Scotland’s booming IT sector has given Xavier Oliver-Duocastella the opportunity to follow his ideal career path while enjoying the country’s history, outdoors – and traditional dancing.
Why work in Scotland?
I came to Scotland to study nine years ago, and the country’s thriving IT industry has given me everything that I need to progress in my career. There are lots of great companies and Edinburgh in particular has an exciting start-up culture.
Scotland also has a good infrastructure and plenty of support for new businesses. It’s a very nice place to live, with plenty of history, friendly people, and easy access to the outdoors.
Working at FanDuel
FanDuel is the market leader in the one-day fantasy sports industry, with offices in New York and Edinburgh. The company’s really growing, and I keep telling people that they should come to Scotland!
I’m a Python Developer, which I love because it’s a really elegant programming language. It’s the kind of technology that many people use a little in their jobs, but it’s great being able to do it full time.
FanDuel offered me the opportunity to progress my career and work with this technology, so I jumped at the chance. I now work on the infrastructure that allows our Apps to work.
It’s the culture that makes the difference at FanDuel. Working in IT, it’s very easy to be surrounded by people who just do it as a job, but it’s a field that benefits from extra motivation and passion. FanDuel is a flexible, dynamic workplace where people work hard, but are very friendly and supportive.
Living in Scotland
I recommend coming to Scotland to people all the time – it’s a really beautiful place.
Living in a city that has World Heritage status is amazing; it’s not surprising that people come from all over the globe to visit Edinburgh, and use it as a base to explore Scotland.
I enjoy showing it off every time I have visitors. There’s a lot to do in Edinburgh, particularly during the Festival in August, but it’s also just a short drive to the coast in Fife, or ferry ride to the islands of Orkney and Shetland.
I’ve even joined a Scottish Country Dancing group, and have travelled abroad representing the country!