The relocation process in Romania: successful stories about the IT profesionals
Lately, DB Global Technology in partnership with HIPO carried out an IT Community Relocation Survey, investigating the professional needs of people who work or have worked abroad in the IT field. This lead to developing the IT Community Relocation Guide, a brief eBook that showcases real facts about the Romanian IT market in terms of income, technologies, cost of living, tech events or opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as insights from IT professionals working abroad. If you are curious to find out more, download your free eBook here!
The stories of successful professionals drive us to continue the journey that we have started 3 years ago: to attract Romanian specialists working abroad and reintegrate them on the national market.
Since then, 30 Romanian specialists who returned to the country joined our team at Deutsche Bank`s technology centre in Central and Eastern Europe. What was the trigger and how did they decide to return to Romania? How did their international experience shape their careers and in what manner did it help them adopt a new perspective on the IT opportunities in Romania? Their stories are not only an empowering message for Romanians working outside the country, but also a valuable lesson coming from powerful people that always dare to achieve more.
Opportunities for those who are dynamic and daring
Carmen Chirita is currently Head of Domain for the Legal department at DB Global Technology. She relocated to Switzerland in 2012 as part of an important telecommunications company. She first worked as a Senior Project Manager, and in 2015 she was already leading the Service Design department for the same company.
"There were many challenges, positive at the same time, and some of them turned into great development opportunities, while others into dear memories. For example, while managing a transformation program at company level, I had the opportunity to manage multicultural teams and be visible and present in the Management Boards. This gave me a perspective on the strategic decisions and, sometimes, gave me the chance to directly contribute to them." says Carmen Chirita.
However, Carmen says the experience in Switzerland was more of a professional validation and a benchmarking exercise between working methods in Romania and those used abroad. Once the transformation program for which she joined the company in Switzerland team was delivered, she considered that it was time to come back and see how things developed. Since then, she is part of the DB Global Technology team and she is convinced that she made the right decision.
Restart in Romania
Florentin Lazar, now Functional Analyst at DB Global Technology, whose expat story began in 2014, in France, came back with similar insights. At that time, his decision to leave the country was based on his own feelings of being professionally limited "I have always felt a bit "of an immigrant in my own country", so… it was a good moment to press CTRL+ALT+DEL. "
There, he worked for two real estate companies (the largest in France), as analyst and software consultant. Since France was a compromise solution for him, when he found an opportunity to work remotely, he decided to come back to Romania. "In general, I reached the conclusion that my place wasn’t in France. From the fact that too few French people speak English, to the idea that I did not work in my field … – all of these stopped me from insisting, not having a somewhat predictable horizon," Florentin Lazar mentions.