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:
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.