Ruben joined SEQVOIA last March as a Business Analyst to reinforce our Product Development team. Here he tells us more about what he enjoys and likes.
1. Where were you born?
I was born and raised in a small town called Ferrel, in western Portugal. My hometown has around 3000 people, it’s a peaceful place where everyone knows each other.
2. What do you like the most about this place?
First and foremost, I have to say the people, since my family and friends still leave in this town. Then, the fusion between the seaside and the countryside, fishing and agriculture together. A very special place to me is also Baleal, a beautiful beach located only 3 kilometers away from Ferrel! Thinking about it now, I consider myself very lucky for spending my childhood and teenager’s years there.
3. What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with, but you just don’t get the point of?
I don’t understand people who take tons of photos of everything, monuments, food, during concerts or when travelling. To me, they should enjoy the present moment instead of merely experiencing it through a camera.
4. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
I think it would be to take only a backpack and leave home to go around the world. A backpack and nothing else. No time schedules, no set destinations, just go with the wind and find the most exotic places around the world to visit.
5. What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
If they have the opportunity, to be a parent. It’s without a doubt the most transcendent experience humans can live. I don’t mean to just “have a kid” but being a true father or mother. To spend hours, days, years with your kid is just amazing.
6. What personality trait do you value most and which do you dislike the most?
I appreciate transparency, honesty and open-mindedness, like most people, I guess. On the other hand, I despise arrogance.
7. What do you wish you knew more about?
The universe. What is its origin? Where do matters and energy come from? We still have so much more to discover!
8. What have you only recently formed an opinion about?
The most recent opinion I formed is about Luxembourg! I only arrived here in September last year, so I’m making it to my 1-year anniversary soon. Luxembourg is a peaceful place, a country where it's easy to be in contact with nature. It’s very different from Brussels, where I've spent the last 6 years and I love that! And the best part is that I can combine countryside life with my professional career in the region – I have the best of both worlds! Finally, I also have to say that I was surprised with the fact that people are nicer than I had been told before arriving in Luxembourg!
9. Finish this sentence: “A stranger would never guess that I…”.
... helped my father working in agriculture for several years when I was young. I used to sow potatoes, carrots, garlic, and other vegetables and fruits and then reap them. In the summer, I woke up early to work from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. so I could go to the beach in the afternoon with my friends.
10. What do you like the most at SEQVOIA?
What I like the most is the feeling of being part of something bigger than just a “company”, and not to be considered just like another “employee”. The simplicity and accessibility to the other SEQVOIA employees is also a plus: everyone is always available to listen to you, should you have a question, an idea, or simply for a little chat!
Do you want to be part of the team? Check out our job openings or send us a spontaneous application (they’re always welcome!).