From Iran to Coosto: ‘This was the perfect opportunity’

Author
Bryan Buffing

Moving from a city with more than three million people to Eindhoven, just for Coosto. Morteza Hosseini (34) took that chance in January 2020 and has no regrets. “I am happy here.”

Morteza was working in the IT industry in Iran when Coosto came across his path. “An Iranian friend of mine lived in the Netherlands and worked at Coosto. During lunch, when he was visiting Iran, he talked about a vacancy at Coosto. When I got back to my desk I visited the Coosto website and read about the vacancy, looked exciting, requested a demo and walked through the product. Seemed like a cool project. I was like: are you ready for the next step? I decided to go for it.”

 

No doubt

Morteza has always had an adventure abroad in his mind, but it was quite unexpected. “At that time, I wasn't thinking about it at all. It came on my path and the conversations with Coosto went very well. When I was offered the job, I didn't hesitate for a moment."

As a Developer in the Social Accounts team, Morteza is mainly working at the other side of Coosto. “I work in Coosto's engine room where we deal with thousands of incoming and outgoing messages. It always challenges you to improve things everyday Coosto's customers may not immediately notice the work we do, but it is essential.”

“At Coosto developers work continuously to improve Coosto as a product with new features, enhancements and bug fixes. Coosto has various development teams that are each responsible for a different part of Coosto. Each team has their own responsibilities, way of working and the freedom to address new challenges with carefully chosen technologies, and together all teams form the fundamental basis of a working product and happy customers.”

 

Move

Packing your bags and moving to the other side of the world is not a small step, but Morteza would recommend it to everyone. Especially if Coosto gives you the opportunity. “Of course it is exciting, you don't know exactly where you will end up and the culture is different. At Coosto it was all great from the beginning. The colleagues are nice and very helpful. There's a good onboarding plan with a nice and cool buddy who helps and brings you up to speed very quickly. ”

Coosto also helped with the move from Iran to the Netherlands. “They arranged a home for my first month and helped with all the paperwork and arrangements surrounding my move, which I liked. This allowed me to get off to a good start without any problems and I quickly felt home. That way I could quickly focus on my work and find my way into the Netherlands instead of worrying about administrative things every day.”

His friends and family responded very well to his departure from Iran. “In the IT industry, it is quite common for people to live and work abroad. They knew it was an option for me too. Now I regularly speak to everyone via Whatsapp, for example. That is the advantage of these days. You are far away, but you can see everyone on a daily basis.”

 

Covid and working from home

Morteza was in the Netherlands for only two months when corona started in the Netherlands. From that moment on it became working from home and visiting his friends and family in Iran was no longer an option. “That was a sad situation, but it is what it is. It's not ideal if you just live in a new country and have a new job and then suddenly find yourself at home alone. But I can see it as an opportunity somehow. In the normal situation I would work from the office and my wife and son may get bored at home in a totally new city and country. Also for me it would be the case. but working from home gave me this chance to be with Mahdieh (my wife) and Parham (my son) and now we all don't feel new-in-town anymore.”

 

Future

Morteza hopes to be able to work at Coosto for a long time to come. “I like the job and the people at Coosto are great. It is a very open organization in which you can come up with your own ideas. Everyone's input is listened to and that's nice. There are a lot of interesting events and opportunities such as Hackathons, self improvement budget, weekly knowledge sharing meetings, fun and sport and a lot more. If it is up to me, I will continue to work at Coosto for a long time.”