It’s been almost 4 years since I arrived in Ireland. I had finished my degree but couldn’t find a job in Madrid. I had a lot of friends telling me there were engineering and IT jobs in Ireland, so I decided to try.
It was a difficult decision to make to leave Spain. Leaving your home country, your friends and family to start from zero in a different culture is always hard at the beginning, but it’s a way to challenge yourself as well.
My second week in Ireland I got an interview at Ex Ordo. The co-founder Paul met me in Dublin and I had my first interview there in a coffee shop. I found it a little weird, in Spain you go to the office for an interview.
And I was only 2 weeks in Ireland, my English wasn’t so good. When Paul first started talking I couldn’t understand a thing he said. I was thinking, “If this doesn’t work out, at least I got a free coffee.”
But somehow…he asked me to come to Galway for another interview. In a pub this time.
Paul and the Chief Technical Officer, Mike, bought me a Guinness in McSwiggans.* And I got the job.
When I started we were 5 in a tiny office with no windows. First days in a new job are always difficult, there is a mix of feelings, the excitement, the nerves... When the job is outside your home country these feelings are multiplied by 10. It’s not just starting a new job, but starting a new life in a different culture with a different language.
Thankfully I felt really welcome from the beginning, everyone was nice and trying to help, and soon enough all my fears were laid to rest.
My First Ex Ordo Christmas
Why front end?
Front end is not like any other kind of programing where the program either works or it doesn’t. It’s different. Sometimes it’s like you’re not only an engineer but a magician - you press a button and things start moving, sending data to servers.
Ex Ordo’s growth
If I look back to the early days it’s amazing to see how much Ex Ordo has grown. We’ve had to move offices 4 times, with each office being bigger than the last.
*They made me wait until the Guinness had settled "properly" before I took a drink.
In April 2022, after two years of chipping away at a part-time master’s in software engineering and database technologies, Raul donned a fancy robe and walked across the graduation stage at NUI Galway. We couldn’t be more proud of and happy for him. And our customers love the impact his digital wizardry has on their user-experience across our Ex Ordo platform.
Oh, and although we still have our
HQ in Galway
city centre, Ex Ordo now operates as a remote-first company. The primary function of our brick-and-mortar office has changed to that of a cultural and collaborative space. Our growing team currently spans Galway, Dublin, and Cork in Ireland, and Cambridge in the UK.