From:

Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Job title:

Software engineer

Employer:

Tait Communications

Education:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Mathematics and Computer Science)

Moved to Christchurch:

2013

Alexander Zinovyev
Why did you choose to move to Christchurch?

I was looking for a new challenge so my wife and I decided to move abroad. We chose Christchurch because it is a safe and interesting place to live.

What does your company do?

Tait Communications (Tait) designs, manufactures, deploys, supports and manages digital wireless communication systems for organisations that depend on communication to ensure the safety of people and critical services.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love designing software that is widely used around the world and that I face new engineering challenges every day.

How do you see your career progressing?

There are plenty of opportunities to grow as an engineer within Tait. There are also many other technology companies in Christchurch, which makes it easier to find another job if you decided to learn different technologies.

The people at Tait, and in Christchurch and New Zealand in general, are very friendly and usually keen to help you adapt to life here. This makes settlement a lot easier.

Tell us about your lifestyle in Christchurch:

Fun at work:

Periodically, we have team building activities away from the office. We also enjoy having a drink with colleagues. During the week, you can play football, rugby or frisbee at a park near the office.

Fun outside of work:

I play football and badminton every week. During the weekends, I usually cycle around Christchurch or go to the beach.

Family aspects:

Travelling is quite popular here. You can visit many beautiful places during weekends and short vacation periods.

Life in Christchurch:

Life here is pretty relaxed. There is a variety of different restaurants offering different cuisines to try. So far, we really like it here in Christchurch.