With people from all over the world choosing Ireland as a place to live and work, we speak to those that have put down roots in the country. This time, we talk to Victor Olvera Smith, senior QA engineer at FireEye.
Where are you from?
I’m from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. A city of 1.5m people, it is a very industrial city with a focus on leather and shoe manufacturing. The climate is towards the hot side with temperatures within the 40s during the summer months. It’s also worth mentioning that the local team (Club Leon) is the current national football champion.
Overall, Leon is a busy place with friendly people and, in my humble opinion, a fantastic gastronomy. (Yes, I do miss my spicy food!)
How long have you been in Ireland?
I have been in Ireland since 2004, almost 10 years.
Why did you move here?
Firstly, I was only staying for a short period to sample the Irish/European lifestyle, and my decision to stay was based on how welcoming if found Ireland and the Irish people. And, of course, I found my other half in Dublin.
What work do you do?
I am a senior QA engineer here in FireEye (formerly Mandiant).
How would you describe your working environment?
Friendly, interesting and challenging are the words that come to mind. The working teams are spread between the US offices and the Dublin office, which makes the environment very dynamic and the pace we work at is always fast. This is something I really enjoy.
What do you like most about your job?
The technologies we are using, alongside everything I’m learning around the cybersecurity space is fascinating. This sector of the industry seems to be gaining momentum and it is very exciting to be part of one of the biggest players in this development.
Was it difficult to adjust to living and working in Ireland?
Not as difficult as I imagined at the time. Irish people make migrating much easier as they are very welcoming and always do their best to make me feel at home. I joined Stillorgan Rugby Club and they made me feel like part of the family from day one. Also, the work environment in Ireland is very helpful for foreigners; I found that a helping hand was always there for you.
What surprised you about moving to Ireland?
The amount of outdoor activities throughout the year are endless. I have learnt that a bit of rain is not a good enough excuse not to go out and enjoy yourself. Nowadays, I enjoy outdoors activities such as rugby, cycling, running, etc, regardless of the weather. That was something unthinkable back home.
How does your working life help to make you feel at home here?
I met most of my best friends here in Ireland, in work or through someone work-related. Also, the friendly work environments are very similar to the work environments back home.
What do you like most about your adopted home?
The list could be too long, but I can name some. First, my Irish family. My wife and her family have always make me feel like I belong here. Second is my work. I’m very passionate about technology and Dublin has plenty of opportunities. Another is rugby, which is now a huge part of my life, playing, watching and managing my club team. And, finally, my Irish friends, who are always there when I need them, and ready to have a bit of craic!