Pilar Laguia

Pilar Laguia

Share this page
  • 1. When did you move to Scotland?
    I moved to Scotland in January 2016.
  • 2. What is it like living in Scotland?
    Living in Scotland is nice. There are three things that I like the most about this country: the landscape and nature, the culture and most of all, the people. Scottish people are very kind and always willing to help you. Although the weather is often rainy, the people warm you up. On the bus, in the supermarket or even in the street it is normal that somebody just starts to talk to you. As I said above, the landscape is spectacular. You can enjoy everything from mountains to lochs, rivers and castles like something from medieval times. As for the culture, this is a country full of music and events so you have a great chance to be able to enjoy them.
  • 3. Is it what you had been expecting? If not, What hadn’t you expected?
    Pretty much what I expected, although I must say I had already been to the UK.
  • 4. How easy was it to find accommodation?
    It was not as easy as I thought it would be. As I arrived in January most of the students were in the middle of the year so there were not many flats on offer, but there was demand. I was also looking for a flat just for myself and I wanted some conditions like gas heating, double glazing and certain parts of the city. Finally I found accommodation after two weeks and moved in at the beginning of my second month of living in Glasgow. I would say it takes 1-2 weeks to find a room if somebody is interested in sharing a flat.
  • 5. How does the cost of living compare to Spain?
    The cost of living in the UK is higher than in Spain, but so are the salaries. In the end, the salary-cost of living rate is very similar so you don’t find much of a difference. My advice is try not to convert pounds to euros and vice versa.
  • 6. Did you relocate alone or with family?
    I relocated alone.
  • 7. Either way, how has this affected your experience?
    Before moving to Scotland I had some previous experience but I knew I wanted to work in a job relating to water engineering. I was looking for work in Spain but due to the economic situation there were very few job offers and most of them were abroad. This was why I decided to look for a job in the UK. Professionally, it has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I am currently working in a consultancy involved in water and environmental projects. The team is formed by a mix of senior and graduate engineers which makes a great environment in the office. Graduate engineers are working with the support of seniors so we are always learning while working on real projects. This means people can continue to grow professionally inside the company as they are getting experience. Personally, I consider this to be a step that will define my life. Although I had previous international experience through university internships, with this experience I have enlarged skills such as my determination, resilience and diligence.
  • 8. What has been the most positive experience to date?
    Without a doubt, the most positive experience has been my job. People in the office are like a big family.
  • 9. How long did the full process take of relocating?
    I contacted Contract Scotland in August 2015 and Samantha got in touch with me within one week. They sent my CV out to companies that they recommended for me at the beginning of October. I had an interview with my current employer in December which I travelled to Scotland for and then I started work with them at the beginning of January 2016.
  • 10. What was your experience of sourcing a job before working with Contract Scotland?
    I started looking for a job from Spain using internet portals such as CVLibrary, Jobsearch, Hays, etc. Some recruiters got in contact with me as well by email and I did one interview before moving to Scotland but this didn’t progress to anything.
  • 11. Did you try to source a job before relocating to Scotland or did you wait until you arrived here?
    I tried before but unsuccessfully so I moved to the UK (Bristol where I had family) in December to try and help my applications as I could travel to interviews more easily, it also allowed me to adapt to the culture and get in contact with more companies.
  • 12. What does your role involve?
    I am currently working in a consultancy involved in water and environmental projects. The role involves working for the SR15 water framework and modelling water networks. Basically working for the Flood Protection Scheme.
  • 13. When you started with the employer Contract Scotland placed you with, can you describe how you settled into working with a UK company?
    At the beginning it was hard because everything was new: new company, another language and another culture. For me it took one month to get used to the way things worked and before I could start to work by my own. Nevertheless people at the office are always kind to answer any questions I have.
  • 14. What difficulties did you come across and how have you addressed them?
    The first difficulty I found was the Scottish accent. At the beginning it was really hard to understand and it takes some time to get used. It also depends on the person you are talking with, but you can quickly improve if you are immersed in the culture. Another difficulty was getting used to the technical expressions that the client requires. But that is something that is not expected from someone that comes from another country, so there is always colleagues support.
  • 15. Was there anything you felt you were already familiar with due to your studies?
    Yes, of course. You have to have previous technical knowledge about the area and IT skills. However most things will be slightly different; for example the technical expressions or the way the company works.
"Having been through Contract Scotland as a Candidate as well as a hirer I would have no hesitation in recommending their services due to their consistent quality and preparation techniques."
Brian Galloway | Operations Manager | Former Job Seeker & Client
"After one phone call with the team at Contract Scotland, I knew it was the right place for me to come to and my opinion still hasn't​ changed."
John-Paul Din | Senior Quantity Surveyor | Former Job Seeker
"Every Candidate put forward by Contract Scotland has proven to be an asset to our business."
John McAuley | Commercial Manager | Employer
    Share this page

    Success

    You will now be kept up to date with our job alerts

    Ok

    Get Job Alerts

    Keep me updated of jobs related to:

    Success

    You will now get email updates

    Ok

    Get Email Updates

    Sign up for the latest market trends, salary information and recruitment guidance tailored for you.