducing problems with the immigration issue.
His chosen destination, he organized everything in Brazil for the final move, without a job, with his newly formed wife, leaving to explore European lands. The absence of a job was not a problem, because the opportunities in the IT market are very good: in a not too long period he has already managed to find work and today he is in his third job in Amsterdam. His wife also managed to work as a psychologist within the Netherlands.
Improvised overseas career
The story of Daniel Blei, 32, is a little different but no less interesting. In an interview with Tecnoblog, Daniel tells how his move was.
“I have a degree in sound from Estácio and a musician, when I moved to Dublin the idea was to improve my English and continue working with sound, recording my songs. I worked in a restaurant to support myself, but I saw that the market was as closed as in Brazil and there was a lot of prejudice for my nationality ”.
Daniel says that his student visa was at an end and two and a half years had passed. As he did not want to end his experience abroad, he looked for alternatives to have his stay allowed. The solution was to find in Ireland the Higher Diploma, a modality similar to graduate school for those who want to change careers.
Daniel fit the prerequisites for presenting previous experiences in his other technological career. At first, he signed up to be a programmer, but he only managed to enter for data analysis. It was an intense year, as the course has the equivalent of a 4-year workload in just 1.
“For foreigners the night course is not allowed, so I had to do morning / afternoon and work in the restaurant at night, it was tiring. Most of my studies were on the train, going back and forth on the routes ”.
Upon completion, Daniel obtained his work visa and entered the IT market. Today he works in the same field as his Irish wife and continues to live in the country he adopted.
Cultural differences abroad
When we think of cultural differences, according to Rafael Tauil in an interview with Tecnoblog, what attracted the most attention in Amsterdam was the question of punctuality.
“8 o’clock is 8 o’clock, everything could be quiet, at the appointed time someone would appear for the meeting. But, just as they are punctual to start, they are also to close the job. It looks like a public official, at 5 pm everyone disconnects no matter where they left off. There is no culture workaholic In Holland”.
In terms of food, Rafael says that in fact they are very different from Brazil. However, it is not a great barrier, as the community is very large of Brazilians, including markets with products from our country.
“In addition to the markets, many Brazilians earn a living by preparing and providing food for the community itself, from time to time it is possible to kill the nostalgia for a snack”.
As for making friends, in Holland it is more complicated. People end up coming together for the common characteristic, being Brazilian, but it doesn’t always work. The most common is to create some bonds with co-workers who have become friends, says Rafael.
Daniel Blei did not encounter the same difficulties being in Ireland. According to him, the Irish are even very similar to the Brazilians, festive, communicative and like drinking.
“It is common, once we went to pub and in less than 2 hours we were already talking to strangers at our table, as if we were old friends. ”
The Brazilian community in Ireland is also numerous, according to Daniel, but due to the characteristics of the natives themselves, it is easier to fit in. The same facility is not found when it comes to employment, being foreign, mainly from outside Europe, end up suffering prejudice to work in your career. “It is a difficult barrier to overcome, but as soon as we demonstrate our value, everything is normal,” says Daniel.
The greatest proof that it is easier to relate to the natives of Ireland is that Daniel met, dated and married his current wife who is from that country.
Is working and living abroad worth it?
The answer is positive in both cases. Both Rafael and Daniel agree that even when paying wage fees, which are not low, the feeling of seeing that money is used back in society for their well-being is noticeable.
In addition, Daniel says that in Ireland the minimum wage is around 1,500 euros, and the rental of a one-bedroom house is around 600 euros, depending on the location. “It is peaceful to live in dignity in Ireland on the minimum wage”. Salary values usually vary little, but everyone can live in a balanced way.
In the Netherlands, Rafael says that with average wages you live very well, although rent is much more expensive – according to him, it is the highest cost within the country.
The two stories of IT professionals working abroad show that it is not so impossible and unimaginable to work and live in other countries working in your field. The biggest barrier is to overcome the bureaucracy, which is large in terms of the documentation required to start a new life on the old continent. With research and planning, it is feasible and promising to make your career in other countries.