Mariona Pastó Salud, Spanish National, Living and Working in Scotland

Hola! I’m Mariona. I wanted to work in Operational Excellence in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry, but my options were limited in Spain. After moving to Scotland, I was delighted to get a job with GlaxoSmithKline.

Mariona Pasto Salud, GSK

Mariona left Barcelona to study for a Master’s degree in Sheffield and progress her career. She soon found her perfect job in Scotland, and enjoys making the most of the beautiful countryside.

Why work in Scotland

At home in Barcelona the economic crisis meant that the opportunities I needed to progress in chemical engineering weren’t available.

I moved to England to study for a Master’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, which I hoped would help me to return to the field, and was delighted to get a job as Site GPS (GlaxoSmithKline Production System) Practioner at GSK Montrose in Scotland.

One of the strategic objectives of GSK is to prevent accidents, defects and waste. To achieve this they are implementing GPS, which aims to standardise the ways in which we work and embed a continuous improvement mindset.

Working to improve the site where I work is very satisfying as I can see the effect first hand. I love seeing how it affects the attitudes and day-to-day roles of my colleagues.

Moving to Scotland

I hadn’t planned to move to Scotland, but there are so many good opportunities and the people are really nice. Although it’s very different to where I’m from, I’m really glad I’m here.

GSK has a relocation office offering a range of different services to help you relocate, which made the move much easier for me, but I wish I’d come across the TalentScotland website earlier – it has lots of useful information about living and working in Scotland.

Living in Scotland

When I first moved to Scotland I lived in Aberdeen, which was great fun, but I now live in the small town of Montrose. It’s a nice place to live, and a really short commute to work – just a 4 minute walk.

I would definitely recommend moving to Scotland as it offers very good career opportunities and the countryside is beautiful – I like to travel as much as I can to make the most of it.