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From India to Co. Kildare: Kundan Dandangi, QA Turnover Engineer
The latest episode of our Visa Interview series focuses on Kundan Dandangi.
Kundan, who is originally from Hyderabad, Telangana in India, joined Mercury as a Quality Assurance Engineer on our Graduate Programme in July 2020.
After completing our Graduate Programme last year, Kundan was offered a position as a QA Turnover Engineer on a complex Advanced Technology project in Co. Kildare Ireland. Kundan was supported by Mercury’s visa application programme, and is now a key member of a diverse team on this mega project.
Mercury is currently recruiting for over 200 open positions through Europe. Last year we hired people of 31 different nationalities. With operations spanning across 16+ global locations, and 8,500 people under our management, now is an exciting time to join over ever-growing team.
If successful in the interview stage, we can support your visa application if required, and accommodation can be provided if applicable.
Keep scrolling below to read Kundan’s full interview and for more information on our visa application support process.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
“I am originally from Telangana in India. My background is primarily in mechanical engineering, and I have been working with Mercury for almost two and a half years. I received a BTech in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology Raipur, in 2019. Following this, I moved to Ireland where I completed a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at University of Galway in 2020. After completing Mercury’s Graduate Programme, I spent some time working as a Junior Mechanical QA. I am now working as a QA Turnover Engineer on a semi-conductor project in Co. Kildare, Ireland.”
How did you first hear about Mercury?
“I first learned about Mercury at a careers fair organised by the University of Galway. After speaking to a member of the recruitment team, I was immediately attracted by the company’s excellent reputation for supporting career growth and the development of its people. This made me really eager to apply for the Graduate Programme.”
What is the biggest challenge when completing complex projects?
“I joined the company as a Gradate QA Engineer (Mechanical) in 2020, on a very large semi-conductor project. For me the Covid-19 pandemic was a challenging period as there were a number of new safety precautions and safe work practices that needed to be implemented on site. Over the span of my first twelve months with Mercury, I gained immense knowledge working on the construction of this complex project.”
“In conjunction to this, I got great experience working alongside industry-leading personnel who were very forthcoming in sharing their expertise with me. Throughout this period, I learned about high purity materials, and received first hand experience in ensuring that project milestone handovers were in line with client expectations. This involves a lot of work in liaising between construction and engineering personnel and reporting back to clients in a timely manner. The biggest challenge is understanding client expectations and ensuring that key deliverables are handed over as per industry standards.”
What was your experience in obtaining a visa or work permit with Mercury?
“Getting a work permit and visa with Mercury to live and work in Ireland, was a very painless affair. The company has a lot of experience in organising visas for international employees throughout Europe. Our in-house mobility co-ordinator, along with the support of a third-party visa handling company made the entire process stress free.”
Would you recommend working abroad with Mercury in Ireland/Europe?
“I would absolutely recommend people to work for Mercury in Ireland, or Europe. The first-class industry experience that you receive is priceless. You are treated very well and there are high levels of respect between colleagues.”
“In addition, there are some great opportunities to network and learn from experienced colleagues and members of the client teams. Mercury is also a very diverse company, consisting of 46 unique nationalities, there is a real feeling that everyone is welcome.”
What is your favourite thing about working in Ireland?
“My favourite thing about working in Ireland is the flexibility and friendly culture. During weekends there are great opportunities to travel and enjoy the natural beauty of the country. I also enjoy the social aspects of experiencing new cultures while visiting different bars, towns and cities!”
How does working and living in Europe compare to India?
“Compared to India, I believe that a high standard of living, flexibility, and peace of mind are the main advantages you get while working and living in Europe.”
WORKING AT MERCURY
- A highly competitive salary.
- Career advancement in a large innovative company.
- The opportunity to travel.
- Visa & relocation assistance across the EU/EEA.
- Pension & healthcare.
- Accommodation (If applicable) with utility bills covered.
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