This month we've welcomed Michael Wilson, who is joining our IT support team. We caught up with Michael to find out more about him, and how he got into IT.
'When I was leaving school, I wanted to be a mechanic or an IT technician, ' says Michael. 'The only reason that I'm not a mechanic is because an IT apprenticeship came up first.'
Michael decided to move to Australia to pursue a career in IT, and worked near Brisbane for a few years, 'I was an onsite technician, which is an amazing job when you've just moved to a new country. I was travelling out to people's homes and their businesses, sorting out their IT and exploring the country at the same time.'
Eventually took a job with a different IT company, and moved to Northern Queensland. 'That was really different because it's just mountains near the city , then desert everywhere else,' says Michael. 'It was mostly remote work with some onsite work. Eventually though, I started missing my family and wanted to get back home to the UK.'
'I worked for a couple of companies up here as a support engineer, and that was strange because I realised how small the country was. But I still felt the pull to travel, and I ended up exploring Scotland for a few months. When I finally got back into work, I was in retail for a bit, but I missed the problem solving aspect of IT.'
Now he's started at Transcendit, Michael is working towards his Microsoft MD100 and MD101 qualifications, 'MD100 is about working with Windows 10, and exactly what it can do for clients and businesses,' says Michael. 'MD101 is about managing modern desktops, which is more geared towards this support role. It's great to be back in IT, the knowledge has all come back really quickly.'
In his spare time, Michael likes riding motorbikes, and is looking forward to buying his next one, 'I didn't think I would ever ride motorbikes, because the weather in the UK is so cold and wet - but as soon as I'm riding it doesn't bother me. Within a week of owning my first bike I rode to Melbourne, that was two 12 hour days. I toured all around Australia. It was amazing.'
Michael is also into stunt riding, 'The best bike I've ever had is the Honda GROM 125CC, that's when I got into stunting. The parts are cheap to replace which is perfect - at one point the headlight was duct taped on and the indicators were held on by zip ties. I love stunting because you have to practice getting total control of the bike - otherwise you're going to crash!'
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