After graduating I fell into a default path of taking a job at my university (girlfriends and local ties…), and spent 6 years in various network engineering, systems, and development roles.
Unfortunately, I’d spent far too much time watching David Attenbrough on TV, and always wanted to chase adventure and work in unusual places.
After 6 years at the University, I finally grasped the nettle and escaped the 9–5 to go and work with the British Antarctic Survey. I spent 18 months “Down South”, taking care of all things IT and radio at Rothera Research Station before finally having to come back to the real world after the end of my tour.
Since my Winter in Antarctica I’ve been asked back twice more: once to decomission an ageing research station and commission its replacement, and again to provide communications and IT support for the first ever relocation of an entire research station.