UK to Australia – Q&A with Matt, Software Engineer

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Matt, 37 years old, software engineer from Leeds, England.

“It’s cold and wet, what I’d do for some sun and a beach!”


So what prompted the move to Australia?

Perfect timing was the biggest factor in my move over. I’d been contracting in the UK for nearly 5 years and it was becoming a little mundane and I was craving the excitement and challenge of being involved with a project from end to end.

What reservations did you have?

I had the expected reservations of missing my friends and family and I’d also never worked for a startup before so I wondered how it would differ from working in the large companies that I have previously.

How was the process in securing a role in Sydney? How did you know what opportunities were out here?

The process of securing a role was surprisingly easy, Alex at TechLifeSydney explained the process and kept me regularly updated on how things were going and any potential clients he was speaking with. Alex introduced me to Elzaan at EdApp over email and we arranged to have an initial video interview with Elzaan and Chris (Engineering Development Manager).  I was then invited to do a remote code challenge and then a week later a final technical interview via video with Chris and Vincent (Backend Team Lead). Obviously the timezone difference can prove a challenge between the UK and Australia but the guys at EdApp were flexible with the times and helped to work with something that was suitable for us both.

Visas are often a stumbling block in people’s minds when considering a move, how was the process for you?

Again this was a very simple one, I was introduced to Natasha at Techvisa by Elzaan and the whole process was done very swiftly. Natasha sent me all the information I needed and requested the relevant documentation at each step of the way, it couldn’t have been easier.

“What a sight to behold! T-shirt, shorts and oh sun cream.”


How are you finding life in Sydney?

I’m absolutely loving it, the outdoors lifestyle available here and the diversity of the city is fantastic. There is always something going on, whatever your interests may be, I’ve started playing football regularly and recently joined a running club, getting to take part in these activities with people from all corners of the world is amazing.

What is it like working with a Sydney startup like EdApp?

It’s fantastic, any reservations I had were quickly quashed with how I’ve been made to feel part of the team by everyone from the top down. There are challenges every day just the same as  every other role I’ve had in IT but it feels like everyone is committed to push the product as far as possible. It is so refreshing to work in an environment where you have the opportunity to be involved in all the tech discussions regarding the product going forward. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us.

What advice would you have for anyone thinking about making the move out?

If you are serious about it then I would say 100% go for it, I don’t think you will regret it. You will be surprised at how many people are out there to help you every step of the way.


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