Moved from the Philippines to start his career at AFRY in Sweden
John Quincy Agazon, is one of AFRY's many experts who moved from the Philippines to start his career in Sweden.
Tell us about your background - how come you moved to Sweden and started working at AFRY?
I graduated with Bachelor's of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering in Cebu City, Philippines. I started my professional career as a Hardware Engineer in NCR Cebu Development Center where I spent more than 7 years. I then moved to Singapore working as a High-Speed Engineer in the automotive industry for three years. A former colleague introduced me to AFRY and invited me to join the company. I now work as an Electronics Design Engineer.
What is it like to work in a completely foreign country?
It is a little bit scary. At first, to travel halfway around the world to a new environment and join a new company. It is great to have friends and acquaintances that are already in Sweden and AFRY as well. They are helpful in making the transition and adjusting to the environment easier. They also give tips on what to expect as a consultant in AFRY, specifically in Sweden.
In what way have colleagues at AFRY helped?
One thing I have observed is that everyone is very welcoming here at AFRY. Kristin, my Section manager, made sure that adjusting to the AFRY working culture would be smooth. My colleagues are also accommodating and very eager to answer our questions regarding Sweden and the Swedish culture.
“Everyone is very welcoming at AFRY. My colleagues are accommodating and very eager to answer questions about Sweden and Swedish culture"
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What are the biggest differences with working in another country?
AFRY's varied client base offers so many opportunities. It is very advantageous to be at the forefront of the development of new technologies. We also have the choice to choose which assignments are in line with our goals and how we want our career to develop.
What disadvantages have you experienced?
As someone who is completely new in Sweden, the main challenge is the language. Colleagues and Swedish people in general speak fluent English so this becomes less of a concern. I am learning a little bit of Swedish and as a personal development goal is to also be able to understand more of the Swedish culture.
How would you describe the culture at AFRY?
AFRY culture is quite unique. There is a sense of community where no one is left out. Colleagues who are already on assignments are always helpful. Giving tips and leads to further involve those who are in between assignments.
What is the best thing about working at AFRY?
I would say the best thing about working at AFRY is having a lot of opportunities and different options on how you would want your career to progress. AFRY is also very supportive in the path that you take and gives the necessary tools to achieve your goals.