As someone who has always had an interest in gadgets and solving problems, a career in IT was inevitable and I couldn’t be happier with that! (Though as a child I did want to be a 'dinosaur expert' until I found out Jurassic Park wasn’t a documentary and they were all extinct… I’m still kind of sad about that).
Pursuing my love of tech I graduated University in 2011 with a BSc in Network Computing. Before the responsibility of adult working life could set in however, I took a month out to travel the USA, spending time in cities like San Francisco, Vegas, New Orleans, New York and many others. This kindled a love for travelling that I still have to this day and I’m frequently on the lookout for new places to explore. Most recently I travelled around Europe with my girlfriend for three weeks and I think Prague may be my new favourite city (check out the Beer Museum).
Once I returned from the US I started working as an IT consultant and engineer for a managed IT service provider. As someone who greatly enjoys (and often needs) a challenge this role was an ideal fit for a graduate like myself. I got to explore and interact with the latest technologies, work with a wide range of industries and regularly meet new people. This kind of work enabled me to constantly hone and develop existing and new skills and I look forward to carrying this on at Waterstons in my new role as an Infrastructure Consultant. I’m also excited about the huge range of other opportunities at Waterstons and no doubt will pop up in other departments on a regular basis. My biggest problem is that I like to be a jack of all trades, master of all, which keeps me busy but means life is never dull.
Outside of work and the occasional travelling expedition I also try to go skiing at least once a year, get regular exercise (I even tried the Insanity Workout for a while), binge-play video games and read a lot. Over summer I managed to get through all the Jack Reacher books and if you haven’t read them yet I highly recommend them, they’re awesome. Last year I also became a member of Mensa, though I’ve yet to make it to one of the meetings to see what all the fuss is about. Also in my spare time I recently started (attempting) to write a book about how to approach and troubleshoot IT problems, as I feel this is something that would have really helped me when I first started in IT. I guess now that I’ve told everyone here I’ve got to finish writing it!