Jean Charles Beauverger, France
Originally from France, Jean Charles came to Scotland a year ago with his wife.
TalentScotland spoke to him about how he was adapting to life in Scotland and his role as an Elecrical Engineer at SgurrEnergy in the centre of Glasgow.
What brought you to Scotland?
For professional reasons and the opportunities available in Scotland. For the past few years my wife and I have been working in Germany and we wished to experience a new country. We thought that Scotland had excellent opportunities, for me as an engineer in renewable energy and my wife as a marine scientist. We had already been to Scotland for holidays and it seemed to be the right place to live for the next few years.
What’s your job role at SgurrEnergy?
I currently work as an Electrical Engineer in the Engineering Group based in the organisation’s main office in Glasgow.
We support renewable energy project developments by providing technical advisory services at various points, from design and implementation to commissioning. I’m involved in several offshore and onshore wind farm projects in the UK and abroad.
What were your first impressions of Scotland?
I was immediately impressed by the beauty and the wildness of the landscape.
Recycling and waste disposal are still in their infancy in Scotland and this was a big change from how things were done in Germany.
Have you seen much of Scotland since moving here?
We try to make the best of our time and weekends to move around and enjoy the Scottish countryside. We’ve visited the west coast, Inner Hebrides, Highlands, Edinburgh and Fife. Many things still remain to be seen.
I really like Arran and the Trossachs. They can be easily reached from Glasgow and are ideal for short breaks and the chance to experience activities in a very restful environment.
I come from Brittany, where it is quite common to play the Scottish bag pipes and I was not an exception. Since moving to Scotland I have restarted the bagpipes and play in a pipe band. My wife and I also started playing golf.
How would you sum up Scotland for someone who hasn’t been here before?
Stunning scenic views, friendly people and incredible natural scenery.