From Lima to Montreal – A success story
This story began 3 years ago, on TechEd, Las Vegas 2007, where I met Mr. Leonardo de Araujo, a brazilian guy living in Montreal, Canada.
When I first met him, I told him about my family’s desire to move to Canada, of course, he encourage me to take the big step, but I was kinda scared of making that huge move without some backup.
A year passed and I meet Mr. Leo again in TechEd, Las Vegas 2008. He was kinda confused about why I haven’t start the Canadian process yet…I was still unsure but surely dying to start. Another year passed, and on TechEd, Phoenix 2009, Mr. Leo made me business proposal. I would work for Beyond Technologies and in exchange we would back me up in the Canadian Process.
At first, we thought about Permanent Resident Visa, but it took two years to get…so instead we went for the Work Permit Visa. So my lawyer (awesome guy by the way) guided me in all the process. First the letter of acceptance from Quebec, which lasted one month, and then the Work Permit Visa that lasted also one month.
So as you read this blog…I got accepted! Well…my family got accepted -;)
My daughter, my wife and I moved to Montreal.
This is the proof that no matter how long the distances are, our passion for SAP keeps us together…because let’s face it…if it wasn’t for SAP, my chances to get a deal like this would have been closed to null -;)
So you may be asking yourselves…why Beyond Technologies hired me? Because I’m smart and good looking? Because I’m claim myself to be a Senior ABAP Consultant?
Because I wanted so badly to move to Montreal? All those reason might be true (At least for me LOL), but what really push everything was my constants contributions to SCN. Leonardo and I have never worked together before, so how could he be sure about my skills? Easy…blog postings, forums, participation on TechEd, messages on Twitter. Of course, I’m not saying that being active on the community is going to assure you a job, but it will surely high your possibilities as is the best way to show yourself and your skills.
I joined Beyond Technologies and I’m involved in 2 large projects. What else can I ask for?
Only Spanish and English by now -:P French will come later -;)
Seriously, the south's loss, the north's gain. Hope you continue to engage with and inspire our South American community and they continue to assert their influence on you. We are one global family.
Buena Suerte. Bienvenidos.
I have never been to Peru yet but hopefully I can visit Lima one day.
i´m glad to see that good things happen to good people.
Wish you all the best.
This is a nice story about the benefits of being active in SCN. Of course, there are many other benefits, but this highlights the point very well. I've been following a thread by Otto Gold about a question. "Value of the contributions: let´s find the proof" - ( http://forums.sdn.sap.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9265938#9265938 )
I think this is one of the great answers to his question!
Sure, I'm pretty sure this would gave Otto a good answer...as I said, while being active on SCN doesn't guaranty a job...it really could help in some cases, like mine -:)
Now we have to hope that Leonardo isn't also hiring Marcelo.
I wish you a fruitful career development in your next career move.
Thanks for sharing your whereabouts and I hope the familiy is also enjoying Canada. (btw have you experienced the winter time yet lol).
Also no excuses no to try the French Fries and the famous Poutine !
Hope you'll work on that french of yours, here are a few canadian, typical expressions :
Je sens qu'on va être chum' !
Yes...I'm very happy with the summer...but winter? That's another thing...going to be my first time ever on the snow! -:D
I'm very slowly working on my French...slowly but safe -;)
Thanks for the Quebecoises! Going to help me a lot for sure -:P