This won’t be a technical post, but rather a big THANK YOU one.
But first, I’ll just rewind to the beginning.
This year I had decided to move abroad. I really wanted to experience working in another country, and all the kind of personal growth that such experience could provide.
I couldn’t proceed without saying Thank You to my former company, Globant. I really had a great time there. That company gave me a lot of friends that I’d take with me forever.
Globant provided me the opportunity to work with companies in the U.S., actually most part of my job there was working for an American client. Having those experiences only pushed me even more to pursue my dream of living and working abroad. But to do that, I’d have to get out of my comfort zone.
Again, I really liked my job. So, I started to look for job opportunities that would provide relocation support, but not that hard. After all, I had no rush.
Someday around July or August, I’ve had finally found a job that matched my criteria. Germany was about to be my destination. I did the whole process, interview at the Company, Interview with the client, signed the contract and ultimately applied for the VISA.
When everything was in the right place and the VISA request was filled at German Embassy, I resigned from Globant. I know I shouldn’t have done that before the result of my VISA process, but I’d have a short time after the result of my visa to be in Germany.
For reasons I couldn’t comprehend back then, my visa was denied. Neither the company or the german government could provide a direct answer of what went wrong and what I could do to fix it. The company was in fact astonished that the process didn’t work out. After a lot of effort that my future-not-even-started company did, we haven’t got an answer and ran without of options. So the dream was postponed (even though back then I thought it was actually canceled).
By this point, I left my job, my visa was rejected, the economy in Brazil wasn’t so good for a change – I was really bad about everything. There were days that I couldn’t leave my bed, I was really down.
What was really weird is that despite the fact I didn’t want to had another denial, I couldn’t look for a new job in Brazil. I just couldn’t.
After a couple months, I was too afraid to try again. The visa rejection really got into me. I applied for a few companies without much hope, just to keep some hope that eventually things would change. I was kind of tricking myself. I applied for international jobs so my brain could leave me alone (if that’s even possible!).
Until I got a reply from Blue Frontend.
I did some interviews and I could instantly feel the connection with that company, I really wanted to work there. I couldn’t explain why I felt that way, but everything seemed to be in the right place. After my last conversation with Sam, the managing director of the company, I had the impression that I was hired, but after the trauma I just had, I’d rather wait.
Seconds seemed to last eras.
After some days, my contract arrived. I signed it and two weeks later I was in Ghent, Belgium. I couldn’t believe that!
To be honest, I’ve never thought to move in to Belgium before. Actually, I always have pictured myself moving to USA. Talking with some friends in Brazil, one of them asked me: “You said you wanted to go to USA, but have you ever tried? Have you applied for any job there?”. As surprisingly at it may sound, the answer for that question is NO. For some reason, I was only trying to move to a german-speaking country.
Nowadays, I can understand why everything went wrong about Germany. I have no words to describe what Blue Frontend did for me.
All the support I needed and what I’ve never imagined, they’ve provided me. Really, I simply cannot describe what they’ve done. I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to you guys: Sam, Thais, Kim and all the Blue Frontend family members, that’s what you all are to me, family members.
I’ll push myself to the very limit, work as hard as I can to payback what you’ve done for me.
The Belgium people are so friendly, everyone I’ve had the chance to talk to were really nice to me. I really feel welcomed here and want to call this country as my home.
Last but not least
I just thought in writing this post so you could see why I haven’t been so active in the community and also to acknowledge that sometimes the life is mysterious and things happens in a way you couldn’t see at the moment. You might even get angry, but after a while you’ll see it was the best thing for you.
So, keep walking 🙂
Some pictures of Gent: