Software Engineering abroad

Lessons learned from 🇨🇦🇩🇪

Juan Rodriguez

Brian Ramirez

Software Engineer

Software Engineer

(Level Access)



  • University, a booster 🤓
  • Graduation done ✅. What's next?
  • Remote from 🇨🇴 vs relocation
  • Not all sunshine and roses 😵
  • What we are working on now 👀
  • Open mic: questions/comments ❓

University, a booster 🤓

  • Coding Projects
  • Networking
  • Hackathons
  • When to start?
  • ESL
  • IT Industry is growing fast, very fast

Coding projects

Classroom Projects

  • Meet fellow students
  • Showcase your skills
  • Meet professors

Side Projects

Same as above + fun



  • Barranquilla JS
  • Python Barranquilla
  • Ruby Baq

Uni events

  • Student groups
  • Department talks
  • Postgrad talks


Free food + networking + challenges

  • Companies are looking for good talent
  • Technologies
  • A taste of internal processes (CR, culture)

When to start?

TLDR: now

  1. Git is our best friend
  2. Github + Medium
  3. Open Source (intimidating but fun)
  4. Freelancing (let's get our hands dirty)
  5. Volunteering
  • Documentation
  • Community (reddit, discord, confs)
  • Free content (lectures, books)
  • keep you up to date
  • Professional growth

English as a second language

IT Industry is growing fast

Graduation done ✅. What's next?

  • Professional status after U
  • Maintaining a good pace
  • Making the most of the outsourcing phenomenon
  • Applying the STAR methodology to grow
  • The trap of the hustle culture

Professional status after U

  • You will probably have one or two years of work/internship experience.
  • Be aware of your seniority at that point: entry level.
  • Know your strengths even if you are a junior.

Programming language domain.

Maintaining a good pace

  • Stay focused - Move fast when you're ready.
  • Keep in mind that IT is a dynamic field that is continuously changing.
  • Don't let your comfort zone make a lazy version of yourself.
  • Keep improving your problem-solving skills
  • Leetcoding
  • Hackerrank
  • Contributing to OP projects
  • Continue to enhance your initial approaches to code problems

Making the most of the outsourcing phenomenon

  • IT companies/agencies working with foreign companies. 
  • Perfect place to boost your English level.
  • First steps in working with international engineering teams.
  • Broadening your perception of software engineering.

Applying the STAR methodology to grow

  • Being more proactive
  • Developing your inner leader
  • Learning how to mentor
  • Taking ownership
  • Soft skills
  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Result

The trap of the hustle culture

  • Code quantity VS Code quality.
  • Do you want to move up the software engineering career ladder? Start being the decision maker.
  • Beware of the "coding hard"  culture.

Remote from 🇨🇴 vs relocation

  • How to choose a country
  • Net salary vs Qualify of Life
  • What's a good job offer?
  • I'm ready 🏃🏽‍♂️, where to apply?

How to choose a country

Net salary vs Qualify of Life

Your growth vs the country's growth

Life quality index

What's a good job offer?

  • Insurance, health & wellness: Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Life Insurance
  • Financial & retirement: Stock options, performance bonus, 401k/retirement plans.
  • Family & parenting: Work from home, maternity & paternity leave, flexible/reduced hours.
  • Vacation & time off: Paid time off, volunteer time off, sick days.
  • Perks & discounts: Free Lunch or Snacks, Employee Discount, Mobile Phone Discount, Gym Membership.
  • Professional Support: Professional Development, Job Training.

Total compensation = gross salary - taxes + benefits

I'm ready 🏃🏽‍♂️, where to apply?

Not all sunshine and roses😵

  • Homesickness
  • The time zone headache
  • The hell of the seasons
  • The visa journey


  • Mental health is as important as physical health.
  • Being away from home is not always a happy experience.
  • It is important to face it in a responsible way.

The time zone headache

  • Be prepared to deal with considerable time zone differences.
  • Communicating with your loved ones may be a nightmare.
  • It may take you some time to get used to the summer time (Daylight saving time).

The hell of the seasons

  • Winter can be really really cold (below 0 °C).
  • "Longer" days in summer while "shorter" in winter.
  • You may consider reinventing the way you dress according to each season.
  • Frequent cloudy days can take a toll on your mental health.
  • Social activities vary depending on the season. Be prepared for it.

The visa journey

  • Be prepared to spend time and money on it.
  • It may take a few months or even a year depending on the country and the current political situation.
  • Be aware that not everyone is eligible.
  • You will likely require visa sponsorship.
  • Applying for a visa could be a tedious process. That's why it's best to plan well ahead.

What we are working on now 👀

  • Level Access/Essential Accessibility 🇨🇦
  • Getir 🇩🇪

Level Access/Essential Accessibility 🇨🇦

"eSSENTIAL Accessibility is a comprehensive digital accessibility-as-a-service platform. We help organizations create inclusive web, mobile, and product experiences through digital accessibility testing, evaluation and remediation" - Taken from the official website

500+ employees from a lot of countries!

WCAG/ADA/Section 508/AODA/VPAT compliance









Level Access/Essential Accessibility 🇨🇦

Level Access/Essential Accessibility 🇨🇦

Taken from Microsoft

  • OOP + functional programming
  • Microservice architecture
  • Job workers + AMQP
  • "multi-processing" pattern
  • DI (Dependency Injection) pattern
  • DAO design pattern
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Cloud computing

Taken from RabbitMQ



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