Happy new year! 🥂 I hope that – despite lockdowns and restrictions – you had a great New Year’s Eve with loved ones and that you got a fresh start into 2021. Okay, we’ve got the formalities out of the way. Let’s get into the real stuff: I had my first job interview in Galicia! Keep reading if you want to know how it went and how I spent my first New Year’s Eve in Spain. (And if you want to know all about the twelve grapes before midnight.)
The Easy Apply button
You know that Easy Apply button on LinkedIn? The one that sometimes motivates you to apply for a job that you normally wouldn’t make the effort for? That’s exactly what I did for a job related with tax advice. Normally that’s not something I would apply for, because of my lack of experience in finance. The offer said that was no problem and language skills were a plus. I clicked the Easy Apply button and then completely forgot about it. A few days later I received the request to submit a video application. I got two minutes to explain why I would be a good fit for the company. I sent my video and received an invitation for an in-person interview! And so, on one of the last days of 2020 I went on my first job interview in Galicia.
A trip to Vigo
The interview was in Vigo, the biggest city of Galicia. It’s not easy to get there from where I’m living now, so someone had to drive us to the train station. My boyfriend was so lovely to come with me and after an hour in the train we made it to Vigo. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel nervous about the interview at all. I think it was because I don’t know anything about tax and they invited me despite of that. I had nothing to lose.
The interview itself went well. The interviewer and I talked for a little over thirty minutes about my previous experiences and the job and company. He almost started to offer me the position then and there, but stopped himself by saying he still had to talk to a colleague. I went outside with a good feeling about the interview. But about the job? I really didn’t feel sure, as I find it hard to imagine myself working in the finance sector giving tax advice.
There were two hours left until there was a train back, so we spent some more time in Vigo. We had a coffee (that came with an omelet and chips, which I find amazing for the price of just a coffee) and walked around. I could finally see in person how crazy Vigo goes with Christmas decorations, after hearing a lot about it. They literally closed an entire street to put huge decorations in the middle. (See the photo at the top of this entry on the right.)
Later that evening – when we already were back home – I got an email from the company. They offered me the position! I really don’t know what to do now, because I’m not sure if the job would bring me happiness and my boyfriend and I both don’t like Vigo as a place to live. The cost of living is high compared to other places and it’s just too big for our taste. On the other hand, will I get another opportunity like this soon? But I also don’t want to base my decision on the fear that there won’t be anything better, as I don’t want to again work in a job I don’t like that much.
For now I replied to the email with some follow-up questions and I will base my decision on their answers. I’m still waiting for a reply, so I’ll update you on this in one of the next entries! Either way: my first job interview in Galicia was a successful one.
New Year’s Eve
I really like New Year’s Eve: the feeling of one year ending and getting a fresh start into the next one. I know you can theoretically do this any day of the year, but it just doesn’t feel the same as it does on the first of January. Of course, this year New Year’s Eve was different than normally, with the restrictions and the fact that I don’t have friends here (yet). I spent the evening at home with my boyfriend, feeling fancy in our sweatpants. We bought ciders and Pringles, put on an old holiday playlist of mine and played some games.
As it was my first NYE in Spain, I had to follow the Spanish tradition of eating twelve grapes before midnight. Funnily enough, I had already done this once in the past when I had a Spanish roommate, so it wasn’t really a first. But it was the first time I did this in Spain, so can we please pretend it was a special moment anyway? We prepared our grapes in time, making sure to take out all the seeds. Then, in the last twelve seconds of the year we ate one each second. Supposedly finishing in time brings you good luck in the new year. When the clock struck midnight, all the grapes had entered my mouth. However, I was still chewing the last one…
What do you think: does that mean good luck or not? 🍀