From:

India

Job title:

Legacy system developer


Employer:

Hewlett Packard

Education:

Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Science)

Moved to Christchurch:

September 2013

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Why did you choose to move to Christchurch?

We are a family of three – including my husband, who is a mechanical engineer, and my son who is two-and-a-half years old.
When thinking about moving anywhere, one of our primary concerns was job prospects for my husband and me. Christchurch offered many options for my husband owing to the rebuild, so as soon as I was offered a permanent job by Hewlett Packard in Christchurch, our dilemmas started to ease.
My husband and I are both nature-loving people and I love long drives in the outdoors. Christchurch offers some of the most beautiful and scenic drives in the world, and the unique combination of beaches and mountains appealed to us.
Also, the prospect of raising our son in a relaxed and clean environment with access to academically excellent schools and universities finally confirmed our decision.

What does your company do?

Hewlett-Packard is a multinational information technology corporation that provides hardware, software and services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.

What does your job involve?

I apply my specialised knowledge in legacy systems to resolve and enhance system performance.
I work on a variety of assignments such as gathering information from customers around the world and assessing systems using a variety of different programming languages and database systems.

What do you enjoy about your job?

While I enjoy the challenges of my everyday work, the aspect that I cherish most is the customer’s reaction when a system issue is resolved or enhanced.
The simple fact that what I deliver makes a difference in someone’s life by cutting running costs or improving performance and therefore saving time, makes me more than satisfied.
The managers and team at Hewlett Packard have been supportive and understanding of my personal circumstances. Work is enjoyable and challenging and the culture is flexible.

How do you see your career progressing?

Hewlett Packard provides growth and development opportunities in many fields within the company.
While I am very satisfied with the challenges and demands of my current work, I can see my career progressing widely in technical aspects.
In my role, I am required to learn new computer languages and technologies, and have already added a range of new skills to my resume in the six months I have been with the company.

Tell us about your lifestyle in Christchurch:

Fun at work:
I interact with a variety of people in the office. I have also made friends with some of their families and we often meet in the weekends.
From not knowing anyone when we first moved, to having a healthy circle of social and professional friends, feels great.
I often chat with colleagues from different countries who have moved to Christchurch and it’s interesting to learn about their experiences and share information.

Fun outside of work:
I count myself lucky to be working in a place like Christchurch where every location is a beautiful tourist attraction.
You are never far from a beach or spectacularly scenic drive. There have hardly been any weekends when we have stayed home doing nothing.

Family aspects:

My husband, who is passionate about cars, has found like-minded friends at his work with whom he has attended a few car shows and other events.
We were also overwhelmed to see the quality of education and care provided by the many early childcare centres across the city. We were lucky to find one a stone’s throw from my office, which makes it easy for me to keep an eye on him while I am at work.

Life in Christchurch:

My husband and I have travelled quite a bit around the world and are absolute foodies, and our explorations of Christchurch restaurants has been delightful.
We have enjoyed attending special Kiwi events, as well as Indian and other nations’ celebrations. This makes us feel that all the miles between continents and countries have been bridged by this amazing city.
We get all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are exotic in our country, but we can also find most of the things specific to India, like spices and nuts.
We are really happy with our move to Christchurch and have made many great friends. I can’t really think of any regrets either professionally or personally.

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