It’s now been a week since I started at Supertext. Being the new kid on the block can be daunting, especially given the language barrier. But despite my rudimentary German, at-times baffling Scots-English, and non-existent Schweizer-Deutsch, I’ve been made to feel fantastically welcome. The job is everything I hoped it would be and I’m looking forward to making the role my own.
I must warn you, though: I’m also a pedant for British English, so please remember your irregular verbs and think twice before reaching for that “zee” key.
Train Tickets and Formula 1 Drivers
Speaking of languages, while I may struggle to order a train ticket I can certainly order a computer around. No, I’m not some cyborg sent back from the future, rather a software developer. I’ve been working with ones and zeros since I taught myself to program about ten years ago and have been fascinated by its mercurial depths and elusive perfection ever since.
In spite of my lack of language skills I’ve actually lived and worked elsewhere in Zürich for over two-and-a-half years. I hadn’t ever planned to move to die Schweiz, I thought this was only an option for Formula 1 drivers and Roger Moore. Then I spotted an advert for what looked like a perfect job. The one catch? It was in Zürich. But I threw caution to the wind and went to the interview, reasoning at the very least I’d have a night in a foreign city. Fast forward to three weeks later and there’s my girlfriend and I, bags packed, new tenants in our flat and hopping on a plane bound for Switzerland.
Mountains, Lakes and Buses That Run on Time
It’s hard to say what first attracted me to this city. It certainly wasn’t the Swiss penchant for the countersigned document, nor the near-impossibility of renting an apartment (and I won’t even tell you how much cheaper a beer is in Scotland). No, I was at first struck by the sheer beauty of the place. I thought we had mountains and lakes back home (where we call them lochs) but nothing as breathtaking and awe-inspiring as Zürich. But it was more than that. I was struck by the modernity of the city: its vibrancy and confidence; Its cleanliness and efficiency. Coming from a country where it rains 364 days a year, snows (grey) on the other, and the buses are perpetually late, it was a breath of fresh air.
The Final Piece
And now that I’m working at Supertext I feel I have the final piece of the picture. My career here has just started but already I can see this is a company that shares many characteristics with its host city – modern and vital, and with an exciting future.
So, just a brief introduction today but feel free to ask me anything you wish – or help me out if you see me struggling to order that train ticket.
Title image: Photo via Supertext