Ruymán Reyes Castro, Spanish National, Living and Working in Scotland
Hola, my name is Ruymán. I love the lifestyle in Edinburgh, Scotland, and it has provided me with lots of career opportunities.
Working in Scotland has given me the chance to fulfil my ambition of combining software research with commercial product development for some of the biggest companies in the world.
Why work in Scotland?
I am originally from Tenerife and after graduating I found there were not many employment opportunities for software developers.
So when I was offered a position with the University of Edinburgh (EPCC) while working on a research project in Barcelona, I jumped at the chance. I later found a great job at Codeplay.
One of the best things about progressing your career in Scotland is the way universities and organisations in Scotland collaborate to deliver world-class software solutions.
Working at Codeplay
When I joined the company two years ago there were around 20 employees. The business has grown significantly since then, now employing 50 team members comprising 16 different nationalities.
In terms of my own career, I joined as a research engineer and have since progressed to team leader, and I enjoy the responsibility. Even though the company is expanding quickly, it still has a real ‘start-up’ atmosphere. Because almost all employees are technical staff, we share common interests and get on well outside of work too.
I’ve spent a lot of my time at Codeplay working on a specific software product (ComputeCpp) and my ambition is to see it rolled out and really take off. Working on projects for global companies in the fields of smartphones and embedded software is exciting, challenging and fulfilling.
The company culture is great and with so many nationalities represented, there’s always something new to learn. At the moment I am the only Spaniard, but everyone is welcoming to new staff, interns and graduates regardless of where they come from.
Living in Scotland
The people in Scotland are very friendly and when I was at the University of Edinburgh, everyone went out of their way to help me develop my English language skills.
When I moved to Edinburgh with my then girlfriend, who is now my wife, she also found that there were great work opportunities, so we’re both really happy here.
We love how easy it is to get out of Edinburgh and go cycling in the countryside. Our favourite place to visit is the Isle of Skye in the west, but there are still lots of places we want to see – such as the Shetland Islands off the north of Scotland. We can’t wait to go and explore.
And my favourite drink in Scotland? The fresh milk, because we don’t have this back home.