European python developers
Martin P. Hellwig
xng at xs4all.nl
Wed Feb 27 19:20:12 CET 2008
jerry at cockatoos.com wrote:
> Hi Python Enthusiasts,
> I am hoping one or two members of this list might help me locate in Europe
> to begin a small team of developers with a focus on python for the central
> part of the server development.
> My personal first choice is Spain only because I like it, and will
> eventually have Spanish as a second language, but I am very concerned about
> finding people, especially considering costs.
> I have worked virtually with three people from Ukraine and Russia, and a
> chap living in Germany all who appear to be talented and others have told me
> about other countries such as Poland.
> The point is that I can't really afford to run around and experiment, so I
> was hoping for some helpful comments or suggestions on how to research, or
> where to look, or how to recruit.
> If this has already been a topic of the list, I would appreciate any
> Thanks, Jerry
Moving to another country can be a daunting task, I moved from Germany
to the Netherlands and looking forward to move to the UK. Friends of
mine have moved to Greece and Spain, by this heard some of their
troubles along the way.
First things first, you need to be sure that your motivation for moving
is absolutely unquestionable (for yourself that is). If you move for the
warm climate, consider buying a better coat :-)
Joking aside, of course you are a bit adventurous, otherwise you
wouldn't think about it and of course you want to be well prepared,
otherwise you wouldn't have asked :-)
Personally I think that wherever you go in the world you will be
surprised how many qualified people live there, the only problem is that
you have to meet them. Another problem is that you might not notice
talented people because they have no experience in your area but are
willing to get it. Saying it short, you won't have trouble finding
qualified personnel when you are prepared to reward them well and/or
train them for the purpose of your business.
Personally I always prefer (self) motivating personnel that are curious
and smart. They might be not valuable instantly because they still have
to figure out the tools but usually they are more the kind of people I
like. I am well aware that the people I hire will grow in their
specialty and eventually go on to better things, that is unfortunate but
it is just the way things go.
Never try to restrict people when they want to leave, give them a warm
goodbye party and help them in their transition as much as you can. Not
only is that good for the employee that left but it helps with the
atmosphere among the remaining people and it gives me a good feeling.
One of the biggest problems when settling in another country for
business purposes is the language, speak/read the language well enough
before you leave your home country.
Second problem is culture, I am quite strict on my business
communications and agreements. That means I will get totally frustrated
in countries like Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal and the lower parts of
France. I don't say I am right and they are wrong, the perception on how
to do _any_ business is different and I can't adopt to theirs (so it is
my problem and not theirs).
Third problem is regulations, thanks to the EU besides of the normal
(lack of) regulations you have a ton more of them. The only thing that
is in common for all of Europe is that it doesn't matter where you are
or where you from, in a business dispute the local will be favored above
the foreigner. In countries like I already mentioned and especially the
sparse populated area's this can go into extremes.
Fourth problem is integration, even if you integrate it doesn't mean
that locals will except you as a local. Sometimes the best you can get
is that you are accepted but never be one of their own. Usually that
does not rise to the surface but especially in disagreements you might
find it illogical how some decisions are made, even if you get children
that are born their, they still might be confronted with that.
So to wrap it up:
Speak the language before you arrive
Learn the cultural difference before you arrive
Embrace the new culture and be an active part of it
Be aware that you will always be a foreigner
If you do that, hiring good people will be no problem, that if you are
not looking for PhD's in a very limited and specialized field that takes
ages to master.
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