Why work in Scotland?
After studying physics in Greece, I was keen to move into the photonics sector. Unfortunately there isn’t much of an industry in this area of engineering in my homeland.
I chose to do an MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices here, as I was aware that Scottish universities such as the University of Heriot-Watt and University of St Andrews have good ties with the photonics industry.
As I came to the end of my course, I saw an opportunity advertised at M Squared Lasers. I had heard about them, but I was also able to do further research about the company on the TalentScotland website before deciding to apply directly.
Working at M Squared Lasers
Two weeks after my interview in Glasgow, I joined the company as a Laser Technician. This was my first job in lasers and I really enjoyed it because I learn something new every day. The engineers I work with are very good at sharing their knowledge and expertise with others in the company, so I’m learning a lot.
I am now a qualified Laser Engineer and I think there are lots of exciting opportunities within M Squared and the photonics sector as a whole in Scotland.
Everyone has been really supportive and friendly – making the transition from student life into working life easy for me.
Living in Scotland
At school in Greece I learnt English and German so the language barrier hasn’t ever been an issue for me. Since moving to Scotland, I’ve lived in Edinburgh, St Andrews, Glasgow and I have now bought a house in Larbert where I live with my wife and son.
One of the big benefits for me is being able to enjoy city life, but I love being able to escape to the countryside in around 30 minutes when I want to. I have an annual pass for Historic Scotland so am looking forward to exploring more castles in the coming months.
I feel very settled in Scotland and knew after just one month that I wanted to stay here with my girlfriend (now wife), who has also come over from Greece. I love it here so much that I have applied for British citizenship!
I’ve got into rugby in a big way since moving here and enjoy watching how my adopted country performs in the Six Nations.