IT Infrastructure Administrator, S-cubed ApS
Engineer at Heart
I come from an engineering family and as its youngest member, I suppose I was destined to go the same way. When I applied for university, I looked at electronic or mechanical engineering, and so on but in the end, I felt software engineering was most interesting. Once I started my course at Shiraz University in Iran, it quickly became apparent that IT was my favourite field, and I went on to take my Master’s at Shahid Beheshti Tehran University.
I worked in a company within a hospital setting during my Master’s degree and afterwards I worked for Pepsi as their IT administrator in their soda factory. But I was curious to see the world and try something different and that started my journey to Denmark.
Moving to Denmark
I had no idea where I was going to go when I first decided to travel abroad. I looked at Canada and the Scandinavian countries as places that were economically stable and were safe. Ultimately it was fate that decided where I would go. My visa for Denmark came through first and so I got on a plane, taking nothing more than some money, a mobile phone and a 30 kg bag of clothes. I think when I look back it was kind of a crazy thing to do but I had confidence that I would work it out and if I couldn’t, I could always go back to Iran.
I knew very little about Denmark before I arrived other than what I learned on the Internet. I assumed it was the same as Sweden and Norway but, of course, I know that is not the case now! Also, what you read online about a culture is not the same as the reality of being here. But one thing that struck me was that I could trust the Danes and that was really important to me and being safe. My family also needed to know I would be safe, especially my Mum.
For the first 10 days after landing in Copenhagen, I lived in a hostel and was applying for jobs and trying to find somewhere to live. Through social media, I was lucky enough to find a Danish family to live with and, even better my landlord was extremely well known in Denmark in IT, so I started to build some connections. They were also a very social family, and I was made to feel very welcome and supported. We’re still friends now and I will always be thankful for the start they gave me.
Even with all my newfound connections, getting into the workplace was a challenge. After 5 months, two jobs landed at my feet at the same time: one in Jylland and the other in Copenhagen. I decided that staying and working as an IT administrator in Copenhagen might open up opportunities for the future.
In 2017, I was working in the job as IT administrator and was happy with it. However, due to restructuring the company had gone from a huge IT department down to 3 people. Although my job was safe, I took a decision to apply for something new and I also decided to apply for a company where I could make a difference to the world.
One of the reasons I wanted a change was that in 2013, I lost my brother to cancer. It was a shock, as we were incredibly close. It made me think about what kind of place I wanted to work in. It wasn’t about me becoming a dentist or a doctor but more about how I could work in an industry that would have an impact on patients. When the position at S-cubed came up, I started thinking about clinical research and, even though I know I am only a small cog in a very large machine, I am very proud to work here.
One of the things I enjoy about my job is that there is a warm and friendly atmosphere among the team. Everyone is focused on helping each other and the support is incredible. I like being part of a multinational team too. We are from so many different backgrounds and cultures. It’s very easy to work in such a sociable company and we all have interesting stories about why we are working here.
Being in IT is full of challenges but that is what makes it interesting. How can I solve an issue? I find it really motivating when I get a call and a member of the team can’t get something to work. It can be something as simple as a checkbox not being ticked, to a major issue that takes hours to solve. But there is a great deal of satisfaction when the problem is fixed – I always feel just a little wiser, when the solution is found. Challenges are learning experiences for me. I’ve also gained so much knowledge about clinical data, quality assurance and so on, not a day goes by without me learning something new.
Making a life in Denmark
My proudest achievement is getting to Denmark and making a life here. I cannot recognise the person I was 5 years ago, and my life has changed dramatically. I sometimes have to remind myself that not everyone has done this!
If I won the lottery, I’d invest it in something that creates or supports other people, something that changes people’s lives and gives them opportunities. People are always in need, no matter where you live and it’s good to give something back. I really want to get back to Iran too and see my family. It’s been over a year now and like everyone else who lives in another country, I can’t wait to see them again. Having said that, I love it here!
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