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Developing Talent at Nomad Digital

At Nomad, nurturing talent within the business is core to our success. We are passionate about our people and celebrating their victories. One particular individual that has excelled at Nomad is Matthew Parkin, who started at Nomad as an IT Apprentice but has recently been promoted to Junior DevOps Engineer! As a company, we are inspired by people like Matthew who’s passion for tech radiate through their work.

We caught up with Matthew about his time at Nomad as well as his advice on being successful in this industry.

What advice would you give to people starting out in their tech careers or starting an IT apprenticeship?

When entering a career you should always aim to nurture your passions as that’s what will give you the motivation to learn and the drive to create new ideas…it will also help you get through tough times and deadlines if you’re working on something that you’re really interested in!

In my experience, there would often be times that I would find myself learning about something during work and then going home and thinking about how I can implement something like it to make my own life better, or even how can I grow this skill or knowledge even further.

What do you most enjoy about working for Nomad?

No day is ever the same. Each day you are tackling new problems and working with different people across the world to reach solutions and keep the business going. I have been given opportunities where my opinion and thoughts have been taken into account for company-wide decisions. At Nomad, there is always space to express your ideas.

What do you think helped you to be successful in being promoted into your new role of Junior DevOps Engineer?

To keep it simple, I spoke to technical teams and product managers about the products that Nomad offer. For example, the networking behind them and the software we are reliant on to do this etc. This means that I could create a plan of things to learn before the interview and build up my knowledge so that I could go into the interview feeling fully prepared. Also, it should be noted that I used online courses too to understand various concepts and then tried to implement the ideas and skill on my own devices.

What are you most looking forward to about starting in your new role?

In short, building up my knowledge! I’m really excited to be in at the “deep end” of the tech industry and putting the knowledge and skills I learn into practice. Also, I’m really looking forward to learning something new, tackling new problems and trying to solve them.

What are your aspirations for the next 3-5 years / where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

This is always a tough question for me. My first response is always to be as happy as possible in 5 years’ time! But in terms of my career, I hope to be helping people, making new/better products and to be continuing to absorb as much information about this industry. Also, I hope that I have exceeded expectations and that I become a go-to team member for my specialism and knowledge. Hopefully, as the team grows, I grow with it and maybe in less than 10 years’ time, I might be able to consider myself a senior engineer who is a core asset to a team!

What advice would you give to Nomad to ensure we continue to invest in, develop, and grow strong technical talent?

The simplest advice I can think of is to nurture your passionate people and treat them right. We have a quote in the office that says “If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your business” and I think something like that in an industry that’s as fast-moving as ours is vital. You don’t want your employees to feel like things that were their passion now feel like work because as a business we use some of the most interesting technologies in the world and some people would do the work we do for free just to be able to chase their passion.

Headshot of Matthew Parkin