We recently welcomed our new Digital Project Manager Nic to the team, so we took the opportunity to get to know him a bit better over a cup of tea. We find out why he made the move to Devon, what he gets up to in his spare time, and how he ended up in digital.
Hi Nic. Welcome to Oxygen! You recently relocated from London, so what made you make the move?
Like every townie we decided to make the move to Devon in the hopes of finding a rural paradise – we like it so far, so it was a good move!
We have a 2-year-old Doberman and she loves being able to run up and down the beaches or go exploring on Dartmoor. Luckily we’re able to get out most weekends, so I’ve seen quite a lot of the Devonshire coast and countryside already.
It sounds like you’re quite active outside of the office…
I like to get out and away from the screen when I’m not in the office. I used to compete for a boxing club when I lived in London. I had been training for 15 years and fought at Bantamweight – one of the weight classes in professional boxing.
It’s something I’d like to get back into now that I’m settled here, but for now I’ll stick to the Flip Out trampoline park that I’ve become slightly addicted to.
So you’ve already got a bit of a reputation for being the ‘office nerd’ – have you always been interested in all things digital?
I’ve always loved technology and gadgets, and I do actually like to play with programming and developing technology in my spare time.
I once built my own house alarm system, which consisted of a laser beam that turned on all the lights in the house, and sent me a tweet if someone crossed over it.
You clearly have a passion for technology, what made you choose project management?
I like to see projects through from conception to delivery, as opposed to simply developing them. There are always problems to be solved – whether that’s the need for a house alarm system or a new website – and I like to find those solutions and implement them.
So if you had to swap with places with anyone in the office, who would it be?
Can I say no one? I’m currently working on so many interesting projects across both web and video, and I genuinely enjoy it and wouldn’t swap! OK if I had to choose anyone it would be Emma. I have a degree in Digital Media, but haven’t had chance to put those design skills into practice for a while, so I’d like to be able to dust them off.
Thanks Nic. In our next tea break chat we will be getting to know our Developer Paul, who has recently returned to the UK from Greece.