It’s been almost 4 years since I arrived in Ireland. I had finished my degree but couldn’t find a job in Madrid. I had a lot of friends telling me there were engineering and IT jobs in Ireland, so I decided to try.

It was a difficult decision to make to leave Spain. Leaving your home country, your friends and family to start from zero in a different culture is always hard at the beginning, but it’s a way to challenge yourself as well.

___ # The interview My second week in Ireland I got an interview at Ex Ordo. The co-founder Paul met me in Dublin and I had my first interview there in a coffee shop. I found it a little weird, in Spain you go to the office for an interview.

And I was only 2 weeks in Ireland, my English wasn’t so good. When Paul first started talking I couldn’t understand a thing he said. I was thinking, “If this doesn’t work out, at least I got a free coffee.”

But somehow…he asked me to come to Galway for another interview. In a pub this time.

Paul and the Chief Technical Officer, Mike, bought me a Guinness in McSwiggans.* And I got the job.

First days

When I started we were 5 in a tiny office with no windows. First days in a new job are always difficult, there is a mix of feelings, the excitement, the nerves... When the job is outside your home country these feelings are multiplied by 10. It’s not just starting a new job, but starting a new life in a different culture with a different language.

Thankfully I felt really welcome from the beginning, everyone was nice and trying to help, and soon enough all my fears were laid to rest.

My first Ex Ordo Christmas

Why front end?

At that time I had only some basic programming in C that I got in university and just a little knowledge of HTML, CSS and Javascript. But I was willing to learn. It was thanks to Mike that I’ve started to be really interested in the front-end world (the part of Ex Ordo that users see and interact with).

Front end is not like any other kind of programing where the program either works or it doesn’t. It’s different. Sometimes it’s like you’re not only an engineer but a magician - you press a button and things start moving, sending data to servers.

Ex Ordo’s growth

If I look back to the early days it’s amazing to see how much Ex Ordo has grown. When I started, Mike was the only developer, now we have 5 developers and continue growing. And I’ve worked in 4 offices - each one bigger.

Our new conference directory PaperCrowd, the 2.0 version of the Ex Ordo app... There are constantly new projects to work on and new challenges to face.

*They made me wait until the Guinness had settled "properly" before I took a drink.