When asked how he first came to Estonia, Karim confessed "So my wife is Estonian. Which is a very common case with my friends." After meeting during their study abroad in Germany, Karim and his wife moved to Ireland together where they lived until the financial crisis. Karim recalled that "there was a decision to make there and we decided to move to Estonia because the work situation was better here at the time."
As a software developer, finding a job and feeling comfortable and secure in Estonia were no problem at all for Karim. Although he originally worked for Skype, when Karim decided he wanted a change it was easy to transition to his current company: a start-up which helps individuals find the best international city to work in, called Teleport
. "If you need to change your job or you want to look for a new opportunity there is always something. I have friends who have changed too. It's super easy if you're a Software Engineer."
Because of his two children, who were both born in Estonia, the work-home life balance and overall level of safety are also very important. "I want to have time with the children in the evening and on the weekend. At home [in Guatemala] it's by chance that you will have it but here it is part of what I know I have every day." He also noted that workers here are much more understanding of the difference between work and family life.