Jawad Ahmed, Pakistan, The ID Co.

Hello, my name is Jawad. I came to Scotland to study software engineering and am now developing my career here.

Jawad Ahmed The ID Co

Staying in Edinburgh has been a fantastic experience, the tech industry here is booming and I’m learning new skills all the time.

Why work in Scotland?

I came to Scotland from Pakistan in 2011 to study software engineering at Napier University as it has a strong reputation for its tech courses. I wanted to remain here after graduating as Edinburgh is the FinTech capital of Scotland and has lots of opportunities in tech and software development. Incubators such as Codebase are a great example of this.

Scottish cities are renowned for being great places for developers to live and work. With so many tech start-ups in the country, there is great scope to learn in an agile and thriving sector with people from many different cultures.

I was the first non-EU national to be hired by The ID Co. and the HR manager and CTO helped and supported me through the Visa application process.

Working at The ID Co.

The ID Co. is all about creating trust online. It was founded in 2009 by James Varga, and provides two main products, DirectID and miiCard in over 32 countries across five continents.

I secured an internship with them through e-placement Scotland for three months while completing my studies at Napier University. I was then offered a permanent role as a developer/software engineer which I’ve being doing since 2015.

My position involves working on products for the financial services sector to help streamline processes that improve customer on-boarding. The job is enjoyable because it’s challenging, there’s a lot of problem solving involved and I’m always learning new things. It’s good to work on projects from design through to the final product with a like-minded team around me.

Immersing myself in an agile start-up company culture has been great as I’ve learnt so much and been given a lot of responsibility from day one.

Living in Scotland

Edinburgh is a scenic and multi-cultural city and because it’s so welcoming I’ve never felt like I’ve been living in a different place.

I particularly enjoy the various festivals at all different times of year and the fact that it’s a small city packed full of so many things to do.

My advice to anyone thinking about relocating to Scotland is don’t just consider it, make the decision to move here. The cost of living means you can have a great lifestyle, even when you’re just starting out in your career.

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