Meet Thyago - CTO at an ad tech company in Berlin

Hi Thyago, nice to meet you. Who are you?

  • Hi, I am Thyago. I am from Brazil. I moved to Berlin in September, 2017 with my wife and Milka, my dog.

  • I am a full stack backend engineer. I have a Bachelor degree in Information Technology from the Estácio — FIC University.

  • I’ve been working in the field of software development for 16 years. Currently, I work remotely for a company in the UK where I’m in charge of the development in a Serverless Microservices Architecture.


Why did you move to Germany?

My wife and I decided to move to Berlin once we realized we would have the opportunity to learn and grow there.

She wanted to take a Master degree and I knew that I could find a large IT community focused on the latest trending technologies.


What are the most important features an IT professional should have to get a job in European companies?

You must do 3 things:

  • Be self-motivated.

  • Understand and contribute to the company’s business goals.

  • Work closely with and share your knowledge in your team.


When you started to apply for jobs in Europe, what was your strategy?

  • I tried to focus on the most interesting jobs for me. I used to read the job descriptions carefully and only applied to jobs really aligned to my professional and personal interest.

  • I used to show my motivation to get the job I’ve applied for. Not any job in Europe. That job. Such motivation was a decisive factor for my success.


What advice do you have for our Imagine Fellows?

  • Study theoretical concepts related to your field even if the topics have nothing to do with your daily work. It will help you a lot in the technical interviews.

  • Keep practicing and improving your English skills. Nobody needs you to have perfect english, but you need to be able to think and speak fast in English.

  • Build a nice portfolio of personal projects on GitHub. This is important for the company to be able to check the quality of your coding and have an idea about your interests.

  • During the interviews, show that you are a open minded and ego-free person. This signals to recruiters that you can easily adapt yourself to work in multicultural teams.

Finally: Be open to learn and grow. The job market always has a place for people who are willing to improve themselves and learn from their experiences continuously.

Want to learn more about Thyago? Check out Thyago’s CV (it’s a really good one).

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