Different Country, Same Passion @Scout24: Meet Imam Bux
Imam works as Software Engineer at Scout24 and is originally from Pakistan. We talked to him about his experiences of moving to Germany, the languages he speaks and his work at the company.
1. Where are you originally from and what is your job at ImmoScout24?
Imam: I belong to the small city of Hyderabad, Pakistan. I have spent my first 25 years of life there and the rest in Germany. I currently work as a Software Engineer in the Evaluate & Decide team.
2. What has been the biggest challenge moving to and working in a new country such as Germany?
Imam: Moving from a small city in Pakistan to a whole different country was a 180-degree turn in my life. I come from one of the hottest regions in the world, and as easy as it might sound, I had to understand the science of wearing clothes, e.g., layers to cope with the ever-changing weather of Germany.
Also, with no cooking skills and an appetite that could only be satisfied with Pakistani food, I was at the mercy of frozen food until I learned to cook Biryani (Pakistani rice dish) from YouTube. However, I quickly learned how to adapt Pakistani cuisine to suit German and European taste buds.
Another most significant challenge was and still is the language barrier to get things done. A small thing as forgetting the PIN code of a credit card can be frustrating if you want to reset it via a helpline.
3. How does your individual background influence your work at Scout24 and with your team?
Imam: Coming from a rigid corporate culture background, I have finally continued to grow in Germany, both personally and professionally. I have learned to be more curious about others different than me. Indeed, our work suggests that people from different backgrounds will bring unique, collaborative skills to an organisation that helps teams perform well. Having a diverse group allows me to be flexible and use the chances to move through groups and topics and learn from them.
4. How many languages do you speak?
Imam: I speak Sindhi at home. It is my mother tongue and the official provincial language back in Pakistan. I talk in Urdu with friends from Pakistan because that is our national language. With the team in the office, I speak English. After reading advertisements in the streets and the U-Bahn for five years, I can understand and speak a little bit of German.
5. Do you miss anything here that you had in your home country?
Imam: I miss the beautiful chaos of the markets, fresh fruits, cheaper food, my 70cc Honda Bike, and the sugarcane juice in the summer.
6. Which advice do you have for someone who wants to move to Germany or who just recently moved to Germany?
Imam: Learn the German language to integrate. Be punctual in the meetings. Be patient with the bureaucratic dealings.