Work-life balance is important for Chris. His love of the outdoors helped to seal the decision to move from the south coast of England to the central belt. With a healthy job market, it wasn’t long before he found the right job too.
Why work in Scotland?
Career opportunities for electronics engineering are pretty good in Scotland, not least because of the oil and gas industry. In the central belt you have Edinburgh and Glasgow as major job hubs. I was only looking for three months before I found the perfect job, in the central belt.
I used TalentScotland a lot to look for work. It was the best place, because you can find out about the companies and then see if they have jobs advertised. There’s no third party. It’s pretty unique and makes job hunting so much easier.
Working at A2E
I’m an electronic design engineer for A2E. We provide contract electronic design services across many different industry sectors. We work on all sorts of projects from proof of concepts to large-scale work for multi-national companies.
I’m working on several jobs simultaneously, including a subsea oil and gas project as well as some smaller-scale commercial assignments right now so it’s very varied and always challenging. We like to work closely with our customer, sometimes in product development team capacity, other times just myself and the client.
I’d say there are good career prospects in A2E. There’s lots of interesting work going on, partly because the client-base is so varied.
It’s a hard-working culture but it’s a friendly company to work for, with good team-work. There are plenty of things organised, like Christmas nights out, summer barbecues and a team meal about once a month.
Living in Scotland
I knew I wanted to work in Scotland, because I love being in the mountains. When I lived in England I was always coming here at weekends, hillwalking, cycling or canoeing so it made perfect sense to move here. Especially as the job prospects were good. I try to get outdoors as much as possible. Scotland’s the perfect place to do that.