Meet Rodrigo, our integration expert with a foreign background! Rodrigo recently made the bold decision to move all the way from Portugal to Belgium to work with us. Join us as we delve into his experiences, motivations, and aspirations for his new role as an Integration Expert at i8c Belgium.
Rodrigo had been working in Integration in Portugal for several years. He actually stumbled into working in integration by chance, but quickly discovered its fascinating aspects. He was intrigued by the interesting concepts and challenges it presents and has now been working in integration for 5 years!
“I visited Antwerp once and actually said out loud that one day, I’d come back to live here!”With a desire to gain international experience, Rodrigo began searching for opportunities abroad. Unexpectedly, he was given a unique chance to work with a Belgian company since his current employer is one of our close partners. Rodrigo had previously visited Belgium when his girlfriend was on an exchange program in Antwerp, leaving him with a dream of living here one day. It seems like dreams do come true because just a few months after the offer, he set foot in Belgium, this time not for a quick visit but for his big move! With an open mind and adventurous spirit, Rodrigo embraced this unique opportunity to dive into the world of integration with our i8c community.
Joining the i8c Community
Before the big move, Rodrigo already had the opportunity to come to Belgium for some short visits to participate in the CBX Hackathon, a FastTrack day and he even took part in the i8c Academy. During these days he got to know some of his new colleagues and experienced the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the community. When he officially joined i8c, a couple of weeks ago, he received a warm welcome and thorough onboarding from his colleagues.“I guess the team really wanted to show me how they combine work and fun here because when I came over for the FastTrack day I could join the team on an Archery activity and after the Hackathon some colleagues asked me to join them to go bowling and karting! Let’s say my introduction was a very fun one!” – Rodrigo Although Rodrigo clearly fits right into the team and loves to work together with his team members. Our remote working culture allows him to work from the office or his apartment in Mortsel (right next to his beloved Antwerp) as needed, providing him the flexibility to focus on his current project.