You may have read dozens of articles about the transition the world is being forced to go through. OK. But historically, in times of crisis we have developed our resilience to see opportunities in the midst of chaos. The scenario: Projects being cancelled or postponed. Professionals are being disconnected. Software subscriptions are getting more expensive. My God! But calm down because there is good news too. European companies are adapting to this new moment, which added to the rise of their currency, result in the opening of great opportunities for Brazilian Product Designers to work on their digital projects. In this article we will see what these companies are looking for and how to be prepared for when the invitation arrives.
We talked with several Brazilian professionals who currently work for companies in Europe. In their time, they physically moved from their country to embrace opportunities and with a lot of courage and daring managed to get there. Some of them hold important positions, like Felipe Guimarães (VMware) and Jon Vieira (Facebook Reality Labs), and what they have to say about the idea that the "gringos" have about us is very motivational. Actually, Brazilians are notorious for these points:
It is known that we are very creative. And it's not just about good ideas and visual creations, but also about finding intelligent ways to solve problems.
For those who have already left Brazil, it's a fact that when arriving in another country, there’s a huge chance of meeting other Brazilians. That's because most of us are able to adapt with less difficulty to other cultures, even in countries with a big climate difference like Canada.
As we are conditioned to live under intense pressure, in a country of many uncertainties and difficulties in the professional field as a whole, we endure more and longer the difficulties in other countries. Some say that if you can succeed in Brazil, you can succeed in any other country. We just don't give up easily.
It is clear that the view on remote work has changed forever. Some companies had already implemented this methodology and suffered less impact; others were forced to adapt. With this adaptation in full swing, more barriers that still existed are being broken down, and one of them is the difference between countries. Since remote work equals the professional who is 50 meters away from the office to that who is 5,000 kilometers away; other priorities have taken hold - and one of them, perhaps the main one, is the enormous reduction in costs. With the difference in currencies between countries at this time the chances for highly qualified Brazilians have increased significantly. Therefore it is your chance to apply for that position you have dreamed of so much, since European companies are willing to invest in professionals with the skills mentioned above, those who can reach good deliverables even despite all adversity.
After the good news, prepare for the not-so-good one(hope that's not your case!). In international selection processes, there are barriers that need to be broken down long before the UX/UI Designer is introduced to the company. This is a cartridge you can't let burn - once the company has taken an interest in you, the next step is to avoid, with all you might, a disqualification because of some factor that should have been under your control. Listed below are 7 crucial points that are expected from companies:
Fluency means that you are able to talk, read and write. Not only that: You need to know how to use your communication skills in this language, being able to defend your suggestions and to conduct complex conversations about design, technology and business impact, among others.
Having proven experience not only of techniques and tools, but of solving complex problems, and of driving less experienced people. Moreover, highly qualified professionals have the posture of not being afraid of specifications that ask for more than their knowledge, because they quickly acquire this information.
Your portfolio needs to be in line with your seniority, as well as your resume. It is essential to demonstrate process, consistency, quality and clarity in your cases and of course everything in English, carefully reviewed (to avoid gross errors that may disqualify you).
Having a core expertise very well defined does not nullify other skills that can be added at certain times of the project. It is interesting to be able to act as a hybrid, both as UX and UI, and know the right moment to use the methods and tools that bring process optimization.
Because of the time zone difference for European countries, you will need to be very disciplined and organized to be available for a good amount of time, and your deliverables will need to obey these times. You need to learn to turn this difference into an advantage, not a disadvantage.
Sharing culture with employees remotely and in different countries is not an easy task for companies. With this in mind, dedicating oneself to boosting the team's results and striving to go beyond one's comfort zone are attitudes that ensure one's continuity in the projects. Being in remote mode, it is an even greater challenge to feel really part of a community and make it clear that your presence makes a difference.
Knowing how to work as a team, not having ego to question leadership, having good synergy with other teams (as programmers) and not bringing bad personal habits to work are indispensable points. In addition, having systemic thinking and making consistent design decisions are just as important, therefore avoiding wasting the time of others involved in the project.
Be aware of the movement of the UX/UI sector in the world, it is much bigger than you imagine. You may be more interesting to these companies than you think you are - Like every institution, they are looking for professionals who work with dedication, focus and commitment because they believe and invest heavily in Design Teams that can make a big difference in the company's results - whether it's increasing sales, retaining customers or reducing costs and waste. You can be a part of those results, and now is an extremely good time to take that step.