Angelos Apostolopoulos, Greek National, Living and Working in Scotland

Yassou, my name is Angelos. I found it very easy to adapt to life in Scotland and would be happy to spend the rest of my life here. Scotland’s universities have close ties with the photonics industry and that was a big factor in my decision to relocate.

Angelos M Squared

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.

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