DFT, People, Software

Shalom Nazir – Security Engineer

Where are you from?

I am from Kannur in Kerala, a state in South India. It is a sunny coastal place with lots of palm trees and beautiful beaches.

How long have you been in Ireland?

Since September 2016.

What prompted your decision to move here?

There were a few reasons behind this. A longer stay-back option in Ireland, shorter and lighter postgraduate options than a master’s in technology, and University of Limerick (UL) was offering a scholarship for its master’s in information and network security course.

What’s your role in Jaguar Land Rover?

I work as a graduate security engineer.

How would you describe your working environment?

Good craic. My workmates are talented, sociable, helpful and a lot of fun, which makes work that much more enjoyable. It’s a great place for graduates.

What do you like most about your job?

The variety of work that I get to do. And, of course, the fact that one day, when I see a certain car on the road, I can proudly say, ‘My work’s gone in there.’ I can’t wait!

Was it difficult to adjust to living and working in Ireland?

Apart from the fact that I don’t get to see my family as often as I want, as the travel time to get back home is very long (sometimes two days, door to door), I’ve adjusted well and find Ireland a charming place.

What surprised you about moving to Ireland?

For such a small country, there is abundant natural beauty and places to go. I mean, really, my family’s coming over to visit me soon and I have been trying to list down the places I want to take them to, but I can’t fit it all into two weeks. I have too many favourites!

How does your working life help to make you feel at home here?

The sports and social club here organises a lot of events and I find it’s a great way to socialise, blend in and have fun.

What do you like most about your adopted home?

The fact that Limerick is a relatively quiet place, which was also the reason why I chose Limerick over Dublin. The quality of life is better, in my opinion. Sports and recreation are big here and I love that. It’s nice to go play tennis or go for a swim in UL after a day’s work – helps keep peace of mind.