Omid Darani, Iran
Why did you come to Scotland?
I came to the UK four years ago, after completing my studies in software engineering and computer networks. I found out about the Abertay course in my research for further education.
Many graduates and skilled people from my country tend to move abroad to attend further education or to work. I enjoy programming, and I am a keen computer gamer, and, since Abertay brings the two subjects together, I decided to apply to study in Dundee, and graduated with distinction last year.
What attracted you to Proper Games?
I registered in the talent pool at Abertay’s Prototype Fund, which helps bring employers and graduates together on specfic short-term projects.
Proper Games was one of the companies I’d heard about when I was at university, and when the chance came to work with them on a three-month project I applied for it. When the project was finished, the company offered me a full-time job, which I was delighted to accept.
I work as a programmer, developing the company’s existing products for new platforms. In particular, I’m part of a new team that is creating a Facebook version of Proper Games’ multi award winning iPhone/iPad game – Yo Deshi.
Do you like living in Scotland?
The weather in Dundee is better than in the west. I come from a country that doesn’t get a lot of rain, and when I came here at first it was quite exciting to go outside and get wet!
And outside work?
I have some skills in the kitchen, and have tried cooking Scottish food. My favourite Scottish dish is haggis, neeps and tatties! although I can’t cook haggis from scratch yet.