Natasha Serafimovska, Macedonian National, Living and Working in Scotland

Zdravo, I’m Natasha. I came to Scotland in 2013 right after my graduate studies in Cambridge when I was still figuring out what I wanted to do in life. In 2015 I joined Administrate, one of the fastest growing EdTech startups in Scotland, and that’s when my career really took off.

Natasha Serafimovska overlooking Edinburgh
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Working in Scotland

In the six years I was with Administrate, I worked in business development and enterprise account management and really learned the ins and outs of scaling a business. I also managed the EMEA account management team and worked on expanding our presence in new markets.

In 2020, I felt like it was time to throw myself at a new challenge and that’s when I set up my own business LaserCue LLP. I currently work as a business consultant and freelance writer, primarily in the tech space. I’m also a freelance career coach at Randstad RiseSmart UK and help people who’ve been made redundant during the pandemic find their next opportunity.

Working in Scotland gives you that sense of freedom and camaraderie you need when setting out in your career. When I felt like I’d peaked at my previous job, people were nothing but supportive and excited to see me succeed.

When I launched the business, many people from my local network reached out and offered to help either with making introductions or hiring me for their own projects. That made an immense difference, and I don’t think it would have been possible had I not met a supportive and encouraging community throughout my life in Scotland.

Living in Scotland

My husband was the first one to move to Edinburgh for his PhD and later stayed on for his job at a local startup.

I spent my first year commuting between Cambridge and Edinburgh and during those short trips I got to see snippets of what Scotland had to offer: from the innumerous castles sprawled across rugged landscape that instantly made you feel like you’ve traveled through time to the buzzing nightlife and dozens of cuisines available right at your doorstep.

It did take some getting used to when I eventually moved to Edinburgh (rain, I’m looking at you!), but once you get to know the place it’s really like no other.

Natasha Serafimovska Scotland scenery

What I love the most about living in Scotland is the perfect balance between the old and the new. You can work on the latest technological breakthrough in science and then walk out onto small cobbled streets filled with quirky little antique shops and centuries-old bookshops. Scotland feels cosy, yet it has an international spirit. You can go to the most remote, well-preserved village in the north and still be welcomed by people from all corners of the world.

Lockdown

We were in Cramond (north-west village in Edinburgh) when the first lockdown happened, so we had an abundance of green space to go for exercise or short family walks. The beach was only ten minutes away, so we really didn’t feel like we were too restricted, which was very fortunate.

Natasha Serafimovska feeding stags

Lockdown was hard for anyone, but I feel like Scotland, in general, was the best place to be in as the numbers were significantly lower than the rest of the UK and the country offers a lot of green space to help you avoid feeling claustrophobic.

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