Nicolas has been in Scotland for 6 years and particularly loves Dundee for its warm welcome to people from abroad. He works for mobile games developer Tag Games.
Why work in Scotland?
Dundee is full of opportunities for people who work in gaming. It’s a major centre for games development.
You can build up your experience very quickly here and career progress is fast. I definitely think it would have taken me longer to progress my career back home.
There’s a brilliant social life at Tag Games and I’ve made some close friends. People play badminton, tennis, squash, football, and of course go to the pub together.
Working at Tag Games
I was lucky to find the job at Tag Games straight after my MSC. I’m now the lead programmer on Moshi Monster Village.
It’s a small company so you don’t get categorised so much. You get to do a bit of everything, which means that you build up a range of experiences quickly, and they’re keen for you to learn new skills on the job.
It’s satisfying to be able to say, “I made that.” Because the teams are quite small, you really get to add your personal touch to the games you're working on.
It’s a really open-minded and free environment to work in.
Living in Scotland
I’ve found Scottish people are very warm and welcoming, especially in Dundee. People are very understanding and patient when they see you are struggling. They really try to put you at ease. People come up to you in the street and offer to help you if you’re lost. When I was looking for a flat I was visiting, an elderly lady actually took me to it!
I was overwhelmed when I first arrived by how warm people are. I don’t think my parents believed me until they experienced it for themselves.