My name is Alessandro, I was born 26 years ago in Caltagirone, a small town in Sicilia and I’ve been living my whole life in Gela, another town in that area.
In 2014, after working for more than 3 years in a small local IT company and seeing no future at all for my career, I decide to accept what a friend of mine proposed me: he could host me for a month or two in his room in London, where he’s been living for 2 years, and in the meantime I would look for a job to make some money and pay for a room myself. “It will be tough at the beginning, but you’ll see it’ll get better!” he said. As I have never lived alone in those 23 years and knowing I was going to one of the most busy cities in the world, I was obviously scared of failing terribly, but then I thought “if it goes bad, I can say I had an experience overseas and didn’t waste too much money, but if it goes well I will be extremely proud of myself”. So, knowing how hard is the first period in London when you have to look for a job but in the meantime look and pay for a room, usually expensive, I decided to take this opportunity of being hosted and I left my homeland with my personal plan, made of the following steps:
1. Learn English
2. (Re)start my career in IT
3. Become “wanted” in the IT environment
4. Move to Canada
Pretty high expectations for a 23yo who never cooked pasta for himself before, huh? Well, today I’m 26 yo, I work in IT and wait to be promoted thanks to my hard work, so “half way through, Alex!”. And yes, I’m very proud of myself.