We have said many times that Jóvenes con Futuro is not just an internship abroad, it is really a community and a family for the participants that move to the U.S. seeking to live their most amazing professional experience that will sure boost their careers.

So far, the program has brought 34 outstanding engineers to the the West and East coast of the United States. And furthermore, in some cases participants have moved to either coast due to new jobs.  A big part of them is in San Francisco and around the Bay Area; part of the community is in New York and part is in Boston.

Our Joven Raul Marrero is currently living in the “Big Apple” working at a digital startup called Moxie.

2015 - Raul Marrero

 

About Raul

Canario, video game-lover and Software Engineer. Raul got his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of La Laguna in 2014 and is currently finishing his Master Degree in Computer Science at the same place. Previously he’d worked as a full stack developer and participated in e-sports events in his home town.

I can’t wait to learn more about him.

 

Q: Raul, let’s get to know you a bit more. You have work experience as a developer back in Tenerife. What did you do?

A: I started working in a small company called Galotecnia right after finishing my Bachelor’s degree. I was working there as a fullstack and Python developer. I was also part of a non profit organization called Innova7. Our main goal was to create technology and gaming events in Tenerife and also around Spain. Before coming to New York, some friends and I started a company to develop a web application for gaming and eSports.

 

Q: You are currently living in New York. How do you like the city? Have you met the other “Jóvenes” that live there?

A: I love the city! I think it is a vibrant city, full of colors and contrasts. It’s really the city that never sleeps. I actually met the other “Jóvenes” right the first week I arrived in New York. We normally meet once a week to have dinner or to have some beers. They have been so nice with me and they’ve helped me a lot. We are now a small group, but we have tons of nice moments!

 

Q: You are working at Moxie, a startup that builds digital products for web and mobile platforms. What do you do at Moxie?

A: I am working as a fullstack developer right now. We use different technologies to develop both mobile and web applications for our clients. We use WordPress, AngularJS, ReactJS, Sass, to name a few. We are currently growing and taking more projects so it’s really nice to work here, as I never get bored.

 

Q: What differences are you finding between working in a startup in New York and working in Spain?

A: The main difference I can see is that here companies know what they are looking for. There are a lot of startups with their own products, and they recognize your work so you can feel motivated everyday. Of course you need to work hard, but also you get more great rewards. And, of course, we do have ‘Happy Hour’ every Friday, when the team goes to have some beers together after work!

 

Q: Regarding Jóvenes con Futuro, what did attract you to participate?

A: It has always been my dream to come to the States and work as a developer. I always wanted to reach Silicon Valley, but now I am working in New York I am extremely happy that I ended up here. I think having the experience to work abroad and meeting different people, technologies and cultures is the key to be a successful person in the future.

 

Q: Would you recommend the program for young engineers like you?

A: Definitely. I think it’s such a great opportunity for everyone. It just takes a little bit of time to apply, and you will get a lot of experience and knowledge about your position, companies, recruiting process, etc. And it is also a great way to test yourself. I encourage everyone to try at least. And I hope to see you in New York in the future!

 

If coming to the States is your life time dream, you still have time to apply and participate in Jóvenes con Futuro 2016. Apply until April 30th here and become the next Joven con Futuro!
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