“Loving life is easy when you are abroad, as you hold life in your hands all alone and you are more master of yourself than at any other time,” highlighted Hannah Arendt. Indeed, moving abroad can have a strong impact on life, in both a professional and personal way. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans change their place of residence on average 11 times during their lifetimes, primarily pursuing better job opportunities. The prospect of moving to a new place, or moving back to an old one, is exciting and full of possibilities!
At Beat, we provide all our employees with countless opportunities to get involved and share their passion, to keep our communities as upbeat, diverse, and dynamic as the people that live in them. We strongly embrace the idea of relocation by offering the opportunity to start a career in tech and choose to relocate between 7 beautiful central cities all around the globe: Athens, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Lima, Mexico City and Santiago. All of our offices have been designed with one thing in mind: to be as comfortable and accommodating to our work as possible.
Sometimes the perfect job isn’t down the street, but rather thousands of miles — or perhaps even an ocean — away. Erik Polus, VP of Growth at Beat, born and raised in Finland, spent his most formative years in California and New York and recently packed two suitcases and got on a plane to Athens. Actually, he decided to move to a country that he had never before considered in his search. “After nearly a decade in NYC, I couldn’t imagine where else in the US I’d want to settle, so I set my sights on Europe: closer to home, easy to emigrate to, and generally has its values more aligned with mine,” he highlights. The fact that you can be a part of such a city within a (soon to be) blossoming tech scene is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Erik. “As winter turned to spring and summer, the weather in Greece could only improve, and it was actually an amazing first impression, with plenty of weekends spent exploring everything from mountains and archaeological sites, to a handful of islands in between.” We are all familiar with that itch to drop everything and move to another city… sometimes it just feels like the right decision to get up and go!
By changing places, our external conditions influence our priorities and focus in life. Sometimes, it’s worth taking the decision to move with your significant other or your whole family to a completely new country! Sophie Hadfield, Principal Talent Acquisition Partner of Engineering at Beat took the lead to relocate from London to Amsterdam with her partner, to join the Beat team and stay not too far from friends and family back in the UK. “As the recruiter mentioned the role would involve relocating to Amsterdam, I had a conversation with my partner around this before proceeding. We were excited about the prospect of relocating outside of London. We had both never been to Amsterdam before, so relocating relied on friends and online research to make our decision,” she highlights. As life and technology are moving forward, the ability to set up your life in a new city is no longer challenged by distance. Sophie also adds that “the main reasons we were happy to relocate to Amsterdam include: the beautiful architecture and canals, being the cycling capital of the world, being a safe place to live, and being more compact and easy to travel around. The flexibility to relocate on dates that best suited us made the process more comfortable, too.” Team Beat supports employees to have a smooth relocation process by sharing with them a detailed Relocation Guide which is specially created for each city and enables them to “meet in advance” the city and culture, find accommodation, and understand the way of living. “I secured an apartment and couldn’t believe that the commute to the Beat office was a 6 minute bike ride across multiple canals!” she mentions.
By leveraging relocation opportunities, you are not only educating yourself by interacting with a foreign culture, but also stepping out of your comfort zone, improving yourself thanks to a new and exciting challenge. Ekram Hoque, Data Scientist – Fraud Domain at Beat was born and raised in Bangladesh, with his parents and sister in one of the most densely populated countries in the world. One interesting fact is that his first air travel was in 2021, when he moved to Amsterdam for Beat! “As I have never travelled outside my country for the first 27 years of life, I decided it was high time.” Ekram made the decision to move abroad and also get married during the pandemic times. “The moving was easier doing it with my wife rather than doing it alone. I wanted to accept such an adventure as the position at Beat was a good match with my background,” he highlights. Although travelling the world for the first time was a challenge for Ekram, the relocation process was super smooth. “To be honest this move is one of the biggest events of my life, a big change, and yes, it happened because of Beat. I feel lucky during the pandemic situation I got the good news,” he adds. Indeed, by relocating overseas, even in the most unprecedented of times, you walk through uncharted waters, you evolve, and build the best version of yourself.
Team Beat has evolved into a family that is growing and adapting in today’s conditions. A wonderfully unexpected outcome from the pandemic on our way of living will be an open door to a simpler, happier, and more fulfilling life. That’s what Paula Becerra, Product Support Specialist at Beat Mexico has already managed, by relocating, -during the pandemic period-, from Colombia to Mexico City in order to work for Beat. “In 2020, my husband got a new job in Mexico City. Through these months, my opportunity to join Beat came, and it was like it was meant to be!” Paula decided to move from Colombia to Mexico City and a completely new journey started. “We moved to Mexico City and lived in an empty apartment for a few weeks because of the pandemic. I can’t wait until it is safe enough for us to start enjoying such a vibrant city!” Paula adds. It’s amazing when you see people like Paula who have the passion to grab opportunities during a global crisis period. When we asked her if she is proud of taking such a decision she mentioned: “The people that I get to work with are amazing and keep pushing me to become better! I get inspired everyday to learn something new and test it out in the real world!”
We can’t deny that moving to a job in a new city is a sure way to help “round out” your skills and experience. You will be exposed to new ideas as well as build a broader network. Jorge Cerna, Talent Acquisition Partner at Beat Mexico, previously working for Beat Peru, chose to relocate to a new team, a new market and a new city to gain experience abroad and challenge himself both professionally and personally. “Earlier in the year of relocation, I traveled to Mexico City and New York and realized that there are great opportunities in big capitals, that the start-up scene is way bigger hence the ecosystem as a whole is more developed,” he highlights. Jorge was very excited about taking that challenge to move to another country and kept recruiting talented players for the company in a new competitive market for him. “The relocation process was flawless from Beat’s side in terms of bureaucracy. Beat Team was really supportive when I arrived. I felt extremely comfortable since day one. There was of course an adaptation process but it was shorter than I expected because of my Mexican colleagues who showed me around, and taught me how to navigate the city. I do consider Mexico City as my base thanks to Beat and the friends I made here!” Jorge adds.
At Beat, we are cultivating a culture of continuous learning and development, we take care of the Beat family by offering a series of benefits like private health care, healthy meals, free Beat rides, flexible working arrangements, a competitive salary, and an amazing workplace in the heart of the cities we are located in. We are looking for talented professionals to join us on the ride! Find your fit with our open vacancies at: thebeat.co/en/careers/